Another Beautiful Quilt Therapy Angel Recipient

Hi Tammy:  I wanted to let you know that I got a box of quilting fabrics in the mail today from Sheila in DC.  Let me just say she was very, very generous.

I had my 7 month old grand daughter, Zoey, this morning and I decided to take a ride with her in my power wheelchair, then I decided I’d go check my mail.  When I opened up my mail box there was a key inside, meaning I had a package in one of the larger locked mail boxes.  When I saw what a big and heavy package it was I thought I’d come back for it later, but I couldn’t relock the box, I guess only the mail  man can do that.  So I had to figure out a way to bring it home with me.  I had to end up standing up, putting Zoey in the seat, so that I could use both hands to get the package out of the mailbox.  I put it on the foot rest and rested my legs on it to keep it from falling off.  I can only imagine what I must have looked like.  

We came home and I opened the box it was like Christmas! There was so much fabric, large pieces, small pieces, already cut quilt pieces, BOM pieces, Christmas fabric, floral fabric, already assembled quilt blocks, way too much to mention.  I oooh’d and aaaah’d over it all, while Zoey looked at me and with her great big smile.  Wonder if she saw a new quilt in her near future? 

Zoey had her first quilting lessons today:  1-get the fabric; 2-get the fabric home any way you can; 3- Share the fabric with someone you love.

Thanks so much for helping to bless so many people, and thanks for letting me share my joy.

Blessings, Ruth

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    Binding for the Weekend

    I have received my “Georgia Sunshine” BOM quilt back from my lovely friend and longarm quilter, Meloney – and will spend the weekend putting the binding on it.  It is destined for a special young lady, who is getting married next weekend.  My husband calls her his “first” girl, since he was living with her parents (they were all in college) when she was born – he was the first baby butt he diapered!

    Hope you get some quilt therapy in this weekend, too!

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      Leader or Follower?

      We have four children.  Each of them has basically been raised the same, save for the fact that one is a boy and the other three are girls – and the boy is all boy while the girls all are different, in their own right.

      My husband has a PhD and a strong leadership personality.  I’m not near as educated, but I did graduate from college.  Growing up the way I did has led to me being quite the person in charge of my own life.  I don’t do well with others telling me right or wrong, I rely on my faith and my joy for life to lead me in the directions I want to go.  I haven’t been a follower since I was quite young.  I’d also like to mention that both my DH and myself are scout leaders – and the main goal for those organizations is leadership.

      Three of our children are leaders…who could care less what anyone else is doing, they are on a quest to live their own lives, on their terms, and obstacles are no match for their ability to press onward to their goals.  We may butt heads over their leadership qualities, but we know they learned them from us.

      Yet, we have one daughter who is a follower.   She has made her whole existance based on what others think, feel, do, etc.  She does not let her individuality shine through, she chooses to be just like everyone else.  She wants to participate in the things that everyone else participates in, wants to wear the clothes they wear and wants to act like them, too.  Of course, with the latter, we’ve had to have words already – and school just started on Monday this week.  I will not tolerate sass, disrespect or poor manners.  We have taught them respect and manners their whole lives – she knows how to be good.  The sass is a hard one, because I have been known <ahem> to sass a time or two in my life – but, I can tell you that with my own parents, a good sass meant a good smack to the face.  No, we do not do that to our children.  But, talking isn’t doing much good, either.

      We allow our kids to choose one thing they want to do during the school week, and we choose the other.  For instance, this daughter I speak of chooses to be in band (she’s amazingly gifted with musical instruments) and we choose for her to take piano lessons.  It worked great last year and we had no problems. 

      With four kids, each of them doing 2 things a week – there goes our entire week and we rarely have a day off!

      But, we now have an issue with this one daughter who is a follower.  She wants to add a third thing to her week – volleyball.  It’s not because she’s athletically talented – quite the opposite, actually.  She’s the blondest brunette you’ve ever seen!  But, all of her friends are in volleyball, so she believes she HAS to be there, too.  And she will not listen to reason, she would rather give up her already-chosen weekly “thing” to participate in volleyball – because her friends aren’t involved in her weekly choice, but they are all going to be in volleyball.

      I’m having a hard time with this.  Trying to figure out how to parent a follower is difficult, in and of itself.  But, trying to reason with an emotional pre-teen who just moved up to middle school is even more difficult.  She doesn’t see what she’s doing to herself – how she’s “running with the pack” instead of being true to herself and her gifts and taking them as far as she can go. 

      We don’t have any answers yet, but we’re working on it.  She knows she’s not athletic.  She knows music is her gift.  But, she also wants to be part of the “in” crowd and follow them (over a cliff) wherever they go. 

      I want my child to be happy, but not at the expense of her self-esteem or her loss of time with her true gifts.  And gee, we let one do more then we have to let the other three do more – and there just isn’t enough adults to go around!

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        Another August, Another School Year

        The kids are back in school.  And this time, all four are attending the local public school.  I pray with all my heart that it works out for our son-man, and I’m very happy with the teacher he has this year.  If there’s any teacher I would choose for him, she would be the one.  He only got to go a half of a day yesterday because we had to get him another shot (let’s not go there, mkay?).  But, he attended three afternoon classes and was very happy when he came home, especially because he had homework!  The girls are great and happy with their classes, for the most part.  We have a new neighbor who is in DD#2’s grade and her dad was wondering where we were for the past two months – he had no idea so many kids lived on this hill!  I’m sure she and our second daughter will become fast friends since we live so close to them.

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