Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Thankful Heart

I want to thank you for all of your heartfelt comments.  Each comment felt like a reassuring hand on my shoulder, and blessed me more than I can express.  This is the first death of a parent that we have experienced and there has been such a range of emotions for so many reasons.  The service was beautiful.  My son read scripture, Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14 and my daughter sang "His Great Name" while playing her guitar.  My adorable nephew who is 6 yrs. old read some scripture as well.  There is something that reaches down into the core of your being when you watch your son carry his Grandfather's casket.  I was reminded again of the brevity of our earthly life and the wonderful promises of eternity with Jesus.  

I was able to see my cherished friend, Gina (Geeg), at the visitation.  Gina was my maid-of-honor 23 years ago this August 15.  She handed me this gift, which I will treasure.  It is a picture of Gina and I at her wedding this past fall.  I love that the frame looks like a quilt.  I have known Gina since junior high.  We took Home Ec class together and she still teases me about the "ugly jumper with the mushrooms" that I made.  It was the early 70's!  Gina, my husband and I graduated together in 1980.  We spent some wonderful holidays with her big Italian family eating pasta and turkey.  Gina, if you are reading this, I am short, but you must have been standing on the platform, cuz I'm not that short, am I?

This is wedding week for Chelsea so her soon-to-be Mother-in-love, Diane and I spent part of the day checking off things from her to-do list.  I was glad to get out of the house and clear my mind a bit.  We stopped at Goodwill.  I found this necklace for $5.  It was so unusual that I couldn't pass it up.

I struck gold on the vintage sheet find with this pretty number.  It survived the scalding hot water wash so it will be added to the rest of the group.  I have such a yearning to quilt but I've got 3 weddings in the next two weeks and I'm doing the flowers and bouquet for one.  No quilting for me.

Diane found this pretty vintage pillowcase at an estate sale and gave it to me today.  I'm thinking that if I have hit the 20 mark with vintage linens, then I might do a "Turning Twenty" quilt.  I really shouldn't start another quilt until I've finished this.  The bane of my existence...



  1. ((((Renee)))) hugs, I am glad to hear the service for your FIL was filled with beautiful moments to remember him. Still praying for you & your family for comfort in the coming days.
    Your cherished friend, Gina, reminds me of our dear neighbor, Genzzia. She is a wonderful friend that has been very warm-hearted and included all of the neighbors in her family gatherings (filled with yummy Italian food)!

  2. Still keeping you in my prayers. It is wonderful that you felt the love and support of friends and family and that you have faith to see you through this tough time.
    I just checked out "the bane of your existence" oh my, but it will be worth the work! And you are mostly finished! Just cutting strips and sewing them together wont be so bad:>) Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

  3. Renee, so glad to hear everything went well. You have been in my thoughts and my prayers.
    I love the quilt you are working on. It will be wonderful. Don't give up. You are almost there. Good luck with the weddings. Lisa

  4. I'm still praying for you Renee, and am glad the service was beautiful. I have that same feeling when I see young men carrying caskets. There is something so moving about it. I can identify with your jumper . . .I made one for 4-H one year as a girl, but it had brightly colored fruit on it!LOL!! I am so glad we got to talk on the phone! Blessings :)

  5. Hello dear friend-just stopping in to say howdy. Sorry to hear about your husband's father. We have a blessed hope-to see our much loved ones again.
    Love, Debra

  6. so sorry to hear about your Father in law...what a hard time that has to have been on your entire family. I'm so glad you got to see your special friend though...the bright spots really help when you're going through dark days. Hugs to you...

  7. I am so glad that you have some fun distractions from a very hard week. I am sure that it was quite a moment to see T carrying his grandfather's casket and to hear M sing. What a blessing.
    I have been praying for you guys,

  8. It was so great getting together as a family again. Sorry it was not for a better reason. I think we are entering another phase in our lives. It is hard to say goodbye to a parent. Hugs to you and everyone. I know it's not easy.


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