Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Hope, Kate, Hannah and Josiah people the happy household of my nephew, Brian and his wife, Jennifer in Pasadena, California where "Christmas Postcards from the Edge" now joins the clan. Brian and Jenny were the first of the cousins on my mom's side of the family to marry and have a jump start on the rest of the cousins in family members. What a happy crew they are and they were so delighted with their quilt, it reminded me once again that families and quilts go together.
Brian is the oldest son of my brother, Greg and sister-in-law Debbie, and I collectively refer to Greg and his wife Deb, their sons and their families and now my mom, Ramona and stepfather, Jim as "the California side of the family." We are able to see each other quite a bit with the usual rounds of family events, weddings, birthdays, family vacations and we will all be together for my mom's 80th birthday in California next November. George and I always extend an open invitation to have the West Coast folks visit us here, even though we know we are not as exotic (or warm) a location as sunny California. But Southwest Pennsylvania is both beautiful and historical and they should check it out (hint...hint).
As I watch Jenny and Brian raise their family, mostly through facebook posts as we are very far away in miles, I am reminded of being a young parent myself, both the joys and the traumas of raising kids. Each of the children are wonderfully unique. Note Kate in the Santa hat and Hope, the only one with socks. Everyday is an adventure and this family seems to weather the ups and downs with grace and faith. Even though the travel distance is far, the love is close.
Merry Christmas kids!