Sunday, May 2, 2010

16th Annual Mother's Day Breakfast

Operation HOPE-Kuwait is a Mission of Mercy which provides practical humanitarian relief primarily to expatriate laborers in Kuwait in a manner that restores their God-given dignity. Its goals: Help individuals on a case-by-case basis as needs arise; offer opportunities for families of the local & expatriate community to serve together; provide at least 5,000 needy workers with winter warmth each year; equip embassy shelters with clothing, blankets & other basic necessities.

We enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day Breakfast yesterday at the Movenpick Hotel. It's always a lovely morning of fellowship and fun. My friends Melissa and Elena joined me along with the other 80 women who purchased tickets.

"The Price is Right" was one of the games played. Melissa's name was picked to be one of three guessing the price of a gift basket of teas. She didn't win, but certainly had fun.

The quilt, for which we sold nearly 2000 raffle tickets, was won by a Middle School teacher at my school. She bought a book of 25 tickets from me. I was so excited when they called her name. Every time she would see me at school, she would say "Tammy, that quilt is gonna be mine! Lo and behold, she named it and claimed it. When I presented her with it today, she was hootin' and hollerin' at the top of her lungs.

Trash to Treasures is spearheaded by Operation Hope and is a program that allows Phillipino women in their embassy shelter to spend their time productively. They make "beads" from old magazines pages and string them with other beads to make the most unique jewelry.

Clothing that is either stained or torn is donated and used to make these colorful rag rugs.

Let's just say I bought some of everything! All the monies go back to the women in the shelter so that they can buy the basic necessities that are not provided to them.

Melissa had me take pictures of our food to show you the difference between my choices ...

and her choices.

Melissa is a meat and potatoes kinda girl. She's also pregnant with her 7th child and found out yesterday it will be a girl! Thank goodness I have plenty of time to make lots of baby gifts as she's not due til end of September, beginning of October. Of course, being the procrastinator that I am, I should probably get started right away!

Today we've had clouds and light drizzle. Much needed and so much better than dust! I'm off to FINALLY create. Hope you are having a happy day in your corner of the world. Many blessings, Tammy

22 comments:

GWENDOLYN said...

I laughed out loud when I saw Melissa's dinner plate.. yeah I remember she ate a little different than the rest of us. She does look a little prego. You are always involved in such chartiable things. You inspire me to get more involved. But will I? hmmmmmmmmmmm... you know me... on again , off again, with everthing.
I enjoyed our chat this weekend.
love ya!
Gwen

Susan said...

Hi Tammy....The difference in the food plates was very good. You have changed our choices to keep slender. Good for you! Operation Hope sounds great. Do you operate only in Kuwait? Beautiful crafts! Hope your Sunday is super. Sincerely, Susan

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Hi Tammy! Those rugs are beautiful, lovin the recycled way! It looks like you all had a great time, have fun crafting! Theresa

Diane said...

You're such a giving person. Thanks for telling about these projects. They're great! I'm glad that she won the quilt. Name it and claim it. I've never heard that before but it sure sounds like a great idea to me. I love the new look of your blog j- wonderful colors. Diane

Jan said...

I'm NOT pregnant, but would have gone with Melissa's choice, too! Haaaaa
I love the things you made...those rugs are beautiful. And I always wanted to do that magazine jewelry!
What a lovely day and what a lovely group of women ~ helping those in need. You are ALL special in my book! Wish I could have lunched with you!
Hugs,
Jan
(PS..it was 30 degrees here this am ~ ech)

La Dolce Vita said...

looks like it was a splendid mother's day brunch!

Sandi said...

I like your food choices Tammy!! I am NOT a meat and potatoes girl. I could live on veggies and salad! I have been that way since I was little.
What a neat idea to recycle all those items and make beautiful useful things. I love to recycle too!!
Blessings~

Lesa's Life said...

Love, love, love the rugs! Enjoyed the difference in the food, too! LOL. I liked yours.

Marietta said...

Judging by your picture you are a very pretty hermit... I am kinda sorta one also although I do enjoy being with others but finding myslef tiring of it if it is loud and out of hand... Then I long for the comfort of back home again.... I am noted for asking Tom can we go home now.... He is more out going than I am.....I also like nothing to do with any form of a cutdown or opinions of others... Won't go there anymore .....

crochet lady said...

That sounds like such a wonderful time! I like the idea of those rugs.

Kristin said...

Those rugs are cute!

glor said...

You certainly are about Our Father's work! Great things you showed, I just love the rugs and neat that the quilt was won by the teacher who bought her tickets from you! Seventh baby for dear friend, bless her! Have fun creating, waiting to see what it is.

Piney Rose said...

Such a wonderful cause! And sounds like all of you had loads of fun.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Glad that you had a lovely Mothers Day with your friends.
That is such a wonderful cause and love the beautiful creations you have made. The rugs and quilts are lovely.
Love the difference in the food plates, and that is how you stay lovely and slim.

Have a happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Vicki said...

Hi, Tammy,
Looks like you girls had a lot of fun and everything for such a wonderful cause. I loved seeing all the goodies that were for sale, and I think those colorful rugs are amazing. Enjoy your week, dear friend. Love and blessings to you~ Vicki

Anonymous said...

Hi Tammy, you guys look great. Wish i was there with you. That quilt looks really good. I love the way the ladies at the shelters recycle simple stuff, I have here flowers made of little plastic bags that our housekeeper gave me as a gift on mothers day. It was so nice of her, and now i know where all the bags went lol.
Hugs and Kisses
Maria

Cindy Geilmann said...

Sweet Tammy, thank you so much for you visit to my blog and you nice comment. I can't sleep, so I'm checking you out. Your humanitarian effort sounds so wonderful and fun. What a world wide blessing. I would have loved to have won that quilt. I pray for the desires of your heart my friend.

keep up the good work.

big hugs
cindy@stitches

Susan said...

Oh those beautiful rugs!!!!!!! And that plate of food....YUM!!! Have a great week. Susan

Melissa said...

What a wonderful time we had! Yes, I am pregnant but even if I wasn't, I would still eat that way:) Muny enjoy her necklace made out of magazines....she was truly amazed. Guess I didn't wish hard enough for that quilt.

Claus said...

Beautiful jewelry and rugs!! How creative can one become, huh?
Thank you for sharing! and congratulations to your friend Melissa on her baby daughter.
have a lovely day!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely day you had!! I loved the picture of you, Melissa and Elena, but I am not used to seeing her as a brunette. Funny how it is so hard for me to get used to her new look.
The lunch looks wonderful, and you have to know I would be eating from you plate (with the foul from Melissa's plate too to get some protein! HA!) Some things never change, and yes, I know she would be eating like that even if she was not pregnant.

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW LITTLE "SHE". I need to get lots of pink floss and yarn. I can't wait to see her this summer. She might be getting baby gifts early from me. I will miss being able to throw her a shower like we did a few years back.

Trash to Treasure looks SO cool. I swear, I wish I had known about this stuff when I was there. I can't believe what you can do with one person's trash. It certainly is a treasure for everyone else. What a great cause!

Glad your friend won the quilt. It looks stunning in the picture!

Have a great evening creating!!!!!!!!

Love ya,
Renee

Anonymous said...

Blessed to know you enjoyed your morning with us, Tammy! Doubly blessed to know Sharon won this year's quilt, too!

Sheryll :-)

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