Alas, my friendship did not blossom after all. I was so looking forward to having that companionship. However, my parish started a new ministry - making items for babies who pass away through stillbirth or in the NICU. This is the very type of ministry I discovered when I learned to knit. It is exactly the thing I was interested in starting myself. I didn't initiate this project, however. I did begin when the group began. We meet once a month. The fellowship over needlework is amazing. I am not energized to take on more needlework; I'm busy enough with my own boys. I am, however, keeping my interest in needlework. I was at a nadir in my work. I had had enough with falling asleep in my chair, with my work in hand. If it were not for this ministry, I might have set it aside for a long time, especially without the new friendship.
It's not quite what I imagined it would be - that I'd take on the whole project and lead it. Now that I am one of the women there, I see that was too ambitious at this phase in my life. The current leader is a recent widow, and needed this work to deal with her grief. I can appreciate the gift I have participating in something I've cared about for seven years. It took me awhile to find just the right avenue, but I am grateful at the opportunity to give in this way.