May we someday hear the words "well done" because others have felt His touch and love through our hands and feet and know they are important and special to Him.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall is Here...Christmas is Coming!

Wow!  Summer has flown by and now fall is upon us!  Soon, Christmas will be here!  We have been busy over the summer and sent many items to ACH.  We are now gearing up for fall deliveries and of course, Christmas!  We sent summer items (48 shirts and 50 blankets) and this next week another entire load will be sent!  What a difference you are making!  Check out the photos to see the latest items that were delivered.

This Saturday will be our next meeting.  We hope you can join us - even if you can't sew!  We will begin items for Christmas!!!  They are so fun and so cute!  I can't wait to see what all we can get done!

As we prepare for Christmas, we ask that you keep us in mind.  On black Friday we will do a large flannel purchase.  If you prefer to donate to this fun and EARLY morning, that would be wonderful!  You don't have to sew to make a difference!  And, you don't have to stand in the cold weather!  We all have a part in this world to share God's love.  Do what you are gifted with to do!  

Also, we like to put together something for the staff at ACH as well.  Chocolate is always welcome.  So, perhaps you will consider picking some up to be included in the December delivery?  The staff at ACH is simply without words.  The love and care they pour in to the patients is immeasurable.  They hurt when a child hurts, they cry with joy when a child can go home, and they cry with sorrow when a parent must say good-bye to their child.  What a tough and rewarding job they have.  I hope you will help us show them that they are appreciated.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Does it REALLY matter?

We all have those days, the ones where you ask yourself if what you do really matters.  Did it matter that I took the moment to do a little something out of my way?  Did it make a difference?  Most of what we do day in and day out goes unnoticed by the world.  But, then there are those moments, precious moments, when God bends down and whispers "You made a difference"!

Most people do little things for others without any hope of repayment.  We were designed to be servants, to be givers.  It is what gives us purpose and fulfillment.  What is such a blessing, is when just once in a while it gets noticed.  That simple "thank you" can fuel you through 10,000 more acts without the "thank you"!

In the case of what we do for the babies of Arkansas Children's Hospital, we know that we make a difference, but we rarely get to see the personal impact.  This past week we received a card from a mom that was able to have one of the little shirts we make for the babies of the CVICU.  If I were to write what it says, I couldn't do it justice.  It is for this reason, I have attached a photo of the card for you to read yourself.  Warning, you may want a tissue!  It is my prayer this note touches your heart and you know deeply that what you do DOES matter!  Be the Difference Maker that God designed you to be in this world!

Enjoy and I will see you this Saturday to make even more items!!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Who and Why of What We Do

Spring has sprung and so has the delivery to ACH!  In total we delivered 38 hats, 56 flannel receiving blankets, 29 shirts, and 16 flannel backed blankets!  And, with our April meeting coming up, we are going to be able to deliver even more by the end of the month!  It is so very exciting!

This may be a recap to some, and may be new to others, but I want to take a moment and explain what we do and why.  It is my prayer that this blesses you and encourages you to either be a part of us, or to find a way in which you can be more than you.  Where God can use your talents and passions to make a difference.  You will NEVER regret it!

At Arkansas Children's Hospital you will find the NICU which is a term many are used to and know.  But, what you also find is the CVICU and that is a more foreign term for many.  It stands for the Cardiovascular ICU.  We are used to hearing about cardiac care units in hospitals for adults so the idea is not foreign, but to think about the unit for little ones is many times overwhelming.  Babies born with heart defects is actually quite common.  And, the CVICU at ACH is able to take care of all types!  What they can do is completely amazing.  I have seen them rebuild parts of a heart, an entire heart, transplant a heart, and all the other repairs and procedures in between.  There are patients from all over the world coming because of what they can do.  And, patients of all ages are in the CVICU because if even as an adult if your heart issue is from a defect, you get treated there!  The staff at ACH is under immense pressure with having patients in such a very critical stage.  Their efforts and love make the difference for the patients and their families.  I don't know of more amazing teams!

Now that you know "who" here is the "why"!  When you are a baby in the CVICU it is important to be able to have IV access.  This is a given in the hospital.  Most babies must have two IV access points to make sure one always works.  So, this means there will most likely be one in an arm and then one in the leg or other location of the body.  In addition, many of these patients have had open heart surgery so they have an incision down the center of their chest.  It is a lot of wires and lines to work around, not to mention the daily x-rays and other procedures that must be done.  The little shirts that we make are designed to go around ALL of this!  This allows parents to put a little something on their baby.  To have a "normal" moment and dress their little one.  This moment is priceless.  There is nothing else out there like this.  The other items we provide such as blankets and hats are items that we know can be used by the babies/families of the CVICU.  Flannel receiving blankets are used to cover the bed and give a pretty or fun bed for the baby to lay upon.  Regular receiving blankets from the store don't fit the beds so we make blankets that do!  Hats are just simply cute, and the other blankets we make are a little smaller than typical to fit in the bed with the babies.

