Earlier this year, I started working on a quilt, Arabesque. It was a new beginning for me. I didn't expect it to turn into another chapter.
On Valentines Day, 2020, I attended a special meeting at a very special place in Kentucky. By now, you know that I prefer to do Valentines Day a little differently. This year was no exception.
I found myself meeting with several executives of Maryhurst, an organization who "dares to imagine communities free of abuse and filled with hope for every child and family." In that room I was surrounded by business owners, community volunteers and many other wonderful people who wanted to build resilience in our community.
There were two reasons I was there - the first was to deliver the quilt I had made. The journey of making the quilt was such a blessing to me, and it was time to transfer the quilt to her new owner.
The second reason I was there is a little deeper. I wanted to see if this place lived up to their mission. As you know, I am very intentional about the places that Hyssop Tree works with. I want to make sure that we are empowering members of our community. It is critical that we are supporting organizations who help people through crisis and toward sustainable independence.
What I found at Maryhurst blew me away.
We learned about the history, and then we were taken on a tour by Mimi, one of the young ladies staying at Maryhurst. It was her first tour, and she did a fabulous job. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time - I was so proud of her, and so grateful that we have a facility so enriching and nurturing for our children.
It was at this moment I realized another loose end was just about to be tied up.
While I was working on Arabesque, I had a vision of another quilt. It was one made up of diamonds. After finishing Arabesque, I began to work on this diamond quilt. I didn't know who it was for yet, but I knew that it would be one that people signed with messages of hope and empowerment. Just that morning, on Valentines Day, I was praying about the name. I was given the name "Special Treasure."
As our tour ended and I was picking up my things, I went to speak with my contact, Mary. She told me that one of the community-based homes was called Treasure Home. It serves young women with cognitive delays who have suffered abuse and neglect. She told me about the nun who started the home, and how the nun referred to the young women as her "Special Treasures."
I was speechless!
After regaining my senses, Mary and I talked about how we could work together. There are two parts, and I'd like to invite you to participate in both:
First, between now and the end of April, every soap that you purchase will provide a soap for a young lady at Maryhurst.
Second, when you purchase your soap online, write a note of hope or encouragement in the notes section on the checkout page. I will hand-write your message on the Special Treasure quilt. When the quilt is full of messages, I will finish the quilt and it will be given to a special young lady at the Treasure Home. She will either be graduating the Treasure Home program or she will be leaving to move in with her adoptive family.
Please join me in supporting our young women. Let's make a difference in the disproportionate rates of child abuse in Kentucky. Share this post using the buttons below and purchase Hyssop Tree soap. If you can participate and share this with a friend, we'll be one step closer to a community filled with hope for every child and family.