Friday, June 11, 2010

Spring Tea and "The Donald"

Last Thursday our family had the real honor of attending a Spring Tea at the Country Villas in East St. Paul. One of the ladies in the community, Mel (who was actually the winner of my giveaway), brought me a gorgeous full-size hand stitched baby quilt, just a few days after the article ran in the Free Press. She told me that she belonged to the quilting group at the Country Villas and she would see if they were interested in making some quilts for my Quilting for Babes project.
They were a little more than willing to help, in fact they made a goal for themselves to see if they could make 30 quilts in 30 days...turns out, they made 60 quilts in 30 days. There were a few honorary quilters, who are in fact, not quilters at all, but hand-stitched the bindings on as fast as the other ladies could put the quilts together. Two of them were over 80 years old, one of those being Mel's mom. Another of the ladies, who says she is not a quilter, made over a dozen of the quilts, all on her own...I'd say she's now officially a quilter, huh?

This wonderful group of ladies asked our family to be their guests of honor at their Spring Tea. As we entered the doors of the clubhouse, we were greeted by a gorgeous display of the 60 quilts along with a copy of the article from the paper. They treated us like royalty, doting over the kids, making us all feel so special.

In addition to the 60 quilts, as if that weren't enough...the ladies raised over $400 to purchase sleepers and supplies. One of the ladies collected donations in lieu of gifts at her husband's 70th birthday party recently. Another of the ladies, made a sold tea towels for the fridge and oven to raise money. Several of these ladies also pooled their fabric so that the others would have plenty to work with. Needless to say, the generosity that was shown just astounded me. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that something that was born in my heart, something that I feel such a strong connection to, has been embrassed by so many others.

The kids were so excited to eat the little tea sandwiches and dainties, and girls were both given some beautiful handmade jewelry. It was such a fun day!
Edited to add: Mel and Pat just dropped off the quilts and there are 64, not! They really rock! Also, not all of the ladies of the quilting group are in the pictures above. I have some pics of their whole group that I will add soon.

Now, we'd like to introduce "the Donald"...doesn't it look like he's wearing a really bad toupee?
He looks just like Donald Trump...Shayne often sings "Money, money, money, money"...from the Apprentice. If only baby Lawson had a fraction of "the Donald's" fortune, we'd be set for college funds...LOL! Maybe we should enter him into a celebrity look alike contest, then he could start earning some of that college tuition...just kidding!

He's wearing Shayne's medals from his Taekwondoe competition on Saturday. He won silver in the patterns portion, and gold in the sparring portion. We were lucky enough to see him win his fights, and be able to cheer him on. Maybel also competed in the pattern portion of the competition and won silver as well. We're proud of them both!

Seriously, he is not old enough to be drinking a smoothie from a straw he? Wasn't he just born last month... No, I am really struggling with the fact that my sweet baby boy is growing up, FAST! He crawls, and climbs, he eats what we eat, drinks what we drink, including smoothies, and milk. Really, how does this happen. It isn't fair that I can't hang on to all of the sweet baby stages, for just a moment longer. I am so torn between looking forward to the freedom and independance that age brings, and the desire to keep rocking my baby, kissing his sweet cheeks and hair, and tickling his little toes and tummy. Why does it have to disappear so quickly, all the while having those "rough" days that seem to drag.

For today, and as long as I can, I will just choose to cherish those rough days, knowing that all too soon, I'll be wishing for just a few more days at this age to kiss them both!

Sweet, sweet baby boy!


Amber said...

oh my gosh - this makes me cry! What an amazing group of women!! I need to work on a few I have here and then send then to you!

Kristie said...

Amazing!!!! You will need a truck to get those all to the hospital this July!

And doesn't Nally look sweet in her dress by Mom :-)

You have had a busy weekend!