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Life Is Good


I love all the “Life is Good” t-shirts and stuff. Life isn’t always easy, but it’s good. I’ll expand on that in a minute, but first I need to make all the knitters happy. They’ve had to suffer through a lot of quilting lately!

A sock:

I went outside to try to capture the color of this sock, because I just love it. I couldn’t find anywhere to put this poor sock that wasn’t ugly. There isn’t even a bud on a tree yet. Gotta love Minnesota. But life is good! (Actually there’s snow in the forecast for Friday.)

I love my lone Loksin. But never fear, this one will have a mate.

And now for what may be my favorite quilt ever.

I hope it doesn’t look too much like a little girls quilt, because I’m using it anyway. Doesn’t it make you want to go on a picnic?

Eleven years ago, I made this dust ruffle out of bridal lace. The lady in the fabric shop was having such a fit because I was spending so much money on a dust ruffle. I finally mentioned to her that, unlike a wedding dress, I was probably going to get my money’s worth out of it. I’ve “used” it every day for eleven years. And the other side is looking sad, so it might need to be replaced one of these days.

Life is good.  I was planning to be gone for 3 days next week. Lexi, the college girl, is blonde and needs someone to drive home from college with her. We joked that I could activate the GPS locater on her phone and just call her and yell, “Turn Left, Turn Left”. Instead, I’m driving home with her.

But yesterday morning, one of my cousins died. So, we’re leaving tomorrow for a funeral. And I’m just staying there and driving home with Lexi next week. So, suddenly, I’m going to be gone for over a week. And babysitters just fell into place. That never happens.

Life is still good because God is good.  I have an amazing extended family.  We all grew up within a mile of each other.  17 cousins!  I have cousins that are businessmen, teachers, doctors, pastors, moms, nurses, musicians, and just all around great human beings.  And a lot of us get to spend time together this weekend.  My parents and all of my siblings and their familes will be there.  There will be tears, especially for the wife and two children.  But we’re going to laugh and we’re going to celebrate K’s life.  (And I can about guarantee that we’ll sing Great Is Thy Faithfulness at the funeral.)   K left an amazing legacy.  Eleven years ago, he and his wife started a Bible school in the South Pacific.  There are now well over 200 students attending.  K only had 40 years, but he used them faithfully.

Here’s my “artsy” shot for the day.

I’m off to pack.  Yippee!?!


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

16 thoughts on “Life Is Good

  1. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

    The quilt is perfect! As I gaze at the colors and patterns I have images and sounds and smells of my childhood zipping around in my brain. Not everyone would think that is a good thing, but for me, it is. I had a wonderful childhood growing up with three sisters and lots of cousins. I would keep that particular quilt on my bed year round!

  2. Oh, very sorry about your and your family’s loss; however, you have the best attitude of anyone I read. Bless you.

    Your quilt is beautiful and cheerful.

    I am in love with your sock, its color, and its pattern.

    Have fun with Lexi next week and I hope the funeral is okay.

  3. I’m sorry to hear of your family’s loss. It’s especially hard to lose someone so young. But it does sound as if he honoured God with his life and will hear the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant”. Something I would hope to aspire to.

    Wishing you and your loved ones every blessing as you meet to say goodbye to him.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

    I love your sock. Not only the pattern, but the yarn is fabulous.

  5. I’m so sorry for your cousin’s family! But you’re right… what an amazing legacy!

    Even though I’m a knitter, I love seeing your quilts because some day… some day… I’m going to be a quilter too. Yep.

    How do you like the Hazel Knits yarn? I’ve been dying to get some.

  6. I am sure you and your family will embrace the memories of your love one and get through this sad time.

    I love your quilt! It so does make me want to go on a picnic. You couldn’t of phrased it better. Which I could do today since its 80 degrees here in Boston. Not common in April! But I did enjoy my lunch time walk.

  7. Condolances to you on the loss of your cousin. Thank goodness that his family is blessed to have your extended family around them at such a difficult time. The colors on your blog are so cheerful. Love the quilt. I don’t think it’s girlie at all. It looks kind of retro a la 1930’s maybe?

  8. So what if the quilt might be ‘little girl-ish’? It’s a happy quilt and perfect for Spring and early Summer. Now you can give away a quilt that doesn’t make you so happy!
    Pack lots of knitting!
    Having a wake with all the family will be good. How Great Thou Art.
    Be safe with much love.

  9. Hey Maria….

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Everyone will be in our prayers. Have fun driving with Lexi and don’t be afraid to call if a sitter falls through.


  10. Maria,
    Sometimes it is so easy to forget in our day to day lives that -today is a day that the Lord has made, be glad and joyful in it-family is such a blessing. I’m sure the angels are singing and the Lord is rejoicing- you are all in my prayers.
    Have fun with Lexi- I’m getting ready for 2 of my guys to be home for the summer-oh the grocery bills!!

  11. Today’s post is beautiful in every way. Be safe. Love to you and yours.

  12. I’m looking forward to seeing you this weekend. It will truly be a blessed time.

    Once again, I think the quilt looks great!

  13. Hi Lexi!!
    I haven’t seen you in FOREVER! Your sock is beautiful!! I’ll have to try that pattern soon.
    Gina (from Loops)

  14. Sounds like your cousin lived life on full! Enjoy the family moments and treasure his memory. Have a safe trip.

    Love the quilt top!

  15. I love that quilt. It’s so cheery. I’m looking forward to working with you in the Two-Color challenge.

  16. I LOVE that quilt. Would you mind sharing the name of the pattern. Sew wonderful!!!

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