Monday, September 8, 2008

finally alone

Wow I can't believe that the house is finally empty.

So last week I was showing Rusty one of the quilts I finished and he said "You know the V.A. hospital is collecting lap quilts for the patients." Rusty then showed me the flyer.

I said "well I might be able to make one or two of them but I could not do anything in bulk." That was the end of the subject.

Then a few day's later I said "You know if we did some tie blanket's we could really do a lot of lap quilts if I could find someone to give us the money for the material."

Rusty said "Well I have to go down to the post, so let me ask if any of them would like to help."

Lets just say that this has spiraled way beyond anything I could have dreamed up.

The VFW is going to donate 30 quilts, George donated two, and another friend donated 3! My goal is 50 quilts and I know that I can reach it.

Now that is a lot of tieing, so I asked one of my friends who is a teacher if any of her student's needed some community service hours. So her class is going to tie. Nikki and all of her friends are going to be tieing, so they can get more community service hours.

I am slowly seeing this whole thing coming together! I am so excited.

Berry is trying like you would not believe to get out of here. Berry found out on Friday that the doctor is going to induce his wife. We are hoping that someone can push him through all the red tape and get him home with in the next few day's. It would be so sad for him to be this close and still miss his first child being born.

Rusty and I did not go on our date this weekend. But that is O.K. After spending $285 at the commissary we could not see going out to eat.

So I spent yesterday watching Rusty do a tune up on the car and truck. Then I edged and mowed the yard, and I even trimmed one of the tree's back. Rusty came over and swept and helped pick up the branches. It was so nice to just spend time with Rusty even if we did yard work.

I did however make Rusty a very nice dinner.

I have adopted a young man from our church. I adopted Aaron, because that is Nikki's future husband. I will be doing his laundry, making sure he get's fed, and has anything else that he might need.

I should explain who Aaron is. Nikki and Aaron met at summer camp. They talked on the phone and wrote for a while and then Aaron went off to boot camp, and then off to Iraq. Aaron called my cell phone while he was in Iraq. He wanted to talk to Nikki, but Nikki was in school. Aaron said that everyone he called never picked up, so I talked to this young man for and hour and half on the phone.

It was at that moment that I knew he was right for Nikki. There is only one problem. Nikki is 16 and Aaron is 19. The Army look's down on that.

Aaron parents came to pick Nikki up, and she got to see him come home from Iraq, and now he is working at our church! So, I will take care of him.

I have a lot to do today. I suddenly have a full plate, so I need to get moving.



lv2trnscrb said...

awesome about the quilts!! if you need any more help with it (although it sounds like you got it covered) let me know; I'd be willing to tie them or cut or whatever needs to be done in the evenings/weekends. YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD PERSON FOR DOING THIS; I know it will be deeply appreciated!!

Aaron sounds like such a neat guy! trust in the Lord and He will let you know if Aaron is the right one for Nikki; remember we want the Lord's best for our kids, right???

I do hope that Berry can get home for his baby's birth! I'm sure his wife would appreciate that too!!! Lord, we just put that in your arms; please remove whatever red tape is prevening Berry from leaving here and open the doors for him to get home safely in time to see his precious baby born; in Jesus we pray amen

I bet you made a great dinner for Rusty!!! amazing at prices of groceries these days too, and I know they are a bit less at the commissary

hope you have a great day!


hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU))))))))))))))))))That is so nice of you to get quilts together for the Hosiptal,if I knew how to qiult,I would send it to you.I sure hope that Barry gets to see His child being born,I think that is so important that He needs to be there,I sure hope they let Him go home.You are good caring person and love to help people.That was nice of Arrons parents to take Nikki to see Him and its good of you to take care of Him.

lsfp1960 said...

What a nice thing to do~making lap quilts for the V.A. Hospital.  I should check with the one just a few miles from me (Americal Lake VA) and see if they have such a need.  Maybe some of the ladies here in my mobile home park would be interested.  I know some of them are making baby quilts for Care Net (Crisis Pregnancy Center).  But lap quilts would be a change of pace for them. Linda in WA  

gehi6 said...

You have now surpassed my sister in the great art of making qults for people.  Fifty quilts! This has got to be a record.  She rarely makes a quilt anymore.  Now she just throws books together. But it was almost impossible to stop her from quilting for years.  But it is quite an endearing quality.  I think making quilts relaxed her and helped her attain serenity.  Ha.  I hope it does you, too.  Gerry

helmswondermom said...

So sorry you and Rusty didn't get your date this weekend.  I hope you can reschedule that soon!  Aaron sounds really great.  Nikki has a lot of plans and seems to have a good head on her shoulder, so if they DID get serious, hopefully they can wait until she's out of school at least.  In the meantime, I know you will enjoy taking care of him.  (Andrew has a best friend (female) that he met like that and she lives in Florida.  They are honestly just really good friends, but I've decided that she's right for Drew and would love to see them together someday!  Oh well!)

jeanno43 said...

I am here by way of Nat (lurkykat).  Nice to meet you.  How exciting about the quilts and that is have taken off in such a big way.  I will put you on alerts.

springangel235 said...

I bet your quilts are lovely...
I hope you get to go out on your date night soon...understand why you didn't this is so expensive...we are cooking in a lot too.  
You are a blessing to Aaron...thanks for sharing who he is and what you are doing to help him.  Have a great week...hugs and love,

mereel2005 said...

I just read about your journal and wish to visit. Nat is right; what a fun place. I am looking forward to reading more of your jounral.

deshelestraci said...

Sounds like a good weekend even if you didn't get to go on a date.  Can you come do my mowing?  I can't mow cuz of my carpal tunnel issues.

lifes2odd said...

I want to help too! Let me know how I can help -- or maybe how I can get something similar started in my area. Of course you'll have to teach me how to do it! Hugs, Martha :-)

lurkynat said...

wow Kelli! You are soooo amazing!
I am so proud I know you and that you have single handed with
your family's help managed to figure out a way to get quilts made and given to so many people! Bravo!