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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Kwant Clan Crafts

photo: Cassie and Hannah

The Kwant family is a Christian homeschooling family of 10 that lives in Washington state. Their little Hannah, Trisomy 18, lived 64 wonderful days with them, before Jesus called her home.

Hannah's big sister Cassie is a talented seamstress and is now selling some of her creations in memory of her little sister Hannah. She has blankets, bags, pillow cases, and headbands so far. You can see the items at her blog:

Items are actually purchased at Cassie's Etsy shop:

I know Cassie does good work - she made Lilly a special blanket. It was actually the blanket that I quickly grabbed to wrap Lilly in when I found her dead. I now keep the blanket in Lilly's little bed, which is still in our bedroom. I have pictures of Lilly on the blanket on this blog. The Kwant family also has a picture of her on their blog:

I just thinking this is such a wonderful thing for Cassie to be doing. It's a good use of her skills, it honors her sister, and honestly - doing creative things really brings comfort. Just my observation in being involved within the Trisomy 18 world, it appears to me that the families that actively do things to remember their departed child, and have a relationship with the Lord, cope much much better than those that don't do anything at all.

Hannah's mama Sandi recently had a story about Hannah's life published in the Above Rubies magazine. You can read the story here:

This family continues to amaze and inspire me with all the memory projects they come up with to honor Hannah. My daughter T. and I both find it very theraputic to make things to remember Lilly, so we are getting good ideas from this family. Here are two posts highlighting some of the many things they have made:

Those posts had so many ideas that I actually printed them out. There are things that would be good to make to remember anyone that passed away that you want to honor, not just little children.

Sandi posted some pictures of some of Hannah's angel Trisomy friends recently: It warmed my heart to see Lilly in the line up. My son was looking at the pictures with me and shouted "Lilly" when he saw her. I told him that all these children had Trisomy 18 and were in heaven with Lilly. He thought that was wonderful and started talking about how much fun they were all having playing with Jesus. Amen!

This scripture is perhaps a foreshadowing of heaven in this picture of Jerusalem (or of heaven right now!): "The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.” - Zechariah 8:5


  1. what a talented and compassionate young lady cassie is! she has learned at an early age to to use her grief in a positive way.

  2. Thanks! Cassie was honored! She is blessed by your kindness!