Sometimes it feels safer to stay in the dark because we’ve been there for so long. It’s all we’ve known, and it’s comfortable. But maybe you haven’t switched on the light yet – maybe there’s a much brighter and more hopeful world yet to discover in a relationship with God. This relationship is one full […]

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Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxing

What is it all about? Why do you collect items to fill boxes for children you don’t know?  Is this you?  Samaritan’s Purse is an International Relief Organization.  They go to people who are poor, lost, war-torn, and devastated to bring help and hope in the name of Jesus Christ. If you visit their website:, and click on a link at the top of the page that says, “What we do”, you see a long list of projects Samaritan’s Purse is involved in.  One of them is Operation Christmas Child (OCC).  I hope you will visit Samaritans Purse and see some of all the wonderful, loving projects they do and get a taste of what OCC is all about.

OCC recently has been posting stories from children who received a shoebox gift and are now grown.  It’s fun and encouraging to read each person’s story. They are all different as to the object that meant the most them. Alex is one of the stories, here is the link to it :Alex’s story.

Here are a some photos from Samaritan’s Purse/ OCC.

Children in the war torn area of Sudan receive gifts and hope!
Children in the war torn area of Sudan receive gifts and hope!

OCC in Sudan

From Operation Christmas Child to puppies!

It been a long time since I posted anything here.  My intention in this post is to get you my reader up to speed on my activities.  I think my last post was about Thanksgiving.  Since then I have been sewing for Operation Christmas Child, exercising my neighbor’s horse, exploring a new food/diet, and raising a puppy.  We ( my husband & I) took a vacation to the East coast.

I became OCC project manager for our church last fall.  It’s my responsibility to procure items/ gifts to fill the shoe boxes with in November, when we have a shoebox packing party.  This year we were given a large donation of fabric from The Disney Store.  There was a large corporate donation available and we received part of this.  All of the donation were fabric samples, no yardage, all in different sizes of rectangles and squares.

We are hosting craft and sew days at our church.  We meet on a Saturday morning for about 3 hours. Most of the ladies that attend are not sewers, but they come for fellowship and they work on other non-sew crafts. There have been a few different ladies that have helped with the sewing at these events when we have them.  Our first project was backpacks.  We had 34 rectangles, that made 17 backpacks. I adapted a pattern that I found on the internet, usually through Pintrest.

This is it for now, I hope to return and write more about our projects later this week.  In the meantime take care and God bless you!

Some of the backpacks finished at Craft & Sew day!
Some of the backpacks finished at Craft & Sew day!
finished backpack made from donated fabric.
finished backpack made from donated fabric.

Drifting on and on

I apologize for ignoring this blog. I don’t know if I will continue this next year in 2015.  Everything I told you about becoming empty- nesters has happened.  My son did move to the east coast and is hard at work there.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  I called it happy “Giving- Thanks” day.

My sewing took a back seat to all of the domestic chores this past year.  I have learned much about healthy eating and cooking for health, nutrition and weight-loss.  I’ve also started cleaning closets and drawers: sorting usable from items not used in eons, clothing I can use  from clothing that doesn’t fit, old,out of style, and on it goes.  It is a very large project that I have decided to attack one room at a time, otherwise it would become too massive of an undertaking.

This next year, I hope to get my goals lined up in order of priority.  My husband and getting the house in order is still a top priority for me.  Sewing will probably take a less important role in exchange for participation in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and possibly becoming “Church project leader” for Operation Christmas Child at my church. These are all things that I am still praying about.

This all I have to say now.  I hope you have a blessed Christmas season full of all the love and peace that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can give!