Last weekend I went to the first Board Meeting for Palmetto Hearts! This was our first quarter meeting and the first meeting since Annabelle Baskets joined with Palmetto Hearts to qualify for non-profit status. They have been so wonderful to still allow me to do my thing with the baskets yet still working together by my putting PH brochures in the baskets delivered at MUSC! It is our prayer that those precious heart families that receive the baskets not only get a temporary joy from having a darling little basket welcome their precious baby into the heart world but, also, for them to gain a permanent support group of other families who have walked in their shoes. (Yes, I am aware that is a mega run-on sentence, too!) The meeting went great and, as always, it was great to see other heart moms that I love so much! God has truly provided an incredible opportunity for the Annabelle Baskets through Palmetto Hearts!
Also, while at the meeting another heart mom friend, Lolita, gave me the cutest little crocheted newborn cap! Her children's adoptive grandmother is making them for the baskets! What a surprise! They are the softest yarn I've ever felt...and just perfect for the baskets! She is going to make them in all different colors, too. I know the families are going to be so blessed by having their own unique little cap for their baby! I still have the cap that the hospital put on Wyatt that was made by a charity group...so this is really special for us to be able to provide the same memory to so many other heart families!
Something else that has weighed on my mind and in my heart for quite some time is the possibility of homeschooling Wyatt. Several years ago, Scott mentioned home schooling to me. Scott is a very well thought out man. So, I knew that if he was taking the time to even mention it, then it was most likely something he had already considered heavily. We began to get more information and pray about God's will for our family and for raising Wyatt. We decided this fall to get serious with it and make a decision by the winter months. Wyatt and I have visited home school groups, I have spent time with another friend who home schools her four beautiful, intelligent and extremely well behaved children and, last night, attended a meeting on homeschooling (reasons why and getting excited about it). Scott and I talked & prayed extensively when I got home and we know that this is God's plan for us! I ask for your prayers as I continue to get information on curriculums, support groups, state requirements, etc. (It can all be very overwhelming.) We are taking it one year at a time and praying God's guidance continually.
Oh- and to go along with the Annabelle Basket update...the total tally for baskets delivered from conception at the end of April 2008-December 2008 was 176!!! Honestly, I wish this number were non-existent but I am so overjoyed with the mighty work God has done in and through all of you who have been a part of it! God is so good! Thank you, dearly, for allowing Him to use you as His vessel!
This is a picture of our Guest Bedroom before we passed along the bedroom furniture and lined the walls with shelves for all the supplies!
Keeping the cabinets stocked at MUSC... (although they are usually a little neater than this!) We do what we have to do to keep as many as possible on hand for them!