Being Alive and Having Friends is The Best Reason to Celebrate!


July 23, 2018 Sunday

“Where there are friends, there is wealth. “
Titus Maccius Plautus

Yesterday we had a few friends and family (and friends who are like family-but a few very important ones were missing and very much missed due to conflicts) over to celebrate and share the goodness that is life and the blessings that God has entrusted to us. As I looked around, I saw people from all different backgrounds, chatting, laughing, eating, drinking and just enjoying each other and I was so grateful to be a part of it. Whether they all know it or not, they were here because they’ve seen us through thick and thin, ups and downs, and good times and bad. In ways they may never have known, they’ve given us a hand up when we needed it.

So, true to my needing to have activities, we asked everyone to bring a piece of fabric that would represent something about themselves. The plan was to use a vintage rigid heddle loom that we’d strung onto a hammock frame to weave all of the pieces together into a rag rug. I thought it would be amazing to have everyone add their own piece and watch the rug grow as the party progressed. As people arrived, they handed me their fabric and shared stories about what it meant, and the thought that went into selecting the fabrics blew me away-from a scrap of a first child’s soft cotton flannel pillowcase, to favorite sports teams, mother’s old chenille bathrobe and business logos, we got some amazing additions. Well, we got the loom set up and that’s about as far as we got.
It got a little complicated and I will be grabbing pieces out of a bag and adding them randomly-no planning -which would represent how people entered our (party) lives in no apparent order but when God thought it was appropriate.
Unfortunately, I was too busy to take any pictures, but it was an amazing event and I think we’ll have to do it again because we have a system now and we are definitely going to need more fabric!
Thanks to PRESS Bistro for providing the delicious food, Batter Bake Shop for the best cupcakes in town, Shades of Blue and Striped Maple Hollow for glorious music, our car parkers who made arriving for our guests effortless.

The fabric everyone brought.

Most thanks to the love of my life and partner in party planning Jay, and my most beloved first born and friend for making the trip to celebrate.

Sorry I’m late today but for the first time in years I slept until 8 o’clock.

Have a great day!

Our loom.
Some comments from when this was a FB post.