Today’s thought – Even Without A Sign

Jan 24 Happy JaydenA little girl’s smile makes all the work worthwhile.

Good Morning

Genesis 8:9-11
But the dove found no rest for or the sole of her foot,
and she returned unto him…
And the dove came in to him in the evening;
and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf

God knows just when to withhold from us
any visible sign of encouragement,
and when to grant us such a sign.
How good it is that we may trust Him anyway!
When all visible evidences
that He is remembering us are withheld,
that is best;
He wants us to realize that His Word,
His promise of remembrance,
is more substantial and dependable
than any evidence of our senses.
When He sends the visible evidence,
that is well also;
we appreciate it all the more
after we have trusted Him without it.
Those who are readiest to trust God
without other evidence than His Word
always receive the greatest number
of visible evidences of His love.
–C. G. Trumbull

Believing Him; if storm-clouds gather darkly ’round,
And even if the heaven seem brass, without a sound?
He hears each prayer and even notes the sparrow’s fall.

And praising Him; when sorrow, grief, and pain are near,
And even when we lose the thing that seems most dear?
Our loss is gain. Praise Him; in Him we have our All.

Our hand in His; e’en though the path seems long and drear
We scarcely see a step ahead, and almost fear?
He guides aright. He has it thus to keep us near.

And satisfied; when every path is blocked and bare,
And worldly things are gone and dead which were so fair?
Believe and rest and trust in Him, He comes to stay.

Even without a sign . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Three Quilts Went Home

new 004I’ve always loved quilts and quilting.
Sometimes quilts waited.
I explored and learned to love
the art of counted cross stitch.
During the past few years,
knitting has been my passion.

Each craft speaks to me through ‘getting it right’.
Matching corners and keeping all the points in quilts,
perfect crosses of counted work,
and the count of each row on target equals ‘getting it right’.

Each craft has color!
Quilts – who hasn’t stood in front of a quilt at a quilt show
and whispered “WOW!”;
or stared at a finished counted cross stitch piece
and watched the shading blend;
or walked into a yarn shop and
become over whelmed with the beauty.

Quilts are good waiters.
They don’t mind what state of unfinished they are
when set aside because I get side tracked.

During the fall of 2013,
I remembered three quilts
that were in assorted stages of completeness.
I purposed to get them done!
So borders got added,
binding cut and ready,
and off to the quilter, Quilt’m Sunflower Designs, they went.
Three quilts came back looking very pleased with themselves.
I spent some very quiet time
hand stitching the binding on the quilts.
I almost always finish my quilts by hand.
I spend that time thinking about and praying
for the dear one receiving the quilt.

Saturday three quilts went home.

One quilt was meant to live on the couch to comfort, warm, and ease.
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feb15 couch going home 011 The Back

One quilt became the burrito shell  – she become the filling.

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feb15 m rains going home 005 The back

One quilt was giggled at because she didn’t believe it was hers.
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I love the family who lives in the home where the quilts live.

(In an effort to be completely honest, the top picture was taken at a very rare moment in time, but it is a perfect blogging picture.)

Chatting on the Deck

“Chats on the Farmhouse Porch” is a group of friends
gathering to visit,
sip their favorite beverages,
nibble delicious treats
and share their likes and dislikes.

Patrice and Wendell have invited me to join the chatting.
Patrice provides the questions,
we answer.

What did you do for Easter?

My day was blest, but low key.
Easter morning worship service,
Lunch with youngest daughter at Garcia’s,
a little time on the computer, some knitting, a nap
and attended the evening Easter program presented by the Young Married class.
The young children sang so cute, much singing and a pantomime skit.
skit531868_577440852274594_63678473_nWe saw the veil rent in twain as Christ died to save us from our sins.
My heart is full of thanks.

How bad were you with candy or treats? (On a scale of 1-10. 1 being good, 10 being sugared up)

I was a 1 – shock —   no candy on Easter, but I did pick up a bag of marked down almond M&M’s on Monday. It’s almost empty.

What’s one of the first things you’d like to do when you have consistent spring temperatures?

I love to sit on my deck wrapped in a shawl for my devotions and then knit a while.

How are you at gift buying?

My favorite gift is one I have made, either a quilt or a knitted/crocheted item
Mar 12 granny square 003This is the beginnings of new little girl’s afghan, don’t you love granny squares, I do.

Do you have an projects in mind for the month of April?

I’m hoping to finish the baby afghan, Shirley’s Shawl and Deanna’s quilt this month.
I hope I don’t cast on any thing new,
no, I don’t hope that at all,

but I do hope to stay focused on these three projects.

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“not-written-down” to-do lists

For fun, starting today, make a list of what I did today:
I worked on green washcloth
I worked on Quilter’s Journey 2 quilt, replacing name pieces
I quilted 1 hour on baseball quilt
I cleaned out under the sink in the kitchen-yuck!
It’s noticing little moments of time to see the month.
At the end of the month let’s go to _______ and compare notes.

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End of the Month

Most months’ end I look back and say what have I accomplished this month; besides the normal dishes, laundry, shopping, meals, cleaning. Many times I am disappointed because I can’t remember much of anything.
This Month was different. With Topper’s get-together coming up, I really wanted to finish 3 quilts. So far, two are completely done and it is not even July 31.
I have also made five quilt tops, that have been on my not-written-down to-do list. AND I cleaned out the hall linen cupboard. Now how about that? I think I a deserve at least a “Way to go”.

PS 7/2 I remembered I made matching pillowcases for three of the quilts.

Published in: Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm  Comments (2)  
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