On The 8th Day of Christmas

On our 8th day of giving, we made blankets for Project Linus.
 Each of my kids have been blankie kids.  Hailey has her "yellow" that Grammy got her as a baby.  Karlie clung to a Care Bear balnkie I made her and Kaitlin has her blankie from Nana.  Hank's special blanket is called "hippo blankie" that Nana made.  They have been an essential part of their childhood, helped them sleep soundly, and feel secure.
 I thought having the kids make blankets for the Project Linus foundation was a great gift to give.  They each helped me make a blanket that represent them.  Project Linus provides blankets for kids in crisis.  They hope to provide "love, sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans."
 We spent the day making no sew fleece blankets.  Hank did Batman, Kaitlin did pink owls, Karlie did bright peace signs, and Hailey did teal hearts.
 As we tied the knots with love we talked about what it would be like to be in the hospital for Christmas. What would it be like to only want to be healthy?  How hard would it be for moms, dads and siblings of sick kids?  We talked about kids with parents that were not taking good care of them.  We prayed that our blankets would bring just a smile and comfort to the kids they were given to.
 I hope to instill big hearts in my kids.  I want them to have the gift of empathy.  Jesus loved people.  I want them to love others and try to understand what other people might be going through.  I want them to be thankful for the blessings we have.
They all REALLY liked their blankets.  They really would have loved to keep them.  They even made plans to do a round robin next year and each make one for each other for Christmas.  This was a true gift.  It is easy to give away things you no longer want.  But it was really a gift for them to spend their day helping make the blankets and then driving to the drop off center and letting go of the beautiful blankets that each of them identified with.  I hope that each of their blankets find their way to a child in need of a little warmth and love.

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