Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . and the Ludvigson Lawn Service Chauffeur

Hummer: I understand there is still snow in Minnesota.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yup. And it’s April.

Hummer: The Minnesotans are not too happy about that.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Well, they even had a white Easter!

Hummer: But, did they have that snow for a white Christmas last December?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: It won’t be long before they are experiencing the beautiful spring weather that Texans currently enjoy! And when spring does arrives for Minnesotans, they will enjoy it much longer than we will in Texas !

Hummer: It’s amazing, the difference in just a few hundred miles.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: For sure! But there is one green thing that does not change, whether Minnesotan or Texan!

Hummer: What’s that?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Grass. Cutting it. Frequently. In the spring.

Hummer: Don’t you know! You spent a lot of time with the Ludvigson Lawn Service during those peek seasons! What did you do, anyway? I know you weren’t allowed on the mowing field!

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: Sure wasn’t! But nonetheless, it was a productive time! The fresh air of spring in the driver’s seat of the family van, turned Ludvigson Lawncare Service transport vehicle, with my crochet hook and thread in hand!

They tackled the customer’s lawn while I tackled the Petal doily pattern!

The Ludvigson Lace Lady…on the road!

Hummer: Wow. Multi-tasking Ludvigsons, at their best!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: For sure. And since it was usually a school day, and the lawncare team was school age, it was prudent that the homeschool teacher/mom was along for the ride!

Hummer: I bet the customers were happy to see you too!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. Probably so. I waved hello to a customer once in a while. But the lawncare business was solely run by the four boys, other than me driving.

Hummer: How did this all begin?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Let’s see now. I believe it started with our neighbor to our north. They were elderly.

Hummer: Elderly. There seems to be an elderly thread that has run through the story of your family’s life!

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: I agree! But it was definitely God’s thread! We just followed His lead! Anyway, our dear elderly neighbors paid us a visit one evening, asking if our oldest son might like the job of mowing their lawn.

Hummer: Really? How old was your oldest at this time?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Eleven. Not really old enough to handle a mower yet, Tim and I were thinking. Our own lawn was still mowed by Tim or me. It was a beautiful lush green 1/4 acre, and we used a riding lawn mower. Of course the young boys had not started to help us, at this point.

Hummer: So, did you allow Ryan to take the job? I guess you did, as you were sharing how the lawnservice started!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes, Ryan took on the job. And he did great! In fact, as the other neighbors were looking out their windows, their inquiries were added to Ryan’s docket! And he was soon mowing weekly for a number of neighbors!

The Ludvigson Lawncare Service…staff meeting?

Hummer: Plus school?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Oh, yes. School was first priority. We mowed when in need, but school assignments were completed each day, as their studies required. Daily. Weekly. Done.

Hummer: So, when did the other sons get involved? They must have been eager to mow!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Our next son was only about eight when Ryan began mowing, but he was, yes, greatly desiring to participate! If my memory hasn’t failed me, Brent began training on our yard as soon as he was strong enough and wise enough (!) to handle the push mower. It didn’t take him long. He was a natural.

Hummer: And Tim and you had to stop mowing, so Brent and Ryan practice their lawncare skills?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes!

The (aging) Ludvigson Lawncare Service

Hummer: Must have been nice!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Oh, it was! But more than average attention was focused on looking out our windows! And evaluations were stiff. Quality was important!

Hummer: And then there were your third and fourth sons. They were too young, of course. At the start they were only about three and four.

Hummer: What did they do in the Ludvigson Lawn Service van? For they surely went along for the ride.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes, they were with me, wherever I happened to be. By the time there was a larger docket, Drew and Phillip were about six and seven. There was school they could work on in the van.

Hummer: And they were wishing to be mowing too?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yup. In fact, they were out of the van as they were needed, to assist in non-mowing needs.

Hummer: How many customers did the Ludvigson Lawncare Service have?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: There was about 10 – 12 customers.

Hummer: And in the spring, when the grass grows faster, that would be a busy week!

