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The Sun Also Rises

I remember running up to Tom for a big bear hug. “There’s someone I want you to meet,” he said. “Her name’s Meghan, and I just know you two are going to hit it off.”

He couldn’t have been more right.

We spent the whole night talking treatment, toddlers, tattoos, and the dreaded “C” word. But then we talked about our love of writing, specifically children’s books, and our dreams of being published one day. Meanwhile, our husbands connected over the ins-and-outs of being married to amazing women like us. 😉

We spent the weekend at the Team Gina Golf Tournament getting to know each other and traded numbers, setting sushi lunch dates since we both worked in Lake Mary and loved sushi.

One morning, you texted me you had to reschedule our lunch. Your cancer was back—and it was bad.

We still met up for lunch when we could, laughing afterward because we always forgot to take a picture. I begged to be your assistant to help you with a fundraising event for your family, and I begged God at night to keep you here. 

One day, you asked me to cut up your wedding dress. “For Jacob,” you said.

When you handed it to me I panicked, but you just laughed in your brilliant way and hugged my neck tight.

You and your love were married on the beach and had dreamed one day to live there, graying hair on your heads and his hand in yours. I wanted that dream for you so much it hurt. When I told you my idea to make the quilt look like a beach scene, your instantaneous excitement was just the confirmation I needed.

Your dress and his suit; the lining of his coat; the buttons on his sleeve and the pleats in your bust; the satin of your skirt and the faint wine drops on the leg of his pant; these are stitched together beneath the rolling waves of an ocean, with sun glinting and soft white caps swirling out to a sunrise–or a sunset–both equally appreciated by your love for all things beautiful.

Big J’s suit coat pocket is secretly sewn on the back so Little J can leave you love notes, or stuff his hand or little trinkets inside.

When folded, it is wrapped in your sequin-embroidered bodice, backed in satin from your skirt. I couldn’t leave it out, but I didn’t want it to make your blanket scratchy. An ivory button from my treasured grandmother’s stash, and ivory satin ribbon, helps keep it secure.

Every stitch holds love, hope, tears, memories, promises, fire, strength, courage, life, and you, rising. You are all of these things to so many — and you always will be.

We are broken, but we know you are whole, and I believe we will see each other again someday. 

Next time, we won’t forget to take a picture. 


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It’s not every day someone asks you to cut up her wedding dress. As I snipped around the delicate beadwork and pleats, grains of beach sand fell out from the folds. Meghan and Joe got married on the beach, you see. As New Yorkers turned Floridians, they have not once taken this coastal paradise for granted.

Their dream had always been to retire there, a seaside condo where the sunrises dripped into the water and walks at sunset with their son could wash away anything hard or unruly from the day with a simple ripple of waves over their toes.

As I tidied up the table before bed tonight, I noticed a little pile of beach sand that had remained. I wish I could figure out how to sew those grains into the quilt, weaving as many pieces of this incredible woman into the blanket for her darling son.

It has me wrecked; ah, but it’s not about me. This quilt is all about her–and it’s all for her boys.

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Hanging by a Thread

This week my brother-in-law is marrying his high school sweetheart in Washington DC. They will be married in a quaint pie shop in/near Capitol Hill where they both work part-time to supplement their other noble endeavors of Law School and Teach For America.

They are an adorable couple with a great sense of humor and a taste for handmade goodies including pie, of course! So in honor of them and the big day I wanted to make them something uniquely them that they could hang on their wall or place on a shelf.

I grew up doing cross stitch but had an idea for an embroidered piece. While there are some similarities between the two, I had to learn quite a few new stitches which came together nicely thanks to Mary Corbet’s Embroidered using DMC thread and my own design, here is my first official embroidery project. Happy Wedding, Eric and Crystal!


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