I'm leaving the U.S. again!

This time, I'm not going quite as far as West Africa. I'll be in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, visiting my youngest daughter and her husband. Their first baby is due October 13! My third grandson!



Hoping to be there for his birth, and to help my daughter as a new mom, I'm leaving October 11 and will return October 25.

I will have no phone service, and won't be spending much time on the internet, as you can imagine, so communication will be very limited. However, I'll be back to business as usual on October 26 - with photos to share :).

Thank you for your patience!
Debbie


I'm back!



The very best part of my 2-month trip to West Africa was spending time with my daughter and son-in-law, being able to see and be involved in their lives.













I also enjoyed choosing
 beautiful African fabrics and having my clothes custom made.

  


It was a great privilege to be involved with the Dorcas Widows Project.




I spent many hours at several sewing centers learning and making friends.



I was able to visit some villages.



I even got to ride a camel in the Sahara Desert :).


And many, many more adventures! What a fascinating time!

 Now I'm back to business as usual, but dreaming of my next trip to Africa!

On my way to West Africa!

Well, after months of preparation and training, I'm ready to head out to Niger! My daughter and son-in-law, who live there, are preparing a room for me. The women of the Dorcas Widows Project are preparing a place for me to serve. Praying for no glitches en route.



I'm looking forward to being involved in my daughter's life, being a light in other women's lives, and experiencing a whole new world! 




I'm also excited about having a tailor make clothes for me for the first time EVER. :)


I will be back mid-February and resume business as usual. Merry Christmas to all!

One year ago last Monday, this young man was killed in his own yard by a drunk driver who ran off the road. That same evening, his sister Nicole was in the hospital giving birth to her precious baby girl, Brielle. I can't even imagine the emotional impact on their family of having the anniversary of Brielle coming into this world and Andrew leaving it on the same day. 
To help honor her brother on her daughter's birthday, Nicole gave me the privilege of making this dress for Brielle from Andrew's shirt.
There is some comfort in knowing Andrew is in the arms of Jesus and these two will meet someday!

Widows Ministry in West Africa

This is the first update in awhile! This one is actually personal, not business. 

I will be taking a 2 month leave of absence this winter to serve with my children who are missionaries in West Africa. Specifically, I will be helping in a program that helps widows get on their feet. And probably working at the sewing school, as well ;). 

My daughter sent authentic West African wax cloth, with which my friends are helping me make tote bags to help finance this trip. Here is the selection:


You can message me on the Contact Us page if you would like to purchase one or two. I am asking for a minimum donation of $40 per bag. Please consider helping me help others!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Kylie's wedding

   Kylie searched high and low for the gown of her dreams.

 She found this beautiful Lazaro gown at Bridals by Lori in Atlanta, GA, and brought it to me for                                                                   alterations to perfect it!







We took in the bodice for a better fit, shortened the front, and added a bustle. She was absolutely stunning for her wedding in Presque Isle, Maine!






Exceptional photography by Emily Bard.