Monday, April 29, 2019

Monday's Strength. Book Date. Valentine Topper.

Monday's Strength
The day Daddy went into surgery I remembered this old, familiar hymn.  

I just knew that, whatever the outcome, with Christ, I could face tomorrow.  God has infused me with an incredible peace and serenity.  Not to say that this process hasn't hurt or that tears have not flooded my eyes.  It's just that with His presence, I am serene in the midst of chaos.  And then I cry!  :)  And then I lean on Him and find peace again.  Isn't He good?  

Book Date
Current Reads
The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them
The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird

Educated by Tara Westover
Quiltfolk is a magazine, but it reads  like a book and I love it!
Current Audiobooks
The Nightingale
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
I highly recommend this book!  The last lines blessed me and reminded me of my strength.
“And the Sanford girls were fierce and determined, tenacious and brave. The sort of women who refused to give up. Who knew that all the loveliest things were broken. And in all the broken places they were strong.”  
My dear reader, in your broken places, you are strong.  Don't give up.  Don't give in.  
We are strong.

Greater Love (Tides of Truth, #3)
Greater Love ★★★★
Shelved For Now Reads
I lost my copy of this great book!  :(

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado. 
A Much Needed Finish
Before Daddy's surgery, I actually had a finish!  Yes, it's late in the season, but I dropped everything and made this Valentine table topper inspired by Connie at Freemotion by the River!  
The middle is her design and I added a bit more.  After my daughter quilts it, it will be all done!  

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Jesus Asked It #7. I Like.....My Furry Friends! Stitchers' Garden Block 1.

Jesus Asked It #7
Jesus Asked Series: 1,  2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Since it has been a while since I've addressed this series, I went back to re-read Jesus Asked it #6.  Little did I know how I would be writing to myself.  This year has been tough, and God has been faithful to clothe me with His comforting and strengthening presence.  I live in wonder of it all with a heart filled with praise.

Now, onto Jesus Asked It #7!
Let's remember that this question: Are you not much more valuable than they? comes directly from Jesus.  Directly. From. Jesus.  Himself.  How do you answer it?  Do we realize our own worth in His eyes?  Do we listen to our self-depreciating self-talk?  Come on.  We all say ugly things to ourselves at one point or another.  A friend once said, "If my friend talked to me that way I talk to myself, I wouldn't be friends with her anymore!"  Hmmm.....

                                                                                                                                  So, perhaps we tell ourselves, "I know full well that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, praise God!"

Or we could tell ourselves, "I am a chosen person, chosen by God to share His love and light with others!"  Wow.  The honor and responsibility that lies therein.  But that is another whole new topic.  My point is:  we are chosen by God.  By. God.  
Finally, we can tell ourselves, "I need never fear for God is with me, strengthening, helping and upholding me!"  
So, perhaps we - for sure myself - can speak these and similar thoughts to ourselves.  What do you think?

Thursday's Likes!
It's great to be back!  Here's an update on Daddy!  My daughter gave me this lovely wood sign by Melissa Anne for my birthday.  
It is perfect for this time in my life especially after reading the story behind the song. 

This week's likes will feature Chico with a bit of my sweet, dear Mia and Kitty!  There may be a few repeats.....I forget which ones I've shared!  
This was supposed to be a photo of the new set up for my study/grandkid's playroom, but Chico decided to join in!

Chico on guard duty!

 Oooops!  He fell asleep on the job!

Chico "making friends" with Kitty!
He hasn't learned about boundaries yet,
but she'll teach him!

 Oh Chico, Kitty is so patient with you!

 Mia showing Chico how to make friends 
with my Granddog, Coco.

Maybe he's learning?

Stitcher's Garden Block 1
Did I mention that I joined my LQS's Stitcher's Garden class?  It's challenging for me, but I'm loving it!  Here is my first block!

Here are some ideas on how the quilt will look from a Google search.  

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wednesday’s Word. BOMs Away with Morning Glory Blocks 1-4! Pressing On!

Hello Again!
Well, 2019 has been a year of challenges and victories!  As many of you know, my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Prostate Cancer.  The cancer has spread to most of his bones - from his skull on down.  Luckily, his shins, ankles and feet are cancer free.  My last few posts were simply updates as we went through the fire.  
He is doing very well after his first chemo shot and even went to San Francisco with my sister and brother-in-law!  Thank you for your prayers and kind comments.  I'll be catching up on replies.  :)

Wednesday’s Word
At one point in this journey, I desperately needed a touch from God and He faithfully responded with this song.  I pray it blesses you as well. I hope you can take a moment to listen to this Lawrence Chewning's testimony and his song.  

Is your ship battered?  Are your sails torn? His anchor holds, my dear one, His anchor holds. 

BOMs Away! 
$7.50 30's Fabric, $7.50 Summer Colorway , Stitcher’s Garden, Fall Quilt, Teacup, Jingle All The Way, Morning Glory (a Mother/Daughter BOM)

My daughter came up with the sweetest idea!  She asked me how many BOMs I was working on and I told her.  Then she sadly said, "Oh, then it's ok.  I'm sure you don't want another one your plate."  After a bit of prodding, she said she wanted to do a Mother/Daughter BOM!  Well, yesWe've even decided to make this an annual tradition!  
We'll be using Kate Spain's Morning Glory pattern and I will be using my fabric from her Early Bird line!
Morning Glory Quilt Pattern
Here's my progress thus far!

As far as my BOM's, I've decided to focus on one at a time starting with the ones which I already have the complete patterns.  Thus far, I'm able to keep up with the ones I'm involved with at my LQS.  

Pressing On!

I press on toward the goal...Philippians 3:14a 
My last Pressing On goals were simply to take care of Daddy and Mama.  It will be an ongoing goal for a while, but not as time consuming.  Daddy made it clear that they needed time alone one Sunday morning by telling my sister, "Mama made some menudo - just enough for two.  You and your sister need to stay home and we'll enjoy our menudo."  :)  

This week's goals are simple:
1.  Help Daddy and Mama put their home together after a major leak led to repairs and a new carpet.
2.  Make 1-2 Morning Glory Blocks.
3.  Make progress on the latest prayer shawl.

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