Here's the e-mail I received from Jude this morning:
It is with tears of gratitude in my eyes that I write to thank you for creating my beautiful stole. As I opened up the box, the tears started to fall. The beauty of this stole literally took my breath away.
Everything about it captures the very spirit of my ministry. That's me! Full of life. Full of beauty. Full of color. Full of love. It has Reverend Jude stitched into the very fabric of the design. And should ever I forget who I am or what I have been called to do, I only have to look down at the stole I'm wearing to be reminded.
Unfortunately, I'm home alone and have no one to take a proper photograph. But I couldn't resist sending SOMETHING to you! Here is the stole and robe - minus me! :-)
Thank you also for so beautifully including my mother in this piece.
My journey began with her, and it's so fitting that I will be taking her with me as I do my work. (Note from Janet: Jude had sent me a photo of herself and her sister with their mother
asking that I incorporate it into the label. I superimposed the photo on an image of the heart from the back of the stole--using Photoshop--and printed the label on fabric.)
Feel free to include any of my words on your blog. May my words touch the hearts of your readers so that your work will continuing to touch the world.
Much love and many blessings,