Sunday, August 8, 2010
But then last Sunday, as I was teaching my Sunday School lesson, we were talking about how the Lord cared for Elijah by having the ravens feed him, and then commanding the widow of Zaraphath to feed him while he was in hiding from King Ahab and Jezebel. The point was that the Lord loves each one of us individually, knows us by name, and is prepared to help us in the ways we need it most. Which brought to mind Elder Bednar's talk when he was first called as an Apostle and mentioned that the hymn right before his talk was his favorite, "Did You Think to Pray" and how it comforted him and let him know the Lord was looking out for him and cared about him. He called the phenomenon "The Tender Mercies of the Lord." As I was reflecting on this subject it struck me what an extraordinary year this has been. I too have been blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord. Far from being the lonely year I expected, I have had wonderful opportunities to enjoy my children this year in new ways.
We went back to his apartment for a nap, then to dinner and a movie. A wonderful, relaxing weekend.
Instead, we fell in love with this quilt made from Michael Miller's Lanterns Blooms and Poppy collections:
So we bought the fabric and headed home. Ari and I cut out the squares, she arranged them on the floor (where else) and she stitched the quilt top that afternoon.
But then the dilemma. How to make the beautiful tree. I had to go back to the store and take this photo (should have taken it when I was there the first time.)
I finally drew a leaf on a piece of paper, cut it out, and started stitching. There were a few false starts, but finally, I had something I could use. At left is a photo of the quilt top, before leaves, borders and quilting.
I didn't ever take a photo of the finished quilt. I thought it turned out pretty well, though. Ari seems happy with it. As it happens, we had a thunderstorm blow through just about the time the flight was to leave, so after waiting an hour and a half in the airport, she realized there was no way she could make her connecting flight and she came home. Good thing. I finished the quilt while she was at the airport. Saved me mailing it to her. And having the extra few hours let me finish the pillow shams, too. Maybe one day soon she'll send me a photo of the finished product. Meanwhile, suffice it to say that my kids challenge my skills.
And, as luck would have it, Handsome Son will be home this weekend.
Empty nesting isn't so bad after all. Wonder what project HS will have for me?