"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Saturday, January 1, 2011

An Encouraging Day

Sometimes the knowledge that we are responsible for raising $25,000 looks totally overwhelming. That's putting it mildly. We couldn't do it without the knowledge that GOD has called us to this battle--to fight for the life and SOUL of a child that HE has created. We can't do it alone. We can't do it in our own strength. We NEED GOD desperately--and we NEED the help of others. We need prayers. We need encouraging words. We need the buyers for our crafts, or the donors who make donations of any size.

Yesterday we were feeling rather overwhelmed (again!) with the enormity of the task we have taken on. Dh's work has been very, very slow so that doesn't help anything with our feelings of "security". It was a day of taking our fears and giving them again to God.

And He was gracious and had three specific things happen to remind us that HE KNOWS and is VERY AWARE of our needs. Why wouldn't He be?? After all, He created Katya, and He knew before she was ever born that she would need a family--and that the family He had chosen (evidently) for her was us. How cool is that?!

Anyway, so three things God did to show us that He is still on the case . . .

#1. Our small group pastor told us that he wants us to give him some info about where we are at in the process; how much we have fund-raised so far and what we still have need of, and specific prayer requests so he can make sure that the church is helping us as they can through prayer and so on. That was a huge blessing!! (Thanks, Jr! That means more than you know!)

#2. We were blogged about! Check it out here!  http://sarahely8989.blogspot.com/2010/12/one-final-year-end-plea.html   Sarah, who has Down's Syndrome, wrote a really sweet blog post about Katya and our adoption and fundraising efforts, asking others to check our blog out and help support us.

#3. AND "The Little Red Quilt House" made mention of us in their email newsletter yesterday, along with a request that others help support Katya's donation! I'm so very, very grateful for their support as well!

Here's a copy of the newsletter--and if you can check out their store, please do so!

Happy New Year Girls,
Just want to say thank you to everyone for quilting with us this past year!  We are hoping this letter finds you well and ready to start another year of fun sewing. 
In celebration of 2011, we are expecting several new fabric collections from Moda and we need to make room for them.  So, we are having an indoor sidewalk sale from Monday, January 3 through Thursday, January 6.  You will find two tables in the shop with selected items at 35% off.  Can you believe the shop has been open for eighteen months and we need to have a sale?  How exciting.....
It's January and that means it is time to start our 2011 Block of the Month clubs.  There is still time to join in the fun by choosing either Basket Bounty or Paris in the Fall to sew with us.  The quilt samples for these two clubs are finished and on display at the shop.  If that is not enough fun, we are going to start a Kansas Troubles 10 year Anniversary Club in February.  The quilt they designed is gorgeous and we have the Favorites Collection in the shop as well.  Stop by the Kansas Troubles Shelf to see all the favorites.
We have lots of new patterns and ideas for your sewing pleasure.  Knotty Baskets, Pockets to Go and Make life Fun are just a few.  For those of you who love felted wool applique, we are just in time with Moda wool and several cute patterns for Valentine gifts.
The web page will be updated by Monday with new class offerings, club dates and long arm classes too.  We have scheduled a Demo Day for each month in 2011.  These will be on Saturday mornings and no cost to come and see fresh ideas.  January Demo Day is scheduled for the 15th and cookies will be included with the demo.
We found a family in need of help!  The Dueck family is trying to adopt Katya, a young girl from [Eastern Europe].  I have racked my brain on how we could help and think if you would just drop a dollar to two in the can at the register during the Month of January, this is the best way to help her.  You will only get a good feeling from helping, no free gifts or other incentives.  No purchase required to help this family.   For more information, and to financially help the Duecks, please visit their blog at http://bringingkatyahome11.blogspot.com.
Finally, I would like to thank all who have contributed to Proverb's 31 quilts project.  In 2010, we donated 95 quilts to help others.  BirthCare of Medina, Battered Womens Shelter, Operation HOMES, Pregnancy Solutions in Akron and several local schools benefited from your gifts.  We also gave quilts to several ladies who will be undergoing chemo therapy, a family whose dad has cancer, and Relay for Life fund raisers.  ConKerr Cancer Pillowcases donated with the Steppin' Out Quilt Tour exceeded 2,300 pillowcases for children in Northeast Ohio Hospitals.  Thank you to all who helped.  May God bless you in 2011.
Karen R. Benke
Little Red Quilt House
3616 Ridge Road
Medina, OH 44256
So, we ended the year of 2010 with grateful hearts  . . . . and as we begin 2011, I hope it will be the year that we sucessfully arrive HOME WITH KATYA!!! Thank you to everyone who is doing what they can to help bring her home . . . EVERYTHING counts! Prayers, blogging, posting on Facebook, donations, purchasing items (don't forget, there is a selection of teacup pincushions and some other items still for sale with more coming!)
Happy 2011 and may it be a year filled with blessings for each of you . . . .

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