Airing Quilts, Lifting Spirits

What better title for a “real life” update than “Airing Quilts”? Though, in reality, I am airing the bedding (yes, real quilts) out on the clothesline…it’s a beautiful day for mid-November. Now that you’re imagining the peaceful, Amish-like scenery of many quilts strung out on a line…

 

The past two weeks have been a flurry of drop-in visitors, early Thanksgiving get-togethers, Bible studies/lunches, International cooking classes…plus all the associated cooking and cleaning that goes with the above, and me trying haphazardly to keep up with the homeschooling, the blogging and my recommitment to “writing the great American novel” (yeah, right). Don’t get me wrong, I love every single minute of it. I have the best family in the whole world, friends who are like family, awesome online friends here in my little corner of the blogging community…Yes, I’m feeling pretty thankful these days.

 

A few favorite moments recently, just because:

  • A wonderful girl from my “puppet leader” days called out of the blue wanting to stop by and “catch up”. Talk about exhilarating! She’s been out of state for several years now, and suddenly she’s on the phone and only five minutes from my house! (It just happened to be a “clean” house day too, can you believe it?) Best of all, she’s in her early twenties and on fire for God. My two oldest daughters just ate that up! We never wanted the visit to end, but it did…4 hours later!
  • My parents come to my home one morning a week for Bible study. Dad’s teaching is riveting, let me tell you. He’s never been your “garden variety” preacher. We sit at my kitchen table, nursing our coffees and usually a sweet treat or two and study God’s word. Wow. What a privilege. Then we end our time by sharing lunch together.
  • Twice a month on Thursdays, my good friend Deborah and I take turns hosting a day of homeschooling our children together. Yesterday, we met at her house. Or a cast of colonials did, because we all dressed the part in floor length skirts/costumes and had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in which each child had a part.
  • This past Tuesday we learned to make Chinese egg rolls and authentic fried rice at our International cooking class! This is definitely a meal we’ll be making again!
  • My new critique partners are outstanding! I’m so enjoying their WIPs (works in progress) and getting objective feedback on my chapters is something I’ve long craved. It’s SO encouraging…
  • Some girlfriends and I had a Ladies Potluck a few nights ago, a birthday celebration. I rarely get out at night, so this was a treat! We sat back and chatted for almost three hours…
  • Dh and I have had some great talks lately. Whether it’s his daily call home from work, or the couple times I’ve had him to myself while fixing supper…or the after-bedtime-the-clock-is-ticking-and-we-don’t-care dream-talking on the couch, it’s been special.
  • And the last of this line-up…a few weeks back dh and I took our girls to see President Bush! What an opportunity, and so inspiring, to stand with thousands of other value voters…to be yards away from the President of America.

Loving this time of year…and since the tune has been running through my mind this entire post, I’ll share the lyrics with you…hope your holidays are off to a great start!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer" 
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 
It's the hap -happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings 
When friends come to call 
It's the hap - happiest season of all
There'll be parties for hosting 
Marshmallows for toasting 
And caroling out in the snow 
There'll be scary ghost stories 
And tales of the glories of 
Christmases long, long ago 
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 
There'll be much mistltoeing 
And hearts will be glowing 
When love ones are near 
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 
There'll be parties for hosting 
Marshmallows for toasting 
And caroling out in the snow 
There'll be scary ghost stories 
And tales of the glories of 
Christmases long, long ago 

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 
There'll be much mistltoeing 
And hearts will be glowing 
When love ones are near 
It's The Most Wonderful Time 
It's The Most Wonderful Time 
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year       

By: Eddie Pola and George Wyle 

5 thoughts on “Airing Quilts, Lifting Spirits”

  1. The homeschoolingnhost day sounds like a good idea. The Thanksgiving dinner sounds good too :)
    As does the Ladies Potluck a good get together time :)

  2. I almost feel like I am there with you. Everything you are doing is wonderful. I especially can picture the quilts swaying in the wind, ahhh…the peaceful life.

    I love quilts, but around here the fees are astronomical! I went to a shop where they were going out of business and the worker there was telling me why the handmade ones were so expensive. She was telling me about different patterns, etc. I was like, I just like the way they look, why should they have such different costs? I left, because the smallest one they had there was about $80! And it was a baby blanket.

  3. So happy to have shared some of those memories with you! You always think up wonderful titles and then keep ‘right on’ in the writing. I love that song! Always been one of my favorite ‘fun’ songs for Christmas and the season. It brings up all the ‘right’ emotions. How about a singspiration some time?! Deb

  4. Thanks Dordy and Jen! :O)

    Well, Leticia, my bed quilts are the Target variety…still, they’ve got the piecing, embroidery and scalloped edges…so I treat them pretty carefully! I do love pretty much any quilt and would LOVE to enlarge my collection!

    Deb, I’ve got my girls practicing all the old goodies…our favorite is Sleigh Bells. I’m up for a Singspiration, what a great idea! I’ll have to print off some lyrics, and we can use hymnbooks for the others…it would be a good activity for the gingerbread house day!

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