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Well today I have to share with you, these pretty ornaments that I had stitched up and languishing in a drawer to be finished. They are:
Plum Street Sampler's
"12 Days of Christmas"
These sweet designs are free designs that was featured on Paulette's blog last Christmas season
they can be found HERE
These four ornaments and the Lizzie Kate ornaments shown on Day 9 HERE
and Heart in Hand Ornament shown on Day 10 HERE
were all finished last Wednesday (on Day 7) in my finishing cave and packaged up on Day 8 and taken to my Local Needlework Shop - Fancy Works.
I have donated them to the victims of the Gatlingburg, TN fire.
When I was flying home from California, we flew close to TN, not over Gatlingburg - but even though we were not close, we flew through smoke. The pilot came on and said that this was the smoke from that fire. I had seen it on the news before I left, but knowing how far we were from it and that I was seeing in the upper atmosphere the result of it...just hurt my heart. Think about all the people that have lost everything. All their memories, their homes, their things that are needed for living.
This season is a season for sharing.
I try very hard to give back to the world 365 days a year, every day. I truly do try. I fail sometimes and don't put "out there" what I should. I get short tempered, angry, feel sorry for myself...I'm human. However, I can honestly say in my heart, every day, I ask God upon rising to put my angel on my shoulder and whisper in my ear (or hit me over the head) to help me to be positive, count my blessings and be a blessing to others.
Life is short.
Life can throw us curve balls.
I believe, with my whole heart, that we are to find Joy in our Journey.
That's what I strive to do.
By donating these handmade ornaments to the victims of the Gatlinburg fire, it is my hope that my offerings, made by my humble hands, brings a little joy to those suffering great loss. May it be so. I can tell you, gifting them away makes my heart feel so good! Always when I give freely with a pure and simple joy, I feel better than ever. A servant's heart - like Martha...who worried and fretted and wanted everything perfect and everyone happy. Jesus too had to remind her in Luke 10: 38-42
One of the ladies that is my good friend at our church quoted this to me this summer whenI was running around like a chicken with my head cut off at funeral luncheons this summer. I came home and read the entire passage and thought. She knows me better than I know myself! Life lessons...
for those of you who may be interested, I know that my Needlework Shop is sending the ornaments to Dixie Darling. I am certain that if you would like to donate to the ornament drive, that you can still do so. Just call them or contact them via e-mail or even just go ahead and mail them to the Dixie Darling with a note contained inside the box. Bring a little joy to those hit hard during this most blessed season!