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Ladies busy at work

We began early on a Saturday morning. I had planned to have everything ready before every one else arrived, but didn’t quite make that goal. However, very quickly we had everything set up in stations and got right to work.

Top layer station

Some cut out the pieces while others sewed.

Cutting out cores

And we sew, sew, sew....

Turning out many pads

Some of us had our little ones there. Sometimes they played, some times they needed mama to take a break. Sometimes one of the other mamas took a turn playing with a little one.

Kiddie station

Cecily comforts a sad Aliza

And the day flowed on. We worked, laughed and chatted. And together we made pads for girls who need them. We didn’t make as many as we (maybe just I) had planned and we will sew more another day. And I would say it was a successful and productive day.

Some of us didn’t sew or cut out anything at all. I have been saying that this is a project that draws women in because we can all relate. We all know what it means to have our monthly cycle. And we would rather not imagine what it would mean to no supplies for it each month. But there were others who took part as well.

Multi-tasking Daddy making lunch for the ladies

Another daddy hard at work

Some of the daddies stayed home with the little ones. One ran errands. One prepared snacks and made lunch for us all. And helped with clean up.

I love that this is how life truly works. Caring for each other. Using the gifts we have been given. Sharing of ourselves. Working together. Giving to those who have a need. Receiving from others when we have a need. Loving because we have been loved. It’s beautiful, I think.

The mostly completed pads (they need snaps still)