Visiting Katie Stoltzfus was a highlight for us on this trip. If you would like to visit her and her little shop called Country Lane Quilts, her address is 221 South Groffdale lane, Leola Pa. I've had the privilege of meeting her several years ago when I took a quilt trip to the area. We shared a meal with them in their home twice. The time before this present visit was shortly after the tragic school shootings at the Nickel Mines School on October 2, 2006. One of Katie's grand daughter's was killed and another one injured. After having an amazing meal with them, they sang a hymn to us which they had written for the funeral. As you can imagine there was not a dry eye amongst us. It was an experience that I will never forget.
I purchased a cook book from Katie.....it has many great recipes, but it also has a copy of the hymn they sang and poems that were written in loving memory of the girls who died. Today I want to share one of the poems with you.
If Tears Could Build A Stairway
If tears could build a stairway
And memory were a lane
We would walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again.
No farewell words were spoken
No time to say good bye,
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why.
Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it means to lose you
No one will ever know.
But now we know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store.
Since you'll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today
A cherished place within our heart
Is where you'll always stay.
When we asked Katie how they were doing, she responded, "getting use to our new normal".
Katie's beautiful and well tended garden.
The farm dog had puppies. I can't say for certain, but there were either 6 or 7 of the pudgy little pups.
Here are a couple of Amish quilts which I picked out as my favorites. The prices are very reasonable, and the quilting is stunning!
"Life is about moments. Don't wait for them, create them". life quote
More coming tomorrow.