Hello Dear Friends, I hope you have had a blessed Christmas celebration! This Christmas I have been struck by the importance of leaving a legacy of faith and encouragement to those who come behind us. You can imagine my absolute thrill and delight when Nancy (a Henry Longfellow descendant) left the following comment on my Christmas 2014 blog post where I had shared the words of I heard the bells on Christmas Day. The song was sung at our church the weekend before we left town for Christmas. I thought it worthwhile to share Nancy’s comment in case you had missed it: “Wendy…Blessings of the Season! I love reading all of your posts. Especially this Christmas post. I am a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Descendant on my Grandfather’s side. Henry wrote the above poem during the Civil War as he felt a great sadness for those who fought in the conflict. His own son Charlie entered the War and suffered a serious injury. Henry traveled to his son’s bedside and nursed him back to health. Henry wrote his Civil War Poem explaining his own sadness and the families that were suffering the same. The poem was eventually set to music by an English Organist John Paptiste Calkin who used it as a church processional and this has been a long standard for numerous years. Even today, hundreds of popular modern day singers have recorded the above song/poem which also includes the amazing Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and many more popular well known singers. Happy New Year!” In a similar quilty situation a couple of years ago, Deborah had left a comment about being the descendant of Elizabeth Ann Darst. Elizabeth Darst made a most stunning blue and white sunburst quilt which now belongs to DAR Museum. I was able to attend a special event where quilters were able to view in person DAR quilts that were not normally on display. Deborah wrote the following: “I’m delighted that the quilt was featured in the exhibition, and that you found it so inspirational – Elizabeth Ann Darst was my 3xgreat-grandmother, and the quilt passed down to my cousin Jenny Holden, who donated it to the DAR. The quilt also mentioned in the book which was made by Elizabeth’s mother, Martha (Harness) Darst, passed down to my aunt Constance Hart Wulfman, and I had the pleasure of seeing both “in the flesh” several times, and seeing them on display when they were featured in the DAR’s “NewThreads” exhibition in 2007-2008. I was also privileged to accompany my aunt when she presented the Martha Darst quilt to the DAR. It was a hard decision for both my cousin and my aunt to part with the quilts, but I know that they will be thrilled to learn that they are bringing such pleasure to so many people. Thanks for your kind words on our family treasures!” *** SUCH are the examples of multi-generational blessings! At any given time, I hope you will be heartened by the knowledge that the crafts that you so enjoy, and the gifts you lovingly make and give away will hopefully play a part in blessing your descendants so that they in turn can bless and inspire others. Connecting with the past through quilts and needlework has been my passion, and it will continue through all my years! Thank you for stopping by. I will be posting about another feature quilt tomorrow, and after that, we will have our annual Ivory Spring 2014 recap posts – they will run past the New Year, but we will have great fun with them! Till tomorrow, dear Friends!