Monday, August 31, 2009

Many Thanks

This week I've gotten several drop offs, thank you all sooo much. At the end of last week I thought I was crazy for even thinking that the goal was reachable, now I have hope. We will make it! I've also gotten e-mails and calls from some of you that there are more on the way. My excitement is building; as of tonight we have outgrown the small rubbermaid boxes I bought!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Faith in Action

Last night as I was reading Danya her bedtime story we read the story of the widows oil. 1 Kings 4:1-7. Naturally we were reading from her kids Bible, but the truth still hit me. The widow was told by Elisha to gather empty jars from her neighbors and then once they were gathered to go inside and shut the door and pour oil from your own jar into these jars and sell them. What struck me was that she only had one chance. If she gathered just a few jars she wouldn't have been able pay her debts. But I have to believe she felt a little odd following the directions, thinking no way is this going to work. I know a little of her feeling. When I began this year my one goal was to beat last year's number. Now we have, but I still wish we could give soo much more.
This is what we have so far:
23 Newborn Onesies and Sleepers
15 Pair of newborn socks and booties
2 Preemie sleepers
3 Preemie Onesies
10 Micro preemie outfits (Wow didn't realize I had made that many)

Bringing our total up to 53 items. Yay! so now I am increasing our goal. I would love to see us get 150 items. That would far outgrow the containers I have purchased too. I feel very convicted that I didn't set my sights higher. I want to triple what we have.

For those of you in Hawaii, please mark your calendar. We will be having a BBQ and prayer service at our house on September 13th. It is grandparents day and since grandparents are the most giving people I know, we will be celebrating them while dedicating the gift. More details will be coming soon.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Our First Box Arrived!

Our first box arrived from some of my family on the mainland. Soooo cute! I am getting so excited for delivering them to the hospital. I've been busy sewing and thought I would share some photos of the things I am making. I've linked patterns to these from the side bar. We are collecting store bought newborn and preemie outfits but there is a large group of NICU babies that are just soo small that those are not practical. The other great thing is that they are just soo cute.


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Danya's First Sleeper


I was going through a box and found all of Danya's hospital bracelets and this photo taken by one of her nurses. This was the first day that they put her in clothes. They thought she looked so cute even they took photos of her for us. This is why we are collecting these sleepers. It is amazing to see your child transform from a naked and sick baby to an adorable cuddly baby. I've posted some links to sewing patterns if anyone else is feeling ambitious. I've made a few of the teeny onesies and I am hoping to find more ribbed knit to make some more. The fabric stores around here don't have much for knits, but I am determined.

To borrow the Mastercard commercial saying that has been re-used by so many people...
a stay in the NICU = $ (you don't want to know)
Preemie Sleeper = $ 7
Newborn hat = $ 8 for 3
shipping to Hawaii = $5-10
A parent seeing their baby all dressed and ready to be snuggled = PRICELESS!