Category Archives: Family and Friends

Pictures and stories of our dear family and friends

Our Thanksgiving Baby

Although Thanksgiving looks different for almost everyone this year, we still have so many  things to be thankful for, don’t we? I won’t list them all, but every seven years or so we get to celebrate not only our many blessings, but our special blessing of Hayley, who was born on this day 16 years ago! While she wasn’t born on Thanksgiving Day, we still consider her our Thanksgiving Baby!
Today she is smart and funny and 16!!!! Oh, and did I mention quite beautiful too???  We don’t know what God has in store for you, dear Hayley,  but we pray that you continue to follow Him wholly in the days and years to come! We love you!!

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Happy 16th Birthday to our amazing Hayley! We are so thankful for you each and every day!
Grams and Pops

Baby Things

Starting with grandbaby number one (back in 2003!) I started making two crib quilts for each baby. One was pre-birth and was made with heavy duty wear in mind. It was the ‘throw on the floor’ quilt that I hoped would gets lots of use. The second was constructed after the baby’s arrival, usually with lots of input from Mom. I still hoped it would get lots of use, but (in my mind anyway) was a bit more special. This past year we’ve had two additions our family – Deacon Wood arrived a year ago October, and Everly Quinn joined the family in early June.
Here’s Deacon’s pre-birth quilt –
and here is Everly’s (we didn’t know she was a she until she was born, so I just went with bright!).
When we were together with the families at the end of the summer I was able to steal away with the Moms to pick out fabric and patterns, and then I was good to go! Since Deacon was oldest, his got first priority. Abigail picked out some great fabrics and this was really fun to put together!
So many triangles!!!

You are such a hoot, Deacon!

Once I had a good start on Deacon’s quilt it was time to get started on Everly’s.  We’ve had a run on little boys lately, so it was especially fun to work with the pinks and greens and flowers….seemed like a while since I’d been working on those hues!
I was able to ship it up to Ohio several weeks ago, and it seems that Mom was pleased!
And little Everly seems to be enjoying it too!
What a little munchkin!!!

Making quilts for my grandbabies makes my heart happy! Each quilt goes to those little ones filled with love and prayers. But beyond the designing and sewing and quilting, what I truly treasure is the time I got to spend with my precious Daughters-in-love as we  planned out and shopped for each quilt. With all the busyness of family life, those excursions are too few and too far between, so I never want to take them for granted. I don’t know if there are any more grandbaby quilts in my future, but I’m pretty sure my quilting days aren’t over. Alexandra, aren’t you next for a bed quilt?


2020 has been hard. There is no doubt about that. But there have been some bright spots. One of them for me has been a renewed urgency to stay connected with my family.  Especially with my sisters. We’ve always been close, but since the early days of this pandemic we’ve been doing almost weekly Zoom calls.  And it’s been  Wednesday at 2 is our designated time (though we can be flexible of course!), and today was especially sweet (it being the Birthday Week and all!). I thought it would be fun to try to do a screen shot of our visit – and let me tell you, it’s harder than you think to get us all looking mostly in the right direction while smiling.  It took several tries – but I think I finally got a good one. Well, good-ish anyway. ( I actually think I was the biggest problem…..)

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And finally –
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We certainly cannot claim to be the techno-sisters, but we sure do love our weekly Zoom dates!  It’s downright Zoomalicious!



Birthdays. They come every year. Until they don’t. So I’m thankful for each one that I am granted! Today was one that was especially lovely!
It started with me back in the closet, painting beige on beige. (It might be my birthday, but it’s still a work day!) But by the end of the day, I had sweet Facetime chats with my all kids (and most of the grands!)




I had a wonderful Zoom call with my two birthday buddies from ‘back home’ that fed my soul in more ways that I can count! I didn’t manage to get a good picture of us trying to catch up with each other, but maybe I’ll have better luck next time. Because there will be a next time!

I was overwhelmed with birthday greetings on Facebook, had lovely calls from my sisters (more Zooming with them later this week!),  texts and phone calls from friends and even received birthday cards in the mail (no mean feat when you keep moving!).
Of course, a birthday isn’t really a birthday if you have to cook dinner, so we had a lovely early dinner out at the Lake Tiak-O’Khata Resort in Louisville. (Remember, that’s pronounced Louis-ville, not Louie-ville =) )
(Full disclosure – that wasn’t our table, we opted to eat inside! But it was a lovely spot!)

And so I enter the last year of this particular (age) decade. Days like today make me so thankful for my family, my beautiful friends, both old and new, and for the delight of anticipation of what tomorrow will bring! (OK, I’m pretty sure tomorrow will bring more closets to paint….but you know what I mean, right?)

Thanks for all the love today, friends!