Heaven Sent It

Heaven Sent It

When I was about nine years old, I had my first experience with death.  My great-grandmother passed away.  She was older and had experienced deteriorating health.  She had lived a very good life and it was just her time to go.  I remember being sad and I very clearly remember that I was not invited to any of her services.  My parents must have decided that I was “too young” or didn’t need to go.  To this day, I am still sad that I didn’t have the opportunity to pay my final respects to my great-grandmother.  I now know that as a parent, it can be extremely hard to know how to support your child through the grieving process.  Especially when you are grieving yourself.

Saying Goodbye

A little over a year ago, my father-in-law passed away after a three-year battle with colon cancer.  While I think we are all grateful that he no longer has to experience the pain and ugliness of the disease, we are all shattered that he is gone.  My husband was extremely close to his dad and he still struggles to figure out how life is supposed to go on without his dad.  As a spouse, it has been a journey to figure out how to support my grieving husband.  Some days I feel like I do okay at it, but most days I feel lost in how to comfort him.

While supporting my husband has been a journey of its own, supporting my children through this loss has been another element that I have struggled to find the best path.  My youngest was just a month old and I am grateful every day that he got to meet his grandfather, even if he won’t remember.  My middle child processed the loss in a very straight-forward way.  “Tata is in heaven”.  To him, nothing else mattered and he was at peace with it.  My oldest was crushed.  She was very close with her grandfather and she couldn’t comprehend a world in which he wasn’t here.

An Angel Named Sophia

Heaven Sent It

One of things that has been an absolutely incredible blessing in helping my daughter process this loss has been an angel named Sophia.  Sophia lost her father in a tragic accident when she was just five years old.  She started a journal to keep the memory of her father alive.  At just 8 years old, she started a non-profit, Heaven Sent It,  to help other kids coping with the loss of someone important to them.  She puts together amazing care packages that help grieving children start their own memory journals and process their losses.  She includes a personalized letter to each kid she sends a box.  You can read all about her amazing story here on Today.com.

Perfect Timing

Heaven Sent It

My daughter received one of these care packages and as fate would have it, the timing was incredible.  She was having a particularly difficult week and was really missing her grandfather.  Sophia and her team of “Heavenly Helpers” personally package each box with a specific friend in mind.  And let me tell you….the boxes look so awesome!

Heaven Sent It

When the box arrived, I knew exactly what it was and couldn’t wait for my daughter to get home from school to open it.  When she got home, I just gave her the box and let her discover what was inside.  She found the letter first and sat in complete silence as she read.  Then, the tears began to roll down her cheeks.  She was so touched by Sophia’s story and that she was chosen to receive one of the boxes.

Heaven Sent It

Inside her box, my daughter found lots of thoughtful gifts:

  • A personalized letter and pictures from Sophia
  • A journal to capture her memories of her grandfather
  • The book, Always Remember by Cece Meng
  • A necklace with a beautiful poem inside
  • A game to play
  • An “adult coloring book” type journal to color
  • Picture frame to decorate and put a picture of her grandfather

I am just so blown away by every single aspect of this experience.  This young girl is so thoughtful and wise beyond her year.  In her pain, she found a way to not only to celebrate her father but to help so many other children suffering from the loss of a loved one.  To a child grieving a loss, it is so impactful to know that you are not the only one going through such an experience.  Sophia is truly an angel!  The work that she does is nothing short of incredible.

Heaven Sent It

Please be sure to check out Sophia’s website!  Also, if this little girl’s mission has touched you in any small way, I greatly encourage you to make a donation to help her continue her mission and help as many grieving kids as possible.

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Easy DIY Baby Wipes

Easy DIY Baby Wipes

It’s always comforting to know exactly what goes into products you use on your precious little ones.  This is especially important when they have sensitive skin like my son does.

When you are able do this for less than the cost of the regular product, who wouldn’t want in?  These DIY Baby Wipes are a breeze to make.

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Easy DIY Baby Wipes

Supplies:

It’s a quick and easy process:

  1. Cut the paper towel roll in 1/2 – this is probably the trickiest part.  I have found that it’s easiest with a slicing knife.
  2. Place 1/2 the roll on end in the wipes container.
  3. Boil the water until it just reaches boiling.
  4. Stir in the Coconut Oil and Baby Wash.
  5. Slowly pour the water over the paper towels.
  6. Use the lid to squash down the wipes
    until you can close the container.  It may seem like it’s too big but keep squishing, it will close.
  7. Flip the container upside down and let sit until the paper towels are completely soaked. I always put it on a towel just in case, however, it has never leaked on me.

Use a slicing knife (or even an electric knife) to cut the roll of paper towels in half.

Easy DIY Baby Wipes

Pour in 2 Tbsp. of your favorite baby body wash into 2 Cups of hot water.

Easy DIY Baby Wipes

Mix in 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil.  Stir until dissolved.

Place the half roll of paper towels on end in the plastic wipes container and slowly pour the mixed solution over the roll, soaking the paper towels.

Use the lid of the wipes container to squish down the paper towels.  Keep squishing until it closes.  Put the container upside down on a towel.

 

Decide How You Would like to Dispense the Wipes

Once they have a chance to cool, flip the container back over and decide how you want to dispense the wipes – most guides I’ve read recommend pulling the center core out and threading the center wipe through the lid.  However, I have found that the wipes don’t stay connected very well and I tend to have to fish out the wipes more often than I’d like.

 

What I have found that works so much better (but does require just a bit of extra work up front) is to unroll the wipes and gently layer the roll into the wipes box.

 

Pull the center core out when you’re done.  Thread the end of the wipes through the cover of the wipes container.  They tend to stay better connected and feed through so much nicer when you unroll them.

And there you have it.  These wipes are inexpensive and a breeze to make and totally fall into the I feel like a good mommy making them column.  I hope you find this post useful and enjoy making these for your little one as much as I do!

 

Easy DIY Baby Wipes

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