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Day 12: The beauty of hope
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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By simplyfaithful
Feb. 26, 2013 11:10 a.m.



Mama would never describe herself this way, but she is an artist. She is one who likes to add beauty to the mundane. We have everything from hand-embroidered pillow cases to cute snowmen ornaments made with love. Even our dishtowels — items designed to clean up messes — have her handiwork on them. And I wish I had kept count of all the little kids she has made doll quilts for… You see, everything and everyone deserves beauty and hope.

Today, take a look at some of her work and consider Philippians 4:8:



Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,



whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,



whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,



whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,



and if there be any praise, think on these things.

A baby quilt for Colt...



A baby quilt for Colt…




 

A quilt made for Benjamin's big boy bed... (My sister designed the snowmen because Mama can't draw.)

A quilt made for Benjamin’s big boy bed… (My sister designed the snowmen.)



 

One of many embroidered pillowcases. Mama is working on one for my husband now. It is a Saab 35F-2 Draken -- the military buff's favorite plane.

One of many embroidered pillowcases. Mama is working on one for my husband now. It is a Saab 35F-2 Draken — the military buff’s favorite plane.



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One of Mama’s many, many doll quilts. She has also made sleeping bags for dolls and just about anything else my sisters and I wanted.



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When we got that wooden kitchen for Colt and Benjamin, I asked Mama if she would make them dishtowels like mine. Within the week a package arrived from Oklahoma with three towels. My favorite is the tomato.



I love her days-of-the-week dishtowels, so I turned one into a journal page for you. I didn’t iron it because I convinced myself you’d like to have the texture in the background… and I hate to iron! I’ve written about Mama’s embroidery work before. To read that story, click here.

To download today’s journal page, click here.

Here’s a glimpse:

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