Monday, March 8, 2010

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The Birth of Rumparooz

Looking back at the day I made Autumn's first diaper, I never imagined this is where we would be today. This just wasn't the plan. The Rumparooz didn't even have a name, they were just a solution to our personal needs. After the diapers started getting attention from other interested moms, the first person I turned to was my mom. Since I was 5 years old she has been my mentor in all things fabric and stitching. She was an amazing seamstress. You could not stand in our house and not be within arms reach of something that she made.

I lost my mother in August of 2007. I still can not say that out loud without quickly becoming inconsolable. She passed away very suddenly after suffering from complications of a disease called Scleroderma Sclerosis. This does not have to be a fatal disease, but my mother was mis-diagnosed and went un-treated for many years. I lost so much more then my mom and my best friend that day. I lost a part of me. There are just no words to express the depth of the pain. My mother was so proud of me and so excited for where she knew we were heading. She was my biggest fan! The morning that she passed away, no one knowing that would be her last, she told me "Honey, I am so proud of you. You work so hard and what you are doing is not only amazing for your family, but so many others as well." And that is what I take with me.

Immediately after my mothers passing my Aunt founded the Susan Marie Sclerodmera Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Their mission is to raise monies to support efforts to increase awareness of and treatments for scleroderma. You can learn more about this organization here: http://smsclerodermafoundation.com

24 comments:

whocg23 said...

I loved that video with that great music. That is a great story! Thank you for sharing it!

Katie said...

What a touching and amazing story! The love and ambition of a mom can do so much !
~K8tmama

Arizona Girl said...

Thanks for sharing this story with us. It was good to learn and hear.

Annie Brainard said...

I love these diapers! We have 13 of them and they are super soft, super adorable, and super practical.

Rambling Rachel said...

How cool! Thanks for sharing. The Rumparooz even fit my tall toddler and are one of my favorites!

dbassett said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a loved one :(

Your video was amazing to watch! It makes me that much more excited to try some Rump-a-rooz!

Jenney said...

I am so sorry about your mom, I cannot imagine. My mom is my best friend and biggest cheerleader. We bought 2 newborn Rumparooz as soon as they were available at Kellyscloset.com and cannot wait to try them on our new baby in a few weeks!

Lisa said...

Great video!

Sarah J. said...

After I read this and watched your video, I had to call my mom and thank her. I am sorry for your loss! I cannot imagine what I would if I were in your shoes.

Big Mama said...

what a fantastic and inspiring story. AMAZING!

Sarah said...

I've never tried Rumparooz, but they sound great!

soccercutie_8 said...

What an inspirational story. Thanks to such creative and wonderful moms we have cloth diapers such as Rumparooz to use on our little ones. I cannot sew so I'm thankful that other moms have shared their wonderful creations with all of us! I love CD'ing and I would never think about going back to the dreaded disposable diaper!

Amy LaRae said...

Wow, what a great story! I hope your grand opening goes well!

Michele said...

Such a great story! i cannot wait to try out a Rumparooz diaper on my four month old. Also I loved the song that you used for the video - I had to go and download it on iTunes :-)

Kayla said...

What a wonderful video and touching story. I can't wait to try a Rumparooz. I'm so sad I missed getting to try the Lil Joeys on my daughter!

Amanda said...

Never did I think a CD video would make me cry!! I LOVE RUMPAROOZ! Even more now that I know how they started! YOU ROCK MAMA!!!

christine said...

These are some of my favorite diapers! Love the Whale and Monster prints, and love supporting a local mom :)

Crystal said...

I thought that was a great video! What a cool story!
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Andrea said...

This is a great video! I watched it when I saw the tweet that it was up. I can't wait to get my Rumparooz in the mail and try them out!

Erin KRueger said...

What a great story!

Mama's said...

Such an amazing story!!

One of the ladies on our review site just made a review video of RaR's.

www.allthisfluff.blogspot.com

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Sounds very much like my mother. I am inspired by her craftiness.
So sorry for your loss, but what a wonderful thing to come from it.

Steve and Heather Sanders said...

Loved watching your video! I've never really checked into Rumparooz until I watched your video. I would love to try one sometime!

Melissa said...

love the video awesome music and pictures and story! Love the diapers too!