Monday, April 15, 2013

A Healing Heart by Angela Breidenbach ends April 22th




Angela Breidenbach is a speaker, coach, and author of A Healing Heart, April 2013 from Abingdon Press in the Quilts of Love series. Her family tradition is to create the life story on a photo memory quilt for each graduating senior. She is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach, as a Stephen Minister, and a weight loss/nutrition coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister (worship/prayer leader) for her congregation in Missoula, MT. http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com
Twitter: @AngBreidenbach

Welcome Angela! It's great to have you here on my blog. Readers Angela is giving away a copy of her her new release A Healing Heart. Angela has asked 3 questions at the end of her article. Answer one of those questions (or 2 or 3 ;o) ) to be entered in the drawing. 



Crafting a Legacy
By Angela Breidenbach

Our cultures exist on centuries of women crafting a legacy through the ages. The gift of passing down cultural arts is more than preserving art. It’s how femininity and relationships between women have forged new territories, families, and legacies.

In A Healing Heart, Mara Keegan is the last of her lineage to know a special craft. Her Crow mother and grandmother have taught her the ancient, native art of beading, but Mara is too busy to teach her own daughter. Managing a business that employs so many people is crucial to her community. Every working mom faces the same time bandit. Time with children and working to either support or help support their families.

Mara has to experience a heart attack in order to find time to spend with her daughter. Cadence asked several times to learn her heritage craft. Mara put it off and almost missed her opportunity. In showing patience, mother and daughter are able to forge a new relationship. In the real world, my daughter wanted to learn how to make Scotch Eggs so she could share them with her friends. When she called, I had to juggle a very busy schedule to fit it in. But I didn’t regret making the change. We spent a couple of hours giggling in the kitchen. My daughter was so proud of her creation and ability to make something that’s a family tradition. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that fun afternoon passing on heritage to the next generation. I know an afternoon spent working would not have been as memorable.

With so many activities for our children to be involved in, we forget they really need to be involved in our lives more than the unending choices out in society. By sharing our family traditions, arts, and old family stories we ground them in their heritage. We ground them in a sense of family and roots. We do one more thing when daughters sit beside moms and grandmas; we build a legacy from generation to generation. A legacy crafted by time. Is it about the art or relationship? I think they’re entwined.

What craft or talent is historical in your family?
How do you share it with your children and grandchildren?
Do you have a crafting a legacy story?


About A Healing Heart: What would you do if your heart broke both emotionally and physically? Workaholic, Mara Keegan, must heal her heart from loss and a heart attack before she can love again. But she has to trust her business to the one man that tried to destroy it. Will Joel find a place on her heart and on the memory quilt she's making for her daughter's graduation? But first, Mara must live!
A heart attack has stopped Mara Keegan in her tracks, leaving her daughter’s unfinished photo memory quilt hanging by a thread. Little does Mara know, this quilt—and the memories it bolsters—are the key to her rehabilitation. But Mara’s heart needs to be healed in more ways than one. And Joel Ryan is fraying her last nerve. With her daughter’s graduation fast approaching, even Mara starts to wonder if she—and her faith—can mend in time. Will Joel’s photo find a place on the quilt… and in Mara’s heart?
A Healing Heart is available anywhere books are sold and at these online retailers: Christianbook.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon
 

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55 comments:

  1. My grandmother loved cooking and experimenting with recipes. I have invited my grandson into the kitchen with me many times...so much so one recent year that he said to me, "Memaw, I don't like to cook THIS much!" I look forward to doing the same with my granddaughters...

    thanks for the giveaway! bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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  2. Lol, aren't kids fun? Thanks for sharing!
    Angie

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  3. We have a love for art in my family. My grandfather, mother, and I are all artists. I hope I've passed that love on to my kids and grandkids. Healthy cooking is another skill and interest I see my girls enjoying too. My little gandsons both take art classes and I think they have real talent. Thanks for sharing more about your family and book!
    Blessings,
    Carrie

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    1. Hey Carrie. Thanks so much for coming by. I love art too! My mom paints, I paint and all 3 of my boys are very good at painting. My daughter never took an interest in it. But she is wants to learn to smock from me.

