A Great Mother

This week I’m focusing on my mother, Pat (Harris) Chaney, whose 90th birthday is Saturday.  She was a great mother, and unfortunately passed away from cancer in 2001.  My dad missed his 90th birthday by one year and my mother left us much too early, well before her 90th.  Today I’m sharing some of my favorite photos of her, starting with one of her birthdays.

My dad helped us make a “cake” for her, with no recipe or proper baking procedures.  It looked atrocious but she happily posed with it.

I happened to be right beside her in this photo (I wonder what I thought of the cake we made by pouring everything from the kitchen shelves into the batter).

Of course, following the arrival of the pretend cake came the real one!

Here are some of my favorites of her with the two of us (I am the younger daughter):

She sewed and knitted a lot of her own clothes and was always changing her hair color and style, as you will see.  In this one she is wearing very fashionable boots in the 70’s.

She loved traveling to the mountains and the first thing she always did was take off her shoes and put them in a cool mountain stream.

My parents were married in 1949; here is their wedding photo and one of my favorites in their later years together on a cruise.

This is a very early “selfie” of her with her brother, Baxter:

They always had dogs around and this is one of my favorite pics with one of them:

Again, I was right beside her.

Finally, this is my favorite holiday portrait of my mother–so pretty!

 

Wheelchair Not Needed

This is an older film from Compassion, but it’s a good one. It shows just how far special funds, aside from sponsorship funds, can help a child in need.

Babies in Poverty

What is Compassion International doing to reach the most vulnerable children of all in the world — babies? Although our sponsorship program begins with older children, what are we doing to assure children live to an age where sponsorship can begin? Take a look at this amazing story:

Four Alumni

This is a great video from Compassion International–detailing true stories of four formerly sponsored children.   Here you can see how very important it is to help unsponsored children such as these kids here.

Texas Quilt Museum

While in Houston recently Sarah and I made a trip to LaGrange, TX to see the Texas Quilt Museum.  I had seen photos of the facility in magazines and was thrilled to be able to visit it in person.  To my delight, the artist that was being featured at the time was Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry.  I’d been admiring her creations for a long time.

I was not disappointed — it was fantastic.  It isn’t a huge museum, but they have plenty of space to display quilts from the featured artist, as well as additional quilts in an adjoining room.  We were not allowed to take photos, but they did offer to take photos of us next to our favorite quilts (I begged for an extra pic and they willingly obliged).  Here they are:

Although not a large quilt, I had admired it when I first saw it in a magazine.  It’s called “Cattywampus Log Cabin #4,” and you can see her design concept for it here.

This next  one is called  Jacuzzi Jazz #1.  Take  a look at  her design concept here.  

Last,  I really  liked  this next  one called  Spirogyra #1.  The colors are  so pretty together.  Click  here for Caryl’s Design Strategy.

I’m sure you would enjoy looking  at her website, where all of her quilts can be seen — click here.

 

 

 

 

The Least of These

Here is a new video from Compassion featuring four formerly sponsored children.  I met one of them — David — in Colorado Springs last year, and also met Olive earlier.  They’re certainly impressive in what they have already accomplished in their young lives. I’m sure you’ll find their stories to be very moving and powerful in many ways.