Ghosts of Thanksgivings Past

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This Thanksgiving morning, all is well.  I have family to be with today, plenty to eat, a lovely home to eat in.  And if I did not have those things, I have many friends who would gladly have included me in their Thanksgiving celebrations today.

But as I think about Thanksgivings of the past, things were not always so wonderful.  There was Thanksgiving 2001, when my daddy passed away just a week before.  After the funeral, we did go on to have Thanksgiving with my husband’s family, but when we came home, Daddy’s chair was empty.  It broke my heart.

Just a year later, we buried my mother-in-law three weeks before Thanksgiving.  That year, the five of us ate a small meal in the dining room that before had hosted 50+ family members each year.  We spent many hours going through things in the house before it was sold, dismantling a life.

These were hard times, and everyone has them.  I think of innocent children whose lives are wretched due to the consequences of someone else’s sin, and my hard times don’t look so bad after all.

But one thing we all have in common, the thing we must be most thankful for today–we have hope of a much better life for eternity, without all these sorrows.  The Bible says,

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28

If you are need more information on how to have this hope in your life, I recommend this link:

Are you saved?

Houston Quilt Festival

For years, I have heard about the International Quilt Festival held in Houston each year, but never had opportunity to go.  Now that I have a quilting friend and we live closer to Houston, we got brave and journeyed that way!

After surviving the drive into Houston (it really wasn’t that bad–Saturday morning) and finding a place to park, we walked over to the convention center.  Our first impression of the Quilt Festival–overwhelmingly huge!  We immediately realized there would be no getting to see all the vendors and quilts in the one day we had available.

So we made a plan for how to use our time, and picked which quilt exhibits sounded interesting.  Here are some highlights from the show:

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All those tiny pieces…just amazing!

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There were so many beautiful art quilts!

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This quilt was part of the “70,273 Project”, which represents the number of disabled people killed by the Nazis.  Their fate was determined by two red Xs written on their medical form.  Quite a sobering exhibit…

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Absolutely adorable!

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And this was one of my very favorite!

We did not see all the quilts, and certainly did not visit all the vendors, but we sure had a good time!  Looking forward to next year!