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« on: July 19, 2009 06:42:43 PM »

I've been away for a while with the new job that I cant stitch at and exciting stuff at home. One of the more exciting happenings was that Windy and I were expecting a baby boy.

Sadly Windy went in to labor a little too early and he did not make it. So for once I am cross stitching something very serious and very dear to me - instead of my usual smart-assery!

I chose the lyrics from "99 Red Balloons" because a: we released balloons at our memorial service and b: I always felt the song was about surviving the end of the world, which is what the last two weeks have really felt like.

Sorry for such a downer. Hopefully next time I am back it will be a little more fun.



Sorry the pic isnt that good. Cant really steady a camera right now either.
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009 06:57:02 PM »

Thank you for sharing such a special piece. As a mother myself, I can't fathom the deep amount of grief you must all be experiencing. I hope that memorializing your little angel brings healing in some way.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009 07:02:33 PM »

This is beautiful. I am so sorry for your loss, truly.  I bet Logan feels very loved where he is now!
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009 07:18:19 PM »

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing such a personal project.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009 07:47:56 PM »

What a beautiful tribute to your son. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009 08:34:47 PM »

This is absolutely beautiful. I am extremely sorry for your loss.
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009 09:02:36 PM »

Thank you for sharing your story with us.  My heart goes out to you and your family.  I am sure this project was extremely difficult to start let alone finish.  I believe Logan is in a peaceful place, holding your balloons.

Beautiful color choices and as always, great stitching.

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2009 11:33:26 PM »

I hope it was at least a bit cathartic to make something so lovely from such a tragic experience.

Best wishes <3
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2009 04:57:22 AM »

I'll echo what everyone else here has said.  Making beautiful things like this, really does have the power to help you survive what feels like the end of the world.  Peace and Love from a stranger who's been there, to your whole family.
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2009 06:46:06 AM »

Dearest James,

You and Windy and your girls are in my thoughts and prayers. My DH and I lost 2 babies that way and our firstborn son only lived an hour.  I can promise you that things will get easier with time and your love for each other.

I give you great credit for being able to do such a lovely piece and I am positive it will be cherished by Windy.
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2009 08:06:41 AM »

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and Windy are in my thoughts. It's a beautiful memorial.
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2009 10:01:29 AM »

What a wonderful tribute and a great way to remember.  You and your family are definately in my thoughts. 
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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2009 01:25:30 PM »

You have touched our world with your memorial.
We grieve with you, and you are not alone.
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2009 02:34:49 PM »

I'm so sorry, and you guys are in my thoughts and prayers. It's a really touching memorial, and very beautifully stitched.
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2009 03:10:26 PM »

My sincere condolences to you and your family.  The memorial piece is very heartfelt and lovely.
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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2009 03:56:52 PM »

Wow....I am so very sorry for you & Windy's loss. Beautiful work.
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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2009 05:06:05 PM »

Allow me to offer my condolences as well. I've always admired your work on here and I'm sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful piece and a beautiful sentiment.
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« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2009 07:18:15 PM »

a very sweet piece. i'm sure your wife will treasure it.

as for your loss, i'll send lots of warm thoughts your way.
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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2009 08:11:05 PM »

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss, that's a beautiful memorial project.
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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2009 09:00:20 PM »

I found this through the 'hot new projects' so I didn't see the title before I clicked on it. First thing I saw was the name, which brought a smile to my face - then I saw the rest of the post and went 'oh no'.

I'm so sorry for your loss. Miscarriages at any stage can be a lot harder than outsiders may realize. I hope Windy isn't injured physically (I'm sure she's hurting emotionally) and that you both heal from losing the baby.
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« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2009 11:09:46 PM »

I will never hear that song again without thinking of your family, those lines are so poignant. It sounds like you have come up with pefect ways to honour your son's memory, I hope they bring some comfort.
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« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2009 07:15:16 AM »

I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
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« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2009 07:19:45 AM »

Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful tribute to your angel, I pray that it helps to ease your family's grief.
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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2009 09:32:01 AM »

awesome tribute by an amazing artist.  thank you for sharing it with us-- i'm sending good thoughts to you & windy.
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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2009 11:53:57 AM »

Oh, this just breaks my heart. What a beautiful way to remember your son. You and your family are in my thoughts.
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« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2009 12:32:39 PM »

I'm sorry for your loss.  Thank you for sharing this sweet memorial with us.  Keep your heads up and your family close.
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« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2009 09:36:12 PM »

Thank you, everyone. It was a big help in letting go for me to do this project (although very hard to do the project to begin with).

As always I am glad to hear comments on my work.  Tongue

However the outpouring of well-wishes, concern, thoughts, prayers, love and just plain support and care from everyone in the craftster community has meant so much to me AND to Windy.

She has always been suprised by how overwhelmingly positive our community here is anyway but all your thoughts, etc during this time has truly touched both of us.

I really wish there was not a need for this project but, as there is, I am so greatful to be able to share it here.

Thank you again. - James and Windy
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