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June 26, 2019
A Vase of Flowers ~~ another Richard finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

It seems that I'm reporting on Richard's great work rather than my own work. This finish is too pretty to not report. 

So Richard decided to make a vase to put flowers on his dad's grave. He used some of the cypress wood that he recently acquired. It's beautiful, even without the flowers.

Each side is just a little different because of the wood grain, but every one also has a perfect little cross. 

According to the guys the cypress wood won't deteriorate for many years, even though it's exposed to the elements while ...

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June 16, 2019
Thinking of Dad from Quilting with Kimberly

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

Today my Dad is in heaven. Oh, how I miss him and wish he were here so I could wish him a Happy Father’s Day in person. 

Dad’s been gone for almost five years now (still, so hard to believe.) And I miss him every day. Grief is so unpredictable. Sometimes when I least expect it, something will trigger my grief and I’m hit with a wave of emotions and missing my Dad (and my Mom) so much it hurts. Yesterday was one of those days. Today it feels raw and I ...

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February 27, 2019
Simply an update on Daddy 6 from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Well, we made it home.  God worked a miracle and Daddy came home catheter free!      This is huge!  He is weak and emotionally drained.  He’s broken down a few times.  As I said before, my own journey through cancer has given us a special bond.

He should follow up with the surgeon in two weeks.  His PSA will count as a tumor marker and will play a huge role in deciding our next steps.  He so brave and courageous.  I love him so much.
Take good care,
Blessings and sweet dreams!

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February 26, 2019
Simply an Update on Daddy 2 from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Almost 3:00 in the morning.  Slept in a rollaway with my sister.   Who really sleeps in a hospital.  Daddy comfortable and sleeping.   We’ve all had some good conversations.    “Words I Would Say “ by Sidewalk Prophets is on my heart.  Here’s the link:

Take good care, Everyone!

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February 25, 2019
Dad - an update. Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching Sunday. Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Update on Dad and Saturday's Song

I mentioned here that my family is on yet another journey with cancer.  Dad has Stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer that is treatable.
God has the last Word - regardless of the "Little c", the Big C has our back.  
Tomorrow is his surgery, so I asked him if I could move back home to spend a bit of time with him as he recovers.  He smiled and said, "Of course!"  I promised him I wouldn't be sneaking out of the windows (as I may or may not have done ...

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February 21, 2019
Wednesday's Word. I Like. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Wednesday's Word
As I reread Don't Throw in the Towel, Hope Again!, by Jana Alcorn, I thought of  my dad.  We heard the "official" diagnosis:  Stage 4 Prostate Cancer with metastasis to most of his bones and to his lymph nodes with a life expectancy of 18 months if he responds well to treatment.  
Quite a mouthful.
He knows and holds my dad and all of us in the palm of His hands.  I respect, value and even love most of  my doctors, but my faith is in Jesus Christ.  

I trust ...

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February 11, 2019
Monday's Strength. Book Date. Pressing On. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday's Strength
God's timing is perfect.  His ways are higher than our ways.  I realizes this even more when remembered sharing  this verse not long ago.   

Two days later, I leaned on it - hard.
My dad has been diagnosed with METS - metastatic cancer.  You can read more about it here.  
So, yes, I am leaning on this verse as well as many others.  My daughter sent me this song.  

God is good - all the time.  All the time, God is good.  We can indeed trust Him.

Book Date
There hasn't been a lot of changes on ...

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Thank God For My Cancer Diagnosis. Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Sunday Stats from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Thank God For My Cancer Diagnosis

Yes, you read correctly:  Thank God for my cancer diagnosis.  There's a verse that I remember when I am confused about my journey:  Isaiah 55:8-9.  When life hits, this is my go-to verse, my anchor.  Life has hit.  Dad has been diagnosed with METS (metastatic cancer).  He has advanced stage prostate cancer that metastasized to his bones.  In November 2018 his CT scan was clear, now it's not.  
We are very close - his role throughout my life has been both mother and father.  I thank God that I have been down ...

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January 22, 2019
Monday's Strength. Book Dating. Pressing On. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Monday's Strength

When we are weak, He is strong.  In our times of pain, we can count on God.  Always.  

I took a walk with God this evening.  I needed Him.  My heart is breaking bit by bit as I see my Daddy grow weaker and weaker due to some unknown, un-diagnosed ailment.  

As I prayed, I played my "Gentle Praise" playlist.  This song blessed me.  
When I am weak, He is strong.  In my times of pain, I can count on God.  Always.  And so can you.

Will you join me in believing?

Book Dating
Have you heard ...

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June 12, 2018
Father's Day Gift Guide from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, Makers!

How’s everyone doing today? I hope everyone was happy with their hand-sewn items for Mother’s day! But now, it’s time for all the dads to take the spotlight, “Father’s Day” is right around the corner. Time to turn those sewing machines on and make something special for them! If you're in a pickle and can't decide on what to get for your father or if you're like me and already gifted everything you possibly could think of… I have the perfect solution for you! There is nothing more special than making ...

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April 22, 2018
I Spy Baby Quilt from The Cozy Quilter

You may remember seeing this quilt top a few weeks ago.  Life has been rather busy lately (more on that later in the post) so I did not have time to quilt this top until this week.  I do my pin basting on my kitchen floor.  It's a little hard on the knees, but it did not take too long to get all those pins in place.

I started by using a serpentine stitch to quilt the sashing.

My daughter had a wooden Thomas train set when she was little.  We had a canoe when I was a child ...

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February 10, 2018
A Happy Anniversary & More! from Val's Quilting Studio

Oh My! I've been off having fun on vacation to sunny Arizona where we grew up. 
Hubby and I celebrated our 29th Anniv...

...and my Dad celebrated his 80th.

Both on Super-Bowl Sunday! Can you say P A R T Y!!!!!

Yes! We got married on my Dad's birthday and never has a year gone by without the ongoing "joke" that my husband gets a "check-in-the-mail" every month for taking me off his hands. ARG!

We traveled together as a family and our little guy so enjoyed his first plane ride from Oregon to Arizona. Lucky me! He ...

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