Saturday, March 13, 2010

I try and try..................

to post more often but I can't seem to do it. I started a blog for a lot of reasons, to document our crazy lives, to share our story to maybe comfort others, and to allow friends and family a view inside in case I forget to call on a regular basis....... yes, sadly that does happen. With 5 kids here on earth, 2 of them in college, 2 in school around the kitchen table, and one crazy 2yr old who might just be hanging from the lights. I would be busy. Add to that the fact that I am out of town judging llama shows some weekends, maintaining our livestock farm, and trying to be a help to families who are living with the grief of loosing someone important. Then you see that there are reasons that some days I find myself still in pajamas mid-afternoon. Not enough sleep from late nights and early mornings cause me to do silly things. Like last week when I realized half way to church that I was still sporting my slippers.............sigh

BUT, I feel lucky to be able to stay home with my kids and be a driving force in their lives. I feel blessed through all the storms we have lived through and will no doubt continue to find ourselves in.

Last fall while trying to figure out how I could do something more to make a difference I was given an idea. I had been making hair accessories and hats for my daughter since she was born. We always got compliments and a friend said I should sell them to others. I laughed, then I started thinking. I called a friend and pitched she the idea. How would she like to go into business? She agreed and we were off, we were not sure WHAT we were doing or how we would be received. Before we knew it we started to get offers, little bits... ways to help encourage and support others. What started out as fun hats and bows for my baby has become something special. A way to help and bless others. How cool is that????? Right now we have just been contacted by a sweet Mom who is living a life that is anything but easy. One of their 2yr old twin girls has 3 brain issues, she is now awaiting surgery on her brain. Her 10th in her short 2 yrs on earth..... yes 10 times she has been in surgery. More than that her sweet Mom in shouldering this herself, see Abby's Daddy is in the Military stationed over-seas. He is working to help make sure we all live free and safe. What a sacrifice............. And you know what Abby's Mom Summer just sings praise to God for her journey, she wants awareness for others through Abby's struggle. You see the amazing part is they were told Abby was "imcompatible with life". I hate that phrase but LOVE it when God says "only I get to make that call". Their story is amazing and you can follow Abby's journey on Face Book at prayers for Abbygayle Marie Robinson.

Will you pray???? Will you spread the word????? Would you if it was YOUR child???

They want people to know more so that more research is done and cures are found.

So, I guess I feel God's pressence in my life saying "spread the word"... "make a difference" So our store is doing just that. We are making fun hats for Abby and Emma as a gift to help them feel special, and to help a family struggling for awareness....

I also am ready to send out a special hat to little Zoey, I love to read along Zoey's blog. My little glimpse of "what might have been". See Zoey just had a birthday and evey girl needs a new hat for their birthday. I hope she loves it, I made her a very vibrant, colorful hat. One that reminds me of her when she smiles that beautiful smile with those twinkly eyes.......

So here is a small selection of hats..... what do you think?

Okay, so I better get to bed so the clocks can change and I can loose an hour of sleep.... really!?!?! another one?????

As my sweet Kendall proudly says "God lubs ME!"


Heather said...

We cannot wait for our hat.Honored to be receiving it and so proud we will be to have her sporting it.

There have been many times over the last 2 years that I have wondered ... why do I blog?Should I continue?What is the purpose?Is there a purpose?And then, an email comes from someone like you and I say,yes,this is why I blog.This is the reason.Making connections.Being nudged by God to step outside our corner of this great big world and really and truly SEE others and the beauty that surrounds us.

I am currently in contact with 4 families,woth little girls,all fighting AML,all with Down syndrome.Family members or their friends found or follow Zoey's journey and contacted me.I don't know what difference I am making on the roads they are currently traveling but God calls me to at least attempt to out reach my hand and my heart.I am honored to do that.I am obligated to do that.

I wept at your first email.I wept for your "what might have been" but I rejoice in your kindness and remain grateful for this place in blogland.

the hats are beautiful and the what might appear to be "just hats" represents so much more:hope and love and support.

The Needham's thank you from the bottom of our humble heart and Miss Zoey sends slobbery kisses your way!

Cathy said...

First off thank you for taking time out of your so busy life! You are so faithful to follow Annabel and we are blessed by you.
Next, I would love to buy one of you beautiful hats. Do I need to measure the circum. of her head or from top of her head to brow or neckline? You tell me. I may want more than one! I love them and they are so colorful! I knit but I stick to socks, sm. sweater for Bella or scarves, gloves. It is my therapy. Again thank you and I will wait to hear from you.

Denise said...

Hi Penny,
I just hopped over here from Zoey's blog and saw that adorable hat you sent cute!! I am wondering how I might purchase one from you for my little one with an extra chromosome....or my big girls for that matter if you make them bigger. It's late so I may have missed reading somewhere that you may have mentioned how to purchase....if so, just direct me there. But in those pictures..the hats look amazing!! By the way, we were Blessed to get to attend Zoey's birthday party and let me tell you, she is just as sweet in person!!! Thanks.....Denise

Denise said...

Me again!! Last time I promise. I tried the website but it didn't come up...did I miss something? Gee, I only just met you and I am already annoying, huh???