My lifelong friend Natalie sent hugs and kisses from sunny California this week. She wrote to tell me the fabric was on its way and shared her shopping experience:
"...since you told me about Nie I have been so inspired. Today when I was in the fabric store the ladies in there started talking about C Jane's blog and how it has changed their lives. I piped in and told them that you were making quilts for the kids and that is what the fabric I was buying was for....One hour later, me and 4 other women were standing around the cutting table crying. I couldn't believe how much she has touched the lives of others. They were not LDS and I told them that I was. One of the ladies said, "Nie is such a great testiment to your faith. I really admire your commitment to your beliefs and the sacrifices you make." It is so great that this tragedy can have a silver lining. Nie is doing missionary work and she doesn't even know it. One lady said, "she has made me want to me a better mother and wife." Don't we all wish we could have that kind of effect on the people around us?"
The lady who owned the fabric store also gave her the fabric for free! Thank you miss Natalie, thank you fabric store owner, and most of all, thank you Nie for inspiring us to be better wives, mothers, and friends.