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.

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 melskispark@gmail.com 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 2015 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 means...to 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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Long Overdue Update!

It has been too long since I posted an update!  So this may take a moment!  On the first Saturday of each month, ladies continue to show up and it amazes me EVERY time how much we get done!

Some of the meetings we spend time cutting and prepping and other meetings we get to spend time finishing items.  Because of all the work done over these last few months "prepping" items, in October we have had an abundance of completed items and delivered items.  The photos page is updated with some of these!  Check it out!  There will even be another delivery in October at the end of the month.  I'll give some totals then!  I can tell you now though, it's over 30 shirts and 70 blankets....  woohoo!  Many, many families will be blessed!

We were ABUNDANTLY blessed a few months ago to be given a wonderful donation of flannel!  So far, over 30 blankets have been made and delivered just from this blessing!  There will be many, many more.  I could never say thank you enough!  And because of a wonderful donation of beautiful threads, we had all we needed to do the blankets for the sweet babies.

God is truly, truly the ultimate provider.  His provision for this ministry is nothing short of a miracle.  It seems the more we pour in to this, the more He provides.  I can't explain it, but I am humbled and overwhelmed how so many of you allow Him to use you to make a difference.

Some of the shirts and blankets that were delivered last week were perfect for this fall.  Pumpkins and candy corn on the fabric!  Perfect!  Now, we start finishing shirts for Christmas!  I can't wait as they are so cute!  Hats are on the agenda too!  It's a cold time of year for these little ones.

Next month will be the black Friday sales and I am so excited!  Last year we were able to purchase a large amount of flannel for 75% off!  That is a huge savings!  If you would like to contribute to this year's in some way, just let me know!  That part is totally up to you and what is on your heart.

I pray you are blessed by the photos and updates.  And, that you too look forward to hearing the words "well done" when we get to Heaven!  Have a wonderful day!

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!