“I was wondering if you would consider taking $125 for the racks” Those were the words on a email I had just finished writting to someone who I had seen posting racks on Craigslist.
I refreshed my email there it was another email from a woman named Susan. Was I reading this right did this email say that she had 500 to 600 dresses for my mission? I couldn’t even fathom 500 to 600 dresses and on top of it I had no idea where I would put them this had to be a joke. But surprisingly it wasn’t. A woman had heard about my mission and she had a resale store that was doing quite well. She had extra merchandise that she didn’t exactly know what to do with and it appeared that we were the answer. My first thought was “I have no place to put these I can’t do it. My second thought was “how in the world was I going to transport these all I had was a crossover and young children and my half abled body”. The fact that I was thinking this way kind of gave a clue that I was actually considering this! So I made the brave approach to ask my husband if I could borrow his work van. I thought” if he says no then I am not supposed to have these and I won’t throw a fit I will just let it go”. Surprisingly he didn’t say no. Okay so I had a bigger vehicle besides my own. Now to find the able bodies that could help me move this massive blessing. So I asked my girls “do you want to help mommy do something? that was the question I asked the younger ones. And the older ones I just begged and pleaded for their help till they gave in. Even my son got into the act. So August 21st 2012 in the early morning hours I gathered my moving crew. My younger girls their friends in my vehicle and my son and my oldest daughter in my husband’s work van.
We made a long and unknown trip out to Lisbon Ohio to meet Susan at her property. I say unknown because I had no idea where I was going and I got horribly lost in probably the poorest of the area I was driving through. And saw the need for what I was doing in our community. I believe I was meant to take that confusing drive to help me understand why I was doing all this. Every one thinks inner city is where poverty is but poverty is everywhere. We rolled up to our 3rd Fairy Godmothers house around 11 after our misdirected trip and met Susan in the front yard. Susan had us follow her down to her barn and to where 2 Semi Trailers we’re sitting. I assumed we were going into the barn to get the dresses never in my wildest dreams did I think she would open the semi trailers and show me what she had in there. I think all of our Jaws hit the floor and we stood there I gasped but we had come there for a mission and now it was time to work. So my troop started to get busy moving hundreds and hundreds of dresses into our vehicles. I think the count was 543. I think my husband was in shock when I showed up because I didn’t have any racks I didn’t have time to gather them. And I really didn’t have the funds to purchase them. I didn’t have any place specific to put these dresses. I just knew I was supposed to get them. God blessed my husband’s heart with some ingenuity and begging. We figured out what to do with them for a while until we figured out where they were going to go next. My husband took long extension ladders and hung them from the rafters of our three car garage and we proceeded to hang the dresses on these rafters. I knew then that my husband had a case for the judge that I was crazy. But he was willing to support my craziness because he knew how much it meant to me and he saw what was happening to our mission.