Gift of love – A Handmade Shawl

Category: Gratitude Journal Comments: 2 comments

I received a beautiful gift from someone who doesn’t even know me.

A few weeks ago I posted on my personal Facebook page that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

One of Jim’s step sisters asked for our address because she wanted to send me something.

I received this gift of love on Oct 6,2017…


It’s a handmade shawl made from the ladies of her church.

It came with a very beautiful card and she wrote me a very nice note to go with it.

I am a horrible photographer so the picture does not do it justice. I thought I had gotten the green in the picture to be close to what color it is but I didn’t. The green is a much more creamy color.

Instantly I have a connection with this beautiful gift… several.

It looks like a doily when it’s laid out like I put it.

Oh this alone is enough for me. It reminds me of my grandmothers and the beautiful lacy doilies they used to have all around their homes. It’s love.

The color!!!

The color is almost the exact color that my daughter had picked out for an apartment we had. The apartment was in the basement of a woman that I dearly loved and wished could have been my mom. The color is comforting, reminds me of my daughter, my wonderful friend and that apartment which is the first place Jim and I lived together. It’s love.

Twirl factor!!!

When I put it on, the frillies are so amazing and I feel so much like a queen. It also has what Jim’s youngest daughter calls “Twirl factor” which is extremely important to her when picking out a skirt.

Now I have something with amazing twirl factor and she is right… it is important. It’s love.

Positive memories

One of the positive things that I do have about my mother is that she used to crochet. When I was a little girl she crocheted me this amazing poncho that I wore until I couldn’t anymore. Putting on this shawl takes me back to that feeling of the yarn on my skin and the warmth that it radiates. It’s love.

I am not a religious person by any means and I don’t want to be a hypocrite to say that I am. I appreciate the love of the women in this church to take the time to make such beautiful gifts for people who are going through tough medical situations.

I believe in giving back to those who do things like this.

I am not affiliated in any way with this church, I don’t know anyone in it other than Jim’s sister or anything about it but I would like to encourage those who can donate to please donate to this cause. I know that buying yarn is not cheap. I know from my own experience with non profits, donations make a difference in how much they can do.

Please consider a donating to the Knot Loopy Ministry at Bryan Church of the Nazarene.

Here is their information:

Bryan Church of the Nazarene

2122 E. Wm. J Bryan Pkwy

Bryan, TX 77802

ATTN: Knot Loopy Ministry

The love that I am shown by Jim’s sisters is overwhelming, I have not had that from my own.

Thank you Jody… thank you so much for this amazing gift. It has brought me much love and comfort already and I cherish it very much. I hope that some day we can finally meet so that I can give you a great big hug.

Until then, know that every time I put this shawl on, I feel like I’m getting a hug from you and all of the loving people in your church. That is love. <3


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2 comments to Gift of love – A Handmade Shawl

  • Jody  says:

    This brought tears to my eyes! I have to tell you that I had originally picked out a different shawl, but heard a voice in my head that said, “I think she would like this one better.” I’m glad I listened to that voice, and am so glad that the shawl brings you the warmth and the love that was intended.

    • Cherie  says:

      I use it every day. I also took it to the hospital with me when I had surgery. I didn’t need it as I wasn’t there as long as I thought I would be but it was there just in case I needed comfort. <3 Your gut was right, it's perfect.

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