Sometimes waiting feels like you have been handed a watermelon to carry around. You can't put it down. But you get kind of tired carrying it about. It is just always there in your lap - no matter what else you do. It is still sitting right there. Speaking of watermelons. We have two more grands coming our way this summer. Watermelon mommies.... They sort of look like they just swallowed the canary, in this photo, don't they? Actually....it was just a watermelon seed.
Or perhaps better titled...."The quilt that takes a lifetime to make."
I love working on this 'tumbling blocks' quilt. I have been working on it most of my married life. Yip. That is right - most my life. I know there are ways to assembly this quilt on the machine - but I am doing every loving stitch by hand. Loving it all along the way. And - I have the self imposed rule I can only work on it 'when in waiting'. Over the years - I have spend many hours waiting.
Waiting for doctor appointments - after school activities to be completed - while RR checks out that yonder hill - or for us to finally be there - whilst in the car. So maybe I could call it the: "Made in the car quilt" or the "Quilt that makes good use of idle time" or "Stitches that keep the hands busy while the mind can wander". And now - waiting for surgery and then waiting during surgery and then waiting to bring him home after surgery. I pulled out this old friend....to help me wait.
And it came all the way from Mexico. Thank you Tina for thinking of me - on vacation.
On another note about another heart. RR's surgery has been postponed until next Friday. Although waiting is hard we are so grateful we are not the family with the emergency. Thanks for all you kind emails and hugs..and most especially prayers.
We have been thinking about the fount of blessings. That - and hearts that need repair, Repaired for whatever reason. And the master physician that has promised to heal all our hearts. And wipe all our tears.
'Come thou fount of every blessing Tune my heart to sing Thy grace Streams of mercy never ceasing Call for songs of loudest praise Teach me some melodious sonnet Sung by flaming tongues above I'll praise the mount I'm fixed upon it Mount of Thy redeeming love
Here I raise my Ebenezer Hither by Thy help I come And I hope by Thy good pleasure Safely to arrive at home Jesus sought me when a stranger Wondering from the fold of God He, to rescue me from danger Interposed His precious blood
O to grace how great a debtor Daily I'm constrained to be! Let thy goodness like a fetter Bind my wandering heart to Thee Prone to wander Lord I feel it Prone to leave the God I love Here's my heart Lord, take and seal it Seal it for Thy courts above"
So Mr PepperDog and RR and I crawled into our Ravioli (RAV4) And went for a little drive Wonderful winter weather we are having. Actually - wonderful because it is not so much winter. See the sun streaming in our window on RR face (with his new hat)? How handsome is this man with his new hat? (Be still my beating heart) We just enjoyed the sunshine. The views from our window... And Tennessee Ernie Ford singing to us. "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" I think that is what we are doing...walking closer to Thee. Not a bad place to be.
When we got back to the house - we drove into the driveway - the sun - the music - the warm feeling in our car - we just leaned our seats back and took a delightful little nap. RR - Arlene - PepperDog With Tennessee reminding us of "Blessed Assurance".
Can you believe I still remember the formula for ammonia? Spilled on floor the week before Christmas - resulting in the need to strip 27 layers of wax and redo floor. Sister broker her leg. Oldest grand child broke - arm - surgery - now better. Youngest grandbaby - only one year old - broke arm.
BRIGHT SPOT: 40th wedding anniversary celebrated in grand style..thanks for the great surprise kids. It was just perfect in every way.
Christmas up - celebrated - down. Food bought - prepared - family events. RR is now Retired Rick Sister in law critically ill - ICU for 15 days. Funeral was Saturday. Much company - much cooking - as we live close by but all the other family members do not. Uncle Merrill - Von and now Uncle Owen have died. Worried about Mom - losing three brothers so close together - sad - lonely. Dishwasher not working. MIce discovered in storage room of basement. Much food thrown away. Wipe off every shelf and jar and can. Organize - clean - sanitize and re-organize. Twenty batches of wash (stored bedding etc) Washing machine now leaking. Bladder infection - come - gone. RR facing heart surgery Feb 12th. Dear friend diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sorting out the decision of helping-encouraging-deciding about RR's Mom and a retirement center verses staying alone in her home. Wrestling with decision about 'doing shows' this year. Other than that.... Well - to be honest there just hasn't been much - other than that. RR just came in to office...has sore throat and feels yuck..oh my, we certainly don't want to have to postpone his surgery. I guess we need something else to worry about.
Thank you for your sweet emails and online hugs. I don't know if I can really 'talk' about all that is in my head and heart.
But - I do have some great ideas - stirring around in my head amongst all the other things - and I am pretty sure I still have a magic room - someplace.
We have seen many 'tender mercies' from our loving Heavenly Father over the past couple months. We fully expect and plan on many more as we fumble through the next month or so.
How are we, you ask? Honestly - good. We are doing good. We have laughed and cried and laughed. We look forward to each day. I love having RR round about all day. I look forward to - after surgery..when he won't be short of breath, and will feel better. We are grateful for technology and doctors that can 'fix a broken heart'.