On June 8th our sweet girl went home to be with Jesus, on June 14th we celebrated her home. We wanted to write this post to share the labor of love that went into our preparations for Stella’s service. If you came to her service you may have seen Stella’s box (as it came to be called). The outside is beautiful and the inside is as well. We didn’t have an open box situation so we wanted to be able to share the beautiful inside. Below are some pictures of Stella’s box that Jesse and I designed and looooooots of people helped bring it to completion. The main side with Stella’s name is something I drew up, it’s really special because it’s my handwriting and my design. If you don’t know, Moana was Stella’s favorite movie, so the waves were done in a Moana style. The other side is a sweet bible verse that we chose. The squirrels are there because that was a nickname we had for Stella. Our dear friend Aaron has access to a CNC machine that engraved the two sides. Jesse’s brother Reuben made the beautiful cross on top which is just perfect. We love the way this all came together and that we could make it so personal for our sweet girl.
The inside of the box was my responsibility which I also had lots of help completing. The fabric I chose is a beautiful collection of fabrics that has the colors I love and mermaids 🙂 I used this same fabric to make Stella a quilt just before she was born. A sweet lady named Kathleen helped me piece together different fabrics from the collection to make the mattress part and two sides of the lining. I embroidered angel wings and a halo on the corner of the little pillow to make it just perfect.
The last touch which made my heart happy was a giant sticker of Moana which fit perfectly on the inside of the lid. The beautiful flowers on top of her box came from Mrs. Emily Blanton of Cana Farms and the lovely Karen Ferrell arranged the flowers. It all came together just so perfectly.
The last thing I want to mention about Stella’s service was the balloon release we did at the grave side. Everyone grabbed a green balloon on their way out of the church. When the ministers had finished their part everyone was told to let go of their balloon and we all stood in silence as we watched this group of green balloons drift up to the sky and eventually out of our sight. It was a very sweet moment that was a time for saying see ya later to our sweet girl. Because it is see ya later. We will be with our baby girl again someday and until then we are going to do our best to make Stella proud to have been our daughter.