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Description from Laud: Nancy often had orioles at her backyard feeder; I never did. During her last days, I told her to send me an oriole after she left the world. I doubted she heard me; she was heavily medicated. But on Mother's Day--the day we always set aside for our annual spring birding expedition--the orioles came.


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  1. Ams
    Ams says:

    Thanks for sharing your story and the colors that depict it so well :)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Oh Laud, what a blessing!
    May your experience always bring you comfort, knowing that Nancy is still very much present in your life….she’s just around the bend. :-)

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Very touching lovely thoughts you have shared with us. Beautiful depiction of your time together.

  4. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Such a gorgeous pick, Laud. I join Ams and Mary S in their sentiments; what a lovely reminder of Nancy.
    It is said that our hearing is the last of our senses (smell, taste, touch, etc.) which remain with us until we depart; I believe this to be true. God heard as well and delivered your request of Nancy for orioles. So comforting, just as Mary said :)

  5. MaryKay K
    MaryKay K says:

    I’ve always loved orioles. I’m glad you got your wish.

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    Touching story, beautiful pick :D

  7. foxhill designs vt
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  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    That’s an amazing story Laud. What a gift.
    Your pick beautifully expresses your love of this gift.

  9. MaryKay K
    MaryKay K says:

    Congratulations on POD!

  10. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Congratulations on your POD. But, more importantly… for what it stands for. I was so touched by what you wrote. It was lovely.

  11. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Laud, your pick is so beautiful & perfect for an oriole theme! What a blessing to have such wonderful memories of Nancy! :D

    Congrats on being chosen as the POD! Hope you have a great day! :D

  12. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    A beautiful pick for your wonderful memories of Nancy. Congrats on POD!

  13. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    This pick touched my heart…congrats on it being selected for POD! :)

  14. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    I have nothing more to add except … enjoy the loving and living gift from your dear friend. Luvnhugs to you.

  15. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Congrats on POD, Laud!!!

  16. Asia
    Asia says:

    Laud, congrats on the POD :D

  17. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Congrats on POD! Your story gave me goosebumps. What a wonderful blessing!

  18. Lady425 aka Beth
    Lady425 aka Beth says:

    Laud, I am so sorry you lost someone so close to you. That is a real tragedy. My heart goes out to you.
    Your pick is a wonderful tribute to your friend.

  19. Lady425 aka Beth
    Lady425 aka Beth says:

    Congrats on the POD!

  20. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Beautiful POD. I am sure Nancy heard you, whether she or our Maker sent you the oriole is not for us to know but what a beautiful gift for you!

  21. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Your story gave me goosebumps. What a wonderful way to remember a dear friend. I hope you actually get to make this and wear it pride and love.
    Congrats on POD.

  22. Laud
    Laud says:

    Nancy was an avid beader for many years; in fact, buying a book for her on beading got me interested in making jewelry. She’d have loved the marvelous LB world, but by the time I discovered it and tried to entice her into participating, she was already ill. ‘T any rate, I’m so glad I got to share this story. Thank you all so much!!!

  23. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Beautiful. I believe those that are medicated or unconscious can in fact hear us.

  24. Frida
    Frida says:

    Congrats on POD, Laud! Beautiful story may Nancy RIP. Love your pick too :)

  25. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beautiful pick celebrate Nancy’s memory. Congrats on POD!

  26. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thank you!

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