NOTE: Some readers have requested advance warning of an upcoming Nursery Closet Sale, so here it is. Coming soon, probably Monday morning, Nursery Closet Sale #8 which includes a linen shadow work burp cloth, pique hand embroidered sunsuit, pink bubble smocked with Scotties, sweet flannel wide brimmed bonnet, and more.~~~
Recently, a reader of this blog sent a heartwarming e-mail which is posted below. It details the thoughtful efforts of Jennifer, a foster mother, and her husband who have opened their home to foster children. This couple goes far beyond providing food, clothing and shelter and Jennifer’s sewing contributes mightily to the children’s loving care.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove . . But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” -Forest E. Witcraft
Charity sewing is not a new topic and many of you readers are actively involved in a multitude of worthy, meaningful causes. But Jennifer takes an entirely different approach than I have ever read or heard about. She stitches love into garments and goes even further to make permanent photo memories for the children in her temporary care. Her expression of love for foster children has been a powerful inspiration to me.
“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.” ~ Matthew 18:5
Searching for a quote that would shed light on the foster care program, I found far more than I expected, more articles, more pleas, more photos and more breath and depth in each. The articulate words of this foster mother shows her sense of humor and yet it touched my heart.
former foster mom to 4
Some gratifying words found on-line are from foster children themselves.
“Being in foster care for me has been the best thing ever. You see, for those of you who have parents that are drug heads, alcoholics, abusive, or run out on or even neglect you, being in foster care is good. You see, you don’t have to go through that anymore. You are in a safe environment. You have people that care about you, love you, accept you, clothe you, and are there for you.” MeMe, 17.
That is exactly what Jennifer and other foster parents do for children in need. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your story and lifting my awareness. May God bless you, all foster parents and all foster children.
Here are Jennifer’s words:
Hi, please don’t think I am a crazy stalker! I follow your blog, and I have been so very inspired by your beautiful work!
I have five children, and I sew a lot for the girls, but I just recently started trying my hand at heirloom quality projects. I bought some embroidery designs from you earlier this year, and used them on their Easter clothes.
My husband and I are foster/adoptive parents, and we know that foster children often have big chunks of “lost” childhood. What I mean is that there are times when a child is in foster care that usually aren’t well-documented with pictures, memories, and such. As they get older, they wonder if anybody really cared about them, if they were loved.
I’ve started sewing an heirloom outfit for each child my husband and I (and our friends) foster. A wonderfully talented lady takes professional photographs of them in the clothes, and both the clothes and pictures go with the child when they move on. Hopefully the pictures will survive until the child reaches adulthood, even if the outfits do not. It is the only lasting way we can think of to express how much a child was loved while they were with us, because we know that we will never have contact with them again.
I’ve enclosed a picture of the latest little dress I made. Don’t look at it too closely J It was worn by beautiful Baby B.
I just wanted to take a few seconds to express appreciation for all you share with us, and to let you know what an inspiration you are!