Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A QOV SNUGGLE

A Comment on one of our QOV member blogs.

After a lengthy 24 hours of flight delays, my warrior and I have just gotten home from the Louisville, KY RWW. During our numerous flights, the subject of our new beautiful quilt came up a number of times...Would my husband build a custom frame to hang it on our office wall, turning over the corner of the label for all to see? Would we keep it close at hand in the living room to snuggle up in?

Before I tell you the answer, first I must tell you that receiving the quilts was one of the most moving moments of the weekend for many. As the quilts were carefully being handed to those who attended, we personally shed, and saw, many tears of appreciation, tears of healing, and tears of warriors and wives feeling loved and cared for. Saying thank you for all the time you all have invested in making these beautiful quilts simply cannot express to you all how much they meant!

So what is the answer to what we will do with our new treasure? Remember me saying our trip home was delayed many hours because of a delay/cancelation? Well, our Quilt of Valor had been carefully carried with us that entire time. Then, exhausted we tried to get some sleep very late last night waiting for our early morning flight. Yes, as you can guess, our quilt came out and was spread over the two of us as we tried to get some rest. Then, in the morning it covered this military wife keeping her from shivering as we flew back to the bitter cold of Wisconsin. And now, it is right next to us as I write to you waiting for me to finish so the two of us can once again enjoy it's beauty and warmth as we spend some time together snuggled beneath it.

Even though our quilt could easily be displayed, framed and protected, one day passed on "good as new" to one of our children. It's already easy to say that when it is passed on, it will be loved, used and worn from many, many hours of being wrapped around those it was made for.

Over the years we have spent so many days, weeks and months apart. Now, we will enjoy being together knowing that on some of those days when there was so much distance between us and we felt alone, you were all out there stitching together something that was waiting to remind us that like your quilts, we have made something beautiful out of all the many pieces of fabric that are unique to being a military family. And although we too may at times feel worn we also have so much to pass on.

With so much love & gratitude,
Mr. & Mrs. ITC Brian P

2 comments:

  1. Beautifully said. Your comments make the "work" of creating a quilt even more rewarding. Thank you for your service sir. May you snuggle in the warmth of this labor of love for many, many years. God's blessings to you both as well as to the maker(s) of your quilt.

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  2. So touching .... I have tears in my eyes. And I am NOT American but it makes me want to sew up a quilt for this wonderful program that brings such healing to many warriors. May God bless this couple and all others like them!
    Denise in Canada

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