Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Change Has Arrived

Sorry that I've been MIA for the past week but there have been some big changes here. We delivered more quilts to a group which helps the needy in Melbourne and also took down a car load of knitted blankets, quilts, as well as toys and 3 large bags of donations of Christmas gifts for the homeless and various organizations. The three very large bags came from the Kyabram ladies and Lesley Lowe and they have done a wonderful job with all their donations to bring some joy to people who have very little.
I also received this fabulous big bag of QAYG blocks from Sandy L. and the Geelong Stitchers (Vic). The blocks are beautiful and will make some wonderful quilts which I'll get started on when time allows.
The change of circumstances which has taken up a lot of my time in the past week is that we have taken in a teenage boy who has been having a hard time due to his parent's recent breakup. He can't live with his father due to distance and lack of space and he won't live with his mother. He's a lovely lad and so grateful to have a quiet and peaceful place to live. We're taking it a day at a time but life is busy with making the arrangements with the various agencies, job seeking and just spending time together debriefing and counselling. He's more settled now and with Christmas approaching we are making sure that he is supported through this transition from his immediate family. He was so at a loss that he'd been walking aimlessly around the streets and had worn blisters on his feet.
I'm sorry that I missed my posts for cross stitch Tuesdays and the stars on Sunday but will try to get back on track with those when time allows. I guess that must have been the reason why I felt the need to pack away the donation quilts for a time, I just didn't know why then. We did deliver 52 more quilts and I'll do a tally for the year soon.
Hope all of you are nearly ready for Christmas because it will be here very soon.
Hugs Jan Mac


Merilyn said...

Wow! Jan, that is true Christmas spirit in real terms! How lovely of you to share your home with a young person who was in desperate circumstances - you are an amazing person! I sincerely hope your Christmas will be a wonderful one and for this young man, a family Christmas surrounded by lots of love and support!!
I'll bet your carload of goodies was a welcome sight at the other end!

willywagtail said...

I think that is wonderful of you.I know a little boy who was just four when his grandparents took him in.He is around ten now. Neither of his parents wanted him. The difference loving carers have made in his life is completely life changing for him as I am sure it will be for your teenager, even more so than blankets for the needy. Cherrie

Lynne said...

How thoughtful and caring of you - God bless you and watch over you all.

Heather said...

This story truly touched me. You obviously are a kind and loving person and I'm sure this boy will benefit so much from your caring.