Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15
In case you’ve missed it, we live in Oklahoma. We are where the dust bowl of the 30′s devastated the plains. Believe it or not, we do still have dust storms out here. They aren’t as bad, I’m sure and don’t happen real often, but they always remind me of what my great grandmothers must have had to deal with. My windows are better sealed than theirs were, but I will still have a coating of dirt on my sills when they are over. While a dust storm is very annoying and causes inconvenience, it’s nothing compared to the devastation of a tornado. Most of the time, you won’t hear about our tornadoes. They are a lot more frequent than you may think. Most don’t hurt much, usually just blowing dirt around and maybe twisting up a few trees or blowing tops off barns and such. Our family can often be found on a hill near our 100 year old home watching the clouds form little funnels here and there around us. The children have learned a touch of excitement and lots of prayer go along with Tornado Watches and Warnings. Last year a town nearby was ravaged by a nasty twister. Several people lost lives and homes, including some of our friends. We also have friends and family in the Oklahoma City area. Thankfully all of them are fine and only a few lost homes. This kind of devastation touches us all in some ways. Some of our friends are public school teachers. The trauma the children have gone through will be hard for these teachers to deal with for years to come.
While praying about what our family can do to help, I received an email from The Stitchin’ Post, where I always have my sewing machines serviced. They are a great bunch of people and I always enjoy my yearly visit. They are having a quilt drive. I’ve been planning on downsizing my stash by making a bunch of quilts to give away. PERFECT! I can downsize and actually give them to a major need. I like nothing better than curling up in a cozy quilt when my life gets shaky or seems to be falling apart. Quilts are so comforting. You just know someone put a lot of time and love into each block. I like to listen to Hymns and Gospel Music while I’m quilting and pray for the people I’m making them for. I’m often making quilts for baby gifts. New Mommy’s always need extra prayer, I know I did! (…and still do.) So, I’ll be at the sewing machine a lot this summer, praying and quilting.
If you’d like more information, please check the Stitching Post Website at www.sewbargain.com …