the Maggie doll, revisted

When we first decided to adopt, I really wanted some way to document her place in our family. We knew the road would be long, but wanted her to always know how much we felt her presence from the time we said “yes” to adoption. I came up with the idea of sewing a doll to represent her and we included her in our family pictures, and even vacations.

I ultimately opened an etsy shop selling personalized dolls and we had great success with it. They were labor intensive, but every doll that I sewed felt one step closer to our own Maggie.

Since then I have been asked many times to whip a few up, and I find that I just freeze at the sewing machine. The little girl we worked so hard to bring home isn’t going to be a part of our family. I have total peace with that. The journey revealed so much to us. It was exactly the path we were meant to take. But I am human and it stings. Waking up at 4:00 am to sew doesn’t have the same happy, proactive feeling. It just kind of stings.

The other day I was thinking about how successful our lenten push was in 2016. We raised $4,000 in 40 days. Can you believe that? INSANITY. Because of that, we were able to move ahead with Lucas’s adoption at a fast and furious pace because the initial finances were not a concern. As I was thinking about it, I thought maybe easter themed goodies would be a good place to start… and then I chuckled and thought … “what am I going to call it? The Lucas bunny?” and then I found this adorable pattern and thought yep.. that is exactly what I shall do.
How cute are these bunnies? Fun fact: I have a nervous tic and I scrunch my nose up when I am nervous, so my family used to call me bunny. So bunnies are kind of my thang. These are so soft and snuggly and perfect for easter baskets. I am so thankful to our Maggie girl, whoever she may be, for showing us so many amazing things. We are forever changed for the better.

My favorite thing about Easter is the new life. Fresh hope. New beginnings.

You can get your Lucas bunny here:

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