Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Mother's Hope

I have the pleasure of introducing a brand new Margaret's Hope Chest program today!  We are calling it 'A Mother's Hope'.  Through a path that only God could orchestrate, my mom heard of a new program starting up in town (Grand Rapids, Michigan) for mothers who are struggling with postpartum depression.  As I said in an earlier post, I had PPD after my 3rd and 4th pregnancies.  I could have used a program like this-especially after my 3rd child was born.  I had no idea what was happening to me and how to make it stop.
I am thankful that now there is a place where mothers can go every week day from 9am to 3pm with their baby and get some help and HOPE.  Can you believe that this program is only the second in the country to offer this type of program (where the baby stays with the mom)?  That was surprising and saddening for me to hear.
So, A Mother's Hope will offer a quilt for the mom to use while she attends the program and then bring home with her after she has completed her time in the program.  
{The director of the program told my mom today that the rooms they are using for therapy are cold so it's nice for the moms to have something warm to wrap up in}
Here are the details of what we are asking quilters to send:
1. A quilt that is appoximately 36X50 inches. (a little over or under is fine)
2. Please choose colors or a pattern that inspires you or brings you joy or HOPE.
3. Please include a short note to the mom on why you chose those colors or patterns--I think they will enjoy this.  Please sign it with your first name and hometown-it's always fun to know where your quilt came from :)
4. Please don't think of this as a 'charity' quilt.  This is a gift of HOPE.  These moms don't need charity--they need to know that tomorrow is a new day and there is hope for them and their family.
5. E-mail me or comment with any questions--we are accepting quilts immediately and will continue to accept them all year.
6. Our mailing address is Margaret's Hope Chest   630 Griswold SE  Grand Rapids, MI 49507

I want to share my first 'A Mother's Hope' quilt that I just finished this week.  I chose pinwheels because, as you may know, pinwheels are my favorite and the smaller the better.  These pinwheels were made from scraps.  I chose bright colors because they reminded me of joy.  I backed it in orange because orange reminds me of my best friend Jennifer who was a wonderful friend to me through some rough times.  I love this quilt--the back is a voile so it is extra soft and cuddly.  I pray it brings comfort and HOPE to a special mother.





28 comments:

Teresa aka MarieSews said...

Thank you for the chance to stop feeling sorry for myself (with no good reason mind you!) and work on something for someone else. What a joy to create a quilt for a mom who needs a hug. I'll get cracking on this quilt right away. Again thanks for pulling me out of my doldrums!

Maureen said...

Carin, I love the idea of giving HOPE to a new Mom who is struggling with PPD. And I also like the idea of including a note...it gives a personal touch that I think will be an extra hug to these moms.

Lynn said...

What a beautiful quilt. Such soft and pretty colors, I can see it providing comfort and hope.

hoekstra family said...

LOVE it! :)
I am amazed at the way God takes your ministry and allows you to share your deep personal experiences with others and through all of it give GLORY to God, HOPE to the Hurting, and LOVE to all.
Great work my friend.

Anonymous said...

Starting on one today and will be in the mail soon. Thank you for the opportunity to serve Jesus in this way.
Shirley

amandajean said...

i love your soft heart toward the hurting, Carin! it's amazing to see and read what God is doing through MHC. It gives me goosebumps on my arms and tears in my eyes.

sending you a huge hug!

thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

Cathy said...

Thank you for giving me a chance to share my quilts. This is a wonderful program.

April said...

Wonderful! I can't wait to start mine!

sunny said...

Put me down for one! what a wonderful ministry - I'd be honored to be a part of it.

Renae said...

Having witnessed a friend who suffered severely from PPD I think this is awesome. I'll be putting my ideas together for a fun quilt to gift.

Andrea said...

I have a quilt top in progress that I'd love to finish up, quilt and send along for this project. Love it! It may be a bit, but now this top has a place to go, which makes me very happy indeed!

p.s. I LOVE projects where the person gets to choose the quilt they want. I think it's empowering and validating to be able to choose something that speaks to you. :)

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Crystal_235 said...

Are you still collecting quilts for this program?