Wednesday, February 10, 2010

When it rains, it pours

It is true that we have been experiencing inclement weather across the country these last weeks, but I am talking about blessings here.  Besides all of my birthday wishes (which I treasured, y'all) today has been an incredible day.  First of all, you all know my love for sewing.  I make no bones about the fact that my Bernina and I have a very close relationship.  Quilting has been known to keep me sane at times.  I love to think them up (because Lord knows I can't follow a pattern), make them, and then lovingly give them away.  This week, while discussing with a friend how I wanted to make a quilt to auction for Relay For Life donations, she mentioned her sister was interested in passing along some quilting items.  We both were thinking it might be some fabric or some simple notions, but no.  Oh, no. 

Today I got an email from my friend's sister.  She wants to GIVE me her Gracie quilting frame and her PC Quilter.  I kid you not.  Okay for everyone that doesn't sew or quilt or have a clue what the Gracie and PCQ are, they are stinking super cool (and not so cheap) machines to help make those awesome patterns you see sewn into the "quilting" part of a quilt.  Get it now?  This is serious stuff here.  This is what will take my quilting to the NEXT level (really like 10 levels up - who are we kidding?).  I am blown away.  Her generosity astounds me.  This world is a good and loving place. 

Next (as if all that weren't enough), my precious babies (foster) will soon be moving to a more permanent home.  This is a good thing but also a seriously heart breaking process.  I want them.  I want them forever.  But that is not what we agreed to and that is not part of God's plan for us.  I have been tormented by the fear of them leaving.  If I talk about it, I get emotional, and my voice comes out all squeaky.  My mom was right; I don't know how to love but to love completely.  Today, out of the blue, I got a call from a potential adoptive parent.  She's the one I was hoping and praying for.  Their family is interested and I am praying hard that this is the right thing for them and for our kids.  I feel like God is showing me that He will still be taking care of these babies and as tough as this is I am excited at the possibility.

Now, if only I could get the weather to cooperate and give us a late start to school tomorrow.  That would really be a blessing!


jenny k said...

Awesome...quilting stuff to add to what I consider your "workshop"! 2010 is going to be a good year. =) I'm thrilled that the potential adoptive parents you like are interested in the kids, but I don't like to think about them leaving. I know it will be good for the kids, but it makes me VERY sad. =( I proudly put your little one's coloring that she gave to me today on my refrigerator. (Almost teared up when she gave it to me.)

Anonymous said...

I would love a late start tomorrow as well. We have to have school though!!!! :)

Kathi D said...

That is fantastic that you're getting a quilting machine! Fun!

Of course you have to love completely. How could you do anything else? You are so brave to do what you do, knowing that your heart will break over and over again. I'll be praying for your babies to be living happily ever after in their forever home, and for you to get extra busy quilting to ease the pain. And if it's right, to welcome some new babies one day.