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  4. Lovely idea. I'm inspired! I'm not very crafty, but I want to learn how to make a simple quilt using some of the kids' t-shirts and pajamas that I've saved for sentimental reasons.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    srdietze at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. Oh Susanne, I did that for 2 of my kids and this year have my last 2 make. I make them for them when they are in college so they have memories to take with them. I used just Tee Shirts on those quilts but I made each of my boy a quilt from their blue jeans. I used pockets or something that really stood out about the jeans. I saved all the fabric from the dresses and outfits that I made my daughter and made her a quilt from that. My boys love their blue jean quilts. They are extremely heavy!

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  5. Cooking and food are a tradition in my family. With a strong work ethic, too often meals were the only time we slowed down enough to talk and laugh together.
    Pictures are also important. My mother-in-law made photo albums for all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, including pictures of their ancestors. I have made scrapbooks for each of my children and grandchildren, and a "hobby" scrapbook for my husband. I have also put together albums for neices and nephews.

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    1. Oh how wonderful, Connie. I admit I take a lot of pictures but they are all in boxes! I'd give anything if I could hire someone to put them in albums.

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  6. I grew up on a farm & can remember learning to bake & can from my mother & grandmother - as a child. My grandmother was also good at quilting, & while I enjoy other forms of crafting - was never patient enough to develop a love for any kind of sewing. As a single parent, I often worked more than one job at a time & wasn't able to spend as much time with my own children - but enjoy cooking family recipes & crafting with my granddaughter, when she visits.

    Would love to read your book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    I follow by feedburner.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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    1. I have my first grandbaby and am looking forward to doing crafts with her! Thanks for coming by, Bonnie.

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  7. I would love to read this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I'm also a feedburner follower.

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  8. This is an exciting and fun conversation! It looks like some crafts and cooking/baking are wonderful experiences in lots of our families. I had a grandma who knitted, one who crocheted, one who sewed, and one who canned/baked. Yep, 4 grandmas :) Each one poured something into me that I cherish. I hope to do that for my grands. Scrapbooking is something I like too. But now writing takes that time. One day I'll finish the last 3 kids' scrapbooks :) Maybe they'd like to do it with me too.
    Angie

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  9. Hello Angela. I have enjoyed this, but I don't have a large Legacy story to pass on. Guess the most important thing was trying to pass down the teaching the importance of a Christian of a Godly home. GOD has always been the big important thing in all of the generations of my family. God has truely blessed our large family with many miracles. We always have a large prayer chain support. If someone needs prayer. it is passed around throuhout the family, and there are many prayers being asked. There have been a lot of crafts in different kinds of sewing. That is something I have always loved.My girls are great cooks, the love for cooking passed down from a grandmother. I cook because it is a have to thing.LOL I guess you could say the love for singing has passed down through the family. I would love to win this book. Thanks to Debbie for having you here.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hey Maxie. Thanks for coming by and for being a follower! Passing down the word of God and the faith is such a wonderful thing! And singing is an awesome thing to pass down. I wish I could! But I can't hold a tune. :o( I'm the person that people turn around to see who that is behind them that can't sing. LOL

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    2. I'm sorry, Maxie, I called you Debbie earlier. I misread your post TO Debbie. Reiterating that I think music is a heritage craft too! My husband says I cook when I'm stressed. I had to correct him. I bake when stressed, lol. It soothes me.

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  10. Debbie, I forgot to say I am a follower of yours through Feedburner.
    M mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  11. Ah, but Debbie, that's a huge legacy! We sing in our family too and that is a craft. It's about the connectedness, not the exact thing. You have it just right :)
    Angie

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  12. I want to try one of those eggs! I've seen the recipe but never tasted it.

    My family comes from basic farming stock. I guess we've passed down the traditions of gardening, canning, and cooking. So many family things revolve around food, eh? :)

    At the age of 16 I learned to spin wool into yarn. I started raising Angora rabbits and spinning their fur. Many years later I got the itch to raise sheep and for the past 20 years have sheared more pounds of wool than I could spin in a lifetime! So I guess I backed back into the farming tradition of my family.

