December 17, 2013

Ruby and Elsa (and a printable)

Can I tell you a story today?  It's really special to me.

Remember how we struggled for a long time to have Elsa?  Well, when we were going through that my friend Christie was going through the same struggle.  I first came to know Christie through her blog, but we've gotten together in real life a bit as well.  I remember getting together a year and a half ago and meeting at a park to talk about that very struggle.  I told her about the fertility tests we had gone through, as she was about to go through the same ones.

Christie is one of the kindest people I know.  She is so honest and sincere.  I just love her.  Well as September rolled around that year I found out I was expecting.  I was beyond thrilled.  I was also really sick.  I remember emailing Christie about something and mentioning that I was pregnant.  I was a little nervous because even though I knew she would be happy for me I wondered if it would make her sad since she had been trying to conceive for so long.

I remember sitting at Arctic Circle, letting my kids play in the playland there so I could just sit still.  I was so nauseous.  I checked my email on my phone and I noticed there was one from Christie.  I started to read it.  This was the first and only time I've ever cried at a fast food restaurant.  Christie was pregnant too and her due date was the EXACT same day as mine.  I still get emotional now as I think about it.  It was such a tender mercy.

Christie and I both ended up finding out we were having girls.  We both ended up having our girls on June 5th.  (I was induced and she had a C-section.)  We both even had our baby blessing the same day.

Christie's beautiful girl is named Ruby.  I still haven't met her in person, but her pictures are adorable and she seems like the happiest little girl with some real spunk too.

Well, Ruby was born with a major heart condition.  You can read about it HERE on Christie's blog.  And today Ruby is having open heart surgery.  She's only six months old.  And I want to help.  I think about how I would feel taking Elsa in to have surgery like that.  There aren't even words to explain how I would feel.  And I think about the medical bills, too.  Christie and her family are very strong people, but even strong people need help.

So today if you'd like to help here are a few things you can do.

1) Instagram a picture of a heart and hashtag it #loveforruby.  Christie will be able to see all the hearts and people who are thinking of her and Ruby today.  (That was organized by some thoughtful blogging friends.)

2) Leave a message on a facebook page those friends created for her HERE.

3) Purchase this printable I created below for $5.  I'll tell you more about it below.  Just send the money to Christie's paypal account.  Forward your receipt to me and I'll email you the file.  Her email address for the paypal account is and that's all the info you need to send her the $5.

So here's the printable.  It's based off the sign I made HERE.  You can order with a black or white background.

You can print it huge at Staples for about $3.  Just like I did with this file.  Read how HERE.

You can print it huge and frame it like I did HERE.

Or you can print it as a 4x6 photo and frame it.

Print all you want.  Gift it for Christmas.  And by doing that you can also help Ruby and her family.  It's a win-win.  

And thank you for reading my story today.


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