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You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. (1 Chronicles 17:26)

He has given me some good things during these last few days in Arizona. It all started on Friday, Feb. 17 at noon with the Quilters Club of America/Reap What You Sew Luncheon held at my church Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Scottsdale. We had a great turnout and I was able to introduce the QCA members that live in Phoenix to each other and to Reap What You Sew. RWYS is a large quilt group started 16 years ago that distributes approximately 2500 quilts to various charities (mostly children's) throughout the Phoenix metro area. About four years ago I started a small chapter at my church to help finish quilt tops that people made but didn't complete the quilt process. We had a lovely luncheon with twice baked potatoes, salads, fettucine, and desserts preceded by a devotion and singing "Bringing in the Quilts" to the tune of "Bringing in the Sheaves". We ended the program with a show and tell.

We were just finishing with cleaning the Fellowship Hall after all our guests had left. Another good thing came my way.

My brother Bill and his wife Gerry arrived from California. This was the first time I have met my brother. Bill is Daddy's middle son from his second marriage. My parents were divorced when I was 13 and I never saw Daddy again. I had a call from a California attorney back in 1980 telling me my father had passed away and that there were 3 boys ages 18 thru 13. I wanted to take them in and raise them. However, I was in an abusive marriage and my husband wouldn't hear of it. So all those years were lost and I always wondered what had happened to them. Finally last summer I gathered up the courage to start searching and found them! Turned out Robert (the oldest) lives near me and we have gotten together several times.

I have been able to spend a wonderful weekend with Bill and Gerry. He reminds me so much of Daddy. I now feel like I have a part of him returned to me. Bill is equally happy that we have met and has promised that we will stay in touch. He even has a nickname for me...Sunshine. No one has ever had a nickname for me. I'm so touched. I just remembered something...on the luggage tags I made, I put "You are my Sunshine".  Think God had a hand in this?? I am so happy Bill and I had this weekend together and I was so sad when we parted this morning. We have friended each other on Facebook. I will be praying we will have many more get togethers. Here's Bill....

The third brother, Gary has not been receptive to meeting. Perhaps in time he will change his mind. I will continue to pray that he will have a change of heart.

Now I start preparing to return home to Ohio on Wednesday evening. I shipped out the last of the cartons of sewing supplies, gifts, finished projects, extra clothes, my birthday stash, LQS purchases, etc. this morning. Think of all the fabric I could have bought with the shipping costs!! It would almost be cheaper to rent an apartment here year round and just keep things here....well, not really. Traveling would be a lot easier tho.

Tomorrow I see the chiropractor and massage therapist for the last time. Wednesday Pastor is coming over to give me communion and I'll see my caregiver for the last time till next winter. My caregiver will be keeping in touch as she will be managing my care long distance with the help of an agency that we'll be talking to via phone on Monday. Well, I'll be at home with the agency rep and we'll be on the phone with my caregiver. We have managed to get some support systems in place to help me back home which is making me feel much more secure. It's been difficult managing my own health care when I'm not able to focus or feel overwhelmed most of the time. Should start to feel less stressed. Praise God!

Sing to him a new song...and shout for joy! (Psalm 33:3)

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Comment by Irene Gallway on February 22, 2012 at 4:08am

Congratulations on meeting your brother for the first time.  I hope his brother will have a change of heart so you can meet him also.  The luncheon sounds like it was a really fun time.  Now your already to go back home and meet your little dog.  I'll me thinking of you as you travel home, in my prayers.

Comment by Carol Wadkins on February 21, 2012 at 9:59am

Sounds like it was an awesome day and congrats on meeting your brother, how wonderful for you both!

God is really working in your life right now.... Keep on keeping the spirit and it will all continue for the "good"!

God bless and have safe travels home!


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