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Thursday, 17 April 2008

Flowers for Georgina

Today's post is written with a sad heart. It is one year today since a dear little girl, Georgina, in my 9 year old son's class fell suddenly and inexplicably ill. She was rushed to intensive care & remained there for many months, suffering almost constant seizures & fighting for her life. Georgina is now in palliative care. The past 12 months have been awful for her family, as you can imagine. However, their unwavering Christian faith has sustained them & they have shown incredible strength & resiliance, never giving up hope for a full recovery for Georgie. They are an amazing encouragement to all who know them. When first hearing of Georgie's illness this time last year, many of us went into considerable shock, quickly followed by an urgent sense of wanting to help in any way possible. The way I chose was, of course, to stitch something! I visited Georgie's class & asked each of the children to draw a 'flower for Georgina' on a 5-inch square of homespun. Every girl & boy in that class carefully, thoughtfully & beautifully drew their own special flower for their friend. I stitched the squares together with charm packs of 3 Sisters 'Sanctuary' fabrics.I appliqued a flower block & embroidered a message around it from the class. It was an enormous privilege to be able to spend time talking & drawing with Georgie's class mates and to send this quilt to Georgina for them. I remain deeply affected by Georgina's condition & her family's situation 12 long months after she was first admitted to hospital. And I continue to long & pray for a miracle of healing for her. If you are in the habit of praying, please pray for the recovery of this precious little girl & for strength for her wonderful family. The complete history of Georgina's condition can be found here.
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