May we someday hear the words "well done" because others have felt His touch and love through our hands and feet and know they are important and special to Him.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Delivery - WOW!

Over the last few months I crossed that bridge to officially being an empty-nester.  And, I admit it was and still is HARD!  My poor husband is still dealing with an emotional wife.  However, the removal of a big bed means big sewing space!  So as I moved furniture, organized fabric, and decorated...I shed some tears.  We work hard to raise children as God would have us do, but it doesn't make it easy to then change your job description for adulthood!

I spent a few weeks going through every single piece of fabric I have and organizing.  For you sewers out there, you know this took a bit of discipline and time!  The result though was well worth the time.  I had not expected the pleasant benefits I have experienced because of taking the time to set up the sewing space.  I can spend the same amount of time on projects for Arkansas Children's Hospital with our amazing volunteers but be at least twice as productive!  We can easily grab and use things without looking for them or setting up and taking down.  The result of this change can be seen in our delivery for summer!  There was a lot completed!

These volunteers turned out a beautiful bounty for delivery!  There were 42 shirts (several were preemie size), 5 beanies, 4 crocheted hats, 3 lovies (small blankets), 2 blankets, and 74 flannel blankets!

For those that are new to this page, make sure to take time to check out the photos!  Much of our fabric is donated!  We have been truly blessed.  The shirts are a custom design to work with all of the tubes, wire, and medical needs at ACH for the babies.  We make these because nothing else exists to meet this need.  The flannel blankets are actually used as a sheet under the baby.  They are larger than a receiving blanket purchased at the store so they fit the mattress of the warming beds.  More importantly than all of this, is that our gifts allow people in their hardest moments know that someone cares about them.  They are not alone.  This is our greatest gift.

I hope to see many more faces at our Aug 6 gathering!  We are preparing our fall delivery!  We have items to cut, items to iron, items to sew...any level of skill can make a difference.  Come be a Difference Maker with us!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Let's Talk About Those Ladies

I run in to people and they tell me "you do wonderful work, but I could never do that".  I am here to tell are WRONG on both accounts!  Allow me to explain!

First,I want to clarify who does the wonderful work!  The "I" that does wonderful work, is a "WE".  There are a team of ladies that come and go as God knows our needs to make a difference together.  I used to worry about who might show up each month until I realized God was filling the room and the supplies with exactly what we needed for just that month!  It's hard to come to this peace, but when you do, it is truly amazing because you get to enjoy the journey and allow it to be the blessing it was designed to be.  I say all this to remind those of you that pour in to others, that you must allow yourself to enjoy the journey and never let stress rob you of this joy.  What gets done, gets done.  And that is enough.

Second, I want to clarify who can do this!  I want you to "meet" the women that do this and understand how God uses anything we are willing to bring to the table!  This is just a few of the ladies we have had the pleasure locking arms with to make a difference.  Take a moment to read about them and I am sure you will identify with at least one of them!
     Lady 1: This woman has been sewing most of her life.  She does fabulous hand work.  She's one of those you can depend on to finish what she starts and she always comes each month.  She comes simply with an open heart and asks what can she do this meeting.  She's a treasure and sometimes even brings goodies to share.  She works in the school system with kids every day.  You know she should be tired, but she still shows up.
     Lady 2: This woman has never sewn!  She is however, passionate about helping others.  She works with jail ministry and impacts many lives, but don't ask her to use a needle and thread!  That's perfect, because she irons the items for the others to sew!  She also cuts out items to be sewn.  Skills are not needed.  Just a willing heart.  Her kids are grown, but are still an active part of her daily life.  She spends time with her husband, time with Jesus, works full time, but still takes a few moments in a month with our ministry as well.
     Lady 3: This woman sews well and is always willing.  But, she is a very busy single mom running her own business.  Those two things alone would give her reason to not be able to have time to work with us.  What many don't know though is that she too has experienced Arkansas Children's Hospital first hand and understands the needs of those families.  It is for this reason, she makes the time to join us each month.  And, if her schedule doesn't allow, somehow she completes a ton of items at home and brings them by!
     Lady 4:  This is a young woman.  Early in her marriage, working full time, and remodeling her home.  The remodeling of a home can make anyone crazy and busy!  This young lady though has grown up with sewing and has a big heart.  She wants to make a difference so she does through this ministry.  She sews, irons, finishes...whatever the need that month she fills in...willingly.  Her smile is fantastic and brings such positive energy to our meetings.
     Lady 5:  This is a woman I have only met in person a few times.  She is busy and has a daughter with health concerns that have led her to be at ACH many, many times for many, many days.  She believes in this ministry and each year purchases flannel for us to use for blankets for the babies.  Without items like this, we could not impact even a fraction of the families that we do.  Resources are vital and she understands this.  We are humbled by her gifts.

