Sunday, I went to church with a long-time friend of mine. I went to Sunday School with her and met several very nice ladies, all different ages. There were women there from high school age to maybe mid 60's. I thought this was quite an age range until we went around the room not introducing ourselves but telling of one of our blessings this week. As it turned out the youngest amongst us was a daughter to one of the ladies in the class coming back from college, not high school and the oldest ended up being a widow. The blessings ranged from being back at home from college and having a safe trip back home to being able to be outside and being able to mow and weed eat one's own yard after a lengthy illness....It was very eye opening and heart opening to hear these simple blessings and a glimpse into these ladies' lives in just a few short moments. My heart was blessed and I felt so welcome. One of the younger ladies then shared something that she had written to celebrate the birth of her child. Her child was now 12 years old but had been saved and baptized the previous week. The lady did not read what she had written but sang what she had written years ago and her voice was so, so sweet. It was such a sweet song that told of a golden haired child in her mother's arms and her Mother being able to share Jesus with her as she grew. The whole room was in tears by the time the song was over. To say the least, it was beautiful. It spoke of a Mother's love for her child wanting to raise her up in a loving, Christian home to be a child of God. Oh, what a sweet, sweet song. I wish I could remember the words so I could share them with you. To say the least, I was blessed to hear the song.
The lesson was about several things. I got alot out of the lesson also but there was one thing I really wanted to share and have thought about it all day yesterday. It was about making a time-line or log of the important things in your life. Yes, you remember them and you remember them now but will you remember them 10 years from now? Maybe, maybe not. I'm talking about the life changing events (your life changing events, not your kid's) of your life. So, like I said, I have thought about this all day and wondered if I really wanted to share so many things with blogland. And I thought, yes, yes I do. And I will tell you what happened after church to make me feel this way.
I went to church with my friend, Mary then we were meeting up with other friends for lunch to celebrate our mutual friend, June's birthday. (Happy Birthday, June...I love you, my friend.) In previous years, we had lunch together on Saturday's -normally the first Saturday cause that's when we all got together for the Saturday $5.00 swap. We all participated in this at one of the LQS. The first month, you buy the block for $5.00 and after that if you bring the finished block back, you get the next block of the month for free. You know what I'm talking about, right? Anyway, there were 4 of us that used to get together and when birthday's rolled around we would treat the birthday girl to lunch. This changed this year because I am now working at a LQS the first Saturday and could not get together that day. All the others still went and participated at the shop while I was working at a different shop. As it turned out, this time was different because it wasn't just the 4 of us but other's had been invited. Only 1 more came out of the other 3 that had been invited. It was a comment that was made by this lady that made me want to list or share what I am talking about (life events). Isn't it funny how things happen? You have no intention of doing something, then one thing leads to another and in an instant, you change your mind. I try to listen or pick up on these little things now because of a life-changing event....Anyway, onto the comment that was made. All the ladies present are quilters (in case you didn't pick up on this) and I'm the only blogger in the group. The birthday girl has been reading my blog and she told the other ladies present about my blog and that she had been reading it and enjoying it. I told them it was about my quilting and grandkids and anything else I wanted to journal about. I told them I had really been enjoying doing it and was i was surprised about this. It's kind of like keeping an open diary to me. The new lady said she didn't really care for blogs, they are kinda like CB Radios. I did tell her that I did the CB radios in the past too and enjoyed those. She didn't elaborate on what she meant but here is what I think she meant....She thinks Blogs are fleeting and you talk to people you don't know and never get to know. That's what I think she was saying by her remarks. She did say if I printed the blog out and kept it in writing, she thought that would work. Hm, how could that be different? Just print it out and keep it in writing makes it different? I totally disagree with that. I share my thoughts and feelings on this blog not just my pictures. I have also made friends through this sharing. There is nothing wrong with not seeing a face to put with the thoughts and feelings. I really think it is harder to put into words on paper what you are feeling than to say it in person. You have to write about how you feel to get the person to understand, they can't see your face or your eyes to know if you are telling the truth. The written word is harder to communicate and get your point across. I hope you know what I'm trying to say. I have been reading blogs for about 5 years now. I don't think they are fleeting or going out of style and I don't by any means think the people that read them can't touch your lives. I have made so many new friendships through this blog. My life has been enriched through this and I will not stop writing until I think it is time to stop.....
Ok, so much for my soapbox of the day, I will start my life-log soon but now now. Have a blessed day....Quilty hugs.
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