It is my prayer this helps you understand why this ministry is important.  And, why we hope you will make the decision to be a part of it as well.  No matter your choice, I pray this ministry blesses you.

May your day be intentional and blessed so you can make the biggest impact in this world!

See you soon!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring is Here - Celebrate!

It's that time again!  Spring!  New life is coming out every where you look.  It's so exciting and refreshing.  And, new items are completed and even more being wrapped up by our wonderful ladies that sew, create, and contribute to making a difference with us.  Although we haven't revealed what we've been up to lately, I know that you will be pleasantly surprised!  And, I hope it inspires you to either join us or take a step to making a difference in the world around you with the skills and talents God has specifically given to you.

Through the cold and snow of winter, there were people making small steps on a regular basis.  These steps have provided a wonderful delivery for the babies at Arkansas Children's Hospital CVICU.  And, lately we have had the option of sharing this ministry with others and have new ladies that have joined with us.  It has been a true and wonderful blessing.  Today the first package arrived at ACH and next week the other portion will arrive!  Photos and totals will be posted then so be on the lookout for those over these next few days.

For those of you that enjoy spring cleaning...we love fabric!  We especially love new, unwashed flannel to use for making blankets.  And, precious cotton prints are wonderful for our little shirts.  We are typically blessed with absolutely beautiful flowers and such for the little girls, but would love to have more little boy cotton fabrics.  Again, new and unwashed please.  It only takes a yard of fabric to cut out 8 shirts so as you can imagine, little pieces are great for variety too!

This month, April, our meeting would typically fall on the first Saturday of the month.  This year though that is Easter weekend.  Easter is such a special time of thankfulness and blessing for the price Jesus paid for us.  It is for this reason, we want our ladies and those that help this ministry to take this time with their families.  We will meet instead on the third Saturday which will be April 18 from 9-12 that morning.  If you would like to join us, please email me for the address at and I will get you the details!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Let's GO!

Our January meeting was unfortunately cancelled due to the flu bug making it's rounds even through our home! But because of the work that has been done over the last few months, as well as work from some wonderful ladies in Houston, we still have a load to deliver!  We are always so very, very blessed.

Our February meeting is coming up where we will wrap up some final things to include in the delivery and then we will knock out many more items for the next month!  Come join us for a refreshing time of fellowship and creativity as we work on the items for next month.

I look forward to seeing you!  Let's GO!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ending 2014 Overwhelmingly Blessed

What an amazing year it has been! Our meetings in November and December wrapped up so many items! In December alone we delivered another 50 blankets, 20 shirts, 10 hats, and even 2 quilts from the smaller pieces of flannel!

During this year, we have had donations of time, fabric, and funds that allowed us to impact and bless many, many families. We have been covered by prayer, encouraged, and loved. This next year can be even bigger! So excited!!!

My heart is full of JOY unspeakable! In some of the hardest and saddest times for people as they watch and deal with the struggles and suffering of their little one, we have had the honor of being the love of Jesus to them.  Just letting them know they matter, they're not alone.  No words can ever describe or cover what this them or me. And, someday when you see His smile, you too will be speechless! I look forward to that moment, but until then, will see how much of a difference we can make!

I urge you that even if you cannot be part of our group, be part of something bigger than you.  Find something to use your talents (or learn new things) and be determined to be a Difference Maker in 2015!

Thank you and may you have a blessed 2015!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Drum Roll Please...

Wow!  A lot of hands each doing a part and we had an amazing October.  This will be quick as I just want to give you the totals.  We delivered items at the beginning of the month and then wrapped up a few more things for delivery yesterday.  So the totals are:

121 Flannel Blankets - These are used to cover the bed and give the babies a beautiful bed and soft bed to lay on because typically store bought blankets are way too small.
34 Shirts - Boy, girl, and pumpkins!  These are the specially designed vests we make that work with all the lines, cords, and wires these precious babies must have.
5 Quilts - Extra soft and perfect for wrapping around these little ones.
3 Lovies - Nice and small to fit in their bed with them and give a sweet snuggle!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those that made this happen!  Now on to fall and Christmas items!  I hope to see you tomorrow for sewing at my home!  Email for directions.