This years quilt square is our first. A year ago we didn’t even know this quilt existed. This year I want to wrap myself up in it and celebrate all the lives that have been impacted by the stories that the quilt holds. We will continue to make squares in the years to come and honor those who have given or received the gift of life.
Making the square is a way in which we can honor our girls and share with other families that have received or donated organs. We are honored to be part of this family and while moving through this journey we are on we have found Abigail’s gift of life brings us tremendous joy. Hopefully one day we will hug those who carry a little piece of our girl with them daily. For now we pray for them and celebrate the story of how our two little girls have given so much to those around them.
The Thread’s of Life Quilt will be displayed in the Forest Grove Library starting this coming Monday and will be there for a week. I’m honored to have the quilt in our community and am grateful to our community library for displaying it.
I celebrate all of those people who have been impacted by organ donation. We are a family and I am proud of that fact.
The quilt is accompanied by a book that tells about each square. The stories of those the quilt represents are touching, both donors and recipients. The quilt is about life and loving; it brings a smile to my face and I’m sure it does the same for other family members of those who are impacted by organ donation.
Here’s what is written on Abigail’s page:
Honoring Abigail Robinson
Forest Grove, OR
Organ and Tissue Donor
Abigail Robinson was 11 yrs old when she went, along with her 6 yr old sister Anna, to Heaven on October 20, 2013. Both girls loved life to the fullest and were loved by everyone they encountered. Abigail was a 6th grader at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School where she had lots and lots of friends, played the trumbone in the band and made the best of every single day. Anna was a 1st grader at Dilley Elementary School and was just learning how to read. She too had lots of friends and loved recess where she spent her time swinging with her best friend McKenna. Both Abigail and Anna loved to dance, listen to music, spending time with their family and loved “hanging out” with their friends every chance they got.
Abigail, upon her death, was able to donate her organs to individuals who really needed them. We, her family, are so proud of what she has given to others.
Unfortunately Anna was unable to be an organ donor but during her life on earth gave so much which will continue even after her death.
Both girls are a light for so many!
The design for this square was taken from a drawing that was made by the girl’s mom, per Abigail’s request, to put on a sweatshirt that was bought this school year. Abigail loved drawing trees and Anna loved climbing them. The leaves are made of fabric that was found in both the girls sewing kits and has been used in many art projects by the girls. It is the same fabric that has made pillow covers, curtains and countless pajama bottoms.
The picture was taken at Orcas Island the summer of 2013 just before a long hike. Both girls are missed greatly but continue to give those they loved signs that Heaven is real and they are okay.