We've been watching Haiti, wanting to do something.
And I've been looking for a way to help that involves my kids.
At the same time, the twins have been begging to learn how to sew.
We got a sewing book for Christmas.
Every night for weeks the girls and I pored over Hilary Lang's Wee Wonderfuls, Dolls to Sew and Love.
We discussed our favorites, which dolls we would make first,
what kind of dresses we would make for them.
Then I stumbled upon the Dolly Donations blog.
They're taking dolls to orphans in Haiti.
What better start to our adventure with the Wee Wonderfuls book?
The Dolly Donations drive asks that the dolls have a love note or prayer tucked inside the body.
Pip and Winnie got to help hand sew the faces.
The skin, hair and dresses are made from repurposed fabrics.
Can you tell they love these dolls?
Okay, we may have gone overboard a little bit. Surely each doll need not have three dresses.
But we love those orphans so much, and want them to have a teeny piece
of the joy and variety our girls have every day.
I made a little bag to hold the extra dresses,
which doubles as a cape.
The best and hardest part will be saying goodbye.
Love to Haiti!
I just found out that my brother
Jesse Joshua Watson, author of Hope for Haiti,
will be in Haiti again next month.
He will visit kids in schools and orphanages,
and help distribute books, supplies and soccer equipment.
He talks about ways to be involved here.