I was really lucky to receive this special request for a Mini. My heart has never been warmer. Gwyneth asked me to make a "brave soul" for her friend's daughter who is only 1 1/2 years old and has been diagnosed with cancer. She wanted little Emma to be able to have a little, tiny friend to take with her when she went for chemo. Gwyneth sent me some pictures of Emma and the child is adorable. Her smile is gigantic.
A couple of years ago my brother, my mom's friend and I took my mom on a cancer walk in Chicago. By this time her cancer was really far along and she couldn't walk very well, so instead of walking she cruised in her wheel chair. All the survivors were given purple shirts to wear, and the supporters white. My mom got a lot of encouraging nods from people. I felt a little weird about the survivors being singled out with their shirts, but I realized that their resiliency was something to be proud of, and that it allowed them to feel solidarity with one another. It was a really beautiful day and something I will always remember. One thing that did shake me up a bit though was seeing the tiny people in purple shirts. A newborn even. It is just a little hard to bear. But, I really observed them and their families and the kids with purple shirts were smiling and laughing with their families just like any child would and there is something really special about that.
So this is Eva. Eva is a kind and brave soul. Ever since she was a teeny, tiny baby, her parents told her that she brought joy and sunshine to the world. As a child she was given a heavy load to bear. She had to do some difficult things that she was too young to even understand, but she had a special gift, because even through the hard stuff she could make people smile. She is not sure how she is able to do this, but she thinks maybe it is because of all the joy and sunshine inside of her. Eva puts on her pig jumper often. Pigs are the silliest animal in existence and she wishes more pigs could be pink. The pig jumper helps her feel brave because it helps her to smile her biggest, joy-filled smile even through the tough stuff. Eva's favorite person in the whole world is Emma. She thinks Emma is the cat's pajamas!
Much love and strength to little, adorable, sun-shine filled Emma!