Thursday, April 21, 2022

Sisters-in-law


Lila, talented seamstress
and great encourager

Recently I had a busy day with Lila, one of my three dear sisters-in-law. Lila is an accomplished, creative seamstress. 

Through the years she has helped me select fabrics and then done the sewing for numerous projects from clothing to decorating the downsized home we built nearly a decade ago.

Since my hemorrhagic stroke in 2011, she also makes it possible for me to go shopping. She helps me make it safely from her vehicle to the store, providing her left arm for me to hold on with my right hand so I can keep my balance. 

Lately our fabric shopping has been at Hobby Lobby. Once inside I transfer to holding on to a shopping cart.

My contribution is pushing the cart as she pulls out bolts of material and we decide on fabrics for my projects and some for her family projects. 

With our choices loaded into the cart, we head to the lady who cuts off the fabric from the bolts.

I'm in awe of my SIL and that lady who measures and cuts lengths of the fabric we need. That wonderful Hobby Lobby employee and my SIL both do rapid-fire arithmetic in their heads. 

I would have difficulty doing those calculations, even with a calculator.

After checking out we headed to her car for the next phase of our outing.

We always end our shopping excursions with lunch, my treat at an eatery of Lila’s choice. This time it was a beach-side barbecue joint that both of us had been wanting to try. 

It did not disappoint. And portions were so generous that I had a box of leftover pulled-pork from my order that Hubby and I shared for our next meal.

The makeup of some people is to be ever conscious of the need of other individuals and just how to meet that need.

My mother had that gift and so does Lila. Being a stroke-survivor has made me even more aware of such individuals. I cherish the blessings lavished on me by my spouse, relatives, friends, strangers and a loving God.

When I feel like moaning about a health challenge or frustration at an inability to do something, thoughts of the blessings heaped on me get this old lady back on the thankful track.

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15 comments:

  1. I am so pleased you have such a wonderful and caring SIL. Such a person is priceless.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, and, yes, priceless is the right word.

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  2. What a wonderful true friend she is! I need Hobby Lobby's wheelchair, and am glad they have one.

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    1. Such features by businesses are a great help. Glad you can have that help.

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  3. I have one brother, one SIL and she is like Lila, she is also like my mother, her mother in law... she and my mother were and are caregivers. me not so much. you are truly blessed to have her to help you. mine lives 10 hours away. mother is in heaven and my best friend who is a caregiver is 400 miles away... don't have one here

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    1. I hope you have local folks who enrich your life. You certainly enrich my life.

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  4. Your attitude is amazing. Yes, God uses others to bless us and it sounds like your SIL is such a person.

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  5. Your SIL sounds so lovely. I'm glad she can help you get out and accomplish the things you want to do. We all need people in our lives like that. I love your grateful heart too. May I be a blessing to others too. I am grateful for all the friends and family that are in my life.Thankful.
    Sue

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    1. Yes, I'm rich in blessings. Thank you so much for visiting and for your posts with encouraging and intriguing nuggets of history, wisdom, beauty and humor.

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  6. Your SIL sounds so nice. We need more people around like her. :)
    I love going to Hobby Lobby.

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  7. In our area, we seem to have an abundance of folks like her.

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  8. You are so blessed to have Lila...she sounds like a wonderful person and someone I would love to know. I am glad you have her in your life.

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  9. What blessings abound all around you! You bless others as they bless you! Win! WIN!!

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