On November 5th, my sweet friend, Sheri, passed away after a hard-fought battle with rectal cancer. I originally met Sheri online through a cloth-diaper-sewing bulletin board while I was pregnant with our fifth child, Jamie. We shared a love for homeschooling our children and, of course, for sewing. Sheri was an avid supporter of breastfeeding moms, and I will never forget what a huge encourager she was when I was struggling so much with nursing after Jamie was born. When Sheri moved to Dallas last year, I was thrilled to finally get to meet her and her family in person.
From the very beginning, Sheri candidly shared her journey with rectal cancer on her blog, “I’m Sorry for Cursing“. I was scrolling through her old posts a few days ago and ran across these words, “In this world, I want to have faith and trust like Ruth, and I want to live real like Naomi.” I think Sheri accomplished those goals with an incredible amount of grace. I was blessed to have had her in my life. Sheri’s journey gives me courage to walk my own with the same goals in mind.
In the early days of Fishsticks Designs, Sheri and I belonged to a small group of moms who sewed and sold together online at the Diva Designs Congo which later became Inspired. This week, Sheri’s friends from all over the country are offering sewn and knitted items, along with a selection of pdf patterns over at the Inspired store. All the proceeds from these sales will go to Sheri’s husband and her two precious little ones.
I’ve donated a Playdate Messenger Bag and a Mama & Baby Bag Set, and there’s a very nice selection of other items available, as well. Please go check it out. And take some time to scroll through Sheri’s blog, too. You just may find some courage and joy for your own journey while you’re there!