A close friend sent me the story of the cardinal. “A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who passed away. When you see them it means they are visiting you. They show up when you need them the most. They show up to let you know that your loved one will always be with you.” I began painting cardinals and felt the comfort of their presence. Kellie Rynn was not the first child to lose their life in an in home child care center. We found out that many other families had suffered the same loss we had. My cardinal pillows comforted me by giving me an outlet during those early tough days, and then I began to get requests from others who had lost loved ones. The pillows became a “go to gift” for other families that were suffering from loss. Each pillow is hand painted and 100% of the proceeds goes to Kellie Rynn Academy.