I had to share this with my blog friends.
Photo of my angel, Shenanigan, on the left. Spun cotton ornament, created by Maryann, of ornamentsbypink, on etsy. Mary also has a blog, Ornaments by Pink.
Shenanigan will be living in Gracie's French Manor Dollhouse.
When the package arrived, I panicked and shoved the box into a cabinet.
I know how talented Maryann is and I knew her ornament of Shenanigan would be realistic and beautiful...that it would bring the memories flooding in.
Three days later I gathered the courage to allow Gracie to open it. She is far braver than I. I burst into tears at the sight of it and I cried uncontrollably for fifteen minutes! It was her! Maryann sent me a photo before she mailed the package and she kindly fluffed Shenanigan up a bit at my request, (after this photo was taken). It bears such a strong resemblance to my Shenanigan.
I cannot begin to explain the tremendous peace I feel when I look at it. It takes the sting away, to a degree. A coil in my heart that was so tightly wound seems to have sprung, releasing some of the pain and grief.
I am busy gathering photos of Frannie to send Maryann's way. My heart is still so heavy with missing her.
Maryann truly is a magician. There is more to her art than mere cotton, I tell you. Her work has a soul.
Thank you, Maryann. I don't think you will ever know just how much this means to me!