Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Making Memories

Thank you to each of you who were so kind in your comments about the passing of my father. Your caring and prayers meant so much to me. We said goodbye to Daddy at the funeral on Saturday and spent time with family.

After a difficult weekend, my younger daughter, Maggie, and I spent a wonderful Monday together. She is our scientist with a master's degree in meteorology and a talent for all kinds of needlework. These doilies she crocheted were part of my birthday gift this year and I treasure them!

Yesteday's project was to get a quilt she had pieced ready for quilting. This is her first quilt project and she did a great job with all the fussy cutting and matching!

We pinned the quilt sandwich and she decided on hand quilting. Here she is working on the first block. And here's how the quilting pattern looks on the back.

She knows the hand quilting will be slow but also a nice way to relax after work and while planning her wedding in July! Can you tell I'm a very proud momma!!!! Now I need to get busy and get my own quilt projects underway again!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sadness and Celebration

It is a very sad day as my father went to be with the Lord early yesterday morning. His condition had worsened last week but the end came more quickly than anyone thought it would. He passed quietly in his sleep. Though my heart is very heavy and our family is grieving, I can just imagine the scene as Daddy opened his eyes in Heaven to see his Savior and my mother waiting for him with open arms and a smile. I know his father (who passed away when my father was in his teens) and his mother were there to greet him as well. His older sister was eight years old when Daddy was born and she "mothered" him all her life. She passed away last summer and I know she was waiting to welcome her "baby brother." Our sadness is balanced with the celebration of a long life, well-lived, and the assurance of life eternal. My younger daughter requested the hymn "Victory in Jesus" for the funeral and we asked the pastor to make that the theme of his message. Our prayer is that someone who hears will find that same victory in their life.