Early April Slice of Life

The neighborhood is coming in to bloom this early April. I was down the road on Friday to greet the kids after school as their parents were visiting someone right after work. I bought a little soft toy for Merle at the Dollar Store ( much appreciated ) and was charmed when one of the twins brought home that cute little leprechaun full of grass that the children had planted earlier in the month.  Later on we were considering the menu from a local Catholic church. I am not sure if it is this way everywhere but in our area, many Catholic churches and also this and that firehall or club have Lenten fish fries on Friday to raise money for their organization.

Ongoing saga here…

“Nice Kitty, Nice Kitty, please stay where you are. I have just come for my peanuts and then I’ll be off”

My DIL’s church ( and one that I took my children to for several years when they were young ) is holding a First Responders’ Appreciation Banquet this Monday for our local community and she had volunteered to help with greeting people as they came in the door.

I picked up Brent and Kate after school since the scheduling was pretty tight …rush in the door, wolf down a bit of food, change school clothes for dressier ones and off to the hotel ballroom. She posted a photo on Facebook of the greeters with their friend in the middle.

While the church has done this for a number of years, due to the tragedy of a local policeman losing his life while responding to a domestic violence call, the awareness and appreciation of these people has increased in our community and their response was wonderful. Over 400 will be served and loved this Monday evening.

That story is HERE.

The speaker at the banquet had spoken at the church on Sunday. A pastor who had held a First Responder service at his own church a few years ago. That afternoon he and his wife of 20-some years took off on their motorcycle for a leisurely ride. They had lunch and talked of their eager anticipation in regards to their first grandson who was due to arrive soon. On the way back they were hit by a drunk driver. She was killed instantly. He had 19 surgeries and lost a leg. This church live streams and I watched him tell his story and I cried the entire way through. Some of the first responders who had been at his church earlier were there to try to help save him later on in the day…

On Monday morning I was sitting down with my Stars and Spools quilt, finishing up the 3rd section of binding. I saw the play of light on the quilting stitches and grabbed the camera…oftentimes the back of the quilt tells a story as much as the front :)

Every little thing and moment is precious, isn’t it.

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17 Responses to Early April Slice of Life

  1. Karen says:

    I don’t recognize two of the children from your usual photos – more grandkids that we don’t see photos of often? Fish fries are very common in Wisconsin where I grew up – all during lent but really common for every Friday back when no meat was allowed on Fridays – that changed years ago but the fish fries continue – I love them – we do not have them here in Arkansas but sometimes I do them myself – normally it is justs fried fish, cole slaw and here it is hush puppies in the north it was french fries.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Karen the little boy in the middle with the boy tie is not mine, that’s all. You probably rarely see Kate the older blond girl…she’s with her real dad alot more now :)

  2. Just catching up with your posts, Deb, and I’m so sorry to hear about your injury. I had to laugh about you knowing more about stitching up than the emergency room people! Hope you are healing well. xo Deborah

  3. Nana Diana says:

    First off, I love that last picture. I absolutely LOVE the work you see on the back of a quilt…this is just beautiful.

    I want to laugh at that squirrel. When we had our cat we had a great big fat squirrel that would come right to our ground floor window and sit up and ‘scold’ the cat–who, of course, went nuts every time. I swear that squirrel was a little devil in a squirrel costume. lol

    What a wonderful, wonderful thing for the church to do -an appreciation dinner like that. It really warms the heart, doesn’t it? xo Diana

  4. Dewena says:

    Your quilt photograph is so striking! Every little thing is precious, with open eyes to see.

    And every moment is precious. As you have written here, life, every moment of it, is precious and we must enjoy it. Are you feeling better, healing now? I must see if I’ve missed updates.

  5. Oh my gosh Deb what a tragic story, that poor pastor! On an upbeat note oh boy spring has surely sprung in your neighborhood – enjoy it, my friend!!

  6. Robin says:

    Love the light and shadow of your quilt back. Such a fun and satisfying picture.

  7. Eileen says:

    Hello Deb, love the cute photo of the kiddies. Life is precious, you never can take it for granted. What a tragic story about your pastor and his wife. Pretty spring blooms and cute photos of Merle. I hope you are feeling well. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day and week ahead!

  8. Deb says:

    Such fun april photo’s from around the neighborhood. Your quilting is beautiful as are the grands. Now I want a fish fry…..

  9. I just love the leprechaun but the photo of the greeters in priceless. Seems like you are feeling better. So glad. Love your posts. mary in Az

  10. Hope you are feeling better and better. The grands look wonderful and that is such a worthwhile event. Your family certainly takes ‘community’ seriously, and that is always a good thing. :-)

  11. Val Reynolds says:

    Those smiles melted my heart!!! Happy Spring!!!

  12. Barb says:

    The photo of those smiling children brightened my snowy day!

  13. Kim says:

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better and back to enjoying the kids and activities.

  14. Joyce says:

    Such beautiful children! I love how they witness volunteer service so often, making them likely to do the same as adults.
    I could repeat the same cat vs. squirrel photo over here! My little customers come boldly to the door and peer inside when they are ready for an afternoon refill. In the morning they lounge in the trees, waiting for me to toss peanuts on the deck!
    I’m so sorry about the pastor’s story…..

  15. Kyle says:

    It’s always sweet to see your smiling grandkids. What a blessing for you to be such an important part of their lives.

  16. Melanie says:

    Love the group photo of the kids – so precious. How wonderful that your DIL’s church has the appreciation dinner for first responders. I know things like that are truly appreciated…my husband is a 911 dispatcher and when the community does something to recognize them, he is really touched. Such a tragic story about the pastor and his wife.

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