Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pay it Forward

The concept of a Pay it Forward is simple...You do something nice for someone, then they do something nice for someone else and so on and so forth...the kindness keeps going and going! Sounds GREAT to me! I found an online Pay it Forward and I couldn't resist joining in.

So here's how it works...By signing on, my commitment is to make and send a gift to the first 3 people who post a comment to this post requesting to join this exchange and who promise to Pay It Forward to 3 other persons, and so on.

I am not exactly sure what my gifts will be just yet, but I promise you it will be a gift made by me and I will send it to you within the next 365 days. This way, it will be completely unexpected and will be that much more rewarding. By signing on, what YOU then have to do in return is to Pay It Forward by making the same announcement and commitment on YOUR blog. I am very excited to be participating in this wonderful venture and I hope you too will join me.

If you are one of the first 3 that sign up, please be sure there is a way I can contact you through your blog or email so I can get your contact info. So... Who will be my 3 PIFs???

Monday, April 27, 2009

Lilac Day

I love Spring! One of the most favorite days in Spring is Lilac Day!! Lilac Day is a special day in the Doan house. We never know when it will be but it is the day that the lilac's bloom. On this day we pick several buckets of lilacs and take them to people we love! I still call my away children and exclaim over the phone...It's lilac day! and they know just what that means. This was a different lilac day...being in a wheel chair has totally slowed me down. I did get several bunches in the house and I took one bunch to the shop. That afternoon Jake and his family came over and when I told Jake it was lilac day, the first thing he said was can I take some home? The house will smell like lilacs for days! I love that they remember and love this day like I do!
I often go walking thru meadows of clover
and I gather armfuls of blossoms of blue.
I gather the armfuls the whole meadow over,
dear mother all flowers remind me of you!

I do thank my Mother and Dad for my love of flowers.

I love Spring! This is our Red BUD tree. It is an amazing gift after months of snow!

These flowers were a mystery! I found them on my table and I called several people who I thought might have sent them..but no, not them. Then on Sunday sweet sister Collette Steel said...did you find some flowers on your table? and the mystery was solved! Thank you so much. They are so beautiful and I feel so loved!
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy Sabbath!

When ever Ron and I have a moment, Sarah always seems to have her camera around! I just need to brag on this guy! This amazing, caring, sacrificing guy! I have been wheel chair bound since Jan 12th when I broke my leg. He has never complained and has championed me continually. He has become a great cook, making me a meal even after working all night. He has always been this way our whole married life, but usually I can reciprocate and do for him too. But during this latest challenge, I have just been reminded how thankful I am for my great guy! Everyone needs one of these! Have a great day and thanks for letting me brag!
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

What I've been doing....

I have been busy...This quilt I made for our 29th anniversary! I love it and I love this pattern. It is a four patch and an hourglass. So easy and yet still so patchy. I scalloped the edge for extra fun. These quilts are going to be up on the shop blog but for those of you who don't regularly don't check that...and you should, I am posting them here.

This quilt I made for our new Elementary school. Sorry about the blur in the middle of my camera lens..I'm not sure what that is?
It is a pattern by Barbara Jones at Quilt soup
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Favorite Quilt

I know I have already posted this quilt BUT...Amy at Park CityGirl is having an online quilt show and I want to be a part of it! So here it is. I have been quilting for 15 years. I have made alot of quilts in that time and I have lots of favorites but this is the first real quilt that my husband has really poured his heart into. He chose the fabrics and did most of the cutting on this quilt and it makes it really special to me. This quilt was made to raffle for the Civil War Reenactment our county is holding. I love the colors, the hand appliqued soldiers and all the nights that went into it.
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Random Easter

Here are a few more random Easter shots! I love Ashelyn with the whipped cream can! What a day!
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Still Broken!

After Easter was over, Ron went to work and everyone else went home Katie stayed the night to help me, as I am still broken.
I did get my cast off, but I am now in a boot, for 4 more weeks. My Doctor said I could try to cheat a little but he still didn't want me to put any pressure on my ankle. So I tried to cheat and it is not ready to be walked on! I will try again in a week or so. Katie was such a good helper! She got me water and went all by herself downstairs to get us a snack. It was good not to be alone. Thank you Katie!
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The Earnheart Family April 2009 LtoR Sam, Erinn, Isaac, Natalie, Hannah, Jenna,and Noah

The Jake Doan Family April 2009 LtoR Ashelyn, Misty, Gideon, and Jacob

We had a joyful family day yesterday. Natalie, Sarah and Jacob all came with their families. They were all in there Easter finery. We had such a fun day complete with a feast and Egg hunting.
Yes we are missing a picture of Sarah's Family. She took the pictures of everyone else but just couldn't get her family to cooperate. Oh Well....
Andrew came to Easter also and I believe HE started a plastic Easter egg fight. The egg fight was hilarious as Erinn and Seth had fallen asleep in the living room, where the kids were going thru their Easter treasures, and had no idea they were in the middle of a war zone.
Good Memories!!
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Just Thinking....

The happiest people don't have the best of everything...
They just make the best of everything they have.

We just had our Stake Conference and they talked again about getting out of debt and not getting in more debt, planting a garden and the importance of living frugally. For me this has been a necessity for most of my life and being the Polly Anna I am I have always made it fun. They quoted the famous
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do with out!
My Mother, Father and Grandmother both taught me these skills. I am so thankful. I am so grateful this is not a hardship for me. I am also grateful I taught these values to my kids. They know how to live on a shoestring. When they were small I don't think they knew how we struggled. If all we had was potatoes to eat, we had a french fry bash! The less food we had the fancier my table setting! Macaroni tastes really good on China with candles glowing! So enjoy every challenge and see the blessings in it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom

Today is a special day. I've been thinking about mom for a couple of days now. With Josh enjoying the birth of his new son yesterday, the family is heavy on my mind. I love you mom as I know Dennis & Debbie do also, we miss you. Thank you for all you've done for us. I hope you all remember my mom like I do. Aren't Mom & Deb cute. Sure Love You all. Ron
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Happy Birthday Grama Doan

Jenifer posted this picture of Grandma Doan on her blog and I just wanted to make sure all of you saw it!. Be sure and go to her blog to read Armond's memories. I loved her laugh and can still hear it today! Happy Birthday Grandma!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Friday Miracle!!

Wonder of Wonder Miracle of miracles!
I can't even tell you how long it has been since I have viewed a sight like this. Wow... all three of my daughters at sewing machines at once! Here are the MSQC Girls at their best. This sight sure warms a mothers heart! Thank you Girls for a great night
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Talon's quilt

Now that Josh and Amanda have recieved the quilt I made for their new baby Talon, I can blog it! All they need is the baby! It is quilted in a car and truck pattern in green thread. The flannel on the back is so cute also cars and trucks! So come on Talon we are waiting........
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Civil War Done!!

Here is a collage of the Civil War Quilt. It is completely done, quilted and bound! This has truly been a labor of love for Ron and I. Thanks to my friend Amy for her hand applique on the soldiers.
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Busy, Busy!

Here are some of the things I have been working on for the shop!. It is pure joy for me to do. I love the pre cut fabrics. They are stress free fun. All these are made out of charm packs (5 inch squares) or layer cakes (10 inch squares). Sarah has such an eye for color and I love the patterns she chooses. Fun, Fun, Fun!
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