I had barely clicked "send" on the email when she replied "I sew! I'd love to make you some!"
So guess what came in the mail yesterday?
Twenty-five of the most beautiful beanbag covers you've ever seen!
She sewed them all, leaving a small velcro opening. I depleted the store of 50 pounds of rice--sorry to the rice-lovers who shopped after I did--and we filled those bags. FYI, if you're curious, they weigh two pounds each. Therapeutically heavy, but still manageable for a toddler.
And I immediately put someone to work...ahem...I mean, PLAY!
At one point I sat on the floor, a myriad of textures, colors, patterns surrounding me...this precious gift from my friend...and I began to cry. I told the kids This is love. This is what my friend did for me because she cares about us. (They've grown accustomed to their crazy, weepy mom.) Pretty simple, right? But I don't sew. I could never have done this on my own, let alone make them so attractive! I mean, really...have you ever seen such gorgeous beanbags???
My friend, with her own four children, one of whom is every ounce as challenging right now as mine, sacrificed her time and her gifts to minister to us in a very practical, tangible way. A giant pile of love that suspiciously resembles beanbags. May the Lord reveal daily to me and you the unique-to-us ways we can do the same...sewing not required! Whew!
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” --C.S. Lewis
A friend loves at all times, and a [sister] is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17