Happy New Year, Friends! We arrived home safely from our travels. Thank you for your prayers. We travelled to spend the holidays with my family in California. We had a wonderful vacation.
I would like to introduce you to my wonderful mother. For Christmas this year I made her this quilt. While I don't profess to be a great quilter, it is something that I love to do and do with love. Stitching a quilt is therepeutic for me.
My mother loves flowers. She has a flower garden just steps outside her kitchen door. Her favorite thing is to 'puts' around in her flower garden. I chose each fabric carefully. As mom ages, I want her to be surrounded by the beauty of the flowers she loves so much, as she rests in her recliner as well as in her garden.
When I was young, mom and I didn't seem to have a very good relationship. I think this was more about me being a perfectionist than there really being anything wrong with mom, except that she is an imperfect human, just like me.
As I worked on her quilt, it seems the tears cleansed my soul. I so wish I could take back those difficult years and just be friends again. The good new is that she is my friends. I am thankful that she gave me a Godly influence to look to. I am thankful that she loved my father so I could see how it is to love my husband. I am thankful that she took care of the home I grew up in. I understand so many of the things now, because I am living them myself. There are so many things she did right in my life. I am thankful for her wonderful influence on my life.
If you havn't hugged your mother recently, I would encourage you to do so. I shed many tears on the way home, wishing I could be close enough to hug mom at least once a week. If you are that close, you are blessed.