We had a few versions that took out the tag line. We felt it was important to leave it in. It helps tell our purpose. I think we forgot something though. It all equals happiness.
I have a great story to share with you. My mom has been helping me write it. Unless you are new to our blog, you will probably remember the pillowcases I made for my friend Kristen. I learned to sew and she loved them. They made her happy. And that made me happy. A few months later, my mom had to tell me that Kristen was really sick, even sicker than she had been when I made the pillowcases. And then she died. That made me very sad. Her family was very sad too.
Just a short while later, Kristen's mom wrote a post about a terrible flood in Utah. Their house was under water. It ruined much of their stuff including all of Mrs. Kirton's fabric and her sewing machine. Lot's of people came to help them. That was nice. One day, another post appeared about how Mrs. Kirton wanted to do a project to make bags for the kids in the hospital in memory of Kristen. That is the day we had an idea.
So on September 11, 2010 my mom taught me how to cut fabric in our store. First we practiced on scraps and then we got to work. I picked a bunch of different fabrics and then measured them into one yard cuts.
After I got them all folded I put them into a pile. Do you see some more behind my shoulder?
That afternoon Sister Webb and Sister Park came into the store. They are on their mission trip in Ohio from the Church of Latter Day Saints. Sister Park is from Utah. I told them all about Kristen and her wonderful family. We told them about her brave brother and how he donated his bone marrow to try to help Kristen get better and we told them about her two sisters moving up their weddings so Kristen could be there. We all agreed they are an amazing family.
A few weeks went by. The fabric was still sitting in the store. One day my brother TJ, asked my mom why she had not sent the fabric yet. She said she didn't know for sure but something was just holding her back. She said she would get to it soon.
Then on Thursday, October 7th, the missionaries came back.
We showed them our new display in the store for Down syndrome awareness month. We showed them all the cards from our readers. Then my mom got to one of the letters. It was from a member of Kristen's family. As my mom was reading the letter she said it was time. Time to send the fabric. That night after the store closed she took the box to the post office.
Mrs. Kirton sent us a message that she received the fabric. It was sitting in her house. My mom was wondering how she was going to sew it into bags. We were starting to think of ways we might get a sewing machine out there.
Then today she posted this...
She has all the halloween bags done and ready to go to the hospital for the children. How did she get them all done? Well...her neighbor Gloria gave her a sewing machine...the same week the fabric arrived. My mom has been smiling about that all night. She also has had a few tears. At dinner we talked about the arrival of the machine and the fabric the same week. Was that By Chance or By Design? I wonder. I know one thing, Kristen's light is shinning bright. And that makes us all so happy.