Thursday, December 20, 2012

What's Coming in 2013

Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.
-- Barbara Bush
Thanks to all who left such supportive comments on my post yesterday.  Isn't it a good feeling when you realize that you aren't alone in your thoughts?  It looks like many of us are ready to start 2013 by using what we already have to make our quilts.  I can't wait! 
So now I am here to write the post I was supposed to write yesterday--Margaret's Hope Chest 2013 Projects!
We have three major projects that we are looking at for 2013:
1. Wrapped in Hope--Quilts for children with a parent in prison.  We have committed to providing quilts for three camps in Michigan in 2013.  We need about 60 quilts for each camp--so we will need about 180 kid themed quilts!!!  The dates for the camps are April 4th, July 26th and September 13th.
We will not be creating a birthday quilt list this year for two reasons--1. God hasn't given us any children to add to it (that's a pretty big reason). 2. Things in my family life are a bit up in the air and will continue to be so until the adoption of our daughter is complete. The organization of the birthday list takes time and access to my home computer--both of which I will be short of over the next 8 months. I am sure that we will get requests for specific birthday quilts this year and I will post those on the blog when they come up.
We are asking that those of you who have, in the past, made a quilt for the Wrapped in Hope birthday list, choose a quilt(s) off of this year's list and send it to our address in Michigan. The 2013 list will be ready by next week--I will post a link to it here on the blog. These quilts will go to a child with a parent in prison. 

2. Postpartum Quilts--This project is so new that I don't even have a catchy name for it yet!  Maybe someone out there has a suggestion.  We have agreed to provide quilts for new moms who have completed inpatient treatment for postpartum depression.  These quilts are not for the babies--they are for the moms.   I had postpartum depression/anxiety after my 3rd and 4th child.  It was pretty terrible to be perfectly honest-especially after my 3rd child because it seemed to come out of nowhere.  I hadn't really had anything to this degree after my 1st and 2nd so it was a total shock to be virtually useless-sitting in a chair crying all day and awake and worrying all night.  I am so glad that in my hometown, there is a place where women can go to get help.  I am so glad that God is giving us a chance to give these ladies a quilt--a little piece of HOPE from other moms who know all too well (or could imagine) what they are going through.  I am working on my first quilt for this program right now.  Can't wait to show it and give you all of the details soon (including a program name).

3.  Project Hope-- I had a great time organizing four Project Hope collections last year.  It was a fun way for many people to get involved in a small way.  I have decided to go ahead and plan 3 projects this year.  More details to come on that too.

So, as you can see--God has led us to a new project and given us more work to do in areas where we have already been able to make a big difference.  We are confident that God has given us these projects and that he will give us the volunteers we need to complete them.  Thank you to all who will say YES to one or more of this year's projects. 


SherryB said...

Can't wait to see what you have in mind for 2013. Although I've never had PP depression, I know how comforting it is to cuddle up with my favorite quilt so would like to pass that feeling along to others in need. Love your attitude towards giving & quilt-stuff buying; need to keep that in my head instead of my usual buy-buy mantra. I need to trim down, not just my body but my hobby! Thanks for your encouragement & reality check.

Teresa aka MarieSews said...

Count me in. I'm looking forward to the opportunity you provide to create and give in 2013. THANKS!

Shirley said...

Countme in, awaiting the details and praying for the newestmeember of you family.
Shirley in Cincinnati

Maureen said...

Looking forward to being a MHC quilter next year!

Norece said...

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to send some quilts your way. I look forward to reading more about the organizations you have decided to help this year.

I think that no matter what name you give your baby girl you will always call her "Tulip".

Dee Dee said...

Please let us know what sizes of quilts are needed - thanks

SM RE said...

I am so excited about your new post-partum ministry! I was pregnant 3 times in 2 years, losing triplets, having a life birth and then another miscarriage. I spent the past couple years in ever-riding passenger on an emotional rollarcoaster. I would love to encourage and uplift other women in dealing with their post-partum journey.

I am so glad you shared some of your vision and plans for 2013. I told my husband that I really want to make sure I send some finished quilts your way this year. Another way to cull the stash and keep a giving-spirit in my soul. I can't wait to meet your tulip!

Anonymous said...

Curious: Do you have an updated list for the kids? I just see lists from 2011 and 2012. I am a beginning quilter so I don't know if I can turn one out to match exact specifications, but I'm hoping to make one for the moms that is bright and cheery, and mail it to you when I'm in the States later this year.