Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Here I am with my three children last night at a benefit for my daughter's best friend (the daughter next to me). It was a good chance to get a photo of us. My husband was at work and couldn't attend with all of us.
Ange Ayers (age 31) went to school with my daughter and spent alot of weekends here for sleepovers. They were good friends for many years and Ange was adorable with a quick sunny smile and beautiful blue eyes. She thought she had a hernia and later on found out it was cervical cancer. Last week she passed away. The good news is that my daughter and Ange's closest friends all had a good chance to say "goodbye" and the night before she passed, four of the girls knelt at her bedside and told her they loved her and then they talked about old times, old boyfriends, old adventures etc. Ange listened and smiled and commented horsley from time to time.
Ange had two children and no insurance so the girls called all of the friends they graduated with and got donations and had a large hotel get in on giving them a free room for a silent auction. The hotel offered another room with 80's music and said they would give 50 cents for every drink and a part of the food intake also. They had all kinds of wonderful things to bid on including quilts and hundreds of people came. It all started with a few friends.
I am thankful that out of sadness comes goodness and there will be alot of money set aside for her children's education. What a gift. And before she passed away she said she was happy that "she" could bring so many people together and she did.
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for YOU, for my many blessings, my family, my dear friends, my church, my house, heat, food in my refridgerator, health of me and my family and friends, the smell of the air, the snow in my yard that is fun to play with, plenty of fabric and art supplies, a car that runs and so many other things.
Thank you for coming to my blog. It takes time for me to do this and it is because you come and read and see the color and quilts and things that I do this. I do appreciate you and hope that you have many things to give thanks for.


Vicky F said...

Hi Mary Lou,
What a nice photo of your family!
I wish you a happy Thanksgiving as well, and some rest for you...
This Thanksgiving I am grateful for a job I like and time off to spend with friends and family.
Take care.
Vicky F from Grand Rapids Mich

beth said...

That was a wonderful post! thank you. And, your children are beautiful! have a great thanksgiving.

rubyhaze said...

Hi, Mary Lou,
I am thankful for all the things you mentioned, plus the fact I got to take a class w/ you this year in Bend. I'm so appreciative of the light you bring to this blog and to us. Thank you for sharing your life and interests with all of us. God Bless.

WoolenSails said...

What a wonderful thing that your daughter did for her friend and a lasting tribute for her daughters.
I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow and I am truly blessed with friends I have met online who brighten my day:)


Michele's Quilting Journey said...

What a beautiful post, a loving story of friendship, and a true testimony to the power of love over tragedy. You have a beautiful family on the outside and it's pretty obvious so much more beautiful on the inside..where it counts even more.

Blessings to you and yours, this Thanksgiving, and each and everyday. And thank you for the joy and gifts you give to so many others in your own teaching and sharing.

Sharon S said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family. Thank you for the lovely stoy about friendship & love.

Carol said...

What a wonderful way to remember Angi and help the children she left behind far too soon. Sending hugs and blessings to you and your beautiful family this Thanksgiving and always~

Sandy said...

Great looking family! What a wonderful thing for her friends to very sad for her children. Yes, we all have a lot to be thankful for!

Patty said...

You brighten my day. I can see that you have been a wonderful influence on your children. Thank you for your posts that inspire and remind us of good things!