Saturday, March 7, 2015

Josephine's Children --- an exciting update to the project!

Dearest Josephine,
Our prayers and especially those of your beautiful children have been answered! The gifts of supplies, crafts, and clothing items so generously donated-- are finally on their way to you. They should leave by freighter this next week and be to you by sometime in May~
Never did I expect that so many people would join together to share gifts for these precious children.  The donated items filled not one, or two ---- but three huge transport boxes!

Sue and her husband have coordinated
 the purchase of supplies and clothing items, 
from their home in Texas,
as well as the  packing of the boxes.
Sue credit's her husband with the amazing ability
to pack all the goods so tightly into the boxes
so that they could fill them FULL
 with all of the
donated items. 
(please click here to read Sue's story
about the day the boxes finally left her home!)

No project ever totally goes off the way it is planned~
while the generosity of so many 
has overwhelmed our hearts,
there have been some difficulties
in bringing this project to completion. 

 The freight company who was to have
provided transportation for the donated items--
unfortunately,became no longer a viable partner
for this project.
 Best laid plans,
 and all that goes with them,
we feared that we might not be able
to bring smiles and joy
to the children~

After running into many obstacles
and closed doors,
we finally left the matter in
God's hands. 
Dear Vicki,
I hope that all is well with you and your family.
Vicki, I am so very concerned about the gifts for the children.
Have you been able to find someone to do the shipping for us?
The children have been so very excited about this
and I do not know what to tell them
if the gifts never are to come.
We are all praying that all will go well
and for you and Sue as you have
given so much to this project.
The prayers of the children have been heard~
God has brought us an answer 
to our prayers. 
Just this morning the boxes
were picked up at Sue's apartment
by the folks at a new company that has
agreed to help us.
(I am sure that she was very happy for that to happen,
as she and her husband have been stumbling
around those HEAVY boxes now for many weeks!)
My heartfelt thanks to both Sue and her amazing husband
for all their efforts to make the dreams
of these children come true!
Please take hundreds and hundreds of photos
when the goods arrive for the children 
and they begin to open their gifts! 
Sue and I will eagerly share them with our
blog readers.
We will flood the internet world 
with the blessings
of the gifts 
and the smiles of the
We are so thankful that their dreams
will be able to come true.
It seems as though
we have truly witnessed a
 Dear Vicki,
Indeed it is a miracle!
I am reading this mail just now
and I cannot stop smiling and thanking God
for making this possible
at a time when our hope was almost fading.
We were all so worried and had put our joy
at a stand, but we prayed silently
and God has answered our prayers.
The children are going to be so
happy again!
I am ready with two cameras
with different persons to take photos!
I want every moment to be captured
and sent to you. 
I can't stop thanking you and Sue (and her husband)
for all the effort, time, and energy
that has been given to this project...

no words can express that,
but the children and I have already started
to design something for you and Sue to show
how we have appreciated!
Thank you for making this happen!
You are so dear and near in our

Once again....
 I want to thank those of you
who have contributed to this amazing project 
by way of donations, financial support, and prayers.

Are these not THE most beautiful children?
Can you even imagine their hearts delight
when they begin to open the boxes full of

Please pray for the shipment of
these gifts as the long journey begins across the waters
from Texas to Uganda.
Hopefully, sometime in early summer,
you will be looking at photos
of happy children...
  gleeful in their excitement of all 
the love that can be held in
three (huge!!) boxes
all of your generous 

A note from me~
We have just returned from a wonderful cruise to warm places.  Fortunately, we missed much of the snow and freezing weather while we were gone -- but you know how it is with "paybacks"--- the day after we returned home -- we were slammed with about 14 inches of snow! As much as I am not a fan of winter -- the snow truly was beautiful, so heavy on the trees...

 It is good to be back home, many projects strung all over my craft room!!  If you are on the Shabby Chic nesting list --yours are in the works now!  Spring is just around the corner ~ I truly believe this!  
my love to you all~


make.share.give said...

Wonderful! Welcome home to Grayson and all our melting snow!

Eugenia Maru said...

Dear Vicki, I'm glad a lot of that has solved the issue of transportation. Not long for children of Josephine are with their gifts sent with so much love for many of us.
I can not wait to see the pictures and happy faces of our children.
I am very happy to have had the opportunity to participate.
A hug for Sue and her husband for their tremendous work.
And for you my love from always

Julia said...

