Tuesday, April 5, 2016

For the Good Times

The good news.
Yesterday, Evan had his chance to visit with his dad.
Eamon was in great shape.
When he got off the bus, 10 year old Evan ran into his father's arms.
My ripped heart.
I am grateful that my son is still alive.
 Fun in the park, father and son eating together.
Grandma supervising with her quilting book.
After a three hour touching visitation, both Evan and I were wiped out.
Here, he asks if he could wind some bobbins for me...what color did I need?.
Could you ever!!!
Thank you, dear boy.
 With one eye on the bedtime clock and one eye on the Accuquilt cutter, 
he offered to cut some scraps.  Grandma could not say no..to that great offer!!
After he was in bed, I had fun messing around with pieces he had cut.
Voila...these two blocks.
Evan was amazed this morning, at the result from his cutting enthusiasm.

 I am reminded of a quote in the Naranon book.
"Remember all people are always changing.When we judge them, we judge on what we believe we know of them. failing to realize that there is much we do not know, and that they are constantly changing as they try for better or worse to cope with life.  Give others credit even as all of us struggle; give them credit for attempts at progress, even if their changes are not apparent, and above all give them credit for having had many victories which are unknown.  We are all of the same cloth, though of a different cut."

Yesterday's visit with my son was so different than the day before.  He was in good shape.  He had bought a small phone with the money he  had earned working. 
 He had gone to the shelter for help instead of staying on the street. 
 I am reminded to stay in the day.
I am reminded that I am not in charge.
I am reminded to have hope.


Unknown said...

Diane, that is one of my favorite readings!! So glad that Evan had a good visit. Evan is right to be amazed at your majic quilting!

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Lots of prayers for you and your family. It is a different world today.

Margaret said...

Sending love and prayers for all of you!

smazoochie said...

What a wonderful passage.
Your dear young men. Evan is such a pillar, he warms my heart.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I agree with the others, thats a great passage, a good one to return to read again every now and then. It's heart warming to see the visitation photos. You are so lucky to have bobbins wound for you, for some reason I really dislike winding bobbins. Love your fun blocks! Evan chose great fabrics to cut up.

rondiquilts said...

I am so glad to see you got to visit with your son, I know you have worried about him. I have worked in law enforcement for over 20 years. Many times I have said "if not those for substance abuse I wouldn't have a job", we hear the same names and see the same faces over and over again. Thank you for reminding me that there are family members behind those names and faces that love them and are waiting to hear from them and visit with them. I pray that your son stays healthy and there are many more visits with the kids.

Karaquilts said...

Such words of wisdom. My heart is full for each of you. Thank you for the touching, insightful sharing. And yesterday my 10-year old quilting buddy and I had a grand day of little achievements and a finished quilt top completely laid out by her hands. So fun to share with the next generation.

Barb said...

what a hopeful post - I'm so glad for Evan and everyone.

ES said...

Hugs Diane. X

Mary said...

What a great quote! So glad you and Evan had a good day.