I posted this over on Danya's Gift Blog that I set up specifically for the project, but I thought that you all as our biggest supporters would like to hear this and be encouraged.:
Last night as I was reading Danya her bedtime story we read the story of the widows oil. 1 Kings 4:1-7. Naturally we were reading from her kids Bible, but the truth still hit me. The widow was told by Elisha to gather empty jars from her neighbors and then once they were gathered to go inside and shut the door and pour oil from your own jar into these jars and sell them. What struck me was that she only had one chance. If she gathered just a few jars she wouldn't have been able pay her debts. But I have to believe she felt a little odd following the directions, thinking no way is this going to work. I know a little of her feeling. When I began this year my one goal was to beat last year's number. Now we have, but I still wish we could give soo much more.
This is what we have so far:
23 Newborn Onesies and Sleepers
15 Pair of newborn socks and booties
2 Preemie sleepers
3 Preemie Onesies
10 Micro preemie outfits (Wow didn't realize I had made that many)
Bringing our total up to 53 items. Yay! so now I am increasing our goal. I would love to see us get 150 items. That would far outgrow the containers I have purchased too. I feel very convicted that I didn't set my sights higher. I want to triple what we have.
For those of you in Hawaii, please mark your calendar. We will be having a BBQ and prayer service at our house on September 13th. It is grandparents day and since grandparents are the most giving people I know, we will be celebrating them while dedicating the gift. More details will be coming soon.