Could spring get here any sooner, please? I am dying out here! Amiright? The only time I’m comfortable is when I’m chin deep in a hot bath. I finally really understand Laura Ingles book title, The Looooooong Loooooooong Winter. Oh spring, why do you make us wait so long?
Spring brings with it so much potential: a clean slate, a fresh start, a new beginning. The days begin to get longer, as the sun reacquaints herself with emerging flowers and foliage. Spring woos with her many shades of green and how the pointillism of her cherry and forsythia blossoms dot the landscape. The sound of lawn mowers, the smell of cut grass, the sight of protruding bulbs planted last fall, and the birds, cheering spring on, fill the air with a celebratory cacophony that winter has finally released her grip. Life begins to look much better through the golden lens of sunshine.
And speaking of potential and new beginnings…
Décor to Door has had lots happening during the months since our last parcel drop. The most exciting part is our newest connections with other organizations who are also working to help survivors and other marginalized populations. Though it feels incrementally slow, I know its perfect timing. I must resist the temptation to base success on accolades or numbers and focus on faithfulness. When God begins a good work in you, He will be faithful to bring it to completion in His time. In April we will announce our “Bag Lady Initiative” sponsorship. This is an opportunity for you to have a personal connection to a woman overcoming trauma. We are partnering with Shebobo Designs, importers of fair trade bags made by women in Madagascar. Shebobo sources products that support local economies, fair wages, and sustain generational artisan traditions. You can become a “bag lady” by purchasing one of these beautiful handbags to gift to a survivor; even include a personal message of encouragement to her! Additionally, you can purchase a bag in honor of a friend’s birthday or Mother’s Day or any occasion! I will personally hand deliver these bags and letters to women currently residing in a faith based safe-house here in Chicagoland through an organization called Naomi’s House. Your purchase will be a beautiful gesture of kindness to a woman unaccustomed to generosity. A beautiful bag will add to her dignity as she continues down the path of restoration.