Merry Christmas from the Piney Woods!

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No snow for Christmas this year, but some beautiful hoarfrost covering each and every fallen leaf.  May each of you have a wonderful day, and for those of us who are thinking of loved ones who have gone on before us, reach into your mind for some good memories of Christmas past.

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Mother with an owl picture I made for her, and Daddy with his spiffy new Converse! 😀

Our new home on the web!

Did you miss me?  I took a short break from blogging after wordpress.com decided to put ads at the bottom of my blog posts, in order to move things over to wordpress.org and get my domain name up and running.  So now you can find me at patchworkoflife.net! (Be sure to add that to your blog feed.)  Many thanks go to my personal web developer for all his hard work in this project. 😉

Lots of things have been happening during this break–fall leaves are starting to show, another baby quilt almost finished, holiday preparations…life just keeps moving on!  Looking forward to sharing more of it with you here, in my little corner of the online world.

We are off and running again!

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I don’t know about tomorrow…

DSC_0578There’s a hymn we sing that begins, “I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day…”  I think that perfectly describes the past few months of our life in the piney woods.  Deborah is home after graduating from college in a flurry of fun, activity, and wistful recognition of the end of one phase of life, and the beginning of another.  We are enjoying having her home, but know that any day now, circumstances will call her away.

In a similar way, we have enjoyed the fruits of our labor in the garden.  Our peach tree had about a dozen peaches on it, which stubbornly refused to grow and ripen until July, when we had just about given up hope.  They ripened a few at a time, and there were several glorious mornings where we all had a peach for breakfast.  And then they were gone.

In the corner of our porch is a tidy bird’s nest, the temporary home of two groups of baby phoebes.  They were so much fun to watch as they grew bigger and bigger!  They obviously had very good eyes, because if I came too close to the window, they would sit very still and pretend they weren’t there.  And then when it seemed as if they would just burst out of the nest because they had grown so big–one morning they had all flown away.

It’s true that we don’t know about tomorrow, even though we plan and scheme and worry as if we do.  Our job is to enjoy today’s pleasures and blessings that God has given us, and do our best to glorify Him today.  The song finishes with the one thing we can know–“…but I know who holds my hand!”

Life is changing again…

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Actually, life is always changing, but at certain momentous events, we really notice the changes.  This Saturday, our daughter graduates from college as an Honors Scholar, having also completed an Honors thesis.  We are so proud of her accomplishments, her perseverance the past four years, and the spiritual young woman she has become.

For five years we’ve had one or more children in college, but now that is about to change.  College was a good time, one with regularly scheduled visits back home.  A time when we could go visit there, meet their friends and teachers, and get a taste of what they were experiencing.  A structured time of classes, schedules, deadlines, and tests to be conquered.

We have an idea of what life after college looks like–our son graduated last year, and has been putting his computer skills to work in a position several states away.  We haven’t seen him as often as before, but talk on the phone often to catch up on things.  He has done well with all the changes in his life:  new job, new state, new place to live.  Life after college brings its own challenges of big decisions, learning about co-workers, and just taking care of yourself and your stuff.

We keep reminding our daughter that although we cannot see the future ahead, God can.

For I, the Lord your God,
    hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
    I am the one who helps you.”

Isaiah 41:13  ESV

Where have you been?

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There’s been a conspicuous silence on the blog the past few weeks, other than scheduled Sunday Scripture posts.  However, there was a good reason for it–or maybe reasonable explanation would be better.

The weekend before Easter, my father-in-law passed away.  He was the last living grandparent of my children.  Having experienced loss before, we knew this day would come, but not exactly when.  The day it did come was unexpected, but not a total surprise.

Grandpa was an amazingly talented man.  He could build a house, was a basketball star, and remembered everyone’s phone number and birthdays (30+ grandchildren).  He conducted many a Bible study with people all across the country.  Whatever he did, he did it with all his might, and sought to glorify God through his life.  May his legacy and influence live on for generations to come, and we look forward to seeing him one day in heaven.