Busy time here in IBOL land. Let’s review the bidding.
1. The box count totaled out at around 900 — which, i have to say, is pretty darn-tootin’ awesome. I’ll let you in on a little secret — moving by hand all those boxes in IBOL I just about broke me, and I was worried IBOL II would be the death of Nahed. But she sent me a nice note (more on that in a second) and said that yes, the boxes have all arrived, and that it came to around 900 boxes. I gotta say — that’s a very fine and respectable number.
2. Thank you. I think I’ve said it a few times this time around, but let me say that again. Thank you. I’m squirreled away in my quiet life in Hawaii, Nahed is busy making the world a better place in Hawaii, but you –all of you — are what has made this go-round of IBOL such a huge success. Thank you for your caring, for your generosity, for your willingness to (gasp!) bust your stash in order to reach out and help others.
3. And Nahed, if you’re reading this, let me again say, oh so very publicly, that you are my hero. You have made my year. I had thought IBOL was going to be a one-time hero, but you said you were game and that you could pull it off, and you sure have.
4. Distro is still ongoing. I’ve got some photos that Nahed sent, and a wee-bit of background to go with them.
In the middle there, I think, is Ms. Alcy Frelick, the head of the Office of Provincial Affairs at the US Embassy in Baghdad. She was up in Salah ad Din, visiting the Provincial Reconstruction Team (where Nahed works) and had time to see some of the great things the PRT has been doing — and to visit a local sewing coop, where everyone regaled her with tales of IBOL.
I just love that, the world over, everyone makes cute clothes for kids. And that red one on the bottom? It could almost be a Happy Zombie special!
I think I mentioned this before — one of the local radio stations, just north of Tikrit and near the city of Bayji, has a radio station that is both active in the community and active in a lot of women’s issues. The station was, and I think still is, run by a woman from the area, and she has been a strong supporter of IBOL in the area. In conjunction with the visit from Ms. Frelick, the station came down to do some interviews as well. How cool is that?
Do you see yours in here? Someone will, I’m sure. These are another example of why I love, love, love the bundle design — a snip here, a snip there, the box comes off, and poof, a bundle of love. Awesome.
5. And Houston. OK, folks — in a week, the family and I head to the airport and fly across the Pacific and half of America, to meet all of you in Houston at the International Quilt Festival. Shoot, the excitement is just about going to kill me — or drive me to song. We’ve got some new threads, a handy-dandy new iPhone so we can take and post photos and videos, and yes, 1000 IBOL business cards to hand out. Egads — I am sooooo going to be out of my element. But, I will do my best, and I promise to be nice and police and courteous, and if that fails, to hide behind my kids and made their cuteness will you all over. I’ll try to make some time to post some of the photos here, but if you want to see it while it happens (and yes, I’ll try to remind you again right before this all kicks off), I’ll be posted a whole lot to Facebook at the little IBOL corner of the world there. So, grab you family, grab your camera, grab your IBOL shirt, and come meet us in Houston!