Thursday, February 18, 2016

{Post 1,516} What Has Joan Been Doing?

As I get older, I realize how important it is to have plans, but to be flexible.  One thing I'm trying to do more consciously is to invest in other people's lives.  

Here is a picture of Timmy and me.  We got him Sunday night and I took him home Tuesday afternoon.  So that meant some overnights and a lot of hands-on time.  While I was not expecting to do that, it was an investment in my daughter and son-in-law's life.  And I enjoy spending time with him.  He will be 2 in July.

Another investment I have been making is to teach a woman in my church how to quilt.  Here is her first large quilt.  She has also made a placemat-sized flag and a table runner.  I machine quilted this with Pajama Quilter's wonky feathers.  It is from a Quilt in a Day book.  All Thimbleberries fabrics.  Close up of quilting in the second picture.

Which one of these things is not like the others?  Ha ha...the man on the far right is NOT my son (but he is a wannabe).  One of my son's had to be at work last-minute because of a death in one of his coworker's family, so this man is filling in.  There is a slight resemblance, but he is definitely not Luke.

This my husband and I with 7/8 of our children.  Taken in January this year.  So proud of the people they are and are becoming.  Age 26 down to 16.  Well, 53 down to 15, but you get it!


Leeanne said...

Lovely post Joan. Seems to me you are a good person with a warm heart. Lovely family family photo.

Diane said...

What a beautiful family!

Janet O. said...

Absolutely understand that about having plans, but being flexible. With aging parents and a grandson with special needs and a daughter with MS, you are just on call 24/7.
Looks like you have done a good job as a quilt teacher. Pajama Quilters wonky feathers were the first ones I actually felt I could quilt. Hmmm, haven't done them for a while.
Very nice family photo. We had our family photo taken in January, too. Can you get your "real" son photoshopped in?

Gypsy Quilter said...

Always love seeing pictures of the grand-darlin's. They grow up so very fast. And the picture of your whole family is wonderful, even the extra adopted ones! Enjoy your quilting time. We love seeing whatever fun you're jumping in to.

Kath said...

What a lovely family you have Joan and I am envious of your Grandma status!
The quilting you did looks smashing, how kind of you. I'm sure you enjoyed sharing your knowledge.

Michelle said...

Your grandson is super cute and I'm sure time with him is precious. They only stay little for a short time! You have a gorgeous family!! Thanks for sharing the picture.