There is a song that I hear each day on the Christian radio station that I listen to and here are the first few lines of the lyrics...
"You do your work the best that you can
you put one foot in front of the other
life comes in waves and makes *its* demands
you hold on as well as *you're* able
You've been here for a long long time
Hope has a way of turning *its* face to you
just when you least expect it."
It's called 'It might be HOPE' by Sara Groves and it describes our work at Margaret's Hope Chest for the last year and a half. We work hard and it seems like it will take a FOREVER to get this whole thing off of the ground, and then just when we least expect it.....
Even though we are in the business of sharing hope with others, we still are in need of some ourselves from time to time. Praise God we received some HOPE yesterday just when we least expected it. This story could get long and complicated so I will simplify as much as possible. There is a writer at the GR Press Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, who has a craft column and blog and a few weeks ago she was preparing a for a community quilting bee. I wrote her an e-mail, offered my mother's attendance at the bee (your welcome mom!), and watched to see how everything unfolded. You can read what happened when you click on the link in the side bar.
Anyway, there was a woman there named Sally, she went home and read our website and blog. She liked what we are doing and thought she could help. Fast forward to the second quilting event last night that, once again, my mother attended (she IS a saint). She met Sally in the parking lot and Sally gave her 5 TOTALLY COMPLETED QUILTS and 2 boxes of fabric. HOPE-right there. People DO care, they think that what we are doing IS important. They want to support us. My mom and I really needed that. This was the first time in our short history that anyone has donated completed quilts. Cool.
The quilt top pictured below was finished and sent off this week to Well of Grace in St. Joseph Michigan. This is a special place where young ladies who are suffering from depression, eating disorders and other difficulties are living and recieving the help and hope they need. This is the second quilt we have sent them. We heard they are using them in the living room/TV area-hey I like a quilt to snuggle under when I watch TV too!