Crafting a Legacy
Women have passed down cultural arts through generations. It’s how femininity and relationships between women have forged communities, countries, and legacies.
In A Healing Heart, Mara Keegan learned beading and quilting from her Crow mother and grandmother. But Mara is too busy being mom, dad, and accountable to her business to teach her own daughter. Employing so many people is crucial to her community. Every working mom faces the same time bandit whether business owner or employee. We’re forced to choose between being with our children and providing for them.
By sharing our family traditions, arts, and old family stories we ground our children 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.
How do you share it with your children and grandchildren?
Do you have a crafting a legacy story?
I’m excited to share a talk on Crafting a Legacy in my local Munce store for my book launch party, the Garden of Read’n, on April 20th. We’re going to display the memory quilts that inspired A Healing Heart and hope to inspire others to share heritage crafts with their children.
About A Healing Heart: What happens when the one man who can help is the one man she can’t trust? 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?
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 in Missoula, MT. Contact Angela to speak for your group. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @AngBreidenbach