Lasting Happiness

“President Gordon B. Hinckley believed in the healing power of service. After the death of his wife, he provided a great example to the Church in the way he immersed himself in work and in serving others. It is told that President Hinckley remarked to one woman who had recently lost her husband, ‘Work will cure your grief. Serve others.’

“Those are profound words. As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.

“In today’s world of pop psychology, junk TV, and feel-good self-help manuals, this advice may seem counterintuitive. We are sometimes told that the answer to our ills is to look inward, to indulge ourselves, to spend first and pay later, and to satisfy our own desires even at the expense of those around us. While there are times when it is prudent to look first to our own needs, in the long run it doesn’t lead to lasting happiness.”

Dieter F. Uchtdor

Caps For Newborns…

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”

-Stephen Grellet

My favorite site for this week is Mama to Mama. Its purpose is to find meaningful ways to make a small but significance difference in the life of others. The idea is to connect handcrafters with mothers, children and families in need of a little bit of handmade love.

The first project that they are undertaking is to send handmade caps to aid the newborns in Haiti. Mama to Mama provides the downloadable infant cap pattern, you provide the fabric. They encourage us to use T-shirts that are no longer needed by our families to make the caps. One adult t-shirt will make two caps. The full details and pattern are on the Mama to Mama site.

Author and crafter, Amanda Blake Soule who is the creator of the project says:

“I invite you to join me in sharing your creativity, time and energy to aid our Caribbean sisters. Our life circumstances may be so very different from one another, but as women and mothers, we share so very much in common – the most basic being our desire to keep our children safe and healthy from the moment of birth onward. Please read on to find out how you can contribute to this project in a simple but meaningful way.”


I’ve sent my children looking for the T-shirts that they have no intention of wearing again. The pattern is simple and the hats go together very quickly–and just think, they help to save brand new lives. Imagine what we could do with one hour of our time. How much difference could we make?

About to be caps…

Almost there…

See the final results of the Cap to Cap-Haitian Project HERE.