By: Katie Austin
When I think of my mom, I think of the many wonderful ways she has touched my life. Moms are always there for their kids to patch them up when they get hurt, help them through the difficult childhood journey to adulthood, and take care of everything in between. This poem by Joanna Fuchs sums it up perfectly!
Mom, without you, there would be no me.
Your love, your attention, your guidance,
have made me who I am.
Without you, I would be lost,
without direction or purpose.
You showed me the way
to serve, to accomplish, to persevere.
Without you, there would be an empty space
I could never fill, no matter how I tried.
Instead, because of you,
I have joy, contentment, satisfaction and peace.
Thank you, mom.
I have always loved you
and I always will.
I can say without hesitation that I wouldn’t have made it through my breast cancer battle without her. She was biggest supporter and was by my side for every medical appointment, doctor consult, infusion treatment, cancer sickness and my daily struggle to regain my strength. I always knew my mom was special but it was during my breast cancer battle that I learned just how special she is.
During each infusion treatment she would talk about her latest project and would bring finished copies for me to see. You see, my mom is a part of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative where she created mini art quilts the size no larger than a flat rate priority mailer. These small wonders are auctioned off to raise awareness and fund Alzheimer’s research. She has created more than 75 so far and the initiative has raised more than $679,000 since 2006. Isn’t that wonderful?!? I am including a few examples of the priority quilts she created so that you can get an idea of the artwork, detailed personal touches that are included in each project. Each quilt has a theme and takes her many hours to create. The pictures are small so if you would like to see a larger picture, you can go to her blog site.
My two absolute favorite quilts are shown below and I think you will love them too. The detail in each quilt is amazing and I find myself looking over every inch to make sure that I don’t miss anything. My favorite items are the pumpkins, bag of potatoes and the bird sitting just outside the bird feeder. What do you see in the quilts that you like?
In my recent blog post Helping Hand, I said that the easiest way that we can get involved in our community is to lend a hand and my mom is doing just that through her quilt creations. She is raising money for and awareness of Alzheimer’s one quilt at time. I am so proud of what she has accomplished and to call her my mom. What’s even more special is that I am adopted and feel that she picked me out of so many to be her daughter. We have a special bond as she is more than a mother to me, she is my closest friend and I am so blessed to have her in my life.