Friday, March 25, 2016

a good week

Mmmm... this has been a good week.  Spring has sprung here, and our home is surrounded by life: flowers in the trees, green in the meadows, friends in the sand box.  We're anticipating our annual Easter Egg hunt tomorrow.  It'll be our biggest group yet - 23 hunting kids!  Lots and lots of eggs.

 a good week

The other day I asked Brandon to cut down a large dogwood branch that has been hanging by a thread from the tree for months.  It was knocked almost off by a truck that came through here in January, actually rescuing one of Eleni's oxygen supply delivery trucks who got stuck in our muddy field.  Gosh, just two months ago?   It seems both forever ago that we needed oxygen trucks and just recently that the branch was damaged.  I was hoping it would blossom. And it did!  Now our home is filled with spring too.

a good week


It feels like I haven't made much progress sewing-wise though.  I think I'm puttering about with too many projects to feel momentum with any one.  But I don't mind too much.  I've been working on the first project for my next class.  Still enjoying this rich, inky blue so very much.

do re-cycled zippers usually break?

Actually, I had a pillow finished this week.  Or so I thought.  I had installed a zipper rescued from a pillow that needed to be retired.  Yep, I took the time to rip an invisible zipper out of the old pillow and then installed it in this new one.  The zipper opened and closed just fine until I went to make the final, finished zip.  Then, no dice.  No one can get it to budge.  I've just ripped out the old zipper again and will install a brand new one.  Should this discourage me from re-using zippers or was I just unlucky?

 a good week

Here's where I've been lucky.  This beautiful surprise arrived.  It's a quilt made by a reader who was touched when she discovered Eleni's story this January.  She'd been out of touch with my blog for a few years and came back just when Eleni was leaving us.

made with Eleni's fabrics

There is nothing more special that has been made in Eleni's memory than the quilt Linh dreamed up.  After my baby died I have somewhat regretted that I was using up the fabrics I had photographed her with.  I felt silly about that though, since I don't keep fabric for non-use.  It never occurred to me to make something to capture the fabrics as a collection.  Each one brings me back to that moment of our journey.  And some are very sad and some are quite hopeful and all of them are incredibly special because they are all I have.

I love that she sashed the fabrics with so much white, which reminds me of the onesies I always had Eleni wear for the photographs.  And, I also think she chose the perfect block and size.  I like that each cut is large enough to really appreciate the fabric and framed so beautifully with the tan.  Plus, the quilting.  Wow!!!  I'm super impressed and blessed.  

a good week

Yes, I am blessed.  Yesterday Aria embroidered a skirt she's making while Liam finished his day's math.  They laughed.  I smiled.  And I thought, this has been a good week.

23 comments:

  1. What a precious gift. Here's to many more good weeks!

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  2. Such a sweet gift and such a blessing that you can see the good all around.

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  3. wishing you more good weeks! Blessings to you and your entire family. I hope your mother is doing well...grandmother to grandmother...I cannot imagine her loss.

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  4. How neat to receive that quilt. You touch many lives!

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  5. What a beautiful, wonderful gift from your reader! So sweet, and she obviously put a lot of thought into it. I love this. It is wonderful to be wrapped in a quilt made lovingly by someone, especially when it has so much meaning in the story that went into its creation. Thank you for sharing this. -ruth

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  6. Perfect! I find myself completely associating a couple different fabrics with Eleni for the same reason. It is precious to see how Linh gathered up those memories for you <3

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  7. Rachel, this is such a beautiful quilt.
    I do love these fabrics and remember a few of them too.
    I love the quilting too- looks like diamonds.
    Happy Easter ♥️
    The kids look so sweet

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  8. That kind of thought and care behind Linh's gift for you is one of the most beautiful things a person could do. Perhaps we all think of Eleni when we see fabrics from your photos with her.
    The dogwood branch, blooming despite being broken and cut off is very meaningful too Rachel. It's neat that you put a sprig by your sewing machine too. I am so glad you had a good week...and that Spring is here in more ways than one.
    Love the picture of Liam and Aria!

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  9. Rachel, this has not been a good week here. (Ensconced at the hospital with my non-verbal, disabled daughter), and this post is the most beautiful thing. I've read in ages. Thanks.

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    1. Susan, I am sorry to hear that =( Today it was actually very difficult to celebrate resurrection, to my surprise. I am so aware this year that God does not stand in the way of sin and death on a day by day basis. I found my spirits very low. I am looking forward to the dawn of a fresh day.

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  10. Such a precious and thoughtfull gift! I love that blossoming dogwood branch! Life gets better when laughter returns in your home!

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  11. Hurray for good weeks! Have a great Easter, too?

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  12. Eleni is speaking to you through that branch. She was a branch taken away from the family and now she is letting you know that life goes on,and despite all the badness you will see good and grow. Happy Easter. Happy Spring. Renew.

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  13. I've been impressed by your ability to continue to create in the wake of Eleni's death. Perhaps some of your jumping around in projects is similar to what I experienced when my closest cousin died several years ago - I wanted to continue to create, but couldn't. I couldn't turn to my most comforting past times. It took a year or more to be able to draw or crochet or quilt. I think my creativity has deepened since then though.

    And, what a lovely, thoughtful gift from Lihn.

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  14. Easter blessings to you and your family.

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  15. lovely work, sweet messages of special times....I just am so impressed with your expressive sense...with your family, your work, your photos...all of it. Much love to you and yours everyday...

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  16. This is a wonderful article, Given so much info in it, These type of articles keeps the users interest in the website, and keep on sharing more ... good luck.

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  17. Think of you all often. One day at a time...

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  18. Rachel, I am just catching up on your posts since the beginning of the year. I followed your journey with Eleni from the start, from your anticipation to your absolute beautiful care and love and was always touched by your story. I am so truly sorry for the loss of your sweet baby girl who I know you loved so dearly. Although I do not know you personally, I always appreciated your candid posts and updates on Eleni, raising much needed awareness for families who are on a similar journey. Sending you much heartfelt sympathies. I am pleased to read that you have a good support network and gifts like this quilt to remember Eleni and wrap yourself in an Eleni quilt hug.

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  19. I smiled thinking of your good week and am glad.

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