Sunday, October 11, 2009

Inspirational Monday: keeping my fingers crossed...


Less than a year ago, my very, very close friend, BJ, was diagnosed with cancer. It rocked my spirit to the core. It has been quite a journey through radical medical treatments, and yet the journey continues. I have retreated to prayer, meditation, and simply letting her know that I value her presence in my life. She has one of the most beautiful hearts ever. Always bearing her burdens, without complaint. I am so grateful and honoured that she has invited me to support her throughout this journey. I love her. And each day, I continue to pray for her. Won't you please join me?

BJ learned that she was going to be a first-time great-grandmother shortly before her diagnosis. I immediately offered to make the baby's quilt. We were so excited as we jotted to the quilt shop on lunch breaks to choose fabrics and long-arm quilt designs. I would make the quilt top and she would complete the quilt by handsewing the binding. Always such a lovely touch and perfect way to have her play a part in making her first great-grandchild's heirloom quilt.

This weekend, through tears, I completed my part of this quilt project. It will now go out in the mail to her for completion. Hope it will bring her some good cheer.



*I want to send a special "thank you" to the beautiful Tracy of Pink Purl and my most awesome pen pal from the Gift of Jewels project, Julochka of Moments of Perfect Clarity for awakening the crafter in me. I laid her down for a nap when I picked up my camera. :)

*Inspirational Monday is hosted by vchelle of Operation You.

*Macro Monday is hosted by Lisa of Lisa's Chaos.

*Monday Memories is hosted by Gayle of Planet M Files.

18 comments:

bettyl said...

I will be praying.

Christine--RHP said...

nothing like sewing and crafting to launch your prayers in the material world--it's beautiful!--a blessing for this new soul's arrival.

julochka said...

binding is so much more than quilts, isn't it? so beautiful that we were both working on that this weekend.

sending lots of good vibes to your brave friends...

xoxox,
/j

Greyscale Territory said...

Beautiful blues in a beautiful quilt!

Grace and peace to you and your friend always!

vchelle said...

I'm still praying for BJ and joining in the sweet love you have with her!

OMG! The quilt is absolutely beautiful!!! I'm sooo impressed. Well, at least you can take your camera to capture another beautiful art you introduce to this world.. One stone - two gifts! Happy Inspirational Monday!

Tracy said...

Se'Lah, the quilt is fantastic...I just love it--the whole design is such fun for a little one. And your dear friend BJ will treasure it too. So glad to have cheered you along to get started with some creation of a different kind again. :o) I so gladly join you in prayer for your friend, BJ--may she continue to be strong, and that love and peace be her guides along her journey still...And yours too. :o) ((BIG HUGS))

Gayle said...

I will pray with you, Se'Lah.

The quilt is lovely and so filled with love, I know. What a friend you are.

Connie said...

Very, very loved baby to have such a wonderful quilt! I adore quilts and the stories that go with them. Prayers, blessings and love for your dear friend and for you as well.

Shell said...

I am sending my love and thoughts to BJ to heal and grow healthy.
The beautiful quilt I am sure will lift her spirits immensely.

Wanda said...

Prayers for your friend.

Lovely quilt.

ooo...and a new sewing table to boot.

sherry ♥ lee said...

You and BJ are equally blessed to have one another. She for allowing you to support her through this often heart breaking journey; You for being the friend who is giving the most important thing anyone can give a cancer journeyer...your support, faith, prayers, love...it's what we need the most through this journey.

I love your part of the quilt and I know that BJ will be so happy to receive and add her skills. A gift of love for a baby to be. Living life together you are and continuing to share the joys that are present on the journey.

You and BJ have my heart and my prayers.

lisaschaos said...

That's very pretty and so touching. I hope BJ is managing - a cancer diagnosis is always hard! I feared I would not live to see grandchildren - yet now I have three. :)

elk said...

oh i will lift her up hoping for continued friendship quilted together... the photo is so fitting...blessings this day to you both

Relyn said...

The quilt is beautiful. Your big, generous, loving heart - even more so. Love to you, my friend.

Suvarna said...

the quilt is absolutely adorable and obviously full of love. I will say a prayer your friend and keep hope in my heart for you both.
xoxo

Christina said...

I send Bj prayers. Always.
This quilt is love.
xo

Anali said...

What a beautiful work of art and love. I'm praying for your friend.

kath said...

The quilt is beautiful .... we have to remember to do hand work as well as take photos ... it is so important.
xo
Kath