I’ve said it before…

But it bears saying again:  I married way above my station.  How thankful I am for every moment and every day with my amazing husband.  This is a man who will go fishing in a hurricane.  That sounds crazy, I know.  But it is this innate belief that he can ride out any storm God sends his way is a gift he uses in so many ways.  Like when he waits patiently for the misery of illness to spend its fury, on only the promise of the calm in the eye of the storm.  And still wants to see pictures of quilts on my smart phone.  So if you’ve looked for me at the studio this week, and found that I’m not there, just know I’ve got my priorities in the right order — God, Family, Quilting — and I’ll be back at my machines as soon as he sails into a calm spot.

Farewell to Christmas…

I will really miss playing non-stop Christmas music at Seldom Seen Quilting Studio.  To be honest, there are two Christmas CD’s that I will play all year — one is called “Precious Child,” the other is Kathy Mattea’s Christmas album.  But I will try to mix it up some, so the customers in the store don’t think I’ve completely lost my mind! I will especially miss Mannheim Steamroller’s version of The Holly and the Ivy.  Actually, there are three notes in the rendition that I will miss the most.  Three lilting, soaring, floating notes sung out by the flute with abandon — letting go of the melody and flying.  Three notes that sound like an angel’s wings opening, or an eagle gliding across the sky.  Those three notes — I wait for them each time I play the CD, to the point of putting down my work and closing my eyes.  Somehow, those three notes fill my heart with joy and hope, reminding me of the wonderful blessings of the Lord.  I guess it really is the simple things in life that matter.