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.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Smile Moments

What a wonderful meeting we had this month!!! Over the last few meetings more and more has been completed and it turned out that we were able to wrap up the final steps on a lot of items in just a few hours!

Yesterday some of our awesome ladies delivered to Arkansas Children's Hospital a package with 32 shirts and 41 blankets for the babies and families of the CVICU.  These items are specially made to meet the needs of the CVICU patients. I will post photos in the next few days!

Wow! So many families will have a "smile moment"! Thank you to all those involved as well as all those that lift up this ministry.

I can tell you from personal experience, these "smile moments" are priceless. They are sometimes very rare.  There are no words for them. To know others care for your family that you don't even know, truly priceless. Although I hope those that read this don't need to experience this feeling, if you do, know there are people that love you, are praying for you, and working to bless you in the hardest of times.  These gifts are the best way we can.

Thank you again to those that work to make a difference in the lives of others (with this or in other ways). Someday, we will experience pure joy when God shows us the impact of our actions! Very, very exciting!!!

See you on July 5!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"Give us this day, our daily bread..."

I have always been amazed at God's provision for this ministry.  He blesses it in abundance so we can bless so many others.  The delivery that recently made it's way to ACH was over 40 blankets, plus of course our shirts and hats!

As I prepare for this coming Saturday to join with friends again to sew and have fellowship, I know that I am out of white serger thread and will need to pick some up.  But when?!?!  I have a lot to get done before Saturday!  Then, I go through a package that arrived from a woman I have never met.  In that package is the EXACT thread that works best for my machine!  Not to mention, the package is full of all sorts of other goodies we will be able to use!!!

  I wanted to share this note because all of us have those moments when we feel like there is something we need to do, but we shrug it off and say I will get to it later.  Procrastination steals the joy of giving and receiving blessings.  Never doubt what God has working in the background that you don't see.  And, always, always, tell Him thank you when you get those showers of blessings upon you!

Have a wonderful day full of blessings!  See you Saturday!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spring Showers

Spring has come (and almost gone)! This Spring was showers of blessings. We were blessed with beautiful supplies and giving hands to make them into wonderful, wonderful items.  Although I haven't had a chance to update the blog, we were no less busy!  The first Saturday of each month amazing women show up at my home (as young as 3....) ready to have a wonderful time of fellowship while making a difference for others.  There are others who are unable to join us, but they contribute supplies and most importantly they pray for this ministry.  We were able to send an awesome delivery to ACH at the beginning of May.  And I can't wait to wrap up all the started items in our June meeting and have another bounty of blessings to deliver!  Check out the photos.  You will see all sorts of fabrics!  And, some of you will recognize items made from what you have given.  Thank you.  You make a difference!

Just wait until you see what the June update will have!!!  I look forward to sharing it with all of you!

Remember, everything you do makes a difference.  It doesn't matter what you intend, it matters what is done.  Will you allow your difference to change the world or keep it to yourself?  Will you choose to make sure the difference you make is positive?  Be intentional with the difference you make!  You will find it quite exciting when you do!

See you in June!!!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

God Math and Christmas

Well, I have to say there is simply nothing like God math.  If you haven't experienced it, you are missing something quite remarkable.  Hopefully this post will give you a glimpse of God math.  It's pretty simple actually... you take a little bit of your time and/or resources + a little bit of from several others + God's blessings = an incredible abundance!  If you will just say yes to an idea or plan He has for you, He will add it to others and you will experience INCREDIBLE!  It's a lot of fun!

So, with all that said, the delivery for Christmas to the CVICU was wonderful.  And, with as full as they are (unfortunately) this was needed.  We delivered the following:
48 flannel blankets - these are used also as the bedding under the baby for a pretty and soft bed
22 fleece blankets - these are made a little smaller than the big ones at the store so they can be used in the small area
23 lovies - these ultra soft and cuddly blankets are the ultimate snuggling item and they were all backed with Christmas red and green satin
3 flannel quilts - these are so precious
15 hats - cute, cute, cute!
35 shirts - all done in Christmas fabrics so the babies will have cute outfits to celebrate

And of course - a big box of chocolate for the amazing staff of the CVICU!!!