Dear Vicki, thanks for the update. I've been wondering about news from Josephine and I'm glad that the goods will be shipped by May. Too bad that it will take so long to get to the children. I sure do hope it will get there.
In God We Trust.

I can't wait to hear about your cruise. About the only way I travel is in my office chair looking at all the photos of my two travelling daughters and you Vicki.



May seems like such a long way off, those precious children are surely beside themselves with anticipation! It was hard to read this post through my tears, Vicki. I am so moved by this wonderful thing you have done with the help of so many many generous people.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

You have really been very busy this winter. You are a beautiful gracious and generous women. The story is amazing. Bless the hearts of all those in need. hugs, Jo

DreamChallenge said...

Bless you and Gods work through us all...So much love shines through the children.

Amy at love made my home said...

How wonderful!! Glad that you enjoyed the time you had away! xx

Scrappy quilter said...

Welcome back. What a great project.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm so happy that all the shipping issues were resolved and that all those treasures are on their way. The children will be counting the days until it arrives, as will we.

Mereknits said...

Vicki, you and Sue and her husband are truly amazing. I can't wait to see the photos of those happy, beautiful faces.

Createology said...

This is such an endeavor to undertake and you and Sue and husband are to be forever blessed for all your efforts and hard work. Children are too precious to be overlooked and left without. Blessings...

Tanya said...

Much love to you, Sue, and your respective significant others. You guys surely have a spot in heaven!!! XOXOXO

Maggie said...

Such wonderful news, the children must be so excited, I eagerly await the next chapter in this amazing story.
Welcome home, traveller.

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a beautiful post with all those smiling faces. How exciting to imagine those faces when all the goodies arrive! Your giving spirit and kind heart have once again seen a need and filled it. Bless you and Sue, hubbies too, for all the effort and time you have spent on this worthwhile project.

kathyinozarks said...

so happy everything worked out for this wonderful project-anxious to see all those happy faces-

Suzan said...

You have touched so many lives Vicki!!
Welcome back and I look forward to seeing your latest adventure!!

Dorthe said...

Dear Vicki, such wonderful photoes of beautiful smiling kids ,-how wonderful all the goodies for them, are now on its way, to far away Africa. What an adventure for them it will be, when it all arrives.
Once more you have been the motor in a project created to make people happy, and to give them a "smile" ,you are so beautiful dear Vicki,- you heart is of the biggest I have ever known !!
Welcome back from your amazing vacation with your gardener, I can see the snow was waiting for you at home.
I wish you wonderful March days ,dear friend.

Suztats said...

This is wonderful news! I can't wait to see photos of those happy little faces. Blessings to you and your DH, Sue and the Runner for all your efforts in making this dream come true.

yaya said...

You are always doing good and it is so wonderful to hear and see the happy recipients of your projects. This one is so sweet and I'm sure those children will be over the moon when those gifts arrive. Your snow photo is beautiful, but I'm ready for this to be over. We're having some warmer temps and I'm hoping to see grass soon! I'll look forward to your vacation pics and I hope you have a wonderful week.

Sue Kosec said...

Ohhhhhhhhh, Vicki ... I am so grateful to The Runner for finally locating a shipper. Every single time I thought about the boxes (of love) perhaps never getting to Uganda, I got all misty in the eyes.

I returned last night from a four-day retreat to all the photos that Josephine sent! What angels! I am ever so grateful for all of the donated items and monies sent to help with this endeavor. Never, in my wildest imaginations would it turn out like this.

My only wish is that I could be there as the children opened the boxes and got to experience a little bit of love sent by all.

Thank you for including The Runner and me in this project. We feel blessed to be a part of it.

Hugs Galore!

Unknown said...

Dear Vicki, words cannot express our gratitude to you, Sue and the Runner for making this project possible when we were almost losing hope. The children are very excited and they are counting the days to May! We are prepared to have this as a special celebration when the gifts arrive to Thank God for making this to happen. A thank you Note to all your blog friends who have contributed, prayed for the success of the project! THANK YOU ALL

Unknown said...

What you are doing for these kids is amazing!

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Sheryl said...

So happy to have read your update about Josephine and know that the goodies are at last on their way. How very exciting this is for the children and they will now be so eagerly awaiting the arrival. I can´t wait to see the photos of their happy faces.

Quinn said...

So glad the problem was resolved and the project is going forward again. As always, awed by the vision and energy that goes into your endeavors!

Nonna Rose said...

God bless each and every one!!