Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Quilt

Thank you Auntie Mary Lynn! Georgie's quilt is beautiful and a gift that will be treasured for the rest of our lives. It is a star pattern quilt with all of the stars being made out of Georgia's clothing. I can look at each of the stars and picture Georgia in the outfit that matches the material. The back of the quilt is actually made out of one of Georgia's crib sheets. It has purposefully been left unwashed and if I find the right spot I can still draw up clear images with a single breath. Today, Calla picked up the quilt and held it up to her face before exclaiming, "Oh my gosh, it smells like Georgia!"

At the bottom right hand corner of the quilt is a picture of Georgia. She is 3.5 months in the picture with her hands and feet in the air. It is my favorite picture of her before SMA ravaged her little body. It was taken by a photographer who was trying to get her to smile. All of a sudden Georgie looked at something invisible to most of us and her face lit up. The photographer snapped a few photos and then asked me, "What is she smiling at?" To which I replied, "Her spirit friends of course. Haven't you ever noticed that small babies see things that we don't?"

For the record, Calla and Maya had spirit friends too but they seemed to disappear around 4 months. Georgie's friends always stuck around. Of course, I now understand why. Don't believe me? Pay close attention to babies between two and four months. You may be surprised! Cats will freak you out if you pay close attention to them!

Love to you all,

Kristen

PS I'm honoured to know that you're following Sarah. I will be forever grateful for your beautiful smile and sneaky cuddles.

18 comments:

  1. What an amazing quilt! Words cannot express the beauty that it beholds! I know that you will treasure it forever Kristen.
    Be well,
    Lisa P.

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  2. Dear Kristen, Mike, Calla and Maya,

    I thank you again for entrusting me with those precious articles of clothing and Georgia's sheet, to make into a Memory Quilt. She is your LITTLE STAR. I will forever remember the joyful children's voices singing TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR at Georgia's service., each one trying to sing louder then the next! While tears were streaming on everyones faces, there were also smiles on our lips. That memory stayed with me as I was debating what pattern to make for the quilt... I came across the following link, once I decided to use the 'Friendship Star' as the block.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/images19/angelsfs.jpg

    I knew this was the right quilt to make. It was both and honour and a privilage to make this quilt for you. Enjoy!


    Love Auntie Mary Lynn

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  3. Wow - what a gorgeous quilt! A true treasure.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous!!
    Auntie Mary Lynn you are a treasure. I know Kristen and Mike will be "gobsmacked" as we would say in the UK

    Kristen i hope your feeling better and enjoying the sweet smell of Georgia.

    I also believe in spirit friends, They`ee called angels, and your little angel is brighyening some other little persons life right now.

    Wow!
    What a beautiful family you are.

    Love Carol

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  5. Very beautiful.

    Kel.

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  6. Oh my gosh! Auntie ML you did such a beautiful job!! What a gorgeous treasure!! Kristin, your updates still bring tears to my eyes everyday....sometimes they are sad tears, but more and more they are tears of laughter (about the treadmill escapades), and most of all hope for good things to come.

    Much love,
    Your cousin Carolyn

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  7. What a truly magnificent quilt and such a meaningful treasure for you. Your Aunt has an amazing talent.

    I also believe in the spirits and have heard that about babies and their reactions. It makes me feel good.

    Take care and enjoy snuggling up in your precious quilt.

    Sue

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  8. That is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. What lovely meaning for all of you! Thanks for sharing with us who may never get to see such beauty in person.

    Love and peace,

    ~Laurie

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  9. Way to go Auntie Mary Lynn!!!!! I got chills looking at the photos of your beautiful work!!! (ok, I got some tears in my eyes too) What a wonderful keepsake for the Lucas family. Kristen and Mike, you have great family!!! (and friends too). I like the idea of not washing it so you could still smell Georgia. Enjoy it!!!
    Lorna

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  10. What a special treasure! I can only imagine the memories and images each article of clothing on it brings, and I hope the quilt gives you comfort when you most need it. The pic of Georgia on it is incredible-I can see why it is your favorite! I too believe in babies seeing 'spirit friends', what else could bring those smiles and laughter even we can't sometimes! Your aunt is a very talented lady and I know she put her heart and soul into your quilt. I hope when you wrap yourself in it you feel surrounded by love. Not only the love your aunt poured into it, and not only your precious Sweet Angel Georgia's but also that of all your family and friends who are sending it to you each and everyday! Love Em

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  11. Thank you for sharing tne pictures of georgia`s quilt, it`s perfect.

    Love from Nancy

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  12. What a beautiful memory!!
    Stacey

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  13. Hi Kristen, Will you email me that gorgeous picture of Georgia? I love it and I'd love to include it in the new petition video we are making.

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  14. The quilt is gorgeous.....just like Georgia!

    Simone

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  15. Kristen,
    What a beautiful keepsake for you!!
    MaryLynn did an amazing job.

    Love Donna & Ron

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  16. Thank you to everyone for the lovely compliments on Georgia's Memory Quilt. If you haven't figured it out already, I had a special GUARDIAN ANGEL helping me with it. How could you go wrong with guidance like that,

    Love Auntie Mary Lynn

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  17. OMGosh!!! What a beautiful quilt/keepsake. Your MaryLynn is extremely talented!

    Lorraine

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