“Happiness is a warm blanket”. -Linus.
When I was pregnant with our first little girl, I looked everywhere for the perfect blanket. I had dozens. Gifts from showers, blankets that I’d pick up here and there, I even had a couple of blankets that I used as a baby that my mom had kept. I had two dresser drawers full of blankets for our new baby girl. However, I still didn’t have that one…That special blanket that I could picture her carrying around as a three year old. That favorite blanket that she would take everywhere she went. Then one day, I found it. It was a white cotton square blanket with an embroidered lamb in one corner. It was simple, girly, and perfect; and I paid way too much money for it. Every night as a baby, i put the blanket in the crib with her, just knowing that she would eventually need it. Every night for 3 years, I forced that blanket in her bed. Sometimes I would see her ‘twitching’ it and I just knew my plan was working.
One day, when Ada was almost three, my mom took her to Target. Since it’s impossible for ‘Granna' to take that child anywhere without buying her something, I gently reminded my mom that she had more toys that she could play with and none of her crayons were broken…so we were good there too. About two hours later, Ada ran through the front door and screamed, “Mama! Granna bought me a Frozen blanket!” With the widest smile on her face, she pulled it out of the bag that she was dragging behind her. Out came a large, brightly colored fleece blanket, with Ana and Elsa smiling just as wide as she was. Fantastic. I knew exactly what was happening. That night, when I walked into her room to tuck her in, there were the two beloved Disney sisters, spread all the way across her bed, smiling as if to say “you lose”. Then I looked over and saw that sweet, embroidered blanket, tossed to the floor. I folded that blanket neatly and placed it in a drawer…where it still is today.
When Anna and I started scheming our newest project, the word “covered” kept coming up in conversation. We played around with some catchy phrases for a shirt, but then it was clear that we just needed to get to the point. No matter what we do, as Christians, we are always covered by God’s amazing grace. Our blankets may not be what we plan. All of our blankets are different. But we all have one.
Each night as I tuck Ada in, the last thing she says before I leave the room is, “Fix my Frozen blanket”. This means that it needs to be completely straight on her bed. All four corners are perfectly fixed and straight, and there are no wrinkles or creases. Every. Single. Night. It has to be perfect. Lucky for us, our covers are already perfect. They are exactly what we need. What’s on your blanket? Maybe God covers you in a blanket of reassurance. Maybe your blanket is peace. Maybe your blanket is confidence. At times, we may try to kick the blanket off. We may try and fold the blanket and put it away. When I do this, I eventually feel that gentle feeling of God “fixing my blanket”. No matter what God covers you with individually, we are all covered by Grace.
We found Project Linus about a year ago and it’s been stashed in our files ever since. It was a mission we both fell in love with, but we knew that to do it justice, an idea needed to come organically. A few months ago, I got a call from Anna that she was on the way to the hospital with her youngest. As a parent, something bad happening to your child is your worst nightmare. I’m here to tell you, something bad happening to your best friend’s child comes in a very close second. I got a call a little later saying everything would be fine, but they would be in the hospital for a few days. The next day, I got a text from Anna.. When I opened it, there was a picture of a familiar logo that I had almost forgotten about. While Anna’s son was in the hospital recovering, he was gifted a blanket by “Project Linus”. Talk about a ‘God wink’. So we got to work.
Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” With chapters in all 50 states, The Linus Project’s blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug. (www.thelinusproject.org)
We'd love to help give even more than the monetary donation from the sales of our shirts. So, in addition to the shirts representing our "covering of grace" we will be selling blanket kits for you to be a part of blessing a child in need. If you can cut a semi-straight line and tie a knot, then you can be part of bringing comfort to someone who needs it.