Monday, November 17, 2014

A Night Of Fun

Saturday our house was all a buzz with activities as we prepared for the kids first concert, Winter Jam 2014 which featured great Christian artists such as Jeremy Camp, Newsong, Colton Dixon and Disciple to name a few.

As you can see, it was a huge venue. We were blessed to be a part of Young Life and ride on the bus which got us very close to the stadium but not close enough that I didn't trip going up a hill. I am happy to say, I am fine and while some of the students just walked past me, several stopped to help me up and finished the walk with me!

The oldest brought a friend and they watched three artists and then spent the rest of the evening walking around the Tacoma Dome and checking out the vendors...I was sad because I think they would have really liked it had her friend not started to complain because it was Christian.

Our grandson loved it. We all sat in the same general area, however he had a friend and they had a great time. Every I looked back to check on him, he was up and dancing and shouting!

Of course, our youngest sat next to me and she had a little baby behind her who was so cute, he kept hugging her and then laying his head on hers, he was a little cutie. With her right now it is difficult to say if she enjoyed it or not, but she didn't complain so I am hoping she did.  I saw her singing to a few of the songs, so hope she had a good time.

Diva Girl, sat next to me and just really had a great time. Next year I think she would enjoy it a bit better if she went with our church group. The Young Life group while behaved, was just not anyone she really hangs with.

We came home and I took them to McDonalds for a bite to eat.

I am hoping 2015 will bring us more opportunities like this and praying Brandon Heath will come back out this way!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Quilters Do Make A Difference..

I received a request last week to send a quilt to an amazing dispatcher who really soothes souls over the radio and has worked some pretty difficult calls.  

Her quilt arrived and she posted this message:

'I received a quilt today along with a hand written message. I am humbled & in tears. What a wonderful surprise. Thank you & thank you to whom ever told you that I'm an angel & unsung hero!!!

Sometimes a girl reveals her sources, but in this instance it is top secret, I am just so happy we blessed her and made her day! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

18 Hours, Over 600 Miles, Quilt Delivery Day to Okanogan, Pateros, Brewster, Twisp & Winthrop

Yesterday morning at 0600 I pulled up in front of a 911 Dispatchers home that I had never met and for the next 641 miles and 18 hours, we traveled to the eastern part of Washington and talked and laughed, shared two meals and met some pretty incredible people.

The following pictures are part of our journey, taken to deliver the many quilts I have received for 911 dispatchers, fire fighters and police officers and deputies that worked so very hard during the eastern WA wildfires.

I cannot describe what I saw yesterday, the emotions I felt at seeing my beautiful home state so black and burned and in the midst of the charring, green and lush new growth and growth that wasn't changed at all.  How can I describe seeing trees that one part was charred and the other part was lush and green?

My heart goes out to all of you who have blessed this ministry with quilts so we could pass them along to those very small community officers, dispatchers and fire fighters that were there. Thank you all your continued support is a blessing that matters to those who receive!


Winthrop Marshal and Trish a very active 911 Operator who lives close to me! My life saving driver!

She was touched by the tag on the back of this one and chose it for her own!
Leavenworth, cold and yet so pretty!

Getting out for a short walk helps me keep moving!
Quilts Delivered to Brewster, PD these 2 officers said they lost much in the fires!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Two From Sue for Okanogan County

These two amazing quilts from Sue Brown who is an amazing and most generous quilter and supporter of Layers Of Hope - Quilting 911 and yes, they are heading to eastern Washington tomorrow morning bright and early.

Sue has an awesome blog called From the Magpie's Nest head over and check out the beautiful quilts she makes and let her know you came via this blog.

You will be pleasantly welcomed and feel at home on Sues blog!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Calling Washington State Quilters Between Seattle and Wenatchee

I have been in contact this morning with many of the agencies in the area that have first responders and I have numbers of those in each we need quilts for.

I have never been to the east side of the state since living here so heading over the mountain pass to see another side of the country will be a bit exciting.

I know I have quilters in WA state, if you live in the area we will be traveling through or close enough we can detour, I would love to meet you and if you know of any quilt shops that I can drop fliers and brochures off at, send me the names and addresses.

It is very important for me to reach out in these areas and let people know what we are all about!


Maryland Dispatcher Needs Our Support

Jessica Larson had to leave work earlier this year due to complications from her Lyme Disease
diagnosis. A GoFundMe account has been started to support Jessica’s medical expenses as most of them are not covered by insurance. If you are interested in making a contribution please clink the link below. Even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference!
This campaign is raising money for "Lyme Borreliosis Complex"
Kara Selvage
Public Safety Dispatcher III - POLICE PATROL
Department of Emergency Operations
2220 Ady Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050

If you can help do so, but please send her a card of warm thoughts and prayers and if you can send her a quilt, please let me know AS

Cards or Quilt For This Woman With Cancer

We would like to take a moment to introduce a friend who has been a corner stone in our center.  Vicki Patterson, who has previously fought breast cancer, now has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Vic continued to work during her treatments in the past, but now has decided to spend time with her friends and family.  Vic is an amazing person to work with and learn from.  Since she has worked here at the Southern CA Geographical Coordination Center (FS/DOI & CAL FIRE), dispatchers from all over California and neighboring states have benefited from her wonderful attitude and desire to teach and help others. She has staffed our expanded dispatch and our aircraft desk, as well as working in these positions on assignments across the nation. Vic has also been involved in teaching classes for expanded and ROSS at the Regional level.  She is an amazing person and friend to everyone she meets.
Vic is a person who always has time for others, and we are asking for prayers and well wishes for her as she fights her most recent battle. 
You can also send cards and well wishes to:
Vic Patterson ICO: South Ops OCC
2524 Mulberry Street
Riverside, CA 92501
**Please let me know if you can bless this wonderful lady with a quilt. DO NOT send it to me, but let me know you are sending her one to her. It is costly for you to mail it to me only for me to mail it back to her.**

HOWEVER, I have to keep track of who receives a quilt and would appreciate you remembering it has to have Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 on it along with your name.  I also would appreciate a tracking number to know it was sent!