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Update on Baby Gabriel

Gabriel had surgery yesterday to place a temporary shunt in his head.  It is draining well, which is good.  Still don’t know what lies ahead, so prayers are welcome.


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Baby Gabriel

We met baby Gabriel over the Thanksgiving weekend.  He’s one of our new great-grandsons, born August 19 and 6 weeks premature.

Little Gabriel is struggling.  He’s been in the hospital because he may have hydrocephalus.  We’re pretty sure he does.  He may also have some other issues that could be disabling for him.  He could use your prayers.  Here he is with his great-grandpa (my husband).  Such a cute little thing!

Gabriel’s mom and dad are first time parents.  His dad is our grandson.  We live about three hours away from them so it’s not easy to get to see them often.  I hope we can go over more often, especially as they discover his needs and if he has to have surgery.

We appreciate your prayers for him.

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Amanda’s Choice

My granddaughter-in-law, Amanda, is having her second son in just a few weeks.  I finished baby boy quilt #5 today (whew) and now she has to choose between these two quilts:

Will it be the fleece backed quilt on the left, or Bungle Jungle on the right?

The one on the left is a frayed edges quilt – unnamed – that is very cuddly.  I love, love, love Bungle Jungle (Moda’s fabric line name) and especially the binding, which I think really sets it off.

Either would be wonderful for Dempsey.  However, I did not label either quilt – so I have to somehow fix that little “oops”!

I am done – for now – with baby quilts.  Next on my list are Christmas presents and maybe even a wall hanging for us of a Christmas tree.  I have enough scraps to do it, and bought the fat quarter of white today on sale for $1.95.  No, I did not have any white in my stash – notice Bungle Jungle is done in grey???

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Library Quilts

A while back (this summer) I found a great web site with a pattern for a wall hanging of books on a shelf.    I can’t find the site right now, but I’ll try to find it and post it later.  Here is my version:

For my BFF Mel

It was so fun to do!  Mel works at a county library, so of course I thought of her when I saw the pattern.  It was just the thing to do between baby boy quilts, which were getting a bit repetitious.  It went together in a day.  The “titles” are selvage edges.

My son lives in the same town as Mel, so I gave him the quilt to give to her since I just could not figure out how to get it to her myself (that is a huge long story, so be glad this is all I’m telling you).  He finally got it to her after about a month – and she loved it!  I am so glad…the backing is Minky, and I suggested she take it down from the wall when she is stressed and just stroke the back.  It is sure to restore a good mood!

I have pieces to do another one for our church librarian, who is thinking about retiring.  She’s in her 80’s, I think.  But, before that, I have a few more things to do!

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Tia 2 – Jesus 1

A dear lady lost her battle with cancer (score of 2 on come-backs) but has gained eternal life in Heaven with Jesus.  Not a bad loss at all, I would say.

Tia and I got to know one another following my two breast cancers and subsequent involvement with Relay for Life in Muskegon, MI.

She was the ultimate cheerleader for everyone involved in Relay.  Her participation was a way to honor her mother, who had died of cancer a few years before I met Tia.  No matter who you were, what you were dealing with, where you wanted to go, Tia was the uplifter in the crowd, the one with the ever-present cheery smile that was part of her whole face, eyes and all.

As Tia’s bout with cancer progressed, she would post on a Caring Bridges page how the battle was going.  The most remarkable part of that was her good-finding in every post she entered.  Tia didn’t just talk about loving Jesus, she truly DID love Jesus and lived her life as a tribute to Him.  I know I was encouraged by her posts.  I suspect many others were, too.

I like to think there was at least one person reading her journal entries who had not yet come to know their Lord and Savior, but because of Tia, they now have the same promise of an everlasting life with Him.

Tia will be very much missed in her faith community, her work community – she served kids as a teacher – and in the Muskegon community at large.  Jesus won a great one today!

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