Friday, May 29, 2020

Of peeps, and masks, and blocks

What a springtime!
I hope that all of you have stayed safe and healthy!

When I wrote the post for Memorial Day, I was amazed at how long it had been since I posted.
I'm sure that y'all have been busy, too.
Don't even get me started on the severe weather and the clean up that we needed to work on . . . 

But life does go on, right? We do still get to have some fun!

First, there were peeps to make, to make our mantel more cheerful:

Then, there were masks to make for first responders:

Lastly, I finally got some time in my sewing room and put together some more of the Summer Moon blocks! These are the Twin Star blocks -- aren't they cute?

What have you been up to?
Leave a comment and do tell!!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Remember and Honor

Memorial Day.
For many, it conjures thoughts of grilling, gathering, and those awesome red, white, and blue-iced cupcakes . . .
Memorial Day is actually set aside here in the United States to remember and honor those who have fallen in our nation's wars. To pay respect to the sacrifice of their lives to assure our freedoms.
Why remember? Aren't we depressed enough and fearful enough in this uncertain time?
Remembering does many things for us. It makes what happens in war more real for us. It encourages us to think about the dedication of those who fought and died. It stirs within us a pride in a blessed nation and it strengthens our determination to do our part - and to teach others to do the same.

You see, it's vitally important to teach the next generation the importance of sacrifice and the inestimable value of our freedoms!

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them." Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." Eleanor Roosevelt
"The greatest glory of a free born people is to transmit that freedom to their children." William Havard

Let's never forget that Memorial Day is not just about picnics, department store sales, and a three day weekend. This is a truly important day. Did you know that the official moment of remembrance is at 3:00pm? All Americans are encouraged to reflect upon the sacrifices of patriots who have given their all; that is the true purpose of Memorial Day.
Most of us will never serve in the military. But whether or not we wear the uniform of our country, we all have a service to offer. We can offer service to the ideals that our American ancestors captured in the formation of our country - captured in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other writings of the era. Many of these ideals reflect God's universal truths -- those of us who are people of faith have a doubly important service to render.
When evil strikes, whether in the form of severe weather, a horrific shooting, or a pandemic; when people are homeless or hungry or suffering; these are times that we must be serving. When we find ways to serve our fellow man, when we bring God's healing and comfort to those who so badly need it, we honor the God we worship and we honor all of those who gave the "last full measure" to secure for us our freedoms.

Let's remember.
Let's honor.
Let's teach the next generations why we do.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Hope y'all have a happy Easter!

I'm ever so grateful to have all of you blogland friends. Our digital buddies are more important to us now than ever before, no?

I'd like to wish ALL of you a very happy Easter!

For those of you who don't celebrate, I hope that you have a lovely holiday of spring blossoms, warmer breezes, and contentment.

For those of us who do celebrate, I hope that we enjoy a holiday of reverence for the gift our sinless Savior gave; He showed us His endless love by dying on the cross for us; He showed us He was God in man by rising from the grave to offer us eternal life!

I hope everyone will find a way to give a virtual hug to those we love -- we live in an amazing time as far as technology goes! We can phone, skype, FaceTime, and more!

Maybe we can save the egg hunts for later? (Grin)

My wish for y'all is peace, joy, and a time of counting our blessings -- now hurry and find those eggs before the rascally rabbits make off with them!

Much love and Easter joy to all! Stay safe! Stay healthy!


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Are we there yet?

You've heard this before, right? A plaintive voice from the back seat: "Are we there yet?"

Do you feel, dear reader, like asking that now? (Grin)

Are you bored yet?

I will be honest, if we didn't have some acreage, and lots to do outdoors, I would have a raging case of cabin fever!!
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Keep calm, pray, and stitch

I'm always one to give credit where credit is due, so thank you and BIG KUDOS to Amy over at Diary of a Quilter . . .

Love this quote:

I'm asking all of the peeps who pause here sometimes to be careful -- not panicked -- and take good care of yourselves!

I intend to do more of our business by telecommunications; no travel or hopping about for this froggie! And that just may give me more time for embroidery, crochet, quilting, and reading . . .

And as I stitch, I will be praying. Asking God to help us unite and to help us beat this virus! Join me, won't you?