I met Christie Hurst almost 2 years ago at a conference. In that weird real people moment where blog memory fails you in the face of a real face, I did not match blog to blogger. Only later did I slap my forehead because I’d read Christie’s blog, A Lemon Squeezy Home, and had even blogged myself about bow ties I’d made from her tutorial.
Following Christie on Instagram since meeting her, I was so happy for her as she shared her recent pregnancy and delivery of a baby girl – and crushed when they learned a few days after delivery that Ruby had a heart condition and would need at least one, and maybe many surgeries.
Today is the first surgery. Ruby is 6 months old. If they can fix her in just one surgery, that would be amazing and fantastic and wonderful. Christie shares lots about this condition and Ruby’s journey with it on her blog.
I’d like to help watch her kids or take dinner over or distract her a little with something silly- I feel like a friend or neighbor. But since I’m far away I’m sharing #loveforruby in the world where we know each other best – blog and Instagram and Facebook world.
Would you like to share Love for Ruby too? Share an image with a heart – draw it, paint it, sew it, collage it – and post it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #loveforruby.
Another option – use paypal to send a gift to Christie. Gifts can be sent through Paypal directly to her email address, which you’ll find on her blog. She hasn’t asked for it, but I’m sending it anyway. There are bound to be medical expenses and with all of the time at the hospital, other expenses that I’d love to help lighten a bit. Whether it’s for co-pays or a dinner out because there isn’t time to cook, we’re hoping Christie feels warmed by her blog world. We’re no heart surgeons. This is what we can do to help, and you too if you’d like. While the family waits this morning for Ruby to come out of surgery and the weeks of waiting for her to heal, they’ll have the encouraging words, prayers, and gifts from us to remind them they are not alone in this journey. So go ahead. Share the love!