Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Give A Little Bit

As I was making all those Dresden Candle Mat/Mug Rugs this past week, I had a lot of time to think about all the people who had an impact on my life these past twelve months. And if I could give each and every one of those people (even the ones who I never even knew their name) something, how many gifts would I give? It was a really high number, and I am thankful for all those people.

At home, we each post a list of things we want on the refrigerator so it is much easier to know just the right thing to put a smile on each face.

My husband wrote "world peace" on his list. Of course he did not really think anyone would give that to him, but I'm not one to back away from a gift giving challenge.

On my list, I wrote "experiences over things". I have become very aware this year of how much stuff gets in the way of seeing what is really important. Giving is a way to satisfy both of those requests, even if in a small way.

And I can't think about giving without thinking about this awesome Supertramp song and these perfect lyrics:

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me
I'll give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my love to you
There's so much that we need to share
So send a smile, and show you care

I'll give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my life for you
So give a little bit
Give a little bit of your time to me
See the man with the lonely eyes
Oh, take his hand, you'll be surprised

In the midst of all that sewing, and thinking, and singing, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

One of the blogs I follow, The Minimalists, recently posted about an organization they were supporting, The Hope Effect.

I am giving to The Hope Effect. As a tiny step toward world peace. As an experience. As appreciation for each of you and every other person who has touched my life this year.

Here is a link to the page over at The Minimalists. Help support The Hope Effect by making a donation. Thanks so much for your generosity.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. What a sweet post. We also post similar lists (electronically) and my middle child (now 28 years old) has been asking for World Peace for a while now. :-)

    I love the Supertramp song. Not to date myself too much, but Supertramp always reminds me of college years and living in the dorms.

    Merry Christmas!!

  2. You've given me a lot of important things to think about Debora. I like the glimpse of your Christmas lists too. The Minimalists are having an effect on me too - I now feel the need to simplify and get rid of excess material possessions, which is kind of hard if you are a quilter. Thank you for sharing about The Hope Effect. And the song popped into my head as soon as I saw your post title.

  3. Love your lists. Hubby and I don't exchange gifts anymore and the family is far away so we have reduced our lists to gift cards to save postage for everyone! I remember those fun lists and the kids when small would mark the Sears catalog all up showing what they'd like! The Hope Effect is a marvelous place to gift anyone!


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