***Welcome to readers from Kelly's Korner****
My life was somewhat normal until April of 2005-that's when my 81-year-old grandmother, Margaret was murdered in a grocery store parking lot. The last few hours of her life would shape the next 5 years of my life in ways I never would have imagined.
2 years after her death, my mom and I joined together to form Margaret's Hope Chest-a quilting ministry that brings HOPE to people in tough situations. Over the past 3 years we have given over 500 quilts to people all over the United States. This blog has documented every step of the way and is a testament to God's amazing plan for us. Our current program, 'Wrapped in Hope' is a ministry to the children of at least one incarcerated parent. One of the women who was convicted of my grandmother's murder has a young daughter--I think of her often (though I have never met her) and can imagine the pain and emptiness in her life without her mom. I have always wanted the mission of Margaret's Hope Chest to come full circle and to serve the people who had caused my grandma's death--'Wrapped in Hope' is our first step in that direction.
Maybe some of you have been a victim of a violent crime and know how hard it is to forgive. We want to encourage you to take a small step in that direction and ask God what it is that he would have you do to serve others. If you are a quilter or a quilt-lover--we would love for you to help us give a child a special quilt of HOPE for their birthday.