While Laina and I were dating she happened to see my dresser filled with t-shirts along with a huge tub that was also filled with t-shirts. I hadn't thrown out any t-shirts since I was in elementary school. Hey, they are all good t-shirts and have significance to them. Laina of course thought I had way too many of them. "Forty two t-shirts!" She said, "That's way too many, you'll never wear that many t-shirts!"
I protested as each of them was special to me. Her next argument stopped me. "Well, how about I make you a quilt with 30 of your t-shirts." She suggested. I paused and thought about it and obliged her offer.
Fast forward about 13 years later. Did I have a quilt? No sir. Did I have t-shirts? No, they were all cut up years ago, but never stitched together. That was until a couple weeks ago. Laina and the girls called me into the living room. I knew she was up to something, because several times I asked her what she was doing and she said, "nothing." That is our code for "Hey I've a surprise brewing up for you so give me some space." Kysa and Matea brought me a huge bag and I pulled out this wonderful quilt! Is there another quilt like it? I think not. It's a quilt of many colors and I will cherish it for my lifetime. And one day it will be passed on to our daughters and their families. It's not just a quilt, it's my story. There is everything from my baby blanket to sporting t-shirts, to concert t-shirts, to mission trip shirts to graduation and even a couple of Laina's t-shirts and Kysa's baptism shirt. Kysa and Matea even drew a couple of pictures on two patches as well. Each panel has a story and a memory. It is a very special gift from my wonderful wife. Laina has always been a woman of integrity and she keeps her promises.
Pick a panel and I'll tell you a story. Some of you may even see a panel that you participated in that part of my life. Feel free to post your memories in the comments below. What do you remember?
Thank you to Laina, Kysa, Matea, Krista (Rei), Kara Blake and our small group ladies from Oakwood Church who helped make this possible. There were many hands that had a part in this beautiful work of my life story. Our lives are so interwoven to make a whole story. And if we'll take a moment and get an even bigger picture, we'll see that we are a part of an even bigger story, God's story.
Thank you Laina! What Laina wrote sums up our lives together. She is so insightful and discerning. I am so thankful for a Godly wife, who has integrity, keeps her promises and loves me truly.
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