Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Critter Ranch Llamas in Pajamas Giveaway!






This will be a different post here on the blog than I normally do. If you have followed this blog for long, you know that we have been fans of The Critter Ranch and her work for years. I had this blogpost scheduled to publish tomorrow, but I just received some very sad news.  Last night our friend Sue of The Critter Ranch lost her 2 year old Great Grandson to a horrible tragedy.

 Rather than having you choose something to talk about from her lovely shop, instead I would like to Sue (and Diana of Fiber Fancy- the boy's auntie) to know that there are fiber artists from all over that care. If you would post a small condolence at in the comments section, perhaps when time has allowed some healing to occur, Sue and Diana will be able to read your comments and know our feelings of sympathy towards them. A randomly chosen commenter will receive these adorable Llamas in Pajamas created by Sue of The Critter Ranch for our December box.

Austin was a victim of a very horrible tragedy, and the family is quite unprepared for any funeral expenses. An email to forward paypal donations has been set up by the family: austinjsmith2013 at gmail dot com

Thank you in advance for your kind thoughts for our friends. 

57 comments:

skaro964 said...

I am so sorry for your loss of such a bright shining star in your life. Please try to remember the happy times you had with Austin. Austin was taken from your family much too soon. I know in my heart such a sweet little boy is now playing at the feet of G'd in heaven.

my8kidsmom said...

Oh dear. There just aren't words. The human language isn't sufficient in times like these....you are loved and we grieve with you.

Kris C said...

I am so very sorry for your loss, Sue and Diana.

Sometimes all we can do is try to remember happy times with those we've loved and lost, and hug each other a little tighter as we grieve.

Please accept my sincere condolences. Hugs to you both.

Leora said...

Oh dear! I don't think there is any way to say I know how Sue is feeling, but I hope she knows that she is well-loved.

Hugs, thoughts, and sympathy to the family...

Elaine said...

Yesterday, an online friend of mine died after a sudden and aggressive cancer diagnosis. She left behind her husband and two very young children. I pray that your beautiful Austin meets Barb, and that they share the love and sparkle that we on Earth were robbed of, and that together, they can radiate comfort to the hurting family left behind. Austin is forever peaceful, forever happy. But, those who loved him will never be the same. Deep condolences and love to all the bereaved.

Rebekah A. M. said...

There really aren't words for the loss of a child, especially one so young and innocent. I wish you the absolute best as you're going through this incredibly difficult time; I only wish I could say more ^.^''

Lots of hugs, dear.

Busy Boney Hands said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the unexpected, unimaginable loss of Austin. You have my deepest sympathy. We are here for you if you need anything.Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

rvknitz said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of this darling boy. Grieving takes time, and you may be caught unaware by your emotions as time passes. Allow yourself to feel the pain, cry when you need to, ask for a hug if you need one. We are with you in spirit.

Saus said...

I'm in LOVE with your emerald green yarn! I also love the spring batt, african violets. Beautiful!

Chris said...

Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers for your family.

Donna Molles said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. We lost our daughter 8 years ago to a tragic accident. There are just no words for something like this. Only tears. And comfort from God and friends. You WILL survive this and learn to live again! In the beginning, though, it is one breath at a time. We've sent a donation to help with costs, but if you ever feel the need to talk (or scream or rant or cry), do not hesitate to contact me. I am sticks2string on Ravelry. I am praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

My heart feels heavy with sadness for the loss of your Great Grandson.
I'm so very sorry beyond words.

Take care.
StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

leolover said...

Sue and Diana,

I am so deeply sorry for your unimaginable loss. There are no words to comfort you at this time, but just know that there are many in the Ravelry/Phat Fiber family that are praying for you and your family and thinking of you at this dark time. Hugs, prayers and sympathy to all of you....

Lindr said...

I have been a patron of both Sue's and Diana's shops and have followed them as part of the Phatfiber family. My heart goes out to you and your families; the loss of a child is simply unimaginable. I know that words cannot change anything, but my love and sympathy and hope are with you.

suzanne marie said...

We will be keeping your family in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time.

Dee said...

Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. My sympathy to all of you.

Cats said...

How terrible to lose a child. My deepest sympathy goes out to you both and your family. I hope in time that the hurt fades and the memories of Austin shine bright.

