Posts Tagged ‘Family’

This whole Fall has been a season of Giving Thanks.

I have so much to be grateful for.

Twice this year I had to deal with some health issues.
They could’ve been very serious…
But I thank God for restoring me to good health
and I feel better than I have in years.

I’m also thankful that my family, my kids, grandkids, and extended family
are doing well.
I can’t put into words how wonderful it is when everyone is healthy.
After several years of different ones going to the hospital and experiencing
such serious problems… I cannot thank God enough for the blessing
of good health in our family.
It is a gift not to be taken for granted.

Every thing else is just an added bonus.

I thank Him many times every day.

I have much to be thankful for.

Have a blessed Sunday!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; 
His love endures forever.”  
1 Chronicles 16:34




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Not long ago, I posted about the quilt I was making for one of my granddaughters,
(To read about it, click here and here)


For the backing, I used a pretty pink floral which was very soft.



I made a matching little pillow to go with it…




I added a small lace on the pillow, just to add some softness and a little special touch.




And I hand-quilted both.  It was fun, and as I stitched, I prayed for my granddaughter.
She’s a cutie and a joy!!



We weren’t able to be with her on her birthday, but we had a celebration when we did go to visit them.  She was so excited to take stuff (gifts) out of bags, and when she pulled the little pillow out of the gift bag, this is what she did:



It was so cute!  We all exclaimed, “Awwww!” and she smiled  as if she knew she was saying, “Thank you, Abuela!  I love it!”
It touched my heart and made it all the more worth the time put into sewing those tiny stitches and seams.
She captures my heart every time I see her.

Happy sewing & quilting!


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A few weeks ago, I got to visit with my youngest granddaughter, and I had a fun photo shoot with her…

She absolutely loves being outside and is always captivated by the birds singing, the trees, the neighbors’ dogs barking… all those sights & sounds… she’s always turning her pretty little head, looking around at everything.

It was an impromptu photo shoot…

My daughter & I put a nice comfy blanket on the ground, and we just started playing with her.  She loves to smile.




She also loves to laugh!  She was laughing so hard here, that she was losing her balance and throwing her head back.  What a cutie!

We gave her some sunglasses and tried to get her to keep them on,
but she was too curious and just kept taking them off and studying them.

Every time she sits, she usually crosses her ankles.
So cute!


She’s already got so many teeth (even though she’s not even one yet!) and two more on their way.


Oh, how I thank God for her!
She’s a joy!!!


Have a blessed weekend, everybody!


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My husband brought me roses recently…

There was no special occasion…

He just wanted to brighten my day,
Remind me that he loves me.

I’ve been dealing with some personal things lately,
needing to intentionally focus on the Lord
and not on my frustrations/problems/pain…
It’s not easy, nor a five-minute, “Ok, I’ve got it” type of thing…
It’s a constant, giving-it-over-to-God, type of thing,
an act of the will that says, “I trust in you, Lord”.

I am blessed, more than most people;
I’m always aware of that,
and I try not to take it for granted.
Even right after my mother passed away,
I kept reminding myself that I was blessed to have
such a mother for 23 years…most people don’t even have
that blessing.
You see, there’s always something to be thankful for.
I grieved, but at the same time, I knew that I had been blessed.

I don’t know why I wrote all this… I just let myself type
and stopped deleting entire sentences.
I guess I’ll hit the “publish” button and not worry too much
whether someone will find it boring, objectionable, or read it at all.

I thank the Lord for a fresh new week ahead, “with no mistakes in in”,
as Anne Shirley would say, and I look forward to all the blessings
God has in store. 🙂

Have a blessed week!




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Time stands still

It’s been a while since my last post.

I just couldn’t bring myself to write.

I tried to “suck it up”, talk myself into posting,
maybe write about something like what I usually do —
photography, cooking, sewing, …
but I just couldn’t do it.

My youngest granddaughter, who is doing fine now,
was in the Pediatric ICU.



I don’t want to dwell on all that happened those days
but it was heart-wrenching, literally.

We are so very thankful and grateful
that she is doing fine.
Words cannot express it.
I still cry sometimes when I see a new picture of her
that my daughter texts me, or a video of how she’s
laughing and chatting away.
Even now, as I write, I find myself overcome with tears.
So thankful for her life.

Some of you may know what I’m talking about when I say
there are pictures in our minds that we try to forget,
mainly seeing loved ones suffer.
Again, I’m so thankful she’s doing fine.
I try to replace those images from the hospital
with new ones from this past week, yesterday, today…
She’s growing so fast and she’s so cute,
I pick up my phone and scroll through videos
and photos, making new memories with her.

