Today was pure delight! The Faith-based subcommittee of the City’s homeless coalition met first thing, and two of the members spoke from the point of view of those who had experienced homelessness from the inside. Their contributions to the conversation were much more real than those we have heard in our larger meetings with the City and its service agencies, and sparked some good ideas about how to truly serve homeless families with children in areas of greatest need. It will be interesting to see how our own congregation responds to these more clearly understood needs in the near future.
Afterwards I headed to Fresno with all my newest Close To My Heart papers, stamps, and other goodies, to hang out with Aunt Betty and make cards all day. (If you haven’t already met Aunt Betty, you can read more about her here.) At least that was the plan. But as is often the case with plans, our hearts had other ideas. Instead of card-making, we looked at, handled, smelled, and oohed and aah-ed over everything I brought back from Convention.
We made lists, we edited them, we shared ideas, we talked about making cards, we talked about our families, we talked a lot about Mom (as we always do). I told her about the presenter at Convention who commented that she “knew we didn’t like to cut with scissors” but her design called for a bit of “fussycutting”, and how I realized a few days ago that when I am “fussycutting” a design piece from printed paper I am thinking about Mom and how much she enjoyed cutting out intricate things.
We took a lunch break and then headed back to the Annual Inspirations book to make more lists. And we planned on what we would do when we got some more new stuff. By the end of the day our eyes and brains were tired, but our hearts were full.
And next week I’ll be back for Doll Club, and maybe we’ll make a card or two afterwards!