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Christmas Card Photo Donation

Due to the AMAZING response and its only been 24 hours since I posted this, I am adding a half day on Sunday!  THANK YOU! EVERYONE! So very much for all your support!  I can not wait to meet each and everyone of you!  What a blessing!:)  See Below for Sunday openings! 

“Where there is great Love, there are always Miracles.”

~Willa Cather

I met Ruby’s mom Lauren, about 7 months ago when I worked at Tranquility Dental.  She came in to talk to us about the Make-A-Wish foundation of Minnesota and the Walk for Wishes that was coming up in June of 2012.   Lauren had been working for Make-A-Wish of Minnesota close to a year.  When we met she was about 19 weeks pregnant and had just found out that she was having a baby girl!  The entire office of Tranquility quickly bonded with Lauren, not only because she brought us treats, but because you could tell her love for the foundation was so strong, as was her heart for children.  So the Walk for Wishes Day came and Lauren, who was excited to see the office in their Tooth Fairy tutu’s was not there.  We quickly discovered she had had baby Ruby,  4 months too early.  On July 4, 2012, baby Ruby was born at 1lb 6oz.   The birth of Ruby Love had flipped Lauren and her husband Travis’ world upside down.  Not knowing if Ruby would survive all anyone could do was pray.  Remarkably, three and a half months later, Ruby is still holding on strong thanks to the prayers and amazing Doctors at The Children’s Hospital.  I was able to meet baby Ruby for the first time when she was 3lbs.  It was at that time I was able to see where her strength came from, her mom and dad.

Ruby’s parents are fighters, just like her.  Their love towards one another is magical.  They have the most positive outlook on life.   You just want to be best friends when you meet them, at least I did.   You can see they are staying strong for their baby girl, who isn’t out of the woods yet, but is well on her way.   It is unfathomable how someone so small can change so many lives.  That is why, this year with help  from Christmas LTD and The Commons Workplace on November 17, 2012, I will be taking Christmas photos for anyone who wants.  My only request is when you come for your Christmas photo, you make a Christmas donation to either help pay for Ruby’s medical bills which exceed $10,000 or donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  More detail will be available November 17th when I see you at your photo session! :)


Also, Thank You for all the great feedback on Facebook!


When:  Saturday, November 17, 2012 & Sunday, November 18, 2012

Where:  The Commons Workplace
               540 Lake Street
               Excelsior, MN 55331

Time: 8:00 am to 5:oo pm

Includes: 20 minute Photo Session, 5 Edited Photos, with Christmas Decor backdrops and photography studio lighting thanks to Christmas LTD

Online Viewing Gallery, as well as e-mailing full resolution photos for you to do whatever you wish with them!

Fee: Whatever you can afford to donate

For: This Beautiful Baby

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

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Please send all requests to redvelvetmoments@gmail.com.  This is a first come, first serve basis.  If slots fill up I may extend it another day.  Thank you so much for all your support!  Please Share this with as many friends and families as you know via e-mail or Facebook with the links provided below.

  • Scott VanBerkom - Anytime between 9am and 11am would work.ReplyCancel

  • Amber Berent - Hey Tiffany! Such a cause close to my heart as Brian and I are the parents of a preemie, so I can’t pass this up! If the 10:00am slot is still open, can you put us in for it? Otherwise, we’re pretty flexible, let us know what would work.


  • Tina Ackermann - Is the 8am time slot still open? If so, please put our name on it.ReplyCancel

  • Shari Clines - This is a wonderful thing you are doing! God Bless you! I saw this post on facebook thru Lana Vaca.ReplyCancel

  • Thea Feierabend - Can I take the 12:40pm slot? Can I bring Herbie?ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Seven - How wonderful!!! We don’t know you, but can not wait to meet you! Could we take the 3:00 slot on Sunday? :) ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Picasso - We would love to support Ruby!! We’ve spent some time in the NICU @ St. Paul Children’s ourselves. Amazing, beautiful, scary, loving, sad, incredible, heartmoving place. We would love to take any of the 2:20ish -3:40ish spot. What a wonderful thing you are doing.
    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Kari - Ill take any of the slots on SundayReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I am and have been best friends with Lauren since 2000 ( I live in NY) and am so blessed to have read this. You brought me to tears as you explain my friend so well. She is a great friend to people and one of the most passionate and caring people I know. She is always doing for others and now she and Travis have had to go something so challenging, yet chose to be so strong through it! Thank you for your support … This is amazing … You are truly doing a wonderful thing!ReplyCancel

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