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: And it was! But they were motivated! They did not charge exorbitantly. They were young. Most customers were elderly. The price matched the situation.

Hummer: What about autumn leaves and winter snow? I understand the Ludvigson Lawncare Service expanded into these seasons?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: It seems they were even more busy during the Fall/Winter!

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Hummer: Well, what interesting times in the Ludvigson household!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Never a dull moment. All agree.

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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . .

Never a dull moment is right. But I did enjoy putting all other tasks aside to chauffeur the lawncare business from one appointment to another!

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My hook happily performed to the tune of buzzing lawnmowers! A free hand was needed every once in a while to swat a newborn mosquito! Interestingly, as the mosquito population grew in physical size and number, the summer grass grew a bit slower and the jobs were less frequent! ☺

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All in all, LUDVIGSON LAWNCARE SERVICE and LUDVIGSON LACE coordinated well. Lawncare stories go far beyond what I am able to share. In fact, my lawncare memories run far short of their’s, for as always – I know there are trade secrets! Customers loved them. And I was proud to be around…chauffeuring.

The Ludvigson Lawncare Service had to close their doors as the Ludvigson family moved to Texas in 2008. It was a sad day for all. But it was great while it lasted. And many lessons were learned for future ventures!

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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . Harvest Sheaves and Tares



“Oh, where do I start?” 

It was  the Ludvigson Lace Lady speaking to *Hummer, for they were once again conversing over coffee at the Ludvigson Lace Lady’s kitchen table.

Hummer: Well, what is on your heart?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: I’m not quite sure. Usually a cup of coffee with you brings my concerns to the surface.


Hummer: Tell me about your week. We’ll start there.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Ok. Well, with Thanksgiving around the corner, I’ve been busy planning the Thanksgiving dinner. We will have quite a crew here this year again!

Hummer: That’s good!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes! And as usual, everyone coming will bring part of the feast! They will bring different vegetable dishes, favorite salads, rolls and an assortment of pies!  So all I really have to do is make the turkey and dressing!


Hummer: Where will you seat everyone?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: That will take some thought. And moving of furniture! I guess I will need that extra time.

Hummer: Well, the work will be worth it. The time together will bring lasting memories.

LudvigsonLace Lady:  Memories. Now that word draws me closer to where I need to start our coffee chat.

Hummer: Oh really? Why is that?


Ludvigson Lace Lady: You’re the Hummer. You know the hymns. There is one Thanksgiving hymn that I just recently contemplated all the verses. That would be, including the most often unsung verses: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come. 

The song is so familiar!  But only the first and second verse. We sing them every Thanksgiving season.

Hummer: Yes. I guess I will need to refresh my memory too.

(With a simple google the complete song was before them.)

Ludvigson Lace Lady: The first verse we know. But then the second speaks of the wheat and the tares sown together. The wheat brings joy, while the tares bring sorrow – simultaneously.


Now, the third verse:

For the Lord our God shall come

And shall take His harvest home:

From His field shall in that day

All offenses purge away –

Give His angels charge at last 

In the fire the tares to cast, But the fruitful ears to store, In His garner evermore.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Now this verse is quite devastating.  Especially for a Thanksgiving celebration, don’t you think?

Hummer: Wow! Yes. I think that verse is possibly skipped over…

Ludvigson Lace Lady: And the third verse of another Thanksgiving hymn, Bringing In the Sheaves:

Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master, 


Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves; 

When the weeping’s over He will bid us welcome –

We shall come rejoicing,  bringing in the sheaves. 

Hummer: That one’s more familiar. But I can see a correlation between the two hymns. There is a bittersweetness added to Thanksgiving when we remember the sorrow and the tares.


Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes, there is: bittersweetness. I wish it was all a joyful celebration, but it many times is not.

Hummer: No, there are sorrows and tares in everyone’s lives. In everyone’s family. Even as they gather around the great harvest feast. Deep inside many hearts there is hurt and devastation.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: We see it all around us every day of the year.