Sincerely,
Cheryl-Anne

Debbie said...

I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. Losing a close family member, especially one so young is devestating. I will keep you in my prayers.

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Silja Devine said...

I really dont know what to say, all I can do is send my thoughts and prayers! I am so sorry for your loss!

Silja in Norway.

Chelsea @ Garden-Me.com said...

How I ache for you. I'm so sorry for your loss and I'm praying for you and your family.

Jessica Jo said...

This makes me very sad. I always find it [eventually] comforting to know that everything happens for a reason. While we might not be able to see what the reasoning behind such a tragedy is right now, it is still part of the plan. You will see him again some day. He is safe now.

Perrin said...

I am ever so sorry. I will keep you in my prayers

Nola said...

It's impossible for me to express how my heart breaks for this little one and the family he has left behind to grieve. There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child, and I wish I could hug each and everyone in the family during this time of loss.

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Marlitharn said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Carmen Nuland said...

My daughter is two years old and I can not even begin to imagine the heartache and sorrow you feel at the lost of Austin. My sincere condolences go out to you and the family.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Sue and Diana. My heart goes out to you both as well as to the rest of the family. Please know that we all care, and hope the memories and love for Austin outshine the pain of his loss. Hugs, hotknitter

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is especially hard when it is a small child. You and your families will be im my thoughts during this sad time.

Debra Lee said...

Praying for you and your little angel.

Kathryn said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. I know loss all too well, and there are just no words. Much love and many, gentle hugs to help you through.

Karen said...

I am so sorry for your loss. If possible, lean on friends and family, be kind to yourself and remember the love. There is a hole is your heart labeled "Austin" and it will hurt for awhile, but remembering the love will help. I wish I could do more, but know I am praying for you and your family. Take care.

Debbie in KY said...

I'm so, so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Hugs & prayers for you both and your entire family at this most difficult time.

Heather J said...

Loss is never easy to accept.Please accept my condolences, thoughts, and prayers.

Brittany said...

I cannot fathom the widespread devastation that comes from losing one so young and innocent. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you can in time you can find peace.

Wehaf said...

My deepest condolences; I hope you find some measure of peace in the days to come.

rebelknitting said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is heart wrenching to know that one so young is lost to us. There is nothing that can be said to ease your suffering. My prayers for you and your family.

camphillpeaches said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts!

Anonymous said...

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Tears help us say goodbye...

Dovile said...

I'm really sorry for your loss, and I know that any words won't you feel better, so just please accept a hug and my sincere condolences.

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Becca said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and deepest sympathy to you.

susanjd said...

might heart aches for you! but I am sure that ache doesn't not even come close to the pain and emptiness you must be reeling from. I desperately hope that you can both draw some hope and comfort from the words on this blog, to help you find the strength and courage to go on.
blessing, Susan

BlueKittyMeow said...

One of the most painful losses is the loss of an innocent. May your heart heal over time and the wonderful memories of Austin fill the hole his departure left. It's small comfort, but he is at peace now, it's those left behind who feel the loss so deeply.
Sending good energy and prayers your way along with sincerest condolences for your loss.

Allena said...

I am so sorry! I'm sending lot of virtual hugs your way!

Sherry Glover said...

My heart aches when I hear of such a loss. Please know that you and your family will be in my prayers. My deepest condolences.


sherryglover1@yahoo.com

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TheCritterRanch said...

I want to thank everyone for there
Prayers, hugs, donations and condolences...
We are trying to get back to the best possible normal we can...
I am so blessed to be part of the Phat Fiber Family!!
Thank you!!
For all you’ve done for me Di and our family

Anonymous said...

The death of a child strikes our very core, so much potential, so much happiness, so much life becomes unrecoverable. While most people do not share your experience, they can empathize with your loss. I wish that you didn't have to experience these events; my heart and thoughts go out to you. May your memories of him bring you joy and your grieving process be aided by family and friends. May you find peace and clarity in these hard times.

Aleda said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You and all of his family are in my thoughts.

Anna B said...

A great big cyber-hug to your whole family! I'm so sorry for your loss.

Cityslingers said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what you are going through.

Kate said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. I wish you comfort and healing and sunshine to ease your pain.

Zabelle said...

Sending prayers and good thoughts to you and your family.

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