A couple of weeks ago I finished reading a book entitled, A Boy from Baby House 10: From the Nightmare of a Russian Orphanage to a New Life in America. It was one of those books that changes you when you read it. Early in the book I was thinking a lot about the lack of visual stimulation children have in some orphanages. Even when toys are donated, often times children are not allowed to play with them because they will break them. It was sad for me to read that the smallest change in a child’s surrounding would be of interest to them - perhaps an unraveling thread or a nail that had popped through a board. I don’t feel like typing any more about the sad conditions. I feel that the emotions are too raw right now for me to visit those thoughts again and again. And we do know that many of the orphanages are well ran and do the best they can with the resources that they have available. But I did want to share with you an inspiration that came from the book. I asked my mom if she would make some blankets for me. I looked for fleece that had color and patterns on it. Justin and I will take these blankets on our first trip with us and donate them to the baby home. I am hoping to not only to be able to donate them but I am going to ask if we could distribute them during one of our visits. I figure it can’t hurt to ask. If we could get them in a child’s hands for at least a day maybe it would bring a smile to their little face.
You can't get the full effect of the colors in these photographs, but you get the point. On the ones my mom made, she used different stitching patterns as well for a little extra pizazz!
And while I am bragging about my mom, look at the sweater she crocheted for me! It is quite fashionable and I don't think it will be much longer and it will be cold enough to need this sweater. Thanks mom, I love you!