It is my prayer that you take a moment to see that God uses everything you are willing to give.  It may be your time, your talents, or your resources.  You don't have to be what you consider wonderful or amazing, just be you and it will be used.  Together, we are wonderful.  Together we are amazing.  Together, we make a difference.  I hope you will join us and be a Difference Maker too!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Spring has sprung and now comes Summer....

Our Spring delivery was fabulous!  We actually had 2 deliveries!  One in time for Easter and then one more because we finished up some more items!  They were fabulous!  Beautiful shirts, sweet blankets, and even a few hats!  We have such wonderful and talented helpers making this happen.

The last delivery we even started new packaging for our shirts.  In the past, we have simply delivered them unwrapped.  They are now individually wrapped so they are more of a gift for the families to enjoy.  We want them to know that they matter and that it was important to us to provide this for them.  There is a sweet message on the back of the package that looks like this photo below.

In total, we were able to deliver 37 shirts and 69 blankets for spring!  That is awesome!  So many families were blessed!  Click on the photos tab to see all the pictures!

Our June sewing meeting we will be wrapping up the items for our Summer delivery!  The ladies have been extremely busy and it will be another wonderful amount going to ACH!  Our June meeting is also going to be a little different in that we will be having a "Tea Party" as we sew.  We will have tea and cookies to enjoy the afternoon fellowship.

You may ask why we would do a tea party...  June is a very special month for us.  Our daughter was born in June with her heart condition.  We only had the blessing of her here with us for 100 days.  Now we wait to see her again.  All of those days were spent in the CVICU at Arkansas Children's Hospital.  During the pregnancy, we talked all the time about having a little girl and dreaming of the tea parties we would have.  So, we have them and think of her.  She is 5 this year.

Our time in the CVICU was hard, but deeply and richly blessed.  It was during this time our eyes were opened to what is happening there.  Parents are coming in with these new babies and have nothing for them.  They can't afford anything.  Even if they could, nothing exists to buy that the babies could wear due to all the wires and tubes.  This is why what we do is so critical.  We are able to make the only item these families can put on their babies.  And, we are able to let these families know they are truly not alone.  People care about them.

We hope you will join us June 4, 2-?? and enjoy tea and cookies as we sew.  Sewing skills are not required!  We need everyone!

See you there!...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Easter is Coming!

Easter is coming....and we will be ready.  How many of you growing up had a special dress or a new shirt for this special Sunday?  Many of us had this blessing and continue with our own children.  Those in the hospital are no exception, and so we plan accordingly with our sewing!  We have a modified pattern that looks like little sundresses for the girls, and we use fabrics such as plaids and pinstripes for the boys.  Everyone deserves to have the ability to put on their Sunday best and know they are special because the truth is, these little ones and their families are very, very special to Jesus.

Easter is the most wonderful day of the year!  The day the curse of death was overcome so that all may have eternal life.  The day that allows those that hurt with the loss of a little one to know they are in Heaven waiting.  And, for those that we still have the pleasure to kiss and enjoy here, we will make it special for them as well.

