called the children to him and said, “Let the
little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God
belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I
tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never
enter it.” – Luke 16-17
My name is Barbara, mother of 3 beautiful premature children. Born and raised in the beautiful country of Ghana, West African. I grew up watching and helping my uncle and grandmother sew clothes for the entire family. We always wear matching outfits to express our unity and love. Mawusi
(MAA-WU-SEE) the name means in God’s Hand and belongs to my last born. She was born 3 months early weighing only
2lbs. The doctors wanted to keep her in the Neonate Intensive Care Unit for 3
months because caring for a preterm baby is very challenging. Most premature births require long hospital
stays for extensive monitoring for health issues that can arise. Although the hospital and most of the staff
were great to us, I knew in my heart that being in the hospital for several
months was not necessary nor the best thing for us. I had already raised two premature babies
that were happy and healthy. I knew that
God would show me how to convince the hospital staff that by being at home with
us, she would be in the perfect environment to thrive. She’d be happy, healthy and grow with
her birth caused me health issues of my own, I had two other children to care
for and I needed to work full-time, I wanted to stay at the hospital with her
day and night. To clear my mind and
relax I decided to take up an old hobby of sewing. While sitting in the room with her, I talked
to her constantly and challenged myself to sew a new outfit for my baby each
day until she could come home. With just
a needle and thread, I made at least one dress for her everyday sometimes two. This
made me happy and distracted my mind from worrying. I could also easily see with each dress she
wore that she was growing and picking up weight of course the Dr. and nurses
could tell too.
surprise, each time I made a new dress for my daughter, not only did she
receive tons of compliments but the hospital staff and other residents wanted
to know where I purchased her dresses.
When I told them they were hand sewn by me, I was told by everyone that
I had a real talent and should make a career out of sewing. I received request to make outfits for others
and I would smile because everyone could tell my clothing was made with such
continued to grow and months sooner than the Dr.’s expected, she was ready to
come home. After being discharged, we
could not find any daycare for her due to her size. A dear friend and his wife helped
care for her so that I could return to work but we knew this was only a
temporary arrangement and I needed a permanent care taker for her.
extra money, I decided to place all of the outfits she could no longer wear on
ESTY and EBay. I had also begun to make matching clothing sets for myself and
my other two children for special occasions, pictures and holidays. As I listed the outfits we no longer wore online,
I started to get special request orders from people who had special occasions
or events to attend. Everyone fell in
love with the matching outfits and I knew that this was something unique.
work full-time during the day, then come home care for my three children and
work all night to get the orders I was receiving for matching clothing sewn and
out to my customers. This was one of the
most challenging times of my life.
But God is good and within months of my
daughter coming home from the hospital, the online sales were so dramatic I
knew that it was time for me to quit my full-time job. I knew that no daycare would be as dedicated
to caring for my three children and give them the time and attention they
needed like I would. I knew that no
company would be as committed to making my customers happy with the special
clothing and unique look they wanted with quality and care like I would.
I have been
blessed to make an income doing the work that I love the most since 2014 and I have never looked back!
“For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not
perish but have eternal life. John 3:16