Baby Eyes

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Apple Picking Rows and rows of trees were loaded with luscious looking red apples ready to be plucked. Underneath, the ground was littered with apples which had either fallen or been knocked off by previous pickers. Cut off from the source of nourishment they were in different stages of

Tea Party

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Tea Party What fun to hold a tea party with children! We use the opportunity to enter the enchanting land of imagination. We assume new names, the more exotic the better. We dress up with hats, scarves, and sometimes costumes. The boys pretend to act as our protectors. This

Building Blocks

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Building Blocks Most of us have built towers and attempted to build houses or castles from a set of building blocks. As a mother, I remember children’s tears when the tower fell, my annoyance when the box of blocks was dumped on the floor but never played with, the

In the Past

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement In the Past The horse and his rider both were outfitted to look as if they had stepped through a time machine straight from Germany in World War One onto the field near Pungo, Virginia. All around us, tents housed emergency cots with costumed people clothed the way doctors

Prayer Party

Mary’s Monday Musings Prayer Party Funny how we never leave right away when our prayer meeting is over. We can hardly wait to attend our weekly prayer meeting and feel cheated when we must miss.  The privilege to pray together for needs satisfies our hearts. The encouraging testimonies of God’s response to prayer draws us


  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Anticipation Excitement was running high in my house. We were anticipating the visit of our out-of-state son and some of his family including his twin grandbabies. Delighted at the prospect of a visit, we stocked our cupboards with snacks. The beds sported fresh linens. With wide smiles we

Life is Precious

Mary’s Monday Musing to Quilt Encouragement Life is Precious She didn’t invent a marvelous gadget. She didn’t hold an office. She didn’t compose a remarkable creative piece of art. She wasn’t famous nor did she know a large number of people, but her funeral was sweet. We reflected on how wonderfully purposeful her life was.

Foot Bone Connected to the Leg Bone

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Foot Bone’s Connected to the Leg Bone   A recent medical procedure for my husband sent me on a fun project of giving thanks for all the systems in the human body which work most of the time without our even thinking about it. Sometimes it takes a little

Amazing Treasure

Mary’s Monday Musings Amazing Treasure Funerals spawn a vast span of emotions. Two close together funerals kept my emotions spinning at a dizzy pace. Sorrow at the loss of loved ones was balanced by delight at meeting family members I hadn’t seen since they were little children. What fun to enjoy conversation with these charming

Angel Tree

Mary’s Monday Morning Musings to Quilt Encouragement Angel Tree The difficulty of finding a parking place hinted that this wasn’t just a well advertised pretty tree, but a sight worthy of going out our way to enjoy. The Live Oak tree, probably at least four hundred years old, was huge. It’s immense branches spread around