    I have no daughters, but my son has learned sheep raising right along with me and even though grown, he still enjoys many aspects of our agricultural heritage, including the gardening.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh Pegg, that sounds like so much fun! We are looking for a small hobby farm right now. I can and hubby likes to garden. My SIL has an alpaca and an Angora rabbit and she spins, too. She loves it! And she knits all the time. She always has at least 6 projects going at a time. Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Make sure you use maple sausage for the scotch eggs. It makes all sorts of difference! I remember watching yarn getting spun at a reenactment. It's fascinating.

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  13. I love this series of books that are based on quilts! I have the first few and would like to collect the entire series. I'm a quilter and have been for many years. I've been sewing since I was 5 years old, knitting, have done needlework of all kinds. I just love the feel of fibers in my hands. That and the feeling of a book in my hands are my idea of heaven on earth! Thank you for this lovely feature! I'm a follower of your blog through feedburner.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. I think the feel of something in our hands is so cathartic in quilting and crafts. But the amazement of seeing the finished project is an awesome sense of fulfillment. I admit to liking real books over e-books, but I read both.

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  14. Hey Nancee,

    It is so cool to see so many quilters and knitters here! I love anything that is hand work. I love to quilt too. I just finished 2 smocked dresses. I haven't knitted this year. But I have 2 quilts I have to do this summer/fall. Thanks for coming by! good luck!

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  15. This looks like a nice book, I had not heard of it before. Thank you for the chance to win. I am a follower through feedburner as well.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. I'm so glad you popped over to read about it.
      Thank you!

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    2. Hey Angela, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you were introduced to Angela's book! I hope you get the chance to read it.

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  16. The craft that has been handed down or followed in my family is sewing. However, I am sorry that I didn't spend more time on the craft with my daughters, as none of them are actively engaged in the craft in their present, adult lives.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com
    I am a follower by feedburner (different email).

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    1. I feel the same way with the loss of crochet in our family. One of my daughters-in-law knows how to knit and I think crochet. I'm going to see if we can have a girl's day and relearn so we bring it back to life in our family. I think there's hope when we treat it like an event. They want to come together. I hope :)

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    2. Hey Kay. My daughter wants to learn to smock and she is 31 so it's never too late! I love your idea of a girl's night Angela. Sounds like so much fun!

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  17. My aunt Shirley, my Mom's sister, is the only one in our family who's crafty.
    She even won first prize for crochet one year at the Plant City Strawberry Festival.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. One of the reasons I want to crochet again are the pile of doilies from my grandma on one side of my family (they're at least 50 years old) and the table runners and lamp edging from the other side of my family that are well over 100 years old. They fascinate me. I want to be connected to these women and their crafts. I'm so lucky my stepmom entered the art of quilts into our family.

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    2. I have a real love for crocheted doilies. I have one from my great-grandmother hanging on my wall in a frame, and I have a bunch more from a great-aunt. They used such vivid colors. I just love them!

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  18. I don't think there is any craft that has been handed down in my family. I am crafty but not always in the mood for it. I have done projects for Sunday School, as gifts, and for myself. I have been wanting to learn to quilt for some time. I also would like to learn to sew by hand as they did in the old days. I have always wondered how they must have had to stitch the clothing by hand and get them to hold up as well or better than clothes sewn by machine today.

    I am a Feedburner follower.

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Deanna,

      It is amazing how well things held up. I have two old quilts, one from my great-grandmother and the other by my pastor's grandmother (that one was probably from the late 1800's) and the stitching is amazing! Talk about meticulous work. Those ladies really had a lot of talent.

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    2. I've found myself wanting to connect through the "old ways" of hand craft now.

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  19. There is a special joy when a daughter asks to be taught something that you learned from a mother/ grandmother/ aunt.
    I've found it's best to wait until asked!

    I'd love to be in the drawing. THese quilt books are wonderful and I'd love to read Angie's!

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    1. Hey Debra! So good to see you here. Like I said above, my daughter is 31 and finally wants to learn how to smock! I am in hope that when my boys marry their wives will show an interest in some of the things I do. My daughter does cross-stitch and knit. I have done both and occasionally still knit but my real love is still with types of sewing.

