Friday, July 28, 2017

News for the Quebedeaux family

Well, after much prayer and talking and prayer and after 13 awesome years of living in Tennessee, the Quebedeaux family has decided to return to the Bayou. We have made several good friends and James has taught in some amazing schools. We are grateful for the time we had as a family here in this great state and we will miss our friends dearly. We are returning home to be closer to family. We are excited to rekindle old friendships and spend more time with family. We are putting our farm on the market in February and are hoping to sell it in a short window. Zane will be graduating with his class from FCA, a school that we love dearly. James has several good teaching prospects in Lafayette both in the private and public sectors. We are praying for God’s guidance as we transition back to a place we love dearly; Lafayette, LA. The last 6 years have been especially fun as we fulfilled our dream of living on a 20 acre farm with goats, chickens, cows, cats, and dogs. We planted our fruit orchard which has produced a bounty of pairs, peaches, fig, apricots, cherries, grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. The kids have had fun playing in the woods and watching wildlife such as deer, turkeys, and an occasional bald eagle. We have had the support of great neighbors on each side of us. This place is truly magical, we will miss it. But the pain of leaving is helped by the thought of being HOME.


This was the status that I shared on Facebook today. It was a hard decision to make, but it was time. I will miss my farm dearly and I will miss harvesting from all of our fruit trees. We are hoping to find something similar (without the hills of course) in our hometown. There is a property already that would be ideal, but we aren't ready to buy just yet. We know that God has the perfect house waiting for us.

Zane will be attending Crossroads Leadership College in Lafayette. It is at our old home church and is a program similar to YWAM. He chose this over YWAM because of the Cajun Food........that boy..LOL, Ok really he chose it because at the end of the program, he will have a Bachelor's degree in Ministry. That has been his goal and calling since he could talk. Lydia will graduate from a school there, we just aren't sure which one yet. There are several small Christian schools and we will most likely put her in one. We aren't sure if Aaron will be joining us. He is an adult and will be 20 when we move. We would love for him to join us and it will hurt if he stays, but he has to pave his own way. I want to cry just thinking about it...

Please pray for our family as we make this transition and for Aaron to make the right decision and for us to be supportive and encouraging.. With that... I present to you a picture that was take our first year here in Tennessee.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

1 Month Ago Today

Well, this is a post that I never thought I have would to write again.  One month ago today, Aaron was in another rollover accident.  It was a Monday morning and our neighbor texted me to see if I was awake and dressed..that is never good.  Then she asked if Aaron was driving a Ford F-150 (The Dr's truck).. oh God no....no not again...  She picked me up and James followed in our car.  There was the truck and Lifeflight was landing on the grounds of our little community center.  He was a mile from our house.  This time he didn't walk away.. this time he was stuck, he thought his pants were stuck, but actually his pelvic bone was broken. We got to see him before they loaded him onto Lifeflight.  They had to sedate him.  We went home, picked Lydia up and headed to the hospital.  Zane was in Florida at camp.  I texted him, and my parents. When we got there, they told us that Aaron was brought straight to the Trauma Unit. The Vandy Dr pulled James and I into a room and gave us the news.  On the flight, they lost Aaron pulse and had to give him blood.  By the time the Dr met with us, they had given him 15 units of blood.  He was bleeding internally, and they didn't know where.  His pelvis was broken and he would most likely be in a wheelchair for the next 2-3 months.  His lungs collapsed, and he was pretty banged up.  They were about to take him down for tests to see where the bleeding was coming from and we could see him as they wheeled him by.

The next day, he went in for surgery.  It didn't take as long as they thought and we were told that it went together perfectly.  That night, I finally got to talk to Aaron.  He asked what time it was and I told him 10pm on Tuesday.  He asked what had happened and I explained that he rolled his dad's truck.  He said he was so sorry.  He spend about 3 days sedated in the Trauma Unit, when they moved him to Critical Care ICU.  A week after the accident he began to eat and talk more.  He was still on heavy pain meds, but was a bit more aware of what was going on.  Less than 2 weeks after the accident, he was moved to PT rehab to learn how to transfer from the bed to his chair and how to dress him self and do basic tasks.  We got to bring him home on July 20th.  Now we are settling him in and adjusting to a new temporary normal.

I do want to brag on my other two kids.  Zane was at camp the Monday and Tuesday. During this time, the people at a  church that we don't attend who we have never met prayed for my son.  Zane got home on Tuesday and Wednesday had his wisdom teeth removed, James took him.  That night, when I switched places with James, Zane told me that he was fine and that I needed to sleep.  He started a job the Monday after his wisdom teeth were pulled.  Lydia made sure the animals were fed and kept up with the dishes (most days..LOL).  There are times I wonder if my family even likes each other..but then times like this happen and they all pull together and just amaze me.

God has been so faithful through all this.  The peace that He has given us is just amazing.  Please continue to pray for Aaron. Prayers that he would see God's hand in his life once again and that he would feel His peace.

Monday, June 12, 2017

This guy!!

Is 17 today!!!  Happy Birthday to Zane.  He has been an awesome blessing to our family.  Today Zane is on the Jr/Sr Retreat. FCA has one every summer. The Juniors and Seniors plan the back to school camp and they use this time to brainstorm.  I am missing this kid on his birthday, but I know he is having fun and I hope they take good care of him.


Zane also shares a Birthday with Mac (Maximus Gabriel Quebedeaux) , so I can't post a happy birthday to Zane without including Mac.

Louisiana Visit

The Dr, Zane, Lydia and I drove down to Louisiana to visit our families.  We spent a few extra days there so that Zane could visit with the Crossroads Leadership College leader and so that The Dr could do some much needed yard work around their house.















