Ragamuffin Gal

".. from my ragged heart to yours"

February 6, 2010

~*Once UpOn A TiMe *~'`

The Story Behind
Ragamuffin Gal

Once there was a girl who loved
to spend time with her grandmother,

She loved to sit at her grandmother's
feet and gathers little bits of
scraps, rags, and left over materials
that fell from her work/sewing table.

She would look at each piece and
dream about what they could
how they could be fashioned into
something beautiful and useful.

As time passed, she begin to use
this talent gained on other things
and people.

She read books by Manning, Wangerin,
and ten Boom, and listened to music
writtened and brought to life by
Rich Mullins, Caedman's Call, and

She loves to take discarded things
and imagine the beautiful things
they could become.
she imagined the same
with people.

And she believed it...
even during the times,
especially when, 
she sometimes made a big
mess in her
own life.

Believing nothing is beyond

And she is imagining
and believing 

"For there is nothing lost,
that may be found,
if sought."

~Edmund Spenser

The picture is of my grandmother Pearl.  I'm not sure when it was taken,
but it is my favorite and I was thrilled when mother brought it to me to keep.


Linda said...

What a beautiful post, Katie! I had a grandmother Pearl...but she died when I was 6 so I didn't get to know her really. You were very blessed.

Jon Lee said...

That is a great poem and a picture to treasure. How blessed you are that you mother gave it to you. Grandmothers are precious, aren't they?

summersundays-jw said...

Katie - There's certainly a family resemblance. I never knew my g'mothers & have felt like I missed something really important especially after loving mine the way I do. Just hope they'll have wonderful memories of me. Have a great Sun. & if you have a snow day Mon., come for coffee. Jan

Mrs. E said...

Your grandmother is beautiful! What a great photo.

Taking scraps and creating something beautiful from them-- isn't that the story of our lives?!

Great post!

Debra@Common Ground said...

I can see Katie in Pearl, both lovely and talented women. Wonderful memories you have, when little ones take time to dream.
This is such a sweet post, I love hearing about loved ones and seeing old photos.
Be blessed dear Katie,

David said...

What a wonderfully nostalgic photo! Makes me want to get busy scanning some old family pictures.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Such a lovely post and tribute to your lovely grandmother Pearl dear Katie!

Lisa Gatz said...

Ah Katie, that's a beautiful post. What lovely words and what a lovely grandmother Pearl that you had.

Thank you for the inspiration today.

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Ahh...a lovely memory shared in such beautiful words. Thank you! ~Mindy

Pam Aries said...

THat is a very sweet post...my grandmother Nan used t oswew and she had a real barrel full of scraps! We made dolls and clothes ! THank you for this rembrance

Anna said...

gorgeous! What a beautiful name... Pearl! She was a true gem and we are now so blessed to share her DIAMOND of a granddaughter. Thank you Pearl!

dulcy said...

I LOVE the name Pearl. My grandma's name was Cora May. So simple and lovely.......

Crafty Gal Linda said...

What a beautiful blog you have! Thanks for finding me and leaving all of the sweet comments you left at my blog. BTW, I had a great grandmother named Pearl.

Gerushia's New World said...

Hi Katie:

What a touching post. The photo of your grandmother Pearl is just beautiful. I collect vintage photos and I adore the portrait of Pearl. You mention in your profile that you're from the Ozarks. Was Pearl an Ozark girl?

Gerushia's New World

Relyn said...

Oh, Katie. I don't even know what to say to this post. It is perfect. Some of your best writing ever; a prefect reflection of your beautiful heart.

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rebecca said...

she was beautiful, katie! thank you for sharing.

meandering pearl said...

i cant believe your grandmothers name was Pearl!!! she sounds extraordinarily lovely!!!

hope you had a lovely valentines day!! sweet wishes

Margaret said...

What a very special post Katie, the text and photo are beautiful. Margaret