31 July 2013

A Promise Kept: Robertson McQuilkin

I listened to the interviews with Robertson McQuilkin on familylife.com, the website of Family Life Today. If you don't know his story, he was a college president who walked away from his career to care for his wife when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 55.

There were several points in the interviews (4 sessions-- see link above) where the interviewers were asking difficult questions about how hard things had been, and he just kept responding that he hadn't viewed the circumstances like that. I was thinking, "Why are you trying to make his story something that it isn't?" but the truth is that I'd be asking those questions, too.

What a beautiful story. Beautiful man who loves God and loves his wife. Does the heart good. If you have the time to listen, I recommend it. He also wrote his story in the book "A Promise Kept"-- which is on my "to read" list.

Much love,

15 July 2013

Pinteresting: Graduation Tassel Ornaments

I came across this on Pinterest, one day, and it just so happened that my high school and college tassels were hanging on the lamp in my office. It also just so happened that I had bought 2 sizes of empty glass ball ornaments from Hobby Lobby back in December. I didn't want to just do something with them to be doing something. I wanted to use them for something I really wanted to do, and I thought this was a good opportunity.
Once graduation has passed and you've moved on with life, what do you do with little mementos like these? I'm sentimental enough to not want to just toss or get rid of things like that. Besides, who wants a used tassel with a by-gone year on it? It's not like it'd sell at a charity thrift store.

Well, the source shows the tassel with year inside the ball. Either the mouths of my ornaments are smaller, or my years are larger, or both, because I couldn't do that. So, I did this instead.

Basically, I removed the years from the tassels and added a short chain to hang the years outside the balls. I just strung the tassel rope through the first link of the chain on each. Here's a close-up so you can see the detail, whether you want to or not. :)

Much love,