Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Creativity Beyond Compare

Howdy y'all. Crystal, here. I'm gonna pretend I have something creative to say and share with y'all some pics I took while roaming through the wilds of Yellowstone National Park earlier this month.

I know, I know, it's not really all that creative, but turn off your critiquer for the moment and pretend with me. (Or consider pictures a form of art and enjoy the show. :) )

After all, our Master Creator painted all these wonders for us to enjoy. Where else does our creativity come from if not from Him? Who else can drape a 100+ ft waterfall across mountainous terrain?

Or put peaceful streams and smoking geysers side by side?

Or give buffalo their great strength?

Or bighorn sheep their amazing agility?

And the colors! He can drop a pool filled with mustard-yellow formations smack-dab beside a pool of the purest blues.

Who can't help but be amazed by geysers rocketing into the air?

Or have their breath stolen by magnificent sunsets that paint the mountains with lavender hues?

I'm inspired. How about you?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Graduation Day

Congratulations to all 2015 graduates! Yes, it's Tidbit Tuesday here at Stitchesthrutime, but I'm discussing that really big event. Whether it’s your own, or your child’s, or your grandchild’s, graduation is one of the most memorable events of a person’s life. Not surprising, since it represents the completion of many years of study, an accomplishment to be proud of, a new beginning.

This past Saturday I went to my oldest grandson’s high school graduation. I don’t know where the years went—or how I got so old, but that's another topic. While graduations are a traditional thing, I noticed they're a bit different today. I enjoyed the ceremony like any proud grandmother, but I was jolted by how things have changed.

If memory serves, my graduation, held on the football field, was such a solemn occasion, no one would have thought of disrupting the ceremony. I think I held my breath during the entire time.

Saturday's ceremony was held inside, and we had to be seated two hours in advance. The moderator reminded us four times not to holler out when our graduate was called. If we did, security would haul us off. The first name (of about 500) was called, followed by whoops and hollers. This continued as each name was called. No one was hauled out. Are rules made just to be ignored?

When I graduated, only about ten percent of the class were honor graduates. At least one-third of Saturday’s graduating class were honor graduates. My guess is students haven’t really gotten smarter.

To this day, I remember parts of the valedictorian’s speech at my graduation. It covered the challenges we faced in a troubled world. That young man went straight into the Naval Academy and had a distinguished career as a naval officer.

I'm sure the valedictorian at my grandson’s graduation will have a successful future as well, but his speech was more entertaining than enlightening. Maybe that's what the world wants now, a speech that covers all the usual liberal causes, gay marriage, global warming, etc. Opposing viewpoints were noticeably absent from all of the speeches. No invocation. No mention of God.

Yes, I was surprised at how things have changed. But there are two things that remain the same. The accomplishment of the student and his/her parents is a testament to twelve years of study, tests, teachers, friends, sports, arts—the transformation of a little boy or girl into a knowledgeable, capable adult. Also, like the turning point in a novel, graduation is a life-changing event.

Every young person is faced with grown-up decisions after graduation, and those decisions will mark the path for the rest of his/her life. Let’s pray for them all. It may be a cliché, but they are our future.

The fondest memory I have of my own graduation day is my mother, sitting at the end of the bench after everyone had left, weeping. Of her six children, I was the youngest, the last to leave the nest.

Please share a favorite memory of your graduation.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekly Windup: One more chance to win Sins of the Mothers

Congratulations to Patty (pattymh2000) who was the winner of Saturday's surprise giveaway of Sins of the Mothers by Caryl McAdoo!

If you weren't Saturday's winner of this great book, you have one more chance to win! Comment on posts throughout this week to be entered in the weekly drawing!

If you are a winner, please contact us here with your address to claim your prize. 

This Week's Giveaway is:

Sins of the Mothers by Stitches author Caryl McAdoo

Congratulations to Caryl McAdoo for her new release Sins of the Mothers! 

Persistent faith brings redemption and reconciliation.
Propelled by blind love, Mary Rachel Buckmeyer defies her father to elope with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds run off to California then partner with his cousin in his dry goods business. Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead. He wants his love and his new wife’s money, too. Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair. But she hates the man who loves her enough to cover her sins and deliver her out of the horrible pit she’s dug for herself. Or does she?
Mary Rachel travels from frontier Texas to the raw bone boomtown of 1850’s San Francisco gold rush days, then all the way to genteel New York to find redemption for the sins of her mothers. 

This giveaway runs through May 31st. Comment on any post between now and then to enter, and remember, the more comments you make, the more entries you earn!

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Coming Up This Week:

Monday: Devotion by Jodie Wolfe
Tuesday Graduation Day by Elaine Manders
Wednesday: Surprise Post
Thursday: Reader Reaction: In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot
Friday: The Story Behind the Song by Peggy Wirgau
Saturday: Surprise Interview

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