* This post was originally an email on March 5, 2020
Lindsay is home and we're happy to report that her recovery is going very well. She experienced some crazy side effects and a lot of fatigue—all to be expected after widespread infection. But the side effects are diminishing and she's steadily regaining energy. I know she appreciates continued prayer as she continues to rest, heal, and go through all of the follow-up appointments.
(For those of you who might have missed the first email and aren't on social, you can read about what happened in this blog post of the original email.
We don't like dwelling on how scary a couple of those days were, but we remember them enough to be very grateful for this outcome. Thank you for praying, hoping, and believing, and thanks for all the kind messages of support.
We've spent a lot of time ruminating on hope and healing these past few months, and here we find ourselves in the season for it. Spring. Easter. New life.
Most of our team lives in the Midwest, where Spring is never a straightforward affair. Last Sunday I wore a dress and no jacket, basking in the warmth of 62 degrees. The next day I walked my son to school with freezing-hail-snow bouncing off the sidewalk like styrofoam. Nature has to undergo such a dramatic transformation to get from freezing temperatures to green summer days. It isn't always a graceful transition, but it is an awe-inspiring one.
You'll be seeing some exciting new things in the shop later this month, as Lindsay wraps up creation of a brand new collection, coming late this month. She's created some really beautiful and meaningful new pieces that we can't wait to share with you.
In the meantime, our art director Laura curated some perennial favorites for this winter-to-spring transition. I asked the team if they'd each share their current favorite from the Spring Picks Collection, which I've been scattering through this email.
The piece I'm feeling most for this Spring is Lindsay's Little White Barn Abstract II (two above). Laura's selection (above) is Waterfall Abstract. Beth's is Bouquet Abstract and Melissa's is Milk & Honey (pictured together below).
I put Lindsay's pick at the top of this email: Rosie Horizon Abstract. Isn't it an amazing piece? It fills me with a sense of calm anticipation. There's a beautiful story behind it, too, which you can read in the "about" dropdown in the product listing.
We hope you enjoy browsing the Spring Picks Collection and finding something to freshen your space for the new season.
We don't have any control over how many snowfalls are left or what the sun is doing day-to-day—or really over much of anything, really. But we do have control over what we put on our walls, and we really believe in the impact that art can have on our hearts, minds, and well-being.
*This post was originally an email on February 20, 2020.*
Hello, LL Community,
My heart is very heavy (both with sadness and hope) as I write this.
For any of you who don't yet know: last week, Lindsay and Dugan left on a much-needed, well-deserved vacation to Mexico.
On Sunday the 16th of February, less than 24 hours into the trip, Lindsay was suddenly struck with severe stomach pains and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Doctors determined that she had kidney stones and an infection, and she stayed the evening in their care. After consulting with a doctor they know and trust, Lindsay and Dugan flew back to the States the next day.
Upon landing in Chicago on Monday evening, Lindsay was taken to a hospital in the area. Tests showed the infection had spread throughout her body, and she underwent surgery to drain the infected fluids from her kidneys. She's been in the ICU under sedation since, as the medical team waits for her numbers to stabilize.
This morning I got a fuller update from her good friends Ashley and Randi (a nurse), who said that Lindsay's numbers are trending in the right direction, that the infection is now under control, and that—barring anything truly shocking and unusual—her life isn't in danger anymore. At this point it's a matter of letting her rest, continuing the antibiotics and other treatments, assessing any long-term damage, and weaning her off the sedation.
There is much we're thankful for. We're thankful for a very qualified team of specialists who know what is going on and are confident that they are providing the right treatment plan. We're thankful that Lindsay is otherwise healthy, which means that her body should continue to respond to treatment and make a full recovery.
But we are, of course, extremely sad that this happened at all. It stings all the more that it happened while she was far from home and trying to relax and restore.
As her team, we know our role right now is to continue to serve her business. We're taking a pause on some projects and initiatives, and the social media accounts will be quiet for a while (save for updates on Lindsay). But we're very much at work behind the scenes. Orders will be fulfilled, customer service emails will be answered.
As we have been for months, we're grateful to be in the position to serve her customers which—in turn—serves Dugan and Lindsay and their family.
A few weeks ago, Lindsay lettered this quote from Frederich Buechner:
"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."
This piece was scheduled to be released with the rest of Lindsay's beautiful new Spring collection, but you might see it in the shop a little sooner. They're words we personally want in front of us as we pray, process, and wait—fully confident that beauty will have the final word in this situation.
The rest of that quote goes:
"The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are, because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us ... I love you. There's only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too."
With love & gratitude,
Joy & Team
P.S. We'll do our best to keep everyone updated, but you can follow Dugan on Instagram for the most up-to-date updates.