Thinking about Love

Today I will share some ideas for showing your love and remind you how very much God loves You! Truly!

“Lift up your face to God.” Job 22:26 Now Job had a quite a face to lift up to
God. It was red, festered, teary, grieving. He had seen sorrow and he got the tee shirt of misery. Yep! His friends were commiserating about his woes. Almighty God heard their moaning and he stepped in to ask Job a question and it was a doozy! Ready, Where were you when I made the world? Kind of puts things in perspective doesn’t it? Wow! I have been sharing how much I enjoy my writing books. The last two scripture quotations are written near the photo of me and my dad.
It was our last dance together. “Because you are precious in my eyes and honored and I love you.” Isaiah 43: 4. I prayed for my dad. I knew he was in God’s hands and I knew he was going where there would be no more sickness and his bride was waiting with God to welcome him. “Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:8 I hope these thoughts warm your heart this cold January day.

I have also begun to create my valentines and some pretties for Valentines Day. Patrick took close up photos so you could see what I have been doing.
You know I enjoy crafting with old greeting cards, well I cut out a heart
pattern using the back of a card. Then placing the pattern on the front
I cut out hearts. I made a dozen different cards with glue, paper scissors and the fronts and backs of old cards. Joy!
I also made hearts using cross stitch, another was made with buttons and felt and the last was a hand stitched into a crazy patch heart. I started with scraps of fabric and placed the first piece in the center. I continued to add scraps until the piece was the size I wanted. Do not cut this pieced piece of cloth. Make a pattern a heart and use it to draw on top of the pieced fabric. Now embellish with embroidery, lace and buttons. Mine even has a blue bird pin. Now you cut out the heart shape and cut another piece of fabric using the heart for a pattern. I blanket stitched the two heart pieces wrong sides together. You can then and finished by sewing a pin or a ribbon on the back.
Lastly, I am using a grape vine wreath to create a special anniversary piece
which I will hang on the front door. I promise to take a picture when it is
done.
Oh, here is the web site information for 58,000 e books I was talking about.
https://en.wikpedia.org/wiki/projectgutenberg.org Enjoy!
Blessings and warm hearts,
Trudy

God The Creator

“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.” John 1:1
God was – God is – God always will be.
“All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:3
The bible begins with God. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
What was the very first thing God made? Do you know? It was light. “And God said let there be light :and there was light.” Genesis 1:3
Light.
All life depends on light. Before He made anything else, God made light.
“And God saw the light that it was good.” Genesis 1:4 In the first Epistle of John we read: “God is light and in Him is not darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
All we need for life God created. He knew our needs. He was thinking of us when by His power the very first glorious light burst forth from the mind of God.
We have free will. God will not force us to do anything. We must turn to the light ourselves. In the light is warmth, life and love – great love – boundless,
limitless love – God’s wonderful love! Wonder! Joy!
“Come let us walk in the light of the lord!” Isaiah 2:5
Blessings,
Trudy

Piecing Thoughts and Dreams


The colors – blues, rusts, and lavenders radiate from the center of the quilt outwards. The play of lights and dark’s remind me of the sunlight and shadows that dappled the old porch floor where the quilt design emerged
from a jumble of fabric triangles.

This quilt would not exist if years ago someone hadn’t taken the time to share. They took the time to give me their knowledge and enthusiasm. I was taught how to sew. I learned to express my deepest feeling with needle and thread. I have sewn grief, prayers, love and joy to create a heart gift that speaks for me of my deepest feelings.


Kindness given long ago surrounds me now with color and warmth in the
form of a quilt. Think of this blog as a collection of cotton fabric scraps given to you. You spill the contents out and begin to sort the scraps that appeal to you. Colors of life experiences, interests, beliefs and gratitude are
spilled out in front of you.


At the center of all these is the dominate color of me. love. I am a daughter of God and of Albert Groff. I am a wife of 50 years and a mom. I am comfortable with this time in my life. I have peace, time, joy and great love. As you read the scraps of thoughts that I write to you, discover the ones that add beauty and richness to the quilt fabric of your life. It is my prayer that you will use these to express your true self. Use whatever medium stirs your soul. Create and grow. Discover what enriches your faith. Share
the blessing that is you with others.

Joy!
Trudy

When a woman’s about twenty,
With a baby about two,
She begins to wonder what the years will do.
Baking a cake for a community affair
She pictures herself with silver hair.

Carrying her efforts to a church nearby
A huge truck salutes with an air horn’s blare
Which confection he is complementing
She just couldn’t care.

Acknowledgement is made with a lady like wave,
But the thrill of impropriety is saved,
Put by against what the years will do.

Trudy Groff Costello

Long Ago letter

Dearest child, 3/1995
This letter is written so that you may know that I love you.
Feel the warmth of my love as you read my words. Know that
there is a God! He made you and me and He loves us dearly.
God is. He is in, about, around, beside and inside. All of nature,
the vastness, the depth, the beauty and wonder are His creations.
Seek the path through the wood, watch the sunlight on the water,
see the flick of bright wing, hear the call of an owl and thank Him
with all your heart.
When you are hurt, confused, leave the trappings of man and
seek a quiet spot to sit and share with Him. He’ll be waiting for you.
Remember not to lose yourself in things. Share what you have
been given. If you put God first in your life, then, I truly believe
you will be blessed. Do the best you can. Hurt no animal or beast if
you can help it. The only thing we own, truly is what we share: our-
selves, our love of God, man and nature.

