Of the many hilarious moments in the iconic I Love Lucy show, my favorite scene of all is a touching, enduring one.
Even with a bit of Lucy-like humor, this scene is just sweet...it pulls at the heart's strings.
It begins with Ricky Ricardo reading aloud a note to the audience at his club this particular night. The writer of the note makes a request for a song, one to surprise her husband with the news that they’re having a baby.
Unbeknownst to Ricky, it was Lucy who had written the note.
As the picture fades on this old black-and-white scene, Ricky, shocked and overjoyed, serenades the beautiful Lucille Ball.
At Red Land Cotton, we, like Lucy, are trying to tell you our big news.
We want to scream it from the mountaintops, and honestly, we would love to serenade you, but that wouldn’t be a pleasant experience for any of us. :)
Here goes if you haven't figured it out yet...
We’re having a baby.
The Red Land Cotton family is growing!
Our Katharine Nadine
Anna, our co-founder and creative leader, and her husband Nick are thrilled to announce that their baby girl, Katharine Nadine, is due in June.
Both of her names have family roots. Anna’s middle name is Katharine while Nadine was the name of Mark’s mother. Mark is our co-founder, head farmer and Anna’s dad.
Pictured: father and daughter working together from an early age
In Anna’s junior year of high school, Nadine passed away. Her death left a hole in Anna and her family. But, more importantly, her life left its mark.
See, Nadine was a hippie long before it was cool. She beat to her own drum, and Anna adored this...her grandmother’s free spirit, creativity and confidence.
The original Nadine
For Anna and Nick, it just seems right to name their baby girl after such a woman.
Well Made Linens...For Babies
In learning her own good news, Anna realized other mothers (grandmothers, aunts, etc.) would want linens for their babies that they knew were well made…grown with sustainable farming methods, made with the longest fibers, which ensure softness and durability, and manufactured in America.
And, frankly, there just were no baby linens being made that met all of these points.
It was with a desire to solve this problem (and with a big ole dose of mother’s intuition) that Anna set out designing RLC’s baby line.
Red Land Cotton's Baby Nadine Collection
As with all of our products, we considered how to make these linens the best…to make them stand out from other baby collections.
First, the batting in our baby quilts (yes, we'll have baby quilts!) will be made exclusively from our own cotton. In most quilts, the batting is 100% polyester or a cotton blend. Not so with our baby quilts!
Second, let' talk about color, I am so excited to announce two new options – Baby Pink Ticking Stripe and Baby Blue Ticking Stripe. (Precious!) Of course, we'll still offer white, natural, and our charcoal ticking as we do with our other linens.
Finally, we’ll offer our baby line in a variety of sizes. You can buy fitted crib sheets up to queen size in our new pink or blue ticking prints. Plus, we'll have standard and euro shams available in these prints as well!
As Ricky beautifully serenades Lucy in that touching scene, he sings, “We’re adding a limb to our family tree.”
That’s us, we’re adding a limb to our family tree and a line to our Red Land Cotton products.
We hope you'll join us in our happiness and pray for us as we anticipate Katharine Nadine’s arrival.
And, when the new baby collection becomes available, most likely in April or May, we hope you'll love the linens we so carefully made.
To say we felt inspired as we worked on this new collection, well, that’s an understatement. A mother’s love is a powerful, beautiful thing.
By: Rachel Eubanks, a girl blessed with a small-town Alabama raising. She grew a deep appreciation for farming as she watched her father, an extension agent, work alongside farmers for over 30 years. She now lives outside of Huntsville, AL and loves writing for farm-to-home companies like RLC.