My Life Since Cancer

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Me and My Manūüôā

It’s been about six months since my cancer diagnosis, and a few of you have sent kind messages telling me that you are thinking of me and praying for me. I thought I’d take a few hundred words to update you on my health status.

I’m anxiously awaiting my final reconstruction surgery next week which, aside from hormone therapy and regular check-ups with my oncologist, will mark the end of my breast cancer madness. Hallelujah!

I’m doing great. I really am. Aside from the crazy discomfort of these awful reconstruction expanders in my chest, I feel normal. I feel healthy. I feel like Kim.

If you are curious about expanders, I recommend you google it. But I suggest reading articles written by women who have gone through it instead of articles written by surgeons. Doctors have this thing for substituting the word discomfort for excruciating.  They seriously need to work on their vocab.

If you are curious if I still trust in God, absolutely. He is good. Always. And he has blessed me in amazing ways over the past few months.

I could list dozens of things he has done to show me he loves me lots, but I’ll just share one example to give you an idea.

John Piper is one of my favorite Bible teachers, and his words have reached out and grabbed me several times in my adult life. But something he said in a video I watched early on during this cancer year sunk the roots of my faith in Jesus deep down into the dirt.

Last month I posted An Open Thank You Letter to John Piper  on my blog. And guess what? He responded to that post.  How awesome is that? In February, God used John Piper in a youtube video to reach into my heart, and in June he used him once again to remind me that I am loved, and I am cared for.

Nowhere in the 66 books of the Bible did God promise that I wouldn’t get cancer. He did, however, promise that he would never leave me. And he reminds me of his presence over and over in the most lovely ways.

Dresses for Grenada and Peru

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I’m pretty pathetic about keeping everyone up-to-date on our dress shipments these days, but mom has been doing a lot of sewing and sending.

The photo above is of some dresses that went to Grenada earlier this year (late spring I think.)

Mom is also sending close to 100 dresses and shorts to Peru later this summer with my aunt who is traveling there on a mission trip.

As always, we appreciate your dress donations, and love to have dresses on hand. We sometimes get contacted by people who want to take our dresses overseas with them, and we don’t always have a lot of notice to get a shipment ready.

A couple reminders if you are thinking of sending dresses.

  1. Make sure the fabric is not too sheer. If we can see through the fabric we can’t send it.
  2. We accept all sizes, but tend to get a lot more little ones than big ones. We’d love to receive some size 14-16 or even women’s small dresses for the older girls in the orphanages.
  3. You can you any modest sundress pattern you choose.
  4. We’d love some dresses with short-sleeves as we can’t ship sleeveless dresses to India for modesty reasons.

Graduation Gowns On Their Way to Haiti

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Mom shipped 27 graduation gowns to Haiti. That’s just 3 short of our goal, which is not bad at all! Thank you to everyone who donated. They will be used by the graduating class of the vocational sewing school where Mom and I taught when we were in Haiti last year.

Two people also donated a total of $37 dollars toward shipping having no idea how much that cost would be. The cost to ship the box was $36.12. ¬†Just about perfectūüôā

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

Our Dresses Made it to India

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We received a message from the missionary who took some of our dresses to India. They made it and are ready to be distributed. Here’s the email we received.

The clothes have reached India. Thank you very much. They are lovely!

I am working on getting them to the orphanages. It may take us a month or two to have someone go there or have the field leader visit Delhi, where the clothes are right now.

Again, appreciate your heart and the hard work.

Thanks again to all of you who help make it possible to send dresses and supplies around the world!

Easy Short Sleeve Dress and T-shirt Dress Tutorials

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Adorable girls from an Indian orphanage wearing our dresses.

We would love to have some sleeved dresses (size 10 and up is best) for our inventory, and I found some simple tutorials to get you started if you are interested in serving 500 Dresses in this way.

All of the dresses that we ship to India must have sleeves, and we don’t often have a lot of notice before a shipment is to go out. We send our dresses to India via missionary luggage, so we don’t plan shipment dates. The more of you who donate sleeved dresses, the easier it will be for us to fill a suitcase when we are given an opportunity to ship to India.

Thanks for considering helping us out by trying out one of these dress styles!

Twirly Tshirt dress tutorial

Twirly T-Shirt Dress Tutorial (From craftycupboard.net)

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T-Shirt Dress Tutorial (from jackandkate.com)

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How to Make a T-shirt Dress (from thehappyhousewife.com)

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Short Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial (from sewlikemymom.com)

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Easy Shift Dress DIY Tutorial (from sewpetitegal.blogspot.com)

Dresses for India

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Pictured¬†above are some of the cute dresses mom shipped¬†to India this week. The dresses we send to India must have sleeves. It’s a cultural modesty issue.

We love it when we receive boxes of dresses to ship throughout the world, but we usually receive sleeveless dresses. If you are interested in helping us build up our inventory for the next time we have the opportunity to ship to India, we are especially in need of sleeved dresses size 10 and up.

I will post some simple dress style ideas soon to get you started. ( T-shirt dresses are perfect and easy to make.)

 

 

Donate Graduation Gowns

photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

We are in need of black or white graduation gowns.

The vocational school in Beudet, Haiti, where Mom and I taught last November, is in need of 30 black or white graduation gowns for their graduating class.

If you have a gown in a closet taking up space and you’d like to donate it, please let us know ASAP.¬† We greatly appreciate your support of this ministry!

My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

While recovering from surgery, I watch a whole season of Downton Abbey in one day :)

While recovering from surgery, I watched a whole season of Downton Abbey in one dayūüôā

On January 20, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.   One month after my 40th birthday.

I was hoping to take a tropical vacation to celebrate my entrance into a new decade. Instead I took a trip to Iowa Methodist Hospital and had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.  Not really what I had in mind for this year.

I’ve been sporadically sharing updates about my months of cancer madness on my writing blog. Take a look at kimharms.net if you are interested in learning about the ups and downs of my year so far.

God is good. And he has shown himself to me in the sweetest ways over the past few months. I’d give up the cancer if I could, but I sure don’t want to give up the closeness I have had with my Savior.

My posts here will probably not be regular any time soon, but mom and I are still continuing our ministry. We want to keep serving and moving in whatever direction God leads us. ¬†Here’s what we’ve got going on currently.

  • Mom is preparing for our second shipment to India.
  • We are still in need of large wedding gowns to ship to Haiti. ¬†Size 12 and up. Please let us know if you have one you’d like to donate.
  • We are hoping to provide support to the sewing school in Buedet, Haiti where mom and I taught in November. ¬†As we learn of needs at the school, we will pass them along to you.