Glimmers of Hope - Carolina Country

Glimmers of Hope

Readers share their sources of inspiration in trying times

You can find beauty and inspiration in all sorts of places. Maybe it's a small business adapting to serve its community however it can; a friend getting groceries for an elderly neighbor; or even barn quilt that lifted your spirits. We've asked our readers to tell us what gives them hope in these trying times. Here's a few of your hope-filled moments.

Meaningful Barn Quilt

After I saw my first barn quilt, I knew I wanted one of my own. I researched a variety of different styles and techniques of how barn quilts were made.

Since I have painted for years as well as sewn quilts, I knew I wanted to create something different, one to represent our whole family. I came across a cotton quilt block that I had made and knew that was the design I wanted to use.

After painting on and off for a little over a year, the barn quilt was finally finished! It was time for a frame and then to be put on our red barn.

My dad, Bob, had the perfect wood for the frame, Burmese teak. Our son, Shane (a Rutherford EMC crew leader), was able to hang and fasten the finished quilt on our family barn on March 27.

What a great day that was for us all, as we now could enjoy this barn quilt as a family.

Hopefully during this time of chaos in our world, others may see our quilt, smile, and realize that good things still happen during trying times.

Shari Richard, Crouse, a member of Rutherford EMC


A Grateful Graduation

I completed my Doctor of Education degree in Education Leadership with the University of Phoenix (UOP), and my graduation was set for April. But due to social distancing, it was canceled. I was very hurt and disappointed because I worked hard, and to learn I wouldn’t be able to have graduation was upsetting for me, family and friends. I received an invitation email stating that I could participate in the 1st Virtual Graduation with UOP in May, and it put a smile on my face along with tears of joy in my eyes. I realized that this may not have been a priority to others considering the pandemic, but I was grateful to be granted the opportunity to have graduation after all — where I could have unlimited family and friends in attendance.

Vanessa Edmundson, Aberdeen, a member of Lumbee River EMC

Glimmers of Hope

We could all use some good news right about now. But even in trying times, you can find glimmers of hope and inspiration.

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