What a surprise we received from our Island Quilters! Having heard of that we lost all our quilts in our house fire this past June, some of our island quilters spent countless hours working on these beautiful quilts for our family.
We cannot tell you how much the quilts mean to us. We have been surrounded by a community that is so full of love. From the early morning of the fire, our neighbors, the firefighters and Chief O'Brien were steadfast in their diligence, compassionate in their delivery of the news and vigilant in their investigation.
We have not shown our gratitude or appreciation for all their efforts. This past year has been one of our more challenging years as a family - illness, loss and tremendous sadness. The thought that someone would deliberately set our home on fire has been painful and frightening and tarnished the glow of our island paradise. It is the love of a community, demonstrated through this amazingly generous gift that lifted our hearts when we felt such discouragment. I cannot tell you how much gratitude we have for the loving hands of Carol Sutton, Betty Marcum, Lynn Thomerson, Harriet Miller, Linda LIbiez, Sherrie Sheiff, Linda Armstrong, Linda Bryant, Jenny DeGroot, Ellen Harbor, Keri Stone, Kate Marek, Sadie Bailey and Pat Diviny (I apologize for missing any others whose hands and hearts contributed to these quilts).
Please know that when our new home is up, these quilts will remind us of the love of our Orcas community and your timing could not have been more perfect. We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and our quilts will always remind us of that.