True Joy


This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw

 

John 15:11  I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

All the Pretty Little Horses


DSC_0576This Christmas past I gave my son and his partner a gift certificate for a restaurant in my home town.  It was a bribe, pure and simple.  We live over two hours away from them.  Naturally they would need someone to watch my granddaughter and I would be the most logical candidate!  Worked like a charm.
A couple months ago they indicated they were coming up for dinner and a concert and asked if they could stay with us. Absolutely!  AND, then suggested we all go to the zoo the next day.  Coincidentally I had come across a pattern in Quilty magazine my granddaughter would LOVE.  I dropped all my other projects and started right away.  I had a charm pack which came as a free bonus with an order I had placed.  Just in case I also ordered three yards of cream from the same line.  The 5″ squares needed a little tweeking, all the horse tails have a seam, but otherwise it was exactly the right amount for each pony.  I changed the sashing so each horse was set apart.  I used all the scraps for the border and to make four patches in the sashing.  Just like my granddaughter it is sooooo cute!
Her mom has sung the lullaby “All the pretty little horses” to her almost every day since she was born.  This was the first project I was actually giddy with delight as I sewed it up.  It turned out perfect.  I quilted it by stitching in the ditch and FMQ’d some of the lines from the lullaby on the sashing.
This past week they drove up, dropped off my 2 1/2 year old sweet heart.  She loved the quilt, so horse crazy.  It was a fabulous couple days, enjoyed every second of it.  Such a blessing.
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The zoo visit was so much fun, especially the polar bears.  I miss her already.

Zechariah 1:8   In the night I saw a man riding on a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen; and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses.

A Year Later


DSC_0782Over a year ago the quilters in my congregation constructed beautiful banners to hang in the sanctuary during Advent.  (They can be seen here).  At the same time I designed a stole to accompany them.  I finally finished it today.  Some times, particularly during Advent, we just have to wait.

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Micah 7:7
But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.