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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Annual March for Life

Today was the Annual March for Life in Fort Wayne. The featured speaker was Abby Johnson, a former Director for a Planned Parenthood facility in Bryan, TX. Abby worked for PP for 8 years and then resigned after witnessing an ultrasound of an abortion taking place, and seeing the 13 week old baby fighting for it's life as it was killed. It became apparent to Abby that the babies do feel pain and abortion really does end a human life; she resigned from Planned Parenthood and has become a PRO LIFE advocate, traveling the country giving speeches, and working for 40 Days for Life. The forty days pray and fast begins at the start of Lent, February 17, 2010. Visit the website for more information.
The Allen County Right for Life Rally was very good. About a 1000 people attended, many city, state, and federal elected officials spoke, and it was wonderful to see just how many are PRO LIFE and do NOT want to see taxpayer dollars support abortion. Many Priests and Pastors were present and opened and closed the event with prayer. After the rally we Marched For Life through downtown Fort Wayne, it was wonderful to see so many people involved, particularily as it was so cold, 13 degrees with a brisk wind!
Everyone speaking at the rally challenged us to get involved in the Right to Life Movement in some way, whether giving a financial donation, volunteering time, praying and holding vigil outside of the abortion clinic, or voting PRO LIFE - we can all do something.
Whether it is the unborn child, the chronically ill, the elderly, or those deemed to have a low quality of life, we MUST respect life at all ages and stages.

"It is a poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.." Mother Theresa.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yea the Quilt is Finished

I finally finished this quilt last night at 11:30 pm. The quilt is made from left over fabric from other quilts I have made. There is fabric from the quilts I made for my sons, for my daughters, for my mom, and fabric from the quilt my daughter made for our grandson. It is a simple nine patch block hand quilted diagonally through the blocks.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Random Updates

Good Grief!! The quilt I am attempting to finish by tomorrow is almost done, YEA! But my house is now a disaster :( I hope I can post a picture of the finished quilt tomorrow, it seems very likely.

The Maine Baked Beans I made the other day turned out well. I have never made baked beans from scratch before, they take about 6 hours to cook and this is after soaking the beans overnight. I do not have a bean pot so decided to cook the beans in the crockpot instead of the oven. The beans smelled wonderful as they cooked, and tasted good when they were done.

Today I need to get the house pulled back together before I do another stitch on the quilt. This morning Ben and Emily are home later than usual due to a two hour delay caused by freezing drizzle. I am going to clean up the kitchen and make them some pancakes. The kitchen is in a state, last night I planned to make chili for dinner while I worked on the quilt, then Ben decided that he wanted to learn to make chili so with a bit of direction he made it and I quilted! Everyone enjoyed the chili, but it was a bit of a free for all, Henry was here and chili is not suitable for a 17 month old, so he had a cheese toastie and apple sauce, then Emily wanted a cheese toastie with her chili, son-in-law Brad arrived so he ate chili, we had crackers all over the place, the butter was melted in the microwave rather than softened, and everyone kept bumping into each other in the kitchen! It was enjoyable chaos!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Around the House

I finished a prayer shawl last week, I learned how to do cable stitch while working on it, and then gave the shawl, along with a copy of Pilgrims Progress, to a dear friend for her birthday. My friend just loved the shawl and is looking forward to reading Pilgrims Progress. I am not sure what I want to knit next, I have a cardigan in progress, but need to undo the back and re-knit as I made a mistake in the pattern, I am not feeling motivated about this project at the moment.

I am now finishing a quilt that has been in progress, partially quilted, for a long time, I have worked on the quilt every day for the past week, and believe that I should have it finished by the weekend, I will post a picture of the quilt once it is finished. In my sewing room I have two other quilts in progress, still piecing, I would like to get both of the tops done by the end of the month. I will then need to stop all work on the two quilts to work on the baby quilt for grandchild #2, as he is due to arrive on March 25!

I have to bake more bread today. I am trying a recipe for Maine Baked Beans, I soaked the beans overnight, so today I can move to the next step, baking the beans for about 6 hours with onion, bacon, sugar, molasses, water, and a couple of spices - this recipe makes a lot of beans and they are supposed to freeze well for future use. I am going to make a pot of soup today, we will eat some for supper and I will freeze the rest and reheat for lunches etc.