I had so much fun last week when I asked Goodnight to write a little guest blog, that I decided to add Guest Bloggers as a new category to my site.
Today’s guest blogger is my friend Carol E at http://giraffedreams.blogspot.com/ I invited her to write something and I didn’t give her any guidelines or limit.
Before I post what she wrote, I want to share a photo of something I’m not sure she has a photo of – a quilt she made for Officer Friendly and me in honor of our marriage.
Thanks Carol E for the quilt and for being my guest blogger and friend.
And now . . . Carol E
Hi, Gram. Thanks for the invitation to be your Guest Blogger. I am happy to
“come into your home” and visit for a while.
I want your readers to listen in on our conversation, so they can hear
about how we met and what I know about you. Well, as you know, I
work in a different program, doing a related service. At one time I was
stationed full time in your program, while I was employed by my program.
That’s how we met! I noticed right away that you were a person of
integrity, and a person with a HUGE heart. Also very creative. Your
creativity inspires me.
I was just learning how to quilt back then. And I had tried knitting over
the years but never progressed very far. So I was totally in awe of your
knitting skills (still am. I can hardly believe how fast you are, and how
beautiful your work is). My daughter had taken up knitting, and when you
gave her work a compliment, she was so pleased, because she knows your level
I was lucky enough to meet your daughter, and from you I heard funny
stories about Goodnight when she was a little kid. (She called your place
of employment “Tickle College.”) You and your daughter had survived some
very tough times. With smiles on your faces. Impressive.
Then the worst blow came when your daughter got sick and did not survive
her cancer. I think of her and of you and Goodnight very often. I send you
heart hugs often, too, without telling you. I hope you can feel them.
I know you are a very private person, so it was a surprise when you started
a blog. And such a pleasant surprise!! I LOVE reading your stories. They
are good enough to be published, I think (with just a little
publication-worthy tweaking). You have a lot of stories to tell that people
could learn from. Unless you decide they are just too private, which I
understand. But wouldn’t a little book of essays by you be such a gift to
I am glad some of the blog world has gotten to know you and is discovering
all that you have to share. I hope more people drop by for a cup of tea and
a chat. I think I have talked your ear off long enough for today.
In closing, I’ll list the things that we do in common, or that we learned
from each other and are now both doing:
2) making red scarves for the Teen Foster program
3) making toys for The Toy Society
4) making and donating LOTS of our artsy/crafty work to various charities
and our churches – I have loved finding a kindred soul who loves to give
away as much as I do.