Coming soon we will be posting our next challenge and our next adopt a spot locations! We will be spot lighting a few hospitals that need our support! Plus an exciting challenge is coming up as well! We now have all of these conversation in one location (besides the Calendar). Here is the link http://www.heavenlyangelsinneed.com/index.php?/forums/forum/249-challenges-adopt-a-spot/ For a reminder the forum for that us now located above the general discussions forum. Check back soon! Also its not to late to get on board for the current challenges and adopt a spot needs!
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Well I figured I would use my own blog on here to post about my photography as some of you asked if I would.
As many of you know I have been delving into photography as I was inspired by the charity NILMDTS. In hopes one day I would be professional enough to capture memories for grieving familes and offer my service.
Well my journey has been slow going. I have delved into learning, I have book that college courses use for the subject. I have watched videos, I have read, I have practiced. But as you know I have never delved into it super deep, meaning as a career. I figured one day when Brian retired and we didnt focus on his career then maybe just maybe..
After all we had all the time in the world, right? I have been a home mom, pretty much almost our entire almost 23 year marriage. I had Justen at 17, married Brian when I was 19. Worked some in the beggining but due to abuse of baby sitter we decided together that we felt better if we never put our children through what we went through. So we made that choice. Which I do not regret.
However Brian passed away. I had no career, no job experiance (but my early 20s, I am now in my 40s), the thought of doing everything we dreamed of together alone became a nightmare, fear like no other, worry and more fear. Luckily my husband had life insurance (we both did, after all we have kids), something I used to tell him I hated him having because we never would need it and the thought of him passing wasnt something I ever wanted to think about.
I was able to pay off house, put money back. I now realize that it was time to go ahead and take my photography more serious. So I joined a 12 week course. Though I admit I am scared. I need to do this for me, and for our kids. I want them to know that no matter what trials we face, we can do this. We can survive this. I am all they have now. And its hard folks, it really is. There are times I feel like I am failing them and doing this alone makes my heart sink so deeply in hurt.
How I miss my husband so badly it hurts to my core.
Do you know that in all the years together we never had a professional family picture done? How I regret thst now.
My mission is to make sure that never happens to anyone I come across. One can never get that back. I habe no real good pictures to hang on my walls of all of us. I encourage you all to go get pictures taken!!
Also to print your phone pictures. Go to mpix.com have them print your pictures. They have an app. Do it. Save them!
Anyway sorry about rambling in this post..
I will start posting more about photography. But for now thank you for reading this.
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Recent EntriesMy name is Bertha Parnusie, I am 75 yrs. old, retired and love to crochet. I also knit and do other crafts but crocheting is my real passion.I would like to become more involved in donating needed baby items. I mostly crochet hats for premies and newborns and donate them to oour local hospitals. Right now I am making car seat size blankets and include a new born size hat. These blankets also work well in the plastic bassinet they use in the hospitals. I joined HAIN many years ago as I was interested in helping babies The picture attached is of me and my grandson on his wedding day in Sept. 2016. Looking forward to hearing from you and informing me on how I can help out with current needs.Bertha ParnusieLife is a lovely song, thanks for singing with me.Note from HAIN: We are so honored to have you with us. Thank you so much for joining all of us to help reach the sweet precious babies. We appreciate you!!
You are welcome to join us in our challenges and adopt a spot focus areas.
Plus the annual challenges!!
All discussions for these will be posted here.
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There is just something about digging through your yarn and planning out things to make for babies. Crocheting baby blankets is probably my favorite thing to make, but baby hats come second. They are so quick to work up, and so many possibilities! Below is a picture of some hats that I have been working on for our Spring Fling. I currently have 25 boy hats finished. I am anxious to get some girl hats finished up before the challenge ends. I have spent many late nights working on these little guys. It's always a case of "one more row and then I need to get to bed", before you know it, 1 AM rolls around. Ooops! I think almost any crafter can relate to that.
I stepped outside of the box on some of these baby hats, and hopefully the hospitals will be ok with that. They aren't your traditional blue baby hats, but I still think they are cute. I have seen so many different color combos used so I wanted to try some out. Sometimes different is good, and a great way to use up some of those partially used skeins. When I get some girl hats finished up I'll share some of those too.
