About a month ago, I was in Wichita for the Midwest Catholic Family Conference. Walking across the exhibition hall, I was immediately struck by some gorgeous apparel at the Blossom Cross table. In visiting with the apostolate’s creators Valeria and Michael Ha, I immediately knew that I needed to share these products with our readers!
Today, I’m happy to share a recent interview with Valerie Ha. Be sure to leave a comment on this article to enter to win a beautiful Blossom Cross shirt in the contest sponsored by Blossom Cross!
Q: Please tell us about your family.
We both come from large families. Michael has 6 sisters and a brother and Valerie has 3 sisters and a brother. Michael is Chinese but was born and spent his early childhood in Vietnam. His family fled Communist Vietnam in a tiny boat and every single one of them survived and are still living, including his parents. They were ultimately sponsored by a relative to come to the United States and have mostly resided in southern California ever since. Valerie is from Kansas but has enjoyed living and working in places like Ethiopia and Washington DC before settling in southern California. Together Michael and Valerie have three children: Malissa, 13, Matthew, 11 and Amani, 2.
Q: Please tell us about Blossom Cross? How did you start the business?
One spring day, Michael said he had felt the powerful love of Christ during a walk through our bountiful backyard. As he wandered through our gardens looking, touching and smelling the many varieties of flowers and fruit trees, he realized he wanted to share his experience with others.
A few weeks later, we were driving on one of the busiest freeways in southern California, when Michael looked up and saw a large white cross on a hill. Suddenly, he grabbed his sketchbook & pen and quickly started drawing. Within minutes he finished his illustration and showed it to me. Since I was the driver, I could only give it a quick glance, but what I saw made me gasp! There was Christ not in front of, but as part of, the blossoms that formed the cross he had just drawn. We were both awestruck at how the Lord had made His glorious presence known through the beauty of the flowers, using Michael as His instrument to capture it.
We both knew immediately that this image was the way he could share his unique experience of our Lord.[youtube_sc url=http://youtu.be/XhnKUnuJGKo]
Q: What are some of your goals for Blossom Cross?
For believers and nonbelievers alike to appreciate the profound beauty of the Blossom Cross and be inspired to experience and share the powerful love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Be sure to check out the vast array of Blossom Cross apparel, gifts and artwork at www.BlossomCross.com.
We are giving away one Blossom Cross T-shirt To enter this contest, leave a comment below by midnight Pacific time on Sunday, September 8, 2013. One random winner will be selected to win!
Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey