Sewing with Kids

It may have been slightly chaotic, but I had a great time with Mrs. Johnson’s third-graders at Ballard East. We spent some time talking about children in Haiti –¬†(Did you know that only 1% of the children in Haiti graduate from high school and half of the children under age 5 are malnourished?) – Then we worked on some 500 Dresses projects. By the end of our time together, the kids had pinned size labels on about 30 dresses, cut out 3 pairs of shorts, 2 dresses and sewed a couple buttons. They might not have done everything exactly the way I would have done it (I came home with a couple pretty interestly cut pieces of fabric ūüôā ) but my goal was much less about getting a lot done than it was about teaching the kids and giving them an opportunity to do something for someone other than themselves. And I think they¬†enjoyed it.

A HUGE thank-you to Mrs. Johnson for letting me come in and hang out with the kids.

Enjoy the photos!

This and That

Here’s a quick¬†glimpse at what’s going on with 500 Dresses.

  • Current Dress Tally – My mom has made 110 dresses!! I know others have made some too, but I haven’t received them yet, so they are not in my official tally.
  • School Project – I get to sew with a bunch of 9-year-olds.¬†I’ll be working on dresses with Mrs. Johnson’s third-grade class at Ballard East in a couple weeks.¬†Last¬†year her class cut out several pairs of shorts and dresses, and I’m excited¬†to hang out with¬†this¬†year’s class.
  • Guest Blog – I was asked to do a guest blog about 500 Dresses at, which will post later this month.
  • Donations – We have received gener0us donations for shipping and supplies.
  • Scripture – I came across this in my reading this week.¬†¬†It’s Paul speaking in reference to what James, Peter and John said he should be doing¬†in his ministry. Galatians 2:10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. Thanks to all of you who have also been eager to serve the poor. You guys are awesome!

Cute Dress Mom Made Out of Scraps

Tropical Storm Isaac

(photo entitled Tent City Destruction – courtesy of Mission to Haiti)

Tropical Storm Isaac

Above is a link to a Tropical Storm Isaac update sent out by Mission to Haiti several days ago. The country of Haiti seems to receive more than their share of natural disasters. If you have a desire to give to Mission to Haiti, I know your dollars will be used wisely.