Quilt Success Yay!


So, here is the complete quilt minus the backing and skirt. I am very happy. The detail work is completed so it is just straight handsewing from here in. Whew! I am a happy girl. I will show the finished product but the hardest work is over, praise God!! ❤
Happy, happy little girl! 🙂

Musical Confessions

So maybe it is weird for a classical pianist in an oldies rock and roll band and who is a worship leader at church to completely dig reggae music. Something about that laid back island groove takes me immediately to the beach, to simple relaxation, so crazy easy to play and redundant ridiculous that soothes me entirely. Maybe what I play is so complex I value the simplicity and laid back groove. That is my confession. And here is a confession ahead of time… I am going to introduce a reggae praise song to my kids next Sunday. Tee hee! ❤

Quilt Progress Oh Wow

So, I have about 12 more applique blocks and then it is put together time. And I arranged the final goings on of the story of us quilt. Here it is. Wow. It is impossible to get it all clearly but I am so happy with it! Praise God, the ultimate Artist! Man, He did all this for real! So much work and love going into this!! 😄

Sidewalk is Poured!

So, the concrete for the sidewalk was ordered to arrive tomorrow and my husband and Joe (our handyman) and I were going to mix it and pour it in this heat, and it would have been an all day killer workout but horrible. And honestly, would have probably immobilized my husband (who has bad knees) for a few days. So, this was the anticipation. This morning, the neighbors (fixing their house up to sell it) had a little concrete work done around their pool. So, one conversation later, they are happy for the qork and have all the tools and can pour it today!!! So it is done now!!!! Praise God for providing!!! He is truly great and worthy of praise!!! One more major thing checked off the list and on to roofing and screening in the back porch!!! Woo hoo!!!! God is so good! God always provides!!! ❤❤❤

Beauty in Scent

My one real luxury and the only thing I splurge on for myself is good perfume. I love to smell good, it gives me a boost and happy feelings. I am known for it. I don’t knock people down like that lady at church last week (I could barely breathe for an hour!), but I smell good. Even if I work hard, I smell good doing it. We all have to have one thing, in my opinion. Today, it is not about me, however, for my whole house is richly wafting with the lovely scent of beautiful bacon. The family loves bacon, and we happened to have some from a lovely buy one get one (thank you, Winn Dixie lol), and now the scent is making everyone happy. And making them salivate. There is something about a beautiful scent that helps with perspective somehow. When living at the farm in Michigan, we had enormous lilac bushes outside the kitchen and front door. You walked in or out or through open windows the smell poured in and bathed you. You couldn’t help be smile and be comforted. No doubt life is much more complex than that but we all could use a boost anywhere we can get one. ☺ Hope you run into beautiful scents today. God did a great job with them and I am sure heaven will smell amazing too. ❤❤❤

Today’s Accomplishments

Today, I have walked, mowed, caulked, buffed, sealed, quilted, ironed, trimmed trees, trained vines, cooked, and I still smell good. Lol I could teach a class on being a domestic goddess right now. Lol I love productive days, satisfying days. I love the accomplishment of seeing what your hands have done improve things and look great for my family, I love making the house a castle for my husband. And I have talked to God throughout and it is beautiful. Blessings are given abundantly by God when we stick close to Him and work for others (and of course Him). He is so very good!!! ❤❤❤

What Brings Great Joy

I wanted to pause from my quilting and just praise God from my heart for all the joys He has placed in my life. There are way too many to mention, but I need to give Him props and thank Him for a few that stand out. All my life I wanted to be a doctor (well since I was 9), and He fulfilled that passion for me. And as a professional woman, I wondered if I would be too old to have my own kids or adopt (both are beautiful and either would have sufficed) and He answered by allowing me to carry two beautiful babies. One I look forward to seeing in heaven, she would be 22 years old, maybe with children of her own by now, who knows but she will be my Heavenly blessing, as well as my twin brother and family up there already. Therefore, Heaven to be assured of and look forward to is a great blessing! The love of my life is a major blessing. I never thought I could love anyone so deeply and fully and know so well and click with so intrinsically. I didn’t think before meeting him that soulmates was a real thing. He has blessed my life. Of course also hurt me, so every good thing has its down side. I am blessed by growing up on a farm with a Christian family who took us to the best church. Oh how I loved that farm! Only another farmer can truly get that but the hard work was replete with rewards of bird in song, glimpses of foxes at play, skies that changed all the time, deer accepting you as a friend, dogs running with you in the field, the feel of dirt and long grasses, better than any bed, swinging on ropes to the rafters in the barn off straw bales, riding on the tractors or combine with Daddy, the smell of fresh air and taste of fresh vegetables. The list goes on. My spirit was the most free there outside on the farm. Mmmm. Let me just take that one in a minute. I have been blessed being able to homeschool our kids and have a husband supportive of that. What a difference it makes to spend time with your kids!!! I am blessed each time I sit down at the piano and can play anything I want to or write original songs. (My fantasy, ideal cabin has a piano, by the way. Lol) I am also blessed to do art, see art, teach art, just express myself, write, everything that shares passions and ideas with another person is beautiful. Anyway, I could go on all night, but this partial list is what God chooses to flood my heart with joy and peace and love and calm. Some blessings are worth thinking of and revisiting for better perspective and appreciation of life and God, and some are worth waiting for. ❤