When I first met beautiful, gracious Ashley, I was immediately drawn to her warm, encouraging eyes and heart. I wanna be more like her, I thought to myself. How can someone so young, be so mature and wise and grace filled? How can I get some of that for me? I'm so loud, and bossy, and pushy and demonstrative and gregarious. I mean, even I'd get sick and tired of being around me... and I'm me! For goodness sake, I need to spend more time around Ashley!
But time and age-differences and busy-ness and miles made those hopes fleeting.
But I'll tell ya what wasn't fleeting...
My promise to myself, as I watched calm and tender Ashley help Sarah birth Nora, to make her a quilt someday soon. A quilt that might attempt to express to her what my heart feels. Ashley is inspiration and love and grace and peace and calm and radiance. And she gives lavishly to my beloved daughter, much of which doesn't flow naturally from me, even though I desperately desire that I would and/or could. And so I am grateful. Grateful for Ashley. Grateful for how God supplies our every need, in amazing and wondrous ways. Grateful for how God makes us "family" whether or not the blood flowing in our veins is same or different. Because we know it makes no difference to God.
So here is my promise, my Ashley, a Happy Scrappy in your favorite colors. And remember, my quilts are my Hugs. My hugs of appreciation, respect, admiration and love. Big, long, warm, tender, comforting hugs. Be hugged. Be hugged from Robin's grateful and inspired Robin heart.
For those who want an amazing professional photography team: Please consider Ashley & Angie. They are absolutely amazing for weddings, families, engagements, special events, on location, newborns, and much more!
- One Thousand Words Photography http://onethousandwordsphotography.com/
- Ashley's facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashleydelatour
- Ashley's partner, Angie: https://www.facebook.com/angie.burke
I hope I get a out-of-focus, whimsical, erethral picture of beautiful you, taken by your fabulously talented little future-photographer-daughter, of Mama in her cozy chair with her tea and books, snuggled in her Happy Scrappy quilt, for me to add to this blogpost. I love you!
|Ashley served Sarah as her doula for Olivia, Ethan and Nora|
|Ashley's favorite colors are turquoise and orange - I loved working on this uniquely colored, bright and cheerful color scheme, it was a breath of fresh air, just like Ashley.|
|I want to remember this quilt pattern, it is easy and continuous and yet pretty and has a nice complexity to make it rich and fun, yet fanciful and girly. Me likey! Plus it flows easy as I'm long-arming, I can practically zone-out... distressing.|