It's been quite a while since I posted a Saturday Sky photo! This is the spot where I took all of my morning glory pictures last summer.... this year the MG's are about 10 feet (and further) to the west and the first vine has already reached the top of the fence. Boy they grow fast.
This is the lapghan donated by Cheryl who was also a Leader for the 3rd grade kids at our VBS this year. I am getting to know so many nice people in town since we've started going to FBC and also getting to know so many wonderful people all over the US and Canada and Worldwide because of the Greensburg afghan project. I feel so bonded to the packages we receive, the kind notes and letters that people write, the beautiful squares that you all knit and crochet. I'm still quite emotionally moved by all of your enthusiasm and interest in the project. I easily could have burned out on this project a LOOOOONG time ago if it wasn't for your UNDYING support and enthusiasm. I appreciate you all so very much I just can't even put it into words.
Last night I posted my ECF entry quite late, then checked my blog stats. People are STILL just learning about this project and hustling to get on the afghan bandwagon! Welcome aboard! We're near to the goal but we'll be so very happy and grateful to receive your squares.
It's very interesting to browse my blog stats and see what kind of Google searches are pulling up my original post about the project where I have all the FAQs and instructions listed. I have been continuing to update that post when I have little things to add and tweak. Somehow I was led back to the Wichita Eagle web site and their collection of stories about Greensburg. Of course the Kansas papers are going to continue writing about the community and people there long after the rest of the world has gone back to their daily lives.
There were two articles that really struck a chord with me. These two articles really REALLY made me realize how very important this project will be to the community and the individuals and families who will receive afghans this fall. I want to say "especially the children" but it's more than children. Their parents and grandparents and neighbors and city officials and 911 dispatch - everyone. Every resident of the community has been dramatically affected by this event. Every person who knows and cares about the residents of that community are dramatically affected because of their connections there.
I have thankfully never ever EVER received a hateful ugly negative comment on my blog from anyone about anything I've ever written. Thank Heaven. But with my browsing I have run across just two somewhat negative remarks. One was specifically about this project and was a display of obvious ignorance. The other was about charity knitting in general and mentioned afghan projects. I spent a few days wondering if this was really a worthwhile thing to be doing - if you can believe that. I was questioning the validity and worth of this project. Wondered if it truly was a meaningful effort because of really just one statement about charity knitting.
Reading these two articles last night reminded me that what I started, and what you have all helped develop, is very meaningful indeed. There are no words to express my appreciation for your help and the lasting effect that your outreach will have on the people who receive these afghans. Thank you.
These are the two articles I read: