Friday, July 10, 2009

Christmas in July!

July has arrived with hotter days and we find ourselves trying to stay indoors and think of cooler months. Our family has a few projects to keep us busy. We are excited to share them with you, our family and friends. First up is a service project for the Oncology clinic where Kyle is receiving his weekly chemo treatments. After discussing several options with our Social Worker Gina we decided to make stockings for the clinic for Christmas. I have already started to plan this with my mom. Our goal is to make 100 string quilted stockings by December 1st. My mom has generously donated several boxes of Christmas fabric scraps. We have been ironing & sorting these scraps into pieces that will be easier to work with. I am excited to organize a few service activity nights where we can all come together and work on this wonderful project. We were trying for a date sometime this July but with Mom trying to get Bennett off on his mission I am thinking this wont happen until August and then we will have another one or two in the Fall. So stay tuned for more details. If you would like to get started or think you cant make it to the big activities please let me know and we can arrange to get you some fabric. You can help by sewing, ironing or sorting fabric. All help will be greatly appreciated as our goal of 100 stockings seems like quite the undertaking.

Now our 2nd project is a fundraiser to help offset some of the rising medical bills and expenses. We will be doing a yard sale/bake sale sometime in October. My sister Marian in Utah was going to host one as well but she is afraid she wont have enough time to organize it and pull it off before it gets to cold up there. She is however going to do something, we have kicked around several ideas. So if you are in Utah and would like to help her organize something or paticipate in her fundraiser please contact Marian in Utah. If you do not have her information please let me know and I will get you in contact with her. Now for the one is AZ if you have any items you would like to donate or would like to help with the bake sale or in any other way please let me know. If you have things you have been meaning to get rid of but haven't found the time to take it to goodwill or DI just let us know. Don't get out in that heat when we will come do it for you!

Our family is grateful for all the Lord has blessed us with. Including many wonderful family and friends. Thank you for all the prayers and words of kindness. Thank you to those individuals who have come over to help my family or have offered other assistance. We pray that Kyle will heal in the Lord's time and that we may continue to be blessed with patience and peace during this time.

The Oden's
Bennett, Brittney & Kyle