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Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift though all we've left behind
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find.

~The Mourning of Ren B. Parker~

   ....an old country cemetery is near here. I visit it often. The 'old sections' with the old graves dominate the south side, where the families of the dead are long gone also and they receive little to no attention.  I have long felt these graves and their names should not be forgotten and each year clean some of them and give them flowers. Often wild flowers of pale lavender flax grow across them in late spring and early summer in remembrance  of who rests there from over a century ago. Often their only flowers. 

In cleaning one large embanked lot one springI found under nearly a foot of decaying years old leaves, this tiny gravestone. Barely legible, I used pencil and paper tracing to find the words.  I sat on the ground, crying for this families loss, of this son, who died before his first birthday, and  was forever changed by the stone words.

Ren B. Parker

Nov 30, 1890  -  Oct 9, 1891

I will remember you. I whisper your name.

 Old once ornate frame 15x18x2-1/2", with parts showing major wear. Words of his gravestone,  stitched freehand on old grainsack.   $65.00 + SH


~Likeness of Old Sampler~

...not vintage old, but still about 20 years old nevertheless, this sampler has been in my collection for several years. Cross stitched and embroidery stitched on a large weave osnaburg, it is the alphabet in upper and lower case, with numbers, the name Anna, age 7. It is framed in a 10x12" 'combed' grain wood frame with glass.  Looks very much like the very old sought after ones.

$47.00 + SH.




Stitched freehand on old linens or quilt pieces, framed in a black 5x7 frame. $20 each+sh.


My passion for anything 'crow' carries over often into samplers. Stitched freehand on old linens, this old rhyme  is great for anybody who loves crows. Old frames used. Sizes will vary, but will always be old.  This one is sold, but can be ordered.  $39.00+SH  Comes signed and dated.

~The Truth we Believe~

 Stitched freehand on old fabric, and framed in a 6x8" old dark brown frame.  

  $28.00 includes shipping. 

 Defend the garden of your spirit... lovely words. Stitched freehand on old grain sack, the old original glass has a greenish cast to it that gives the stitched work a slight pale green hue. Framed in a vintage 9x15 frame. Signed and dated. $38.00 +SH.



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