Sunday, August 13, 2017
With all my heart I will thank the Lord
in the assemble of his people.
How wonderful are the things the Lord does!
All who are delighted with them that want to understand them.
All he does is full of honor and majesty;
his righteousness is eternal.
The Lord does not let us forget his wonderful actions;
he is kind and merciful.
He provides food for those who honor him;
he never forgets his covenant.
He has shown his power to his people by giving them the lands of foreigners.
In all he does he is faithful and just;
all his commands are dependable.
They last for all time;
they were given in truth and
He set his people free
and made an eternal covenant with them
Holy and mighty is he!
The way to become wise is to honor
he gives sound judgment to all who
obey his commands
He is to be praised forever.
Psalms 111: 1-10, Good News Bible
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
It's that time of year when baseball and sports collecting takes over my life for a few weeks. I will be unplugged from my blog as I help hubby with his hobby. I enjoy this time of year, too. It's a way to step off the treadmill of every day into something a little different. See you in a few weeks.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
It all began with hurricane Ivan, in 2004. My hubby being a firefighter, a Chief at the time, volunteered to go to the area and help with recovery. His area of work was in Lower Alabama and one of his first stops was in Andalusia, Alabama. There he met Collace and Trudie. They were a couple in their 70's. His team helped at their home and then the entire FEMA group was housed at their church for the time their work was needed in Andalusia. But, something happened during that time in Andalusia--a bonding, a friendship, a special relationship that the Lord formed. Hubby came home from that trip with many stories, but the one that has had a lasting effect on our lives was the meeting of Collace and Trudie.
There was a connection right from the start. Collace was a Mason, so is my hubby. Collace was suffering from Post-Polio Syndrome, so am I. So they had many things to talk about from the very beginning. Soon our relationship was long-distance by phone. We talked frequently and would compared notes on health, catch up on family and our day to day lives. They made a trip to St. Louis with a tour group, but they didn't tour the sites. We met and had a picnic lunch in one of our pretty city parks. It was at that visit that I gave her a throw quilt I had made. Very Victorian, with laces, buttons, ribbons--just a pretty little quilt I thought a Southern Lady would enjoy---and she did.
Sadly, Collace passed away a few years later--he had many complications with his Post-Polio condition. Trudie, Bill and I keep our relationship going. For a good year, I made sure she had a card or letter in her mail box every day. They had no children and I just wanted to be there for her, but we were so many miles away, the mail was the only thing I could think of to do.
A few years after Collace's passing we were able to go to Andalusia for a wonderful visit with Trudie. We enjoyed her community, friends and Bill was able to attend a Masonic meeting there. It was a great vacation. We continued to talk and text. Trudie was traveling and enjoying life, we were busy with our first grand child. But, we continued to keep in touch.
Trudie decided to have a knee replacement on June 6, 2017. She was a little scared, but excited at the same time. She was always very positive. I texted her and talked with her on June 15. She was doing great, everything was going well. On July 4th I sent her a little text, with Happy July 4th wishes. The text went undelivered. Then I re-texted on July 8, still undelivered. And then the news arrived. Trudie was doing great as I thought, but developed blood clots on June 20. She was rushed to the hospital and they removed the worst of them. She was laughing and talking with nurses and friends then she just stopped talking and passed away quietly and peacefully.
Trudie was a kind, sweet, loving lady of faith. I miss her everyday. Everyone we meet has an effect on lives, some everlasting, some fleeting. Trudie's effect was everlasting. She was 88 years young, her positive outlook on life and her faith is something that made her younger than her years. I was so blessed to have met such a wonderful person. I thank the Lord for my friend.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Moment of thought---Handwork. Things have piled up on me. Or I should say, I planned it that way. We have a trip to Chicago and a long working week ahead of us at the end of July. I love this time, but I always take a project or two--in this case four---along in case there are a few lulls in the day. All of my quilts are minis and easy to get out and put away on a moments notice. A couple will be in my Woodland Series and a couple are projects that have been around and need to be completed. Hope you are enjoying your summer and Happy Quilting!
Sunday, July 2, 2017
July 2, 1966 was one of the hottest days on record in St. Louis, Missouri. At 2:00 p.m., in the church were I was raised, Bill and I were getting married. Everything about the wedding was perfect--no wedding disasters. We were living in the moment, no thoughts about were we would be 51 years later.
Last year we celebrated our 50th with friends and family at a local wine garden. It was a lovely time to remember our beginnings and enjoy the company of those who have been an important part of our life together.
Through the years we have changed--He has less hair, I have real gray, and we both have a few more pounds. Beyond the physical changes we have a deeper affection and appreciation for each other. We truly love each other more today than, we did yesterday and less than we will tomorrow. That's what marriage is all about--something we didn't know in 1966, but so glad we stayed with it to find out.
Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope and patience never fail.
I Corinthians 13: 4-7, Good News Bible
Monday, June 26, 2017
I have been so very busy this morning and afternoon, not stitching, but my other job(s)--bookkeeper, chief financial officer, girl Friday, and wife to a family of very busy men. Anyway, I just realized I had not blogged today with my Monday---Moment of Thought. Then I realized--I had no thoughts. Have you ever been so tired of doing and thinking that you have no thoughts. That's me today. I'm tired and it only 3:40 p.m. I feel like my photo today--a jumble. Not a bad jumble, just jumbled. Looking forward to a nice lunch with friends on Wednesday--fun relaxing afternoon---yeah! Happy Quilting!
Sunday, June 25, 2017
"Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you. Give to others and God will give to you. Indeed you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you."
Luke 4: 37-38, Good News Bible