Hope all is well! I just wanted to let you know that our team here at Healthline loved your information in Heavenly Angels In Need! We love the support that your organization provides to many grieving parents and the wonderful work that Heavenly Angels In Need!
We loved it so much we included it in our recent article "Finding Support When Grieving the Loss of a Child" You can see the article here: http://www.healthline.
For a little info on Healthline: We’re the fastest growing health website with over 40 million monthly users. We take great care and pride in providing top-quality health information to our loyal fan base with all content undergoing a rigorous editorial review by a team of doctors.
Thanks again for the great piece!
All the best,
Heavenly Angels in Need wants to invite you to the other places we frequent as well Here is where!
Twitter: Our name is HAINHQ
Our blog (besides the one here): http://heavenlyangelsinneed.blogspot.com/
Our ravelry forum/group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/heavenly-angels-in-need-hain
HAIN CHARITY HQ (General site for all members)
HAIN Founder (made this because google recognized my gmail for HAIN, so use it to share as well)
Our emails: HAINCharity@gmail.com and HAINFounder@gmail.com
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HAIN receives no financial donations for any of its members to run it. We are 100% volunteer Organization.
However it does take money to run HAIN directly! Though my husband and I do not mind covering the cost of doing so I wanted to reach out and ask for help from our members as well as others who may be touched to help!
Here is a break down of basic costs to run HAIN. If you do send monies not through our donation button where you should receive a receipt..but decide to send a check or money order make sure to let me know if you need a receipt for your donation.
Domain name: $20.00 yearly
Forum/Website Host:$ 650.00 (this covers all updates and help support) yearly
Banking fees to have a business account to run our charity: $300.00 yearly
Paypal fee's we are working on to allow monthly donation options: 239.40 yearly
Incorporation fees yearly 50.00 (in order to run a charity in Oregon/ or business)
And Oregon Tax fees run around $ 50.00 a year
Raised thus far
$50.00 -Thank you Anna V.
$20.00 Thank you Ashlee L.
$20.00 -Thank you Linda P.
$50.00 -Thank you Mary S.
$20.00- Thank you D-Anne R.
$50.00-Thank you-Joann V.
How do I DONATE?
You can go to our home screen on forum heavenlyangelsinneed.com and click on the secure donate button to the right of the screen and address is also listed
Anything extra will be spent to supply our volunteers with yarn, materials and craft items to help get more handmade items out there to help families.
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I am wearing a pair of shoes.
They are ugly shoes.
I hate my shoes.
Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.
Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.
Yet, I continue to wear them.
I get funny looks wearing these shoes.
They are looks of sympathy.
I can tell in other's eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and nottheirs.
They never talk about my shoes.
To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them.
But, once you put them on, you can never take them off.
I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.
There are many pairs in this world.
Some women are like me and ache daily as they try to walk in them.
Some have learned how to walk in them so that they don't hurt quite somuch.
Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think
about how much they hurt.
No woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger woman.
These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.
They have made me who I am.
I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has lost a child.
author unknown to me
Source: My Shoes
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Oct 2009 Article
Here is my story, hope you can use it. I've made a few changes to the original because I didn't mention HAIN in my initial post.
I used to think choosing ribbon to go with a project was easy, but not anymore. Especially after the past 2 weeks - I made my first micro-preemie burial wrap & hat in white yarn using one of HAIN's patterns. The design calls includes 4 eyelet rows to be laced up with 1/4" ribbon and tied in front. I figured 5 feet of white ribbon would be about right so I would have 15" of ribbon on row, but my white ribbon came up a couple of inches short, so I divided it in 4 equal pieces and it was enough to tie them correctly, and made a mental note to buy more white 1/4" ribbon soon.
In the meantime, on another set of needles I had an open-back preemie gown in "sparkly" mint green which would require its own ribbon tie at the neckline eyelet row - on those gowns I always send 3 feet of ribbon so whoever dresses the baby can use what they want for tying at the neck, then the remaining ribbon can be tied around the waist or however else they wish to use it. I finished that gown about the same time as the white burial wrap, and then I started a periwinkle wrap set, and it was done so fast that I made another just like it. But the only green I had on hand was bright kelly green which didn't look quite right, nor did blue or lilac ribbon look right with periwinkle, so a fabric store visit became urgent. I went to JoAnn's and it took forever to find 1/4" white ribbon, and it was a "corrugated" design, not as pretty as plain white satin but acceptable. I bought two 18-ft
spools, thinking I had a good supply. There was no mint ribbon narrower than 3/4" and I decided not to bother with periwinkle since the yarn that color was almost gone anyway. I got back home and cut off 3 feet for the green gown, 5 feet each for the wraps, and then realized I'd just used 13 feet and only had enough left for one more wrap, so it was a good thing I bought 2 spools! And when we traveled to Flagstaff last weekend I made another wrap set in sparkly mint green (different brand than I used for the gown), so there went the other 5 feet.
I also had a pink & white preemie gown completed before any of this started but hadn't had time to cut the ribbon to go with it. After cutting off 3 feet of pink ribbon, I only had 2 feet left, so I set it aside with plans to make some pink lace-up booties next time I make hat & bootie sets and now I had another color ribbon needing replacement. I visited Hancock Fabric this time, and I had just about given up on finding 1/4" pink ribbon among what they had on display when I found what I wanted in the clearance section for 35 cents.
On Wednesday I went to the local meetup and used up the remaining sparkly mint yarn for another wrap - there was exactly one foot left after the final bind-off stitch. I slipped into a different JoAnn store at lunchtime in hopes of finding some matching yarn to make a hat and possibly some light green ribbon, but I didn't find the yarn and like with the other JoAnn store, all ribbon in that color was too wide - however, I did buy 6 yards of microfleece to use for another project, LOL! I had used a skein of sparkly white yarn from my mother-in-law's "gift stash" and thought there was more, but it turned out to be sparkly ecru. OK, I started a hat with that and then visited the nearest Hobby Lobby at lunchtime. It took a little searching because all the fancy printed ribbons showed their faces first, but I finally found some ecru ribbon in the right size AND some mint green as well! As mentioned above, I didn't have any mint yarn left, but I did find some in HL's yarn section and bought a skein. I also bought skeins of peach and aqua in the same brand because I noticed some ribbon in those colors in my stash, and had no other yarn in those colors (at some point I did, but used the yarn for something else).
In the future, if anyone tells me "I'm just gonna run to JoAnn's (or Hancock) for a little bit of ribbon", I will expect them to be gone awhile, LOL!
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I have been crocheting with my new yarn. Progess has been slow, but I do have a little cocoon ready to have the ends run in and the ribbons added. I also have a hat done and another cocoon started. My work is piling up, so time to crochet is limited, but I am determined to get back to actively taking part in HAIN.
It is finally summer here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and there are lots of distractions. I have a bag set up with my HAIN project and when time permits I grab it and do a few more rows. I find that even tho time is limited, it is best not to let it stop me completely from working on my projects. If I wait for long periods of time to work on it, I will never work on it. Bit by bit the projects get done. There is always a need for whatever I get done, that's for sure.
I still haven't had any success at posting pictures here, I've got to find some time to look into how to do that.
till next time......DJ in MI's U. P.
I don't know about you, but I often have a tough time finding patterns to make cute outfits for boys. Browsing through Bev's Country Cottage website one day I came across this cute Sweater and Diaper set. Knitting a hat to go with this two piece outfit makes a really nice set for a grieving family.
Here's the basic knitting pattern for the hat. I used Patons Beehive Baby Sport yarn for the hat pictured but any sport yarn would work.
For the hat (knit in the round):
CO 72 sts with 3mm needles and blue yarn
K1, P1 for 8 rows
Change to 3.5mm needles and white
Knit until hat measures 3”
K7, k2tog repeat
K6, k2tog repeat
etc. until 8sts left.
Thread yarn through. Weave in ends.
If you've never looked through Bev's website I hightly recommend it. There are so many patterns that I want to knit, crochet, and sew that my printer does overtime when I visit!