JUNE 15TH, 2012
What began as a donated quilt top of left over scraps from Marlene's Quilt Guild
back in April, 2011, is now a treasured Comfy Quilt for a precious little 10 yr. old boy
battling bone cancer. I would like to show Wyatt's picture but I don't have his parent's permission so I'll leave the scene up to your imagination. Once I get permission, I'll post a picture!
Ryan is helping his friend Wyatt hold up the quilt from Wyatt's hospital bed, bald head, face mask to protect from germs. Actually, Wyatt ( 10 yrs. old) was new to the 4th grade class in January and due to numerous absences while searching for an answer to Wyatt's leg & hip pain, he had not had sufficient time to form any close friendships. The diagnosis was bone cancer in his pelvis at age 10!!!!! Their teacher, Mrs. G, reports her amazement for the empathy this class shows for each other so she wasn't at all surprised when Ryan's idea to sign their names on a quilt for Wyatt was met with resounding excitement.
My DIL & Ryan made a road trip to B'ham last Friday to deliver the quilt along with other goodies collected by the class and their parents. I'll let you imagine the excitement Wyatt felt when Ryan entered the room and gave him the quilt!! He was so surprised to see Ryan at first and the quilt was an even bigger surprise. The colors really brightened up Wyatt's drab hospital room!
As mothers/grandmothers, you can well imagine the heartfelt gratitude of that mother who had been cooped up in that hospital for over a month, just to see a friendly face laden with goodies from HOME!!. Dad and older sister are back at home trying to retain some semblance of a normal life under harrowing circumstances.
Can you feel her tears?
Tears of gratitude, exhaustion, weariness, worry, sadness, and loneliness....
I finished hand quilting at 1:00a.m. Friday morning. She was popped in the washer and dryer around 1:30. She came out of the dryer around 3:00 all scrunchy, warm, and cuddly! My fingers were numb but I felt such a need to hand stitch Wyatt's quilt so I could pray while I stitched. Besides, I am a much better hand quilter than a machine quilter. My machine quilting still looks like a hot mess in my opinion. This quilt took me 2 weeks to sandwich together, baste, and hand quilt. I am so slow but for me that was a record. This is a full size quilt BTW!!
To Marlene's Quilt Guild,
Thank you so much for donating the quilt top. Although it didn't go to a tornado victim, I think you will agree with me that Wyatt's Quilt is exactly Where and Who it should be with!
Please join me in praying for Wyatt and his family....a special prayer for strength and encouragement to his mother. I can assure you we are going to continue to minister to this family to meet their ongoing physical needs. Our plan is to make sure the house is professionally cleaned in anticipation of Wyatt's homecoming in mid-July and need for a germ free environment. We will have over 2 weeks of meals scheduled as well as a well stocked pantry now and for when the family is all back home together. Wyatt will have to return monthly to B'ham for a 3 day treatment which will require gas, meals, parking fees, etc...
Do you know of a family in your area who needs an extra hand? Perhaps you have your own story of helping. Why don't you share your story on your blog (if you have one) and tell us you did so. Then we can hop over to your blog and read all about it. Sharing our stories of helping gives us all ideas of HOW to help, allows us the opportunity to exercise intercessory prayer, and encourages ALL of us to
PAY IT FORWARD.