Such a special day requires special clothes to celebrate!  I hope you will join us as we prepare our items for delivery in March to Arkansas Children's Hospital.  You don't need sewing skills, just a willing heart!  We will be sewing this Saturday morning from 10-1.  Please email for directions to and we look forward to seeing you there!

And don't worry, next month we will post the pictures of the final items before we deliver them!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Blessed December

Throughout the year, we will find fabrics for Christmas and as Fall approaches, we then begin to work on items for the December (Christmas) delivery.  This year was no exception and the delivery was a wonderful bounty!

We know that Christmas time in a hospital is very, very tough for families.  How do you decorate?  How do you celebrate?  What do you get your child?  Does anyone know you are there?  Thoughts like these can steal the joy of Christmas and the gift of time with your child.  This is why it is so important to make sure this delivery is special.  These families need to know they and their little ones matter and they are loved.  God uses this ministry for that purpose.

Because of the amazing people God has put together to make this ministry effective, we were able to deliver the following in December:
48 flannel receiving blankets (used to cover the bed), 51 shirts (12 were preemie size), 7 gorgeous quilts, 12 lovies, and several heavier and very nice flannel blankets!  Of course, we also delivered a bucket full of chocolate and a big tin of cookies for the wonderful staff!

Take a moment to check out the photos.  The quilts are from a young lady learning how to quilt with her grandmother.  What an example to teach your grandchildren how to make a difference!  And, she's doing quite well!  The quilts are beautiful!  I also hope you enjoy the sweet Christmas fabrics we found for the shirts.  Make sure to check out the precious blanket patterns/fabrics too!  You may see something you donated!  Thank you!

Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fall Finals for ACH

Our fall wrapped up beautifully!  As mentioned, we were able to make a second delivery of fall items for ACH.  In that were 37 flannel blankets, 32 shirts, and 5 more lovies.  The lovies are our little quilts that will fit in the warming beds and just be a sweet little cover for the babies.  We are blessed to have ladies make these for these little ones!

Our time in the October meeting was very productive as you can see by how much more was wrapped up and delivered.  The November meeting then focused on the delivery for Christmas.  We were cutting, sewing, ironing, more sewing, hand sewing...  and enjoying the fellowship that comes with knowing you are doing something that matters.

We want to make sure you know what we are doing.  And, for those of you that invest time, money, this ministry, we want a simple way for you to be informed with more than just this meeting/delivery summary.  For this reason, you can also follow us on our Facebook page which is Sweet Little E.  We look forward to sharing with you!

Check out the Fall Delivery photo!  I am sure some of you will even see the beautiful fabrics you have donated!  They were fantastic to have a variety of items!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall is Here...Christmas is Coming!

Wow!  Summer has flown by and now fall is upon us!  Soon, Christmas will be here!  We have been busy over the summer and sent many items to ACH.  We are now gearing up for fall deliveries and of course, Christmas!  We sent summer items (48 shirts and 50 blankets) and this next week another entire load will be sent!  What a difference you are making!  Check out the photos to see the latest items that were delivered.

This Saturday will be our next meeting.  We hope you can join us - even if you can't sew!  We will begin items for Christmas!!!  They are so fun and so cute!  I can't wait to see what all we can get done!

As we prepare for Christmas, we ask that you keep us in mind.  On black Friday we will do a large flannel purchase.  If you prefer to donate to this fun and EARLY morning, that would be wonderful!  You don't have to sew to make a difference!  And, you don't have to stand in the cold weather!  We all have a part in this world to share God's love.  Do what you are gifted with to do!  

Also, we like to put together something for the staff at ACH as well.  Chocolate is always welcome.  So, perhaps you will consider picking some up to be included in the December delivery?  The staff at ACH is simply without words.  The love and care they pour in to the patients is immeasurable.  They hurt when a child hurts, they cry with joy when a child can go home, and they cry with sorrow when a parent must say good-bye to their child.  What a tough and rewarding job they have.  I hope you will help us show them that they are appreciated.