Spending Christmas in a hospital makes it VERY hard to feel like Christmas.  And, it's hard to have joy when you are in the worst circumstances you can imagine enduring.  These gifts let these parents know that someone cares about them and cares about their little one.  What a wonderful way to show the meaning of Christmas - God loves us so much He sent his son.

Have a very Merry Christmas and may you enjoy many, many blessings!!!  Love you all!  Thank you for being part of this group and working to make a difference in this world.  Enjoy the photos of the items delivered!

Friday, November 8, 2013

What a Fall!

It has been a bit since I had a chance to post an update!  Since the last update, 2 good size shipments have made their way to ACH!  I know I say this every time, but I mean it from the bottom of my heart and with all the passion possible to convey in writing - because of the love and generosity of you, a difference is made in the lives of many, many families.  THANK YOU!

We do not like to think about babies and families hurting.  To know that each minute things change and more prayers go up asking for healing, love, and hope.  The roller coaster of being a patient (or the family) in the hospital is indescribable.  It is in the midst of this up and down and back and forth and sideways that your gifts arrive.  You give a smile in a world that needs lots of them.  For this I personally am truly thankful and hope that you understand just how special you are.

This last shipment to ACH included 40 flannel blankets, 22 shirts, and 14 lovies!  Wow!  You made this happen.  You make a difference.  And, someday I will get to stand beside you in front of our amazing God as he smiles at us for showing His love.  I don't know of a better reward...

May you be blessed and I look forward to seeing and hearing from you as we prepare for a Christmas delivery!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Summer Update

Our July meeting finished many items and by the August meeting we had even more!  We were able to send a package to ACH that included 15 flannel blankets, 7 snuggles (or lovies), 4 fleece blankets, 15 hats, 6 Beads of Courage bags, and 24 shirts!!!  And with all the work from those meetings along with the September meeting, another even larger load is about to head to ACH too!

Fall activities have begun and that means many of us are running kids and grand-kids to all sorts of sports and school activities.  That also means many of you that are typically able to join us won't be able to for a few times.  I want to let you know that you are missed, but I also believe that family always comes first.  Enjoy your family and the blessing of time you get with them.  We are never promised tomorrow.  If you find you have time in between things and would like to work on something, please contact me and I can bring you some items to work on at your leisure.

I look forward to our meeting in October.  It will be October 5 from 9-12.  Join us for all or part of the meeting!  We will start working on some things for Christmas for the babies.  Such a special occasion is hard to celebrate in the hospital, but perhaps we can at least give a family a moment of a smile and let them know they are loved.

Thank you as always for your love, your support, your prayers, and all you do so that together we can bless many, many families.  You are a blessing and give such blessings!  Thank you!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

July Blessings

Our July meeting was such a blessing!  We have a lot of things finalized and they will be going to ACH this week!  I will post the totals and information as well as photos at that time so everyone can see the impact!  We had a great July meeting with several wonderful women!  We were even blessed by one bringing fruit and cookies!  How much better can a Saturday morning get?!?  Food, fellowship, sewing, and making a difference!!!  If you missed it, don't despair.  We would love for you to join us Aug 3 at our next meeting.  Even if you can only be there for a short time, your presence makes a difference!  Put it on your calendar now so you don't forget!

There may be some that read this post and feel that they can't contribute because they don't sew.  I want to take a moment and encourage you!  God uses everyone that is willing to make a difference and show His love.  If you are willing, we have tasks that need done!  We can use everyone and every skill level.  Even 0!  So, step out and join us.  I guarantee you will be glad that you were a part of such a special Saturday morning.  What a great way to kick off each month!

I look forward to our Aug 3 meeting!  Make plans to join us!  You will be blessed and be a blessing!!!