Praise, blessings and much love,
Mom (Trudy)

The First Year of Life

I was blessed to carry and give birth to a son. That is the wonderful
news. When placed in my arms I kissed Patrick hello and I kissed him
again to say goodbye. No there was nothing wrong, truly! The second
kiss was to remind myself that he was only on loan to me. It was so
important to me to give our son “roots” and ” wings”. Mr. Pat and I would
both give our son the roots of love, values, and a nurturing foundation.
We also wanted to give him the freedom and opportunity to discover, to
learn and to grow reaching for his own dreams.

Well we had our plan but I knew nothing about infant care. Well, I did know what end needed diapering and Patrick and I had a great time
figuring out how he would be fed. I will never forget the beauty, joy and delight when I pressed and milk streamed into his mouth. The doctor came in as we were figuring this out and smiled at us.

Mr. Pat worked two jobs the first fifteen years of our marriage. My college
years were 15 years in future. There was no internet to ask questions. There were many things I did not know. I did know I was a “MOM” and babies don’t come with instructions so I better get busy.

During the coming week I will share with you some of the knowledge I acquired as a mom, a student of early childhood education and my employment working with parents and babies, prenatal to five years of age. Joy!

Happy New Year!

It is always a bit sad when it is time to tuck away Christmas. This year was not nearly as sad because I planned ahead for the changes I wanted to make. I took pictures of some of the things I have done and will share them with you. It is very important to me that you understand that this was done without my leaving home and using things I had.

First this fall I made new living room curtains from sheets. I had some blue gingham and made tie-backs.

curtians

I had a finished a snowman quilt and hung it from the shelf Patrick made.

nowman quilt

My wedgewood dishes are blue and white. Patrick worked cleaning out an old house and he choose these dishes for me as payment. Joy! I put light blue candles in my grandmom’s wooden candle holders. I placed my pieced tree and a hand carved bird in front of my tree.

couch and quilts

I placed a quilt that has lots of blue in it on the back of the sofa. The cover on the sofa is a painter’s drop cloth.

Drop cloths come in three sizes, and each time they are washed they get softer. My coffee table and the quilt ladder were made locally and very affordable.

coffee table

To finish I did a walk through to be sure there was no clutter. In the kitchen I left my shelf with my snowman up and put a blue and white tablecloth and blue gingham valences in the kitchen. The cloth and valences are home stitched. I sew neat old white buttons on the valence hems.

snowman shelf

The little pair of gloves hanging from the snow shelf were Patrick’s when he was little. My mom got them for him. Can you find little Patrick on the shelf?

Here is a view of my kitchen.

See if you can use what you have and make small changes that make you smile. I made the casing for my snowman hanging and hung it on the front door to say welcome.

Patrick's Snowman
Patrick’s snowman

I hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun!

With very best wishes for blessings in the new year, Trudy


Slanting Lines and Curving Marks

Today I am on a journey of discovery. Gracious, my curiosity has given me a lot to think about. I wanted to share with you my experiences with personal writing. After our son was born I began writing to him. Sometimes in the form of a letter telling him where we were living and how he has brought us joy. Other times my observations would lead me to attempt to capture an emotion or a memory. These found expression in a poem. (Please be lenient English Majors) Then I was encouraged by the book “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach to write down each day three things I was grateful for.  This has blossomed and blessed me, truly. I found that “slanting lines and curving marks can stitch together mind and heart” (Trudy Groff Costello).  I began to create a book of traditions to share with others.  In these books I used the months and the seasons of the year to share my thoughts, family traditions, prayers, poems and beautiful quotations.  For a new bride I could post the note from a Southern grand-mom to her granddaughter on how to do the laundry. https.//www.snopes.com/grandmas-wash-day
This was special to me because both my grand-mom’s took in laundry.  This loving note clearly explains exactly what effort this required.  I began to write this “Book of Traditions” on my computer and save it so I could print out copies.  I made the copies special by saving clips from old cards, stickers, old stamps and printing out clip art to paste in the book. 

As I researched the topic of writing, and journaling I was delighted but a
a bit overwhelmed with what the internet had to offer. WOW! Please, 
take a quick look for yourself.  I did find one sight www.desiringGod.org.
that at least expressed what I had in mind to share with you. “Journaling is a pathway for joy and a powerful tool in the hands of love” (David Mathis).
I also got some helpful suggestions.  I like the idea of using a small note book.  I had not thought of keeping my writing book with me. Once you have a small notebook and a pen, please date each entry.  Now, the next part is totally up to you.  Do you want to start by making a list of blessings?  Is there someone on your mind you need to talk to?  I wrote a letter to my mom years after her death and it blessed my heart.  Is your writing a tool for studying scripture?  Maybe you would like to begin by writing out a favorite verse and then sharing what this verse means to you.
Write what your dreams are.  Write you favorite memory.  God already knows, but He will use this time with you if He is welcomed as you pen your hearts sounds across the page.

