|I'll will explain the purpose of this picture farther down in the post. But I just had to include it because at how happy Levi is at nothing. Just me...he was smiling just because he could see me. Ahh...to be a mother. Nothing is greater!|
We know just about all there is to know about each other. And we still love each other. =) We accept weaknesses...and utilize strengths. We share the same love and adoration for the one and only God. We have laughed until we cried. We are excited for the other's success. And we are the first to weep at the other's tragedy. To call her a friend just doesn't seem like a strong enough word. She is more like a sister to me. Family is given to you. But some family...you have to adopt because you just know that God placed them in your life to be a vital part of it.
Angela Mitchell is that friend. She is a very talented quilt/crafter. She has a wonderful eye for fabrics that work well together. She has made a rag quilt for all four of my children. Each one meant so much to me because I know it took more than just money to create. Time. Effort. Energy. Sacrifice. And I hope that my kids will keep them forever to be used by their children. She has an awesome site on etsy called Raggedy Owl. She has made many quilts for family and close friends. In addition to the quilts that she has custom made at shoppers requests...and mailed to vairous parts of the WORLD. I am constantly impressed with the new things she comes up with. Each one almost seeming to out-do the last. But I had no idea what was to come....
We had been trying to get together for over a month. My son's sickness kept us apart because we didn't want the germs to be spread. Then one thing after another kept getting in the way. Finally this past Tuesday, God just worked everything out. I was able to take the kids to her house to visit...FINALLY! She had a box of scrap-booking stuff to give to me...and a cup of hot Chai ready for drinking...so I was even more excited to be there. I was going through the goodies...and she pushed another box infront of me. This one closed. I opened it, expecting to see more scrapin' stuff.
Instead, I saw the most awesome quilt I have ever seen in person. I watched this quilt evolve on her blog. When she finally posted pictures of the finished project...I knew I had to comment on it. I have seen almost everything that she has made. And I have liked all of them. But this one...I loved. It was beautiful...and I couldn't wait to let her know that she had done a wonderful job with it!! I had no idea when I read that she was going to give it to a 'family member'...that she was writing about me. Honestly...NO IDEA!
|The front of my Kaleidoscope Quilt|
I was having a rough couple of days. As I have said....when I figure out how satan is getting to me. I fight back. So, he, being the creator of lies and deceit, has come up with new ways to get to me. Ways that are new to me. He has been lying way longer than I have been living...so he is good. But God, HE is greater. He is stronger. He has more knowledge of how to beat satan at his own game. He has insight. He has revelation. He has compassion.
God brightened my spirit with this gift. I know He made it happen exactly when I needed uplifting. Then, I came home to another friend with an awesome word of encouragement. Thanks Bekah. I love when God gives just a hint of His love when we are forgetting it. Dwell in Him. Forget failures. Forget weakness. Forget shame. Forget discomfort. Just be embraced by God.