Joy Rising!

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Albus Dumbledore

I am writing this blog post on Tuesday Oct 15th. This is a day of significance for my family. Here is a portion of my daughters facebook explanation of this date.

On October 25, 1988, (then) President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. What an amazing act of love and compassion he showed towards families all over the United States. This later spurred the 2002 petition, October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, to designate this day specifically as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a day set aside in which to honor and remember these babies lost. It was an American movement started by Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown, and Tammy Novak. They petitioned the governors of each of the 50 states as well as the federal government, and by October 15, 2002, 20 states had signed proclamations to recognize the date, which was observed for the very first time that year in 2002. 11 years later, all 50 states recognize October 15 as “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day”.

As many who read my blog know, we lost our first grandchild Jackson Neil DeLoach on May 7, 2012. We will be lighting our candles today to remember and honor the sweet life that was gone to soon from this world. I saved this quilt to show you today because it is my dedication to Jackson and is in my newest book Knockout Neutrals.

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The quilt is called “Arboretum” which is the lovely venue in Asheville NC.  Jackson’s memorial service was held at the Arboretum.  The quilt block is most commonly referred to asTree of Life”, how appropriate! I like to think that those trees are pointing toward heaven, where Jackson lives now, and where we will be united with him someday. I will tell you that holding Jackson was like looking INTO  Heaven but with the knowledge that we could not stay there… That is the hardest part of talking about this quilt and remembering him…but the story does not end here.

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I have written that Knockout Neutrals is personal. This quilt is certainly the most personal of all, but not just because of Jackson. My friend Debbie Angel rushed to my side and helped me stitch the quilt. Admittedly she took on a big job but Debbie sews fearlessly and to perfection.  She, like the other angels I have written about “lifted me up” and from these people came this book. These quilts and the book are a testimony to what QUILTING IS ALL ABOUT. As I like to say“It ain’t always about the quilts.” Quilting is about people, relationships, love, lasting legacies, and most of all  friendship. PERIOD..AMEN…GAME OVER! When I look at this quilt I am NOT sad. I choose to remember and honor Jackson and my angel friends by living my life with  JOY and HOPE for the future, which is a good place to be.

Wil you join me and my family and light a candle today? As the quote above says happiness is found when we remember to turn on the light.