Thoughts on our wedding anniversary 4/20/1968 to 4/20/2019
The past: 1964 I was an 18-year-old senior in High School. A date for the prom was arranged by the family. Two brothers flipped a coin to see who lost and had to take this poor girl. I was the youngest of six children. My adult experiences were all ahead of me .I had my Christian faith, a strong love for my father and dreams. My Father did not believe in continuing education for me. I was taught great faith and to work hard. God blessed me because the young man who lost the coin toss was a Christian, an honorable young man and a very hard worker. We were chaperoned to the prom. We became friends. With patience and respect he won my heart. 1968: We had quite a life of adventures as a young married couple. Mr. Pat worked two jobs for the first fifteen years of our marriage. We had a son. We were faced with heath issues, financial issues and dealt with day to day stuff. What I want to share is that life happens. Sometimes, it is really important to place the one you love ahead of yourself. What backing-up allows is the other person gets to see if their dream fits. You don’t know unless you try it on. Sometimes, it seems like the sky is falling, and you just have to find a shelter with the Lord then look at what broke. Roll up your sleeves and see what or who you can help. I discovered that a can of tomato soup and a box of pasta can feed six folks and allow us time for friendship. I focused my energies on creating a place for just being together and meeting the physical and emotional needs as best as I could. Life is not just meeting a challenge but going beyond the challenge to discover the good. I was able to share my interest in and love of nature, music and reading with our son. Now from where you are looking at this a half century later you may be thinking that’s a lot of giving. True, but you see when you put someone else ahead, you give them your belief in them. I am not a rug. I am a living person with beliefs and feelings. What I discovered is that in serving, we grow. At the age of forty, my husband and son supported my dream to work with young children. I worked in this field for 30 years. We supported our deaf son in his dream of being a musician and he has touched so many lives. The present: 2019 We continue our lives together. We continue to give and to receive from each other; faith, gratitude and love. Each of us give of ourselves. We have what money cannot buy. We have each other, our faith, our church, our mission to share with others and our love for each other and for those who God brings into our lives. The future: God is there
Hello. There is a lot of discussion in state legislatures recently concerning prenatal and new born babies. I believe all life is precious. It is important to me to act on my beliefs. Scripture tells us “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5 and “Children are a gift from God.” Psalm 127:3.
Maryland has a program called Safe Haven. This program allows new moms the option to give their newborns to a participating hospital, police or responsible adult within 10 days of birth. The mom says this is a “Safe Haven Baby” and no questions will be asked. I have a Safe Haven sign on the front of our home. I would accept the new-born and then take it to the proper authorities explaining that this is a Safe Haven Baby. It is my hope that this program may prevent a newborn from abandonment. You can find out if there is a program like this where live. Maryland’s program is under the department of health and human resources.
I have created a prayer for new life. I have printed out copies of this prayer and shared it and the Safe Haven information with my church family. I hope you will join me in praying for new life. Thank you and God Bless, Miss Trudy
Dearest God, Maker, Creator, Father of Life. Please hear my plea. Protect the precious newborns and babies-to-be. Let life unfold as it is meant to be. In Jesus name, I pray to Thee.
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
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.
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.
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.
Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth, Empty the dustpan, poison the moth, Hang out the washing and butter the bread. Sew on a button and make up a bed. Where is the mother whose house is so shocking? She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo). Dishes are waiting and bills are past due (Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo). The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo. Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue? (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
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