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We were so touched to receive the following email and just knew we had to share it with all of you. We have always felt that we do more than just "sell clothes". As moms, we carefully select outfits for our children for special events, picture days and memorable moments. When we see these outfits later, they remind us of that moment in time. Somehow we can't believe they were ever small enough to fit in that tiny outfit while at the same time mixing up their socks with ours in the laundry because now they're practically the same size! Thank you, Austin, for taking the time to share your precious story with us. We are all praying for your sweet family.

XOXO, Amy & Nicole


I have been purchasing Smocked Auctions for my daughters for many years now.  I began when my oldest, now almost 8, was 3 and have bought for her and her younger sister for many years.  My mom used to make and smock all my dresses so I was thrilled when I found a company that had reasonably priced, beautifully made smocked pieces that I could carry on the tradition of dressing my girls in.

My younger sister was getting married this last May and I ordered the highly coveted turquoise and pink floral for my older girls to wear to rehearsal dinner and order a separate bubble for my soon to be newborn that was due in July.  It was going to be the first outfit I had for all of my soon to be three girls to wear together.

We got hit with the huge shock when our fourth came 9 weeks early with severe brain damage and bacterial meningitis.  We spent the first three days basically waiting for her little body to finally give up.  Every organ had failed, and amidst all the prayers and tears in the back of my mind all I could think about was that beautiful little bubble and that I would never get to put her in it and match her sisters.  Much to all the doctors dismay on day three she began to move for the first time.  She has in the last 5 months done things none of her doctors have ever seen a baby that sick do.

Shortly after she finally got to come home from the NICU my sister who is a professional photographer asked to do a newborn shoot with my four children and I knew immediately that was what I wanted them to wear.  It may seem silly, it's just clothes, but the joy that came from getting to dress all three of my girls together was almost overwhelming.  The reality of my fourth surviving and thriving came out in that moment.  Thank you for continuing to do what you do. 

- Austin Stratton


“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” - Ephesians 3:20-21


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