January brought a new semester in our Friday coop. New choices, but for the most part, their day looks the same.
Grace: Worship Band (ukelele), semi-private guitar lesson, Dresses for Missionaries (sewing)
Lilah: Worship Band (cello/singing), figure drawing, yearbook
The biggest change this semester is for me! Parents participating in this coop must work two of the three hours. Last semester I supervised a dance class, had one hour free to chat with the other mothers, and my last hour I was a floater, being placed wherever there was a need. This semester I will be an aide in a dissection class, have one hour free and I will teach a sewing class, even though I am barely proficient in sewing!
Last summer I read a Guidepost magazine given to me by my sister in law, and I came across an article about Little Dresses for Africa, an organization that sends dresses made from pillowcases to girls in Africa. These dresses fulfill a need in terms of clothing, but more importantly, they give an outward demonstration that someone loves these girls and cares enough about them to give them something handmade. The dress then becomes more than a dress, it becomes a source of protection, decreasing the chances that she will become a victim of a child predator.
I filed the article away under my “to-do-someday” file and while I did not forget about it, I did not make the time for it. Fast forward to last October. I was walking through the church that hosts our coop and saw a beautiful dress being donated to Little Dresses for Africa and knew that I must revisit this desire. I cleared the idea of a class with the coop director and I reached out to an Instagram friend, who is a real life friend of a real life friend of mine, and she agreed to take our dresses and distribute them to girls and agencies in her home of Swaziland. We have been corresponding through Instagram and Facebook building a cultural component to my class.
I have three teens who are in this “class” which is really a workshop. I was also blessed with a class assistant, who in reality will be more like a co-leader, who sews in her free time. Really sews. Like sews ballet costumes for ballet companies. Yikes. To say I was intimidated is an understatement, but God showed me that this is His work, not mine, and He provided me with the resources I needed to make this a reality. It was evident the first day that I can handle the simple sewing of the pattern but I would have been lost with the technical aspects of some of the sewing machines, a detail I never even considered.....
As this class progresses, I will provide updates on the dresses as we work through the next few months sewing and praying and learning.