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Bearing and Receiving Gifts

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Last week hubby and I drove up to MI to celebrate my b-day watching the big screen 30th anniversary presentation of The Princess Bride with our middle daughter and son-in-law. Because it was showing on my real birthday date, it was like having a mini-family feast of words (we all know this movie by heart), laughter as well as food and table-talk.
The audience was an eclectic mix of elders (us), current parents of young children, 30-somethings (our kids gen), and college students…along with smatterings of other categorical diversity.

princess bride quote

The favorite scenes for hubby & our kiddos always begin thusly.

I was a bit concerned we as a family would be disruptive to those around us during certain favorite scenes…where we’d play act and/or get lost in wild guffaws.
For myself, I cracked up at the usual places: “Bye, bye, boys!” –  Mawage…a dweem within a dweem…”
Oh, don’t even get me started!
Thankfully this eclectic audience also had certain specific scenes that caused the same type of potentially disruptive explosive laughter. In that respect, we truly were in it together for the fun of it all.
Mother/Daughter Quilt - Our Quilt

Finally handing off our Mother/Daughter Quilt project! (started 2003, finished 2017)

Now we also went up to MI bearing gifts. We filled our Camry’s trunk with some special items gleaned from Dad’s estate and the finally finished Mother/Daughter Quilt Project.
My Michelle’s favorite color is no longer pink.  She has grown up, become a confident, professional woman and married a fine young man.  But our Mother-Daughter Quilt still speaks of the ties that bind: times past, present and future; the good times and the bad; what it means to love and be loved; forever and always…Amen.
Our Quilt Label - start 2003 finish 2017

Our Quilt Label (start 2003 – 2017 finish)


  1. Jennie Fitzkee

    Happy Birthday, Laura. Love the quilt, and of course the movie. Best to you!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Jennie…you can use my b-day as an excuse to have a class party – I’d bring the cupcakes, but think they’d get mashed up in transit!

  2. Andrea Stephenson

    Happy Birthday Laura, I’m glad you had a great day! The quilt is beautiful.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you, Andrea. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

  3. Andy

    My greeting: A belated Happy Birthday to you.
    My confession: I have never seen that movie.
    My observation: how alike you and your daughter are!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Greetings – acknowledged!
      Confession – heard with penance given as follows: get thee and thy family a copy of The Princess Bride and watch it ASAP!
      Observation – it’s been said that she’s the blond version of me!
      Thanks Andy!

  4. Irene Frances Olson

    Absolutely one of my “favoritest” movies. What a great time! And how delightful you and your daughter had the quilt project to do together. It doesn’t matter how long it took to complete; it’s still a work of art – and more importantly – a work of love.

    • laura bruno lilly

      It is a favoritest for sure!

  5. Joan Hart

    Happy belated birthday, Laura!!! Your quilt turned out beautiful! Glad you were able to visit Michelle and David. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Hope to see you the next time you are back in CO.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Hey Joan, will definitely let you know when we’re back in town – lotsa love and hugs to you and the fam!

  6. Deborah

    Happy birthday, Laura! Sounds like you had a wonderful day. And I love the quote you began your post with. One of my favorites.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you Deborah!

  7. L. Marie

    Happy belated birthday, Laura! Glad you celebrated it well. I would have loved to see The Princess Bride. That’s one of my favorite scenes. Another is Vizzini’s scene, in which he utters these lines:
    “You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – the most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’ – but only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!’ Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!”
    What a beautiful quilt!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Even after seeing it over and over on TV & computer screens…there’s really nothing like viewing it on the ‘devise’ on which it was made to be presented – the movie theatre big screen. Like a whole new movie, but not! Truly a complete ‘movie viewing experience’. HA!
      And yes, Vizzini’s scene is one of the best!

  8. Anna Scott Graham

    What a lovely post, a beautiful quilt, and a terrific way to celebrate another grand year of your presence!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Gee, thanks!

  9. Jill

    Oh my, the quilt is absolutely gorgeous, Laura. Will you and your daughter start another project?
    Happy birthday!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Jill.
      Considering it took 14 years to complete this one, I’m not so sure…(for story press here)
      Right now, she’s in the midst of working on her PhD – so time’s kinda full for her. However, she is contributing to my stash of African Fabrics on a consistent basis with each trip to Africa taken for research, her job, etc. Anything made out of that can ‘count’ as her part of another project, ya know?
      Hope you’re enjoying the cooler weather in NC- we in SC are finally in the best time of year for here!

  10. Sue

    Happy Birthday, Laura! How satisfying that you were able to spend it as you wiiiiiiiiiish!

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