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
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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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