Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Picture of the Day and a Quilty Gift for a Dear Friend

A couple weeks ago I made the trip to Texas to visit with my Mom. She was having minor surgery (all is well) and I needed to catch up on the business accounting and it was just time for a good visit. Its a long drive, but I love it. I take the back roads (because that's the only way as far as I'm concerned), avoiding the highways (because they make me hyperventilate) wherever I can. I love meandering through the small towns and stopping every now and then to explore.

While driving towards Eden, I spotted this vehicle:


And it made me smile. No, it made me grin from ear to ear, for days. Still does.They pulled into a station and I followed. Just wanted to thank them for their service and sacrifice and welcome home a soldier. They eagerly rolled down the window and I laughed to see 6 children and a very harried Mama. The children were just ecstatic and all talking at once. It was great! They were on their way to Ft. Hood to pick up their Daddy who had been in Afghanistan for a year. They had a set of 14 my old twins and they had just received a call that he would be in earlier than expected. The excitement in that vehicle was barely containable. The Mom was concerned that she hadn't had enough time to curl her hair and I just told her that she looked radiant (she did) and that as far as her husband was concerned, she would be a sight for sore eyes and the most beautiful thing he'd laid his eyes on for a long time. I did thank them and told them to thank their Daddy for me and the kids just erupted all at once. It was great and I'm still grinning. I wish I had gotten the soldier's name. I won't ever forget him or his family.

I also have a finished quilt to share with you. I started this quilt last year and finally have it finished.
I picked up this Sugar Twist pattern the minute I saw it and I love how it came together. I used a Basic Gray Blush Layer Cake although I was quite surprised that I was drawn to it because the colors are way out of my comfort zone. However, I love it so much that I may have expanded my comfort zone. Once I had it finished I knew it had to go to a dear friend for her birthday so I sent it off from Eden. We've been friends for 24 years and don't see each other often enough, but she's one of those 'friends for life' kinda gals and the time between visits doesn't reflect how much I treasure her. So Happy Birthday Jacque! Thank you for the blessing of your friendship!

9 comments:

Rachel said...

Your SO sweet, that had to be so wonderful for them to see someone, they know nothing of, just come up, thank them and their father for what he has done for our country!!

Love the quilt!!

Theona said...

I'm so glad your heart is so big! You were certainly a blessing to that family. (Oh, and I love the quilt too!)

Staci said...

Love it! Good for you for taking the photo and telling us all about your experience.
Pretty, pretty quilty goodness!

Karin said...

Great post - I love it! I´m sure it meant alot to the wife and kids that you walked up and thanked them.

The quilt is WOW - I defently love it! Its a great way to show your friend how much you treasure her friendship.

agent713 said...

I love that you stopped to talk to them.

That quilt is beautiful! BG Blush is different but I like it. It makes a gorgeous quilt...or maybe it's you that makes it :)

I much prefer back roads. When I was in New Brunswick they have a really nice highway that you can go 110 kms (80 mph?) on but you go for MILES without an exit. I was actually getting claustrophobic. Give me a backroad that winds along a river any day! Even if it does take twice as long and shakes my teeth out of my head because it's so rough :D

JMF said...

Love that you stopped to thank that family!! I overheard 2 women talking in the next booth at a fast food place. They were talking about their sons in the service one had 5 sons all had been in the service, so when we were done eating I thanked them and told them how brave they were not only the sons but them too. I couldn't imagine what they went though worrying about their sons when they were over seas. But I told them I was sure glad their sons served our country and to thank them for me.

rosie said...

Karin, my heart is bursting with pride for you. I wish the world was full of more people like you, it would be a better place..xx

NaomiG said...

Aw, your first picture and story made me tear up just a bit. :-) So sweet of you to say thank you to them too. :-)

I'm with ya on the country road travel...

That quilt is beautiful... lovely work my dear!

Janet said...

Loved this post too. How fun to share the excitement of a soldier returning home from "over there". I love the quilt. Blush has been one of my favorite lines. I made my pinwheel quilt from it. I'm sure your friend will love it.

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