Friday, March 13, 2015

thank-you for Auction for Eleni!

It has been two very long weeks (feels more like two months) since Eleni was born.  What should have been a peaceful, sweet time has been fraught with worry, stress and heartbreak.  But it has also been a time enveloped by such an outpouring of love, prayer and encouragement both online and in our local community.   And we are thankful, so thankful, for you.

We are also terribly thankful for the Auction for Eleni effort, even if it is a little awkward to talk about money-related things here.  The auction begins tomorrow, Saturday the 14th and ends on Sunday the 15th.  Your generosity in donating auction items amazes me - so many special fabrics, gorgeous fabric stacks, lovingly made quilts and handmade items.  I want to show off some of the amazing items up for grabs in this space to be sure they get the attention they deserve.  Of course, this is just a sampling!  I couldn't include all the wonderful donations in this post.

There are a host of beautiful fabric bundles, donated by quilt shops and individuals:

Auction for Eleni {bundles}

You'll find handmade items:

Auction for Eleni {handmades}

Quilts of all sizes (mini's too!):

Auction for Eleni {quilts}

And some rare, hard-to-find fabrics being de-stashed in such a kind way:

Auction for Eleni {special fabrics}

In addition to tangible items, there are gift certificates to Sew Modern and Jones & Vandermeer, a listing for a custom single quilt and for a long arm quilting job.  

The auction is occurring on Instagram this weekend, and you do need an Instagram account to bid, as far as I understand.  Though if you have a good friend already on Instagram, maybe he or she could bid on your behalf.  Most, if not all, listings show a starting bid and shipping info. 

A photo posted by @auctionforeleni on

We are told that Eleni will likely be in the NICU for another two weeks, at least.  The doctors can't tell us much of anything for certain, least of all the big, important things we worry about most.  When we're at our best, we take it one day at a time and leave the future to itself.  Grace, strength and hope for the day at hand




  1. Rachel, you and your entire family have been in my prayers since your first post. Thank you for the updates when you can.

  2. Sending you lots of love and good wishes, Rachel. May Eleni be very mildly affected by her illness, and may you all be lovingly supported as you move forward. You are one of my favorite blogging "friends" - someone I feel connected to despite never having actually meeting. I have been reading your posts with deep sadness.

    I love that someone has come up with this auction event to support you and your family, both financially and I imagine it serves to really lift your spirits as well.

    I don't have an Instagram account. I think I will have to set one up just so i can participate!

    lots of love, Liz

  3. Thinking of you and Eleni every day



  4. Rachel, I have been praying for you all, most especially Eleni. xoxo

  5. Oh Rachel, you are beautiful. I can't wait to bid in some of these items!
    Praying for help to take it moment by moment, I know that's what I would find the hardest. Xxx

  6. So much love to you Rachel. You are so inspiring and give so much to this community. It is wonderful that our community can give back and help ease the financial burden your family faces. Continuing to pray and think of you & your family often.

  7. Rachel, wishing peace and strength as you and your family navigate this new life.

  8. Prayers for you all. Hugs from Tampa, FL too. I have been drooling over ALL Of the items on the auction. Wish I could take the ALL home, lol.

  9. prayers and blessings for your family

  10. Rosemary B here:
    I am praying for all of you, Dear Rachel. Always, all of you are on my mind
    PLEASE let us know any thing you need help with.
    I love you and I love Eleni.
    Two more weeks at the hospital is good. this gives you time to rest, get strong, and
    and all of you to settle in.
    You are loved.

    1. also: I am going to try to bid on some things. I am not too good at instagram and online stuff (getting oldish) but the offerings are wonderful. Very tempting.
      I know this auction will be a success.

  11. I can barely see through my tears as I catch up with you news. Remember, every day is a new day!

  12. The love you feel is very real. We are all rooting for Eleni and for the entire family. Eleni has you for parents and this gives her a great gift in this world. You and your family have Eleni and she is a gift to all of you. I know I had to struggle wondering about many of the same questions that you are, as did my best friend, as do many of us. Unfortunately, we can't sway any outcomes with our worries and fears. So, I just want to say that I, and my best friend, and the many of us out there, no matter what the answers turned out to be for all these hard, big questions, we will all agree that our child is a great gift in our lives. Our eyes shine as we point out their accomplishments, our hearts nearly burst as they face new challenges. Eleni has been born into a place of love, with a parent who can inspire love in people who are thousands of miles away, many who haven't even actually met her. Eleni was born into a family of love, a father who will protect and support, siblings who will help every inch of the way, and a Mother who will do all things to make sure she is the best that she can be. And she will be great :)

  13. Continued prayers for Eleni and her awesome family. I know God is holding all of you very tight.

  14. I have been watching this auction with much interest! So many lovely things. And I can think of nothing else more important to spend my money on currently. :) Sending warm thoughts and prayers to your family.

  15. Thank you for taking the time to post baby Eleni's progress. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you many hugs.

  16. So much love surrounding you, little Eleni and your family. There is more power in that love than we can ever imagine.

  17. What a nice surprise to see my elf doll featured here on your blog, Rachel! I'm so happy to be able to help in this small way and I pray that the auction is wildly successful and trust that it will be. I've been praying for Eleni often and for your mama heart, too. Thank you for sharing with us here.

  18. Love to all of you. Untold gifts.cxx

  19. The auction is awesome, BIG praise to the efforts that have gone into it, for the wonderful donations from quilters and bloggers and IMers, and praise to your sponsors that generously donated as well!!! God bless you and healing prayers for Eleni.

  20. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    You are loved. Your wonderful family is in my thoughts every day & I'm not the only one.


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