Hummer: So there is a reason for a silent remembrance for the heavy hearted, while lightheartedly conversing around the Decorated Table this annual fourth Thursday of November, this year.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. Many are hurting. May our Final Harvester give us all needed grace and mercy. Even as we are also rejoicing in the sheaves!


Hummer: There is weeping now, there will be joy in the end. May we all be ready!

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . 

As I crochet, I am able to ponder about many life issues. In my life. In other’s lives. And the devastation of their intermingling. In this broken world, one may be exuding with joy through the abuse they bring to another. And the other is utterly heartbroken. Maybe all are sitting at the same Thanksgiving table!

Hard to believe? Yes. And no. The sheaves and the tares are all around us. Oftentimes unrevealed. At least today. But in the end, they will be sorted out, and assigned their appropriate place. A somber thought, I know.


But, as I crochet, I have a tissue near by. Sowing in tears and praying that all will be sheaves. And no tares.

Rejoicing in my prayerful hook and my future reaping,

~ Debbie Ludvigson

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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And the Reformation Rose


d090fcae50efc13192143a3cebacef93“I don’t remember The Rose.”

This would be back in the Ludvigson Homeschool days.

“We read about Martin Luther, the Reformation and the 95 Theses. But I do not recall The Rose.

Probably because we did not have Google and Pinterest. And possibly because we are not Lutheran.


“But Martin Luther’s Reformation goes beyond the Lutheran church.”

And of course, you know how much I love and appreciate Martin Luther’s hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God!

“We can thank Hummer for that! She hummed the tune all through the house. And rehearsed it in 4-part harmony with her boys!”

Yes! And googled forever trying to find a particularly loved choir rendition, from her 1970 college days. She never found it, but she did find another beautiful arrangement.

Here it is again:

Back to The Rose.

“I like it. It seems to bring the aged teaching to a simpler mentality, so that the Reformation can be remembered.”


It would have been a great teaching tool when the boys were younger.

“And it would have stuck with me, too!”

Well, it’s not too late! Let’s take a look at The Rose now, With the 500th Reformation Anniversary just one day away, there is no time to lose!

“And whether an adult or a child, The Rose is perfectly suited for memory and simple understanding.”


Yes, there is a lot of heavy theological language to decipher when reading even the children’s level Martin Luther and the Reformation.

“But remaining uninformed is not the solution.”

Believe it or not, in each day of life, Reformation Decisions are made, by each of us! Decisions that affect eternity.

“And that is why The Rose is so intriguing!”


And Martin Luther literally staked his life on it. How grateful I am for his testimony. His courage. His tenacious hard work. For us.

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . 

Did you notice The Rose, is a rose? And a rose is a favorite in the lace crochet world! So simply could the Reformation and The Rose coordinate with a LUDVIGSON  LACE creation. Hmm. We will have to see about that!


Enjoy October 31st this year! Halloween is preprinted on most calendars. And for the Ludvigsons, there is a birthday celebration added on that date!

(🎉 Happy Birthday,  Brent!🎂)

Whatever you do, don’t forget the 500th year Reformation celebration!  And tuck The Rose in your back pocket. Or your memory bank. Remember The Rose…always.

With Roses and Lace,

Debbie Ludvigson 

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Life is Lovelier With Lace. . . And Pumpkins!


Pumpkins! Pumpkins, everywhere! Celebrate Fall!

“Celebrate cool weather!”

Oh, yes. To humanity, pumpkins seem to be a reminder that it is time to roast marshmellows over the campfire – in hoodie attire.

“Making smores!”

Quite impossible in East Texas. That reminder to us must be stupifying, for us to believe!

In some northern regions, gloves might have to come off, to slip the melted sticky browned marshmallow onto the bed of chocolate, with the graham crackers cover finale.


“Gloves, for COLD hands!”

Cold hands are not a problem for October, Texas style. We are still very much in the humid summer mode. So the pumpkin focus is a mildly successful brain manipