It was a wonderful few days together as we honored our parent's milestone event. We did songs and skits that had been prepared in advance..... and laughed and cried through the reminiscing.
Before we headed back home we were each given a small square of fabric to decorate as we saw fit. We used permanent paint markers and created our own individual messages for Mom and Dad . Everyone created a unique square to be bound together into a quilt. This would serve as a keepsake or our warm and loving family time together.
Unfortunately, years passed and the patches sat in a box as my sister tried to find someone to finish our project.
As luck would have it, my daughter-in-law's mother Judy, is an incredibly talented quilter and she agreed to assemble and finish this soon- to- be family heirloom!!! She mailed it to us last week so that we could present it to Mom.... as we were all going to be together for the week ahead.
I cannot even describe the emotions that we all felt upon seeing this beautiful work of art. We are forever indebted to Judy and her amazing ability to weave our memories into an amazing quilt.
Last night, as the five of us gathered for a lovely dinner outside on the deck, we presented this gift to Mom.
She was so thrilled to finally see this piece that represented such joy and loving thoughts. We stood around her as my oldest sister read each square to her one at a time.
I felt a deep sense of sadness that Dad passed away before the quilt was finished...but, I am hopeful that he is seeing it from wherever he is now....and, smiling down at his four daughters and his beloved wife celebrating life together.
It was one of those moments that will stay permanently etched in our hearts.....