It’s really amazing how a little person,
so young, so small,
so wonderful,
can become so loved and such an important part
of what makes our heart flip with joy
whenever they smile at us
or laugh at one of our silly faces.



Please pray for her continued healing.

Thank you to those of you who wrote me
and let me know that you missed me.
It meant a lot to me.

I will post as much as I can the next few weeks.

I pray your December is filled with many blessings!



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A Visit

It was so good to visit my Dad recently.

I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like.



Visits to see Dad usually include a walk in the backyard.
It was the end of the mango season for his trees…



He counted seven on this tree…




They would be the last ones of the summer…




I did get to eat one or two that he’d pick earlier.  They were delicious!!
They smell so good!
I wasn’t the only one enjoying these delicacies…



There he is in his workshop, enjoying the fruits of his labor,
taking a break from work.  That’s his lovely wife.
They’ve been married for over 15 years (my Mom passed away many years ago).



I did get to bring one or two of these home with me.  🙂


Later that night he decided to cook some ribs on the grill.



I made a rub for them, and he put them on the bbq.




He kept a close eye on them until they were done.




We had a great time that night.
My brother & his wife & kids came over and we laughed a lot
as we always do when we get together.


It was a short visit but oh, so sweet.

Enjoy your summer.  🙂



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New Granddaughter!

A LOT has been going on around here,
and that’s why I’ve been away from the blogging world
for almost a month!




My daughter had her baby girl!
And she was a BIG baby — 11 lbs
(that’s not a typo)

A new baby!  So much fun to be a Grandma!

We are so thankful and have much to thank God for —
baby and Mommy are doing great.

More pictures to come of both granddaughters!




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Yesterday, my son and his wife had a little baby girl…



We are all so blessed,

so thankful,

so grateful.



What a wonder!




She is so beautiful!

What a miracle!


More pictures to come…
(I’m a grandmother now, so that comes with the territory!)
These are all cell-phone photos,
but I can’t wait to have a “real” photo shoot with her!
Won’t that be fun?!?!!  🙂


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Road Trip

I’ve been away…


My husband & I were visiting our son & daughter-in-law.
So much fun to be with them!


It was a long drive, but well worth it!
We went through seven states just to get there!
Can you believe it??
And we saw some beautiful scenery…





It was an unforgettable time together.


I am so thankful we were able to go,
and I can’t wait to see them again!

Have you hugged your kids today? 🙂

Love to you all,


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My daughter & I recently took a trip together.
It was so much fun!

We wanted to make it a history/quilting/sewing/fun trip.
We planned to visit historical places during the day and in the evenings
we’d quilt or sew.   (We had to go up & down on steep mountain roads,
so we decided we’d rather not do that while it was dark!)
Can you tell we grew up in the city?!




We were able to stay in a friend’s cabin up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
Close to the cabin was a beautiful waterfall.  It wasn’t easy taking a “selfie”, but here we are.  🙂




The third day we were there, it snowed!!
We were in a cozy cabin, with a nice fireplace, so we were happy, quilting…

It was kind of like going on our own Quilting Retreat! 🙂



It wasn’t a lot of snow, but it was beautiful!!
The mountains in the distance and the woods all around us were
covered in a nice blanket of snow.
We were inside, cooking, quilting…
I felt a little like the frontier women of the 1800’s…
quilting, tending the fire, roasting a nice chicken in the oven.  🙂

Thankfully, I didn’t have to kill the chicken myself.
Some of the modern conveniences I am totally ok with.



This is the quilt top my daughter was able to put together.
She didn’t get to finish it (she still has to add the borders and quilt it).
But she did get a lot of it done and I think it looks so pretty!
I love the fabrics and colors in this.






These are the two mini charm packs I took with me.
I wanted to make something small, like a table runner.

These little packs were $3.75 each, there’s 42 squares, 1 1/2 in. each.
I got them from Missouri Star Quilt Co.  They have great prices.
They also have a great daily deal program.




I used the 1 1/2 in squares in strips of four across and then in the border,
I made half triangles for the border using a tutorial.
It made it go so much faster, and much more fun.



I didn’t have a pattern to follow, but I just used what I had on hand.
I like how it turned out and can’t wait to finish it.




We had a lot of fun on our trip
and I’ll be posting more of our “adventures” in the next posts.

Have a blessed weekend,


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