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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The other day I finished stockings for Aubrey Faith and Gianna.







This is Aubrey's Christmas quilt. Still needs a label on the back, but I'm making a stack of handwork for later. Today I'll machine quilt Gianna's and finish it up. I'm amazed at how easily things are going together and getting checked off my to-do list. I think just getting away from my job for a couple of weeks and clearing my head is helping.


Yesterday I took some time to go to Natalie's Christmas program at her school. Julie and Travis live in a small farming community just over the state line from us. As we left the school after the program, Julie and I laughed because the scent of cow manure is in the air even in the town!

And I love where they live. These are hard-working people in this tiny community with a firm hold on good values and Christian faith. The program was for grades K through four, and each class sang one song celebrating Christ's birth and one secular song. How different from the couple of miles over the hill where we live. There was a live nativity in our town over the weekend, and someone has complained which has brought out the separation of church and state statement and yadda yadda.

Do you see something in this picture? Yes, there are Amish children in Natie's class. There is an Amish school in their community, but some of the families send their children to the public school for kindergarten and first grade. There were even two fellows in the fourth grade. Such a great little place!

11 comments:

Sue said...

What sweet gifts and sweet photos of the children. I love when the little ones do their Christmas singing.

So happy your are able to get some things done and being able to relax.

Prayers and hugs,
Sue

Audrey said...

That Nattie loves the camera! And she should - she is so pretty! Love the stockings and the quilt - I can't wait for my days off.

Country Prims said...

Glad you are getting things ticked off your list-it sure feels good:)and they are lovely.
Love the pics of the children and how lovelf for them to share with the Amish community.
Shazy

Linda said...

Beautiful stockings and quilt! The school program is so awesome. I wish the girls still had one. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mary!

Plain Ol' Vanilla said...

Have a very blessed Christmas, Mary!


Joyce

Leann said...

So glad that everything is coming together for you. Love the quilt and the stockings. What beautiful heirlooms that you're making Mary!

Merry Christmas!
Leann

Melanie said...

Just sat down for the first time in a while to read--- Rockin' Stockins'!!!! Merry Christmas!

Donna said...

You were very busy with all the projects and they are lovely!!
I love the Amish and reading about them. The pics are adorable!
Hugs,
Donna

Christy said...

How lovely!! I'm sure that Christmas quilt and the stockings will be cherished for many many years to come. Such sweet gifts.

Angie Berry said...

The stockings and quilt are adorable! Feels good to mark off the list, doesn't it? I'm sure the girls loved them!

How neat that Amish go to the school. I adore the Amish, I even have a board on my Pinterest. Sounds like a quaint little place they live in. Good, old small town American is where I prefer to live. Natalie is so cute!

Gumbo Lily said...

What adorable little children. I love your note about "the smell of manure in the air, even in town." That's a rural community to be sure!

Jody