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    2. Thanks, Debra! I bet when you do the craft in front of them it makes them ask ;)

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  20. My grandmother and mother sewed a lot and made many quilts. I love to sew and hope when my life calms down a bit and I'm less busy, I will be able to carry on the tradition of quilts.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I just love old quilts. The one I own from the late 19th century had the back made from Eagle Flour bags! Oh my goodeness it is so cool!

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    2. I hope so too, Ruby, I want to relearn crochet and embroidery that my grandma did.

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  21. My mom has always enjoyed cross stitching. I sometimes help her cross stitch people's names for their weddings. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. How sweet, Rose, to work with your mom to stitch things for weddings. I bet those are treasured items.

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  22. I never grew up with any family crafting traditions. With my own kids, I've shared cross stitching, jigsaw puzzles, and scrapbooking. I gave my children each a scrapbook one year for Christmas that contained themselves from birth to that present year. I currently keep scrapbooks for each of my grandchildren, to be given to them when they turn 16. They are filled with memories of them and me. I also have a Bible for each child, with my notes and comments in them. My daughters are following in my footsteps with their kids, making scrapbooks. :)
    debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com

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    1. What a wonderful, idea of the bible and notes! I just love that. I have 1 grandbaby so it isn't too late. Would you mind if I borrowed your idea? How precious to give your grandchild a bible with your comments. I collect antique bibles so this is so near and dear to my heart. I have my grandparent's bibles too!

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    2. I love that idea. I still have 2 scrap books to finish for my kids. I really enjoyed reliving their lives while I made them.

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    3. Be my guest Debbie! I'm sure I am not the first to do this. :) The Bible's I have for my grandchildren is the Grandmother's Bible...boys get the hardcover, girls get the soft leather cover. It is filled with insights by other grandmothers and special prayers throughout.

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  23. I have my grandma's and grandpa's Bibles. I love their notes. I showed one at an event today. It's a special legacy.

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  24. Ooh, dear, I am quite late!! :( That's okay, if I am, I'm determined to find this particular series of books at some point, as each is stitched with a heap of love and involves one of my favourite subjects: old world arts & crafts! :) I completely concur with the author, that we all need to readily band together to bridge the gap between what was once envogue and ready at hand knowledge to the modern world's disconnect for both the arts & crafts that previous generations never took for granted! In my own family, my great-grandmother knew crochet and rug hooking, but she never thought my Mum could *catch on* so she wouldn't show her how! :( Quite frustrating for my Mum, who loves handicrafts, and is a needleworker in her own right! Therefore, in 2009 Mum & I decided to 'tackle' knitting together, and we've been working in tandem ever since! We even have proper 'sit & spin' yarn unwinders as you knit to limit the torque on your hands as the stitches make their way onto your needles, and each new technique we 'master' is a conjoined celebration! I help her, she helps me, and we hitched ourselves to a local yarn shoppe that is welcoming towards knitters of all stages of productivity as much as accepting that not all yarn will come from the shoppe! {ie: we're charity knitters for prayer shawls, and so, that yarn is specifically 'donated' OR we pick up cottons for other projects we give away for friends!}

    Long/short: Yes! I am a happy advocate for all old world arts and crafts, and want to become proficient in the following as life moves forward: spinning {for it's mediative karma}, weaving {for the loveliest end results}, quilting {to piece together stories through fabric}, knitting {I want to work up to Fair Isle patterns, double-points & knit on fours for socks!}, and I want to take up watercolour painting as an outlet alternative to oil painting which I enjoyed as a child! :) :) At least, this is what I am planning at the moment,... who knows what wickedly delightful arts & crafts I'll discover in the future!?

    An art filled life is one of immeasurable joy that not only wraps around the artist but is freely given back out to the world! :) :) Let's spread the love and positive karma that art gives to us all! May peace be ever present and alive! :)

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  25. HeY Jorie, You aren't too late. I haven't drawn the winner yet so you'll be in the drawing.:o) BTW I love to paint too!

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  26. Thank you so much for everyone's time this week. It was a total delight.
    Angie

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  27. Winner was drawn by Random numbers. And the winner was...Rose! Congratulations, Rose!!!

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