Saturday, May 24, 2008

B is for Blankets and Balance

I see that this post is a little more timely than last time. At least I will have 2 posts listed in May ...

Blankets --- knit, quilted, cheater. I think I like sewing and quilting the best out of the three. These will all be donated to hospitals or NILMDTS photographers when I get them packaged up. But my quandary is where do you send blankets when it is summer in most parts of the US? Can hospitals still use them or do they have room to store them until cooler weather approaches?


Heavenly Angels In Need has a spreadsheet which lists hospitals and photographers with needs. There are so many and I have so few blankets ... how to choose where to send them. Do you find that the need overwhelms you at times? I sure do ... I can get discouraged at the thought of not doing enough, working harder, making more things ... all this at the expense of my family and friends. I can find myself ignoring friends, not keeping commitments, telling my kids I don't have time because I want to sew. Not good for them or for me!

In some sense this is good because it gives me the drive to make items to help those who are grieving or can't afford things for their baby. But what it really points out to me is that I always need to be checking the balance in my life. Am I keeping things on a fairly even keel or is one part of my life taking over ...

This scripture has also been helpful: Jesus is speaking to the disciples after Mary had poured very expensive perfume on Jesus' head ... "The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me." Mark 14:7. The disciples were appalled that Mary would waste the perfume when she could have sold it and used the money to help the poor.

I can really use this in my own life. My kids will only be the age they are once and my biggest mission should be to raise them up in the way of the Lord. It all comes down to balance ...

5 comments:

Renee said...

Cheryl,
I so identify with this. I've been on a lot of deadline knitting for others - a baby blanket for afghans for afghans, sewing up knitted squares for a baby shower, a shawl for someone headed for major surgery. I'd lost my balance - the knitting was not fun anymore. So last night I watched Pride and Prejudice and knit on a simple shell for me, no deadline, just for fun...

The blankets are great!

HAINAngel2000 said...

Cheryl, Yes I also struggle with this myself. There are times I feel so overwhelmed that I just sit here and cry. I appreciate you Cheryl. Please only do what you can, do not feel like you have to do it all. We are all a team and even if you make one thing for a family you touched their lives forever. I love you!

Sandy said...

I've not quilted in a very long time; and really must focus on using up some yarn before I try to get back to it; but your quilts are beautiful!! And the sweet white and red heart knitted blankie and hat is adorable!

Thanks for the compliment on my use of odd rectangles and squares. I'm still at it, posted some new pics. See what you think.
Have a nice wkend.
Sandy

Sandy said...

Balance...yea I know what you mean. I'd like to make a few things for myself; but never get around to it...somehow I feel quilty when I start something for me, knowing others needs are greater.

Balance right now for me is taking the knitting or crocheting outside, enjoying the weather.

Hang in there.
Sandy

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Cheryl, I came to your blog through Heavenly Angels in Need. I joined to see what I could make. I have been having a heck of a time trying to find the list on that web site. Could you help me? I can sew, I am not that good at quilting, I do all kinds of crafts, so please help me.
Thanks.