Quilted Treasure and Church Fun

Last minute Tammy struck again.  I promised to make a quilted prayer shawl for our retiring retired pastor (get that?!) as we were installing a new pastor yesterday at church.

But, dang, I was in the middle of a very good book!  So, Saturday night, I’d make a block, then read a chapter (or two)…head back to the sewing room and work on a couple more blocks, then go for another reading break.  I could have had the project finished by midnight – but, the book breaks were killing me!  hehe


Finally, by 2 am, I had it finished, pressed and almost ready to gift (with a couple of chapters in my book that I just could not keep my eyelids open for) – I needed the PC that was in our bedroom (with the hubster sleeping) to create the tag for the back, so I held off waking him up and made us nearly late for church on Sunday instead <blush>.

The three crosses represent Calvary and the two Jacob’s Ladder blocks show that our way to redemption and eternal life are there for the taking. 

All Pastor Don cared about was that it was “quilty.” 😉

The presentation was made after the installation service and before we had lunch, and was a fun time.  First, my husband draped the prayer shawl around Pr. Don’s shoulders:


Then, our new pastor got up and draped the shawl around Pr. Don’s head:


And finally, a very happy pastor, pleased with his gift (which he invited me to make for him a few months ago):


I sent a note home with Pr. Don’s wife (in the blue in the photos) with a bit more explanation of what the blocks and the prayer shawl represented.  One of the things I mentioned in the note was that a number of hymns & songs were playing through my mind while I was putting it all together – such as The Old Rugged Cross, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art and God is Great, Beer is Good and People are Crazy. 🙂

It was an enjoyable (though not for impatient children) insallation service and a fun ending to a LONG morning.  I was too tuckered out to tackle the grocery store, so we stopped for the essentials and then went home for a lovely Sunday afternoon nap.  Ahhhh, success can be humble and entertaining.


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    The Armour of God as a Children’s Sermon

    At the children’s sermon in church on Sunday, the gal doing to sermon asked for volunteers, and of course the son-man said he’d be her guinea pig.  He was actually *perfect* for the part!

    The Armour of God is a passage from Ephesians 6:11:

    (11) Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (13) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (14) Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, (15) and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (16) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (17) Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (18) And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

    The young lady used household items to help show the kids how to arm themselves for God.  It was cute, funny and quite fitting for the son-man to use an umbrella as a sword!

    I just love it when a children’s lesson is something they can relate to, with props and a visual to help them along their spiritual journey.

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      IDIOM Hilarity

      Remember when I sang the praises of the local library program’s summer reading fun, with the production from the Texas Storybook Theatre of Amelia Bedelia and the lesson on idioms?

      Ever since then, there have been a number of instances where I’ll call the hubs (who is very literal) or one of the kids (usually non-literal) Amelia – they truly make the word IDIOM come to life!

      But, none so hilarious as the exchange we had at lunch on Sunday.

      Dad to DD#1:  “So, what is the cost of the school lunches?”

      DD#1:  “$1.25 for K-3, $1.50 for 4-6 and $1.75 for 7-12.”

      Dad:  “What’s the difference?”

      DD#1:  “ummm, TWENTY FIVE CENTS!”

      I laughed until the tears fell.  Lunch was delayed by 30 minutes because I couldn’t quit laughing.  The real question he should have asked was WHY the difference – but, my Amelia prodigy was just way quicker on the draw than her dad!  HAHA – it’s still funny!

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        45th Birthday Memories

        I am so loved by so many, it’s hard for me to fathom…since I felt I grew up with just a little love from a select few.   Birthdays are difficult for me, not because I’m aging (that part actually makes me HAPPY, since I’ve lived about 10 years longer than my parents or brother did) — but, I get a little down that my parents & Mike aren’t here, to celebrate with me.

        But, this year, I vowed to try to make it through the day and celebrate with my kids in a way that they would expect me to.  And I think I accomplished that goal!

        First, was church.  I share by birthday with a sweet little girl at church, whose mom is the Praise Team director and the little girl is part of the Sacred Arts class that I assist with.  So, I made H. and I crowns to wear in church!

        Then, the hubster dropped me off at the bookstore (MUCH needed and a gift card would have been something he’d have given me, if I’d have given him the money) and I shopped while the family went to the hardware store to stock up on softener salt. 

        Of course, none of this happened without drama – DD#1 was totally embarrassed to be sitting by me with a CROWN on my head at church, so she sat as far away in the pew as possible.  Then, when they dropped me off at the bookstore, she said to her dad as they were driving away, “She’s not REALLY going to WEAR that into the store, is she?!”  He assured her that I was, and I did, and she just hid her face so no one would see her until the car was out of sight.  But, when they returned to pick me up, she was the FIRST one to ask what books I got and which ones SHE could read first!!

        Then it was the normal Sunday activites …. unloading the car from my grocery run, getting the rest of the girls’ supply lists in their proper places, making lunch and NAP (ah, my favorite time of the day). 

        While I was in my office checking emails after nap, the kids made me brownies, and I went home to the lovely smells of pure chocolate delight wafting throughout the house.  mmmmmmm

        Mama Lu came down to the house and we had a right proper birthday celebration – one candle, that was a crayon candle, to commemorate not just my birthday but also the kid’s return to school (there’s a burn ban in our area, so JD was afraid to use more than one candle, hehe).  I received a number of loving cards in the mail, a moooootiful gift bag with cow items from my SIL & her family, a cake stand and a two-tiered cupcake stand that I’d asked for from Lu … and the gift of all gifts – an original oil painting from local renowned artist, Mary Zirkel!  You may remember me talking about DD#1 taking a class from Mary this summer?  Well, before she started, I told her that Mary painted the most gorgeous Texas Bluebonnets, and that I wanted DD#1 to learn how to paint so she could paint me some of those, too.  Of course, she didn’t listen to me (she painted what she wanted, which was perfectly lovely) but it seems that my darling daughter told Mary what I’d said, and Mary GAVE DD#1 one of her original paintings, as a gift for me, because DD#1 was the only one in the class to complete both projects!  I’m tickled as can be, not only because DD#1 was so successful and is a great artist herself, but because I am now the proud owner of a Mary Zirkel painting that I could never afford to purchase for myself!


        It also must be said that I sat in the chair on Sunday evening and DEVOURED the first book that I’d purchased – read it from cover-to-cover.  Ohhhhhh, that was a fine ending to a lovely day!

        And as is the tradition in this family, the celebration has continued.  Yesterday, I received money from a wonderful client and friend, as well as a gift certificate for more books!

        Thanks for the love, everyone!  It feels so good all under!

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          Back to School Girls

          Today was the day!  The girls got all gussied up (in their own way) and headed back to the school bus, for destination SCHOOL 2009-2010!

          First Day of School August 24, 2009

          DD#1 will be in high school, in the ninth grade.  DD#2 will be in the sixth grade and DD#1 is moving on up into the third grade.  Son-man was still in his jammies when Dad took this photo – which I thought was appropriate, since he was homeschooled – but, the dad-person didn’t think about it … I’ll get  a pix of him soon as he does his work from the comfort of the living room and our big, wonderful, outdoor learning environment!

          Ahhhh, back to school schedule.  I’m already relaxed!

          Funny about the son-man…I ran into a lady who was one of DD#1’s teachers in sixth grade at the store yesterday, and she just went on and on about how BRILLIANT our son was. 

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