Friday, December 7, 2007

The Kindness of Strangers

Do you remember back in October, when I gave away prizes in the Fall Y'all Giveaway? Well, 654 other bloggers participated in the giveaway as well. I signed up for a bunch of them. A blogger named Christine at Liberty Star Farm gave away a doll quilt. I signed up thinking Blake would love it. To enter, you had to leave a comment. This is what I said:

"You made that?! I am impressed. My son loves baby dolls and would go gaga over that. (much to my dh's chagrin)"

A couple days later, I got an email from Christine informing me that I didn't win. She said she had visited my blog and asked some questions about Fragile X. She said that each year she makes quilts for special quilting service projects. In the past she has done Project Linus, Quilt for the Cure, and Home of the Brave. She asked me if I would allow her to make a special quilt just for Blake. Of course, I was overwhelmed by her kindness. I told her that Blake would love it. We talked about some of his favorite things, and she assured me she wouldn't make one too girly, so my husband wouldn't mind.

So, last night, the DHL man pulled in the driveway while I was waiting to leave for bunko. I was thinking, What did I order? He brought me a box that said Handwriting Without Tears. Now, I am familiar with HTW, and my boys have used it. I thought, I don't remember ordering anything from Handwriting Without Tears. But then I noticed that Christine's name was on the box. So, I cut the tape, and let Blake open it.

What's this?

A blanket!

See that happy smile?

He ran off with it and got Elmo and the beanbag chair to cover him up:

She even sent a gift for Drew, so he wouldn't feel left out:
A pencil case, filled with colored pencils!

Look at the talent!

And the back side

I have been so blessed by Christine and her generosity. Blake loves his quilt, and Drew was carrying around his new pencil case last night. Thank you again, Christine!

*edited to add a couple pictures of him playing with his new quilt this


Anonymous said...

How incredibly cool is that!!!

Maddy said...

Love it. Always so exciting!
Best wishes

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

Leanne said...

Wow, that is awesome! What an incredibly nice gift.

shoeaddict said...

I'm always very impressed at the kindness people have in their hearts for others. So many harp on the ugly in the world but, it's not all like that.

Blake looks sooooo cute!

My mom is a quilter.

Meleah the Mommy said...

No one is more deserving of this kindness than you and your boys. This story warms my heart and I just love the pictures of Blake playing with the quilt. It is obvious that quilt will be treasured and loved (it already is)!