As part of the O Thank Cuteness! Week at Generation Q this week, I have a post over there today as well sharing some of what I am thankful for. I have been blessed with a lot. The only things I really lack are more time and money, but don’t we all?
The sadness is that today is my brother’s birthday, he would be 39 today….but he took his own life back in January ’97 right after Christmas and New Year’s. He had turned 24 that Thanksgiving. I know that everything is supposed to be all nicey–happy in blogland, but the truth is that there is pain in life, and sometimes we just need to deal with it. So today is just a tiny bit of me dealing with it. My brother Ty was a pain in the side often to me….
….but he was also awfully cute when he was little. I think though that he just couldn’t find himself as he grew up. And it makes me very sad, because I meet people now who would be his age, even have good friends who are the age he would be, and I think to myself, I wish he had given life more of a chance. We could be the friends I always wanted to be….. Here are some pictures of him when he was in high school.
He grew to be a young man mostly while I was away at college. He always seem to be bit awkward socially, so I never quite could figure out where he was coming from. I do miss him. But life does have to go on, doesn’t it?
So that being said, my post over at Generation Q pretty much covers my thankfulness for my wonderful wife Linda, and the three kids God has blessed us with. I just wanted to throw in a few more pics of the kids here, and I also wanted to say Thanks to all of YOU! my readers and friends. I have made so many wonderful friends in the quilty world! The quilt top that is pictured above was a Round Robin quilt that I did with friends back in the late 90’s early 00’s. I did the center (the turkeys are a Country Threads pattern I think), and my friends, Lisa, Sharon, and Nikki all did a round on it. I haven’t seen these ladies in years (well in September, Nikki showed up in a class I was teaching and that was great fun!) I just recently re-found this top….I need to get it quilted, huh?
I hope that your Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) is wonderful (I was reminded this morning that we are in the Minority celebrating Thanksgiving in the overall worldview picture) and even if you don’t celebrate it, may you be thankful for all you have been blessed with.