Lastly, I encourage you to save your beautiful old calendars.  I made
pictures books for children, book covers for old books and beautiful
envelopes and wrapping paper.  If there are small pictures on the back
of the calendar put them in your box of clippings.  They can be used
for collage or to decorate your journal.  God Bless, Trudy

It Is Almost Christmas

Mr. Pat has been to the store and we will be having pork, potatoes, apples and sauerkraut cooked in the crock pot tomorrow. He washed the floors for me and the house is ready. I took a picture of the items I am working on. I am currently quilting the little welcome sign. Patrick’s snowman just needs a casing stitched onto the back, so I can hang it up. I think I will be able to finish the welcome sign and the pieced heart tonight. The red work hanging will wait till after Christmas. It is mine and there is no hurry. I will begin to quilt the top that the church members signed then also. I will take pictures of my progress.

This will be my last post until after Christmas. We will attend Christmas Eve services, and come home to soup and fruitcake. This has been the first Christmas that I have not been employed for many years and I have truly enjoyed the extra time. So far, I have given seven loaves of homemade bread, and cookies have been sent and given away. The delight of the oil man was so special. I tucked crochet snowflakes and red paper birds into the Christmas cards I made. Our little tree is alight and decked out in red and white treasures. The front porch makes me smile and I think it looks welcoming. I think our home and our hearts are ready. I am totally pleased with our quiet, homemade, simple Christmas. I have only been to three stores and one store I did not buy anything. Hobby Lobby supplied my red and white string, some needles and some fabric. I did buy a little snow bird on sale. He will brighten the living room after Christmas. Our main expenses were in flour, sugar, butter and eggs. Any leftover eggs Pappy turns into eggs and pan-fried potatoes supper.

Mr. Pat and I cherish our time together. Not many folks get 50 years to love each other. Before I accepted his courtship, I told the Lord I would love him, and I truly have loved and been loved in return. I have been truly blessed to have an honorable husband and to fulfill my dream of making a warm home and nurturing children.

May your Christmas be filled with blessings and time to love and be loved

God Bless,
~Trudy

works in progress
Works in progress . . .
Patrick's Snowman
Patrick’s snowman

Finding Christmas

What have I forgotten? Did I get all the ingredients? Will they like my gift? Mommy, when will it be Christmas? Mommy, I’m hungry. Mommy, brother is being mean to me! Gracious, these few days before Christmas can be stressful!
Today, I encourage you to find the manger in your heart. I share with you some sources that help center me. It is difficult to find your center when you want so very much to please everyone. You want to make this Christmas special!
Our loving Father has already done that! He gave us his own Son and with this birth we celebrate comes salvation. Goodness for all our tomorrows. Christmas is all about love. “God is love.” With Him there is all that we need. Find something beautiful to read. If you could give any gift to those you love,what would it be? Write out your prayer and bring your gift of love to Mary and her Babe. Merry Christmas!


Gray sky
An earth without warmth,
In the silence
In the cold
When all seemed lost
The promise did unfold
Rejoce dear friend
Of my hand take hold
Together we will light the candle
And guide the children’s path
That we may carry our gifts of love to Mary and her Babe
Trudy Groff Costello

Candle light
Eyes bright
Snow tonight?

Peppermint, pine
Cinnamon and thyme
Sugar plum time

Angels, sheppard’s
Critters and kings
The star’s light brings

In the manger
Of our hearts
Christmas starts
Trudy Groff Costello

Miss Trudy on Patreon

Hello,

This is an invitation to join with me as I share with families the Importance of their role as the foundation for happy, healthy children. Children do not come with an instruction manual. Every child is a unique individual with temperamental characteristics that are theirs alone. It is my desire to spend the remainder of my years delivering an understanding of child development into homes with children. I bring compassion along with a depth of hands on experience and education. I want to offer encouragement to caregivers of young children. The tools I will use will be varied and fun. Your support means I can be there for others and you will be a part of my work.My heart and my home will be open via the internet. I will share my love of my husband of 50 years, my son and my home. A strong foundation of education and years of working with young children and their families will enable me to outreach with understanding. The format of all my offerings will be love. As I developed my lesson plans while teaching, I will plan in co-ordination with the seasons and holidays. The range of my interests is vast, but all will be offered with joy!

Personal Information:

  • Christian wife of 50 years
  • Retired from Healthy Families Lower Shore serving as home visitor to families living on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland
  • Experience presenting “Growing Great Kids” curriculum
  • Experience presenting “Parents as Teachers” curriculum
  • Opened and directed a Christian Child Care center
  • Preschool Teacher of children aged 2 to 5 years.

Education:

  • Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Recognition and Certification of Achievement Maryland Child Care Credential Level Five

Hobbies and Interests:

  • Fabric arts including quilting, hand-spinning, applique, crochet and sewing
  • Baking and cooking
  • Mountain dulcimer
  • Reading including my Bible, mysteries and love inspired suspense

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=15550446