Day 34: Adversity can be a blessing

These thoughts today from Amalia Pappano Plantone. She titled them “Adversity can be a Blessing” and I think you’ll find hope in these lines:


Wise words on a hope-themed quilt made by Debbie Fogg.

Young and old, rich or poor, male or female, sooner or later each one will experience some kind of problem or adversity.  It is life!

The right alternative to handle a problem is the same for all kinds of people; prayers, faith, hope and complete trust in a merciful God, Who desires to help us.

Don’t underestimate the power of your prayers, put them and your problems in God’s Hands, and in a positive attitude expect the Grace of God to turn the adversity into a victory…


I reside in Greece in a home my husband built in 1980 and attend church daily. I was married to a wonderful man, Cosmo for 56 years and raised 4 great children. I enjoy writing and working in the yard.

Day 3: Finding hope in our mistakes

Pillow2For two weeks Debbie Fogg poured through her fabric for something bright. She designed an angel to embroider and worked with her son to perfect a poem about comfort and love — all in hopes of winning a sewing contest and $50,000 for charity. Then, when her pillow was finished, she read the rest of the directions.

All her fabric had to be from one store, and she had to have receipts.


387091_558287784190226_1041926299_n“I am very very passionate when it comes to my love of horses and my sewing. So I sat and stewed about it for a week as to which time a young lady that I had done horse shows with lost her father to brain cancer. She was only 16 and totally devastated. I gave her the pillow with the poem on the back of it. She cried and cried thanking me for such a special and precious gift.”

The rest, as they say, is history.


IMG_1148“After I gave it to her and saw how much it meant to her, I decided right then and there I was not entering it in the contest, I was going to make them and give them to people who have lost loved ones or just going through a difficult time in their life. I have since made over 100 pillows…. To me there is no greater feeling than putting a smile on a sad face.”

Out of one mistake, many blessings and hope.


Today’s journal page was designed by me (Marketta) and inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem where she writes, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all….”

To download today’s journal page and write your own thoughts, click here.

Here’s a glimpse…