Sunday, July 29, 2012

Psst ...

                                    this Saturday is downtown market
                   and for those those of you who know me well ...

                               you know that i am pulling all nighters

                                                                 i am 

cramming everything i should have been getting done last week
 into these next few days


i thrive on the last minute
how i thrive on waiting til the last minute

this Saturday i will be at a new location
on 5th street next to green square park 

stop by and see me  and be sure and stop by Early Bird for a coffee. 
because those Early Bird Folks ... well... they are just some kind of wonderful

p.s ... tell everyone !

p.s.s ... to listen to my music click the play button at the bottom of the page

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

gatherings by kate ford
will be at the
downtown market
june 2nd & 16th
august 4th
sept 1st & 21st
reinventing found items not only recycles the old... but brings beauty to those pieces that possess a story.

for those of you familiar with the downtown
i will be located on 2nd street
the first two market dates in june
and on 5th street next to Green Square Park
the following dates.

you can view a map of the market here

Thursday, February 23, 2012

the list ...

beds for four kids
a bed for mom
shower curtain
bathroom things
clothes for new born baby boy
car seat
living room furniture
laundry things
laundry basket
throw rugs

pretty much anything and everything that makes a home

this was her list

the list of my son's best friend's mom
a mom who only days ago was homeless
shuttling her four children place to place
and she is 7 months pregnant

a lady who just yesterday ... stood in front of me saying 
i just do not understand why you are helping me?
and as tears fell down her cheeks
she looked at me and said
Kate i am nothing

you see i know a lot of you maybe reading this and thinking
well ...
stop having kids
where is the husband
why is this my problem
get a job
isn't this why there is Federal assistance

and as i stood there in this dirty apartment landing
in a less than pretty part of Cedar Rapids
holding the hands of a woman who described herself as nothing
i felt shame
to show

and so i hugged her and as i did i whispered in her ear
you are not nothing
you are loved
you are desired
you are worth far more than all of this
and HE is gonna show you

1 Samuel 12 ...
now stand still and see the great things the Lord
is about to do before your eyes!

if you would like to contribute any of the items above or
feel it in your heart to give and help secure a place for her
and her family to call home
email me at 

once your eyes have been opened
you can not pretend like you do not see
God who knows your heart and weighs your soul knows that you know
and holds you responsible to act. Proverbs 24:12

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blessed ...


this week my eyes have been opened


it is so easy sometimes to get into your little routine

life is back to somewhat normal here in the Ford house
kids are healthy
husband home from deployment
we are starting on some home improvments
finishing some home improvments that i started long ago

kids are doing well in school
paying debt off
adjusting ... attempting to adjust to life without my father

things are good.
really good

and then ...
one day last week my eyes were opened

you see my son Sib has a new bff
and by bff i mean ... joined at the hip ... belly laughing ... can we play everyday
kinda bff
and this child is the kind of child you dream of your child having
as a bff

beautiful manners
tells Sib to be nice to his sister
just brings this light to our home every time he is here
my kids adore him

i adore him

 then this week i discovered that this beautiful child

has no home

this beautiful child goes from homeless shelter to homeless shelter
with his mama and brothers and sisters
night after night

and yet despite his circumstances
despite the fact that he has said his mama gave away all his toys
despite that every time i drop him off he is staying somewhere new

he is joy
he has this beautiful light that just shines

and last night on our way home from dropping him off 
and after stopping to pick up our $90.00 worth of organic food ...
and getting in our perfectly running suv
and getting all my healthy kids buckled in their car seats
and sliding the expensive hand held video game off of my seat

i sobbed

how blessed are we ... how much we take for granted

and i know this and yet ...

 i take it for granted

a beautiful home
a solid husband
healthy children
money in our account
clothing options

we have been tithing to this family we have been praying for this family
this family
needs to feel love
HIS love.

and today i pray that He ... continues to guide
continues to provide
continues to open people's heart
including my own
to just showing HIS love.

"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act." Prov. 24:12