Ducklings Versus Cheetahs

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Ducklings versus Cheetahs The brood of ducklings clustered around their mother on the creek bank.  When she moved over a few inches, they all rearranged themselves closer to her.  A charming scene, ominously altered by the fact they were in the same zoo habitat with two cheetahs. Momma duck


  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Noise Quiet doesn’t belong in the same sentence as preschoolers. I smile when I hear a mother remind a little one to use an indoor voice.  Many a two year old hasn’t discovered what their inside voice is, let alone remember to use it in the presence of


Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Delighted The six year old girl’s eyes sparkled when she opened her birthday present. It was a piece of jewelry designed especially for young girls. She immediately donned the charm bracelet, smiling her approval of the beetle, butterfly, boot, and crown charms. Her great grandmother was even more pleased

Together is best

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Together is BestThe bride radiated joy, the bridesmaids sparkled with delight. The bridegroom’s face wore a glad grin. Weddings are happy occasions. Flowers, food, cute flower girls and smiling guests make the perfect recipe for a good time. One of the most gratifying aspects of a wedding is the


  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Resurrected My mother could take a sickly plant and nurse it back to health. My granddaughter can take a blank piece of paper and paint inspiring scripture art on it. My friend can take a grief-stricken person and bring life-changing comfort. When our God took His broken Son

Heart Breaking

  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Heart Breaking   The news wasn’t good. Reports brought serious concerns, coming from two locations on nearly opposite sides of the world. Friends and family far and wide read daily accounts with mounting apprehension. Immediate prayer provided the best way to deal with the progressively alarming physical symptoms

Magnificent Animals

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Magnificent Animals We could hardly believe the little tigers born in our zoo only thirteen months ago could be so enormous. These playful youngsters delighted their audience gathered behind the thick glass that separated the tiger’s lovely area, complete with a pond, from zoo goers. They ran into the

Cold Bus, Warm Arms

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Cold Bus, Warm Arms When the bus pulled up we hurried on—glad to get out of the piercing wind. The bus made the short trip to the gymnasium where the college graduation would be held, but its heating system didn’t have time to warm the cold air that gushed

Winter Colds

  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement. Winter Colds The Church service was punctuated with coughs, echoing from one side of the sanctuary to the other. Coughs were as noticeable whenever  we stood in lines at the grocery cash registers. We were thankful for the thoughtful grocery stores that put medicated wipes out to run

Love Looks Good

  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Love Looks Good We recently experienced the pleasure of traveling to attend the bridal shower for a beloved niece. Joyfulness permeates bridal showers. Friends and family gathering together to   rejoice with a person who is anticipating marriage is such fun. Showering the bride with useful items for her