Mom and Dad were supervisors and drivers for them.  In the end they took 3 truck loads, well packed to the Parish composting facility.  Their yard looks so much cleaner.  





Here is Zane tamping down the branches.  At $6 a load they were set on only taking 3 loads.....













Me and my momma at Prejeans!  I love my momma!!!











Of course we ate way too much but enjoyed our visit with our families, And snow cones!! Real Louisiana Snow Cones!!!!











Aaron didn't come and I missed him, but he is getting older
and wanting more independence..I get that.








 Goodbye Atchafalaya Basin and Tiger Stadium.  It won't be long, I promise!!



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

We found the Featherweight!!!!

Many years ago when I was in my early 20's my mom, dad, husband and I went to the auction of a sewing machine repair shop. Mom spotted a featherweight and dad got it for her, and a few other machines. Well, fast forward to now. About a year ago I asked her about it. She had no idea what happened to it, probably in storage, and that I could have it if I could find it. Today, The Dr was cleaning out her storage closet and there in the front was a familiar black case. I grabbed it. The bottom is missing, but the machine is in great condition. I will bring it home and look at it a little more when we get home.. Isn't she pretty??

Berry Picking

It's fruit season here at Valley View Farm.  The Dr and I went outside this evening and picked about 2 cups of blueberries.  YUM...  I love our orchard, but for some reason, we don't have much luck with the trees, but our bushes and vines are amazing.  Following are pictures of the blueberry bushes and  grape vines.  Any suggestions for what to do with blueberries besides muffins and pancakes (and eating raw) are greatly appreciated...




Thursday, May 25, 2017

Vintage Quilt Tops

I don't think that I ever posted about a stack of quilt tops that I found at Goodwill.

It was after Christmas and I was wondering Goodwill looking for clothes to use for fabric in quilts.  I always look by the linens because sometimes they have good quilt fabric. I didn't see anything.  So, I walked around the rest of the store and looked toward the linens again....and a lady was hanging up a bunch of quilt tops!!!  I made my way there and there were 8 unfinished tops.  Some were actually summer tops with the edges sewn under but no backing or batting.  I grabbed them all.. Lydia was with me and we checked out.

When we got home we started laying them out so that I could photograph them. They were all hand pieced!!  I was floored!  Who gives these to Goodwill?? Many were scrappy and my favorite and of course, Lydia picked out her favorite and I had mine.



A good friend of mine told me that her sister was a quilt appraiser and wanted to see pictures.  She estimated them to be from mid last century to 20 years old.  I plan on quilting them and ,of course, giving Lydia her favorite.  Since going to the same Goodwill, I have found several pieces of 5-8 yards of fabric and another unfinished  piece about the size of a table runner that looks like it was pieced by the same quilter.  All by hand.











This is my favorite


This is Lydia's Favorite

















Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stash busting

I am on a mission to use up my fabric stash.... ok, maybe not all of it and I don't think I'll really deplete the whole thing...I mean I am still adding to it, so it will never really be "gone"   Recently I've had 2 fellow quilters give me parts of or all of their stash.  One is an old friend that I haven't talked to in years, she called me to see if I would like her fabric (and patterns and books) since she was not longer quilting.  The other was a lady thinning out her stash.  Both of them blessed me with an abundance of fabric.  God is good!!


The trick is finding a pattern that I like, and can make quickly.  I settled on 3 patterns.  Two are from  www.Quitedtwins.com and the other is from a free McCalls e-book.  All three patterns are scrappy and so cutting the fabric and sewing is easy. The QuiltedTwins patterns use 2 inch strips, and the McCalls pattern uses 1.5 inch strips.

I hate cutting fabric. I never really liked it, but if I am going to make quilts, then it must be done.   I have a Sizzix from my scrapbooking days and I purchased a few quilting dies to go with it.  I use them often.  Well, for these 3 quilts I splurged and bought a June Taylor Shape Cut Ruler. Of course I used a 50% off at Joann's.  Oh my goodness, how did I ever get along without this!!!  I've used my Sizzix to cut strips before, but this allowed me to cut 4 strips at 2 inches and 2 strips at 1.5 inches.  And I always cut about 6 layers of fabric at a time.  It made cutting through the "scraps" so easy.  I was able to breeze through the fabric that was given to me and make quite a dent in my stash.

I just need to cut some more grey half square triangles and I can use these quilts as leaders and enders while I finish Aaron's quilt.  His takes a bit more thought while sewing.  But it is going to look great in the end.  I sure hope he still likes those colors when it is finished...LOL


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Milestones

The next few years are going to be quite emotional for me.  It all started last year with Aaron graduating...actually it started when he turned 16 and it's pretty much gone downhill since then..LOL

This year is full of fun activities.  Zane had his Jr Prom.  I love the way our school does Prom. It is a banquet for the Sr's with the parents and Headmaster pronouncing a blessing over each senior.  The whole high school is invited and after they all have a dance with a mom/son father/daughter Sr dance kicking it off.  This year being Zane's Jr year we didn't have to go.  He took his friend Abby and they had a great time.

He was also in the FCA's Production of OKLAHOMA!  playing Jud Fry.  This was so out of his character but Ms Mimi wanted him to stretch himself.  Not bragging, but he nailed it.  His solo was amazing and many people talked about how awesome he was.  His dedication and commitment to everything that he does is amazing.





Lydia turnes 16 today... 16.. I can't believe it!  Lydia has always been a little behind maturity wise and I have gotten a bit used to it. But last night, when we picked her up from her schools graduation, I realized just how much she has grown and matured during this past year.  Our original plan was to wait until she was 17 for her to get her learner's permit, but we decided to go ahead and get one for her this year. She really wants a job and so she will need to drive herself there since we live out in the boonies.  She is also taking art this year and had a fabulous display at the Art Fair.