New Isn’t Always Better

I am a sentimental person I will admit, but I can let go of certain things.  There are some things that make my heart smile , and I will always keep them. My husband does not understand this sentiment.  He believes new is better.

Take for instance this quilt that goes at the foot of our bed each day, and when the weather gets a little chilly it warms better than anything electric.

This quilt has been with me since moving to Fort Worth some 44 years ago, and was probably not new when I received it.  As I packed my car to come to Fort Worth, my neighbor Miss Callie came across the street with this beautiful quilt to keep me warm when I needed it.  It was not only meant to keep me warm during cold nights, it was meant to keep me warm from cold people, cold circumstances–it was meant to ward off the coldness of the world.  This quilt was meant to wrap the love of Della Lane around me. It has done all of this and more.

Over the years it has warmed my daughters and now my grandson.  This quilt has warded off all evil spirits. Everyone reaches for this one quilt.  It seems to warm you from the inside to the outside.  Miss Callie’s quilt warms your heart.

Maybe it’s the love that it was made from. Someone made it with love for Miss Callie, and she lovingly gave it to me. 

As the years have come and gone, we’ve had to mend “our” quilt.  My husband once, and only once told me that we should buy a new one.  But now even he knows that the coldness of life can only be warmed by a quilt made with love.  Each time I spread it, or wash it I think of my street on Della Lane, and it warms my heart.

Do you have a keepsake that warms your heart–if so share with us? Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. When you warm your heart it shows.

Precious Christmas Memories

Two paper Christmas ornaments made so many years ago always find a place on our family Christmas tree.

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This one was made when our oldest was in elementary.

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Our baby created this Christmas ornament when she was in elementary too. We have to prop him up now, but he always finds a place on our tree.

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As a woman of a certain age I am very sentimental. Our Christmas tree has the same decorations each year. We just add one or two each year. Some years we add special moments such as births, graduations or just remembering family and friends.  The decorations go back as far as 1977.

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The last third grade class my mom  taught made her this one. She put it on her tree in Longview–now we put it on ours. The words may be faded, but the memories are there forever.

Memories are so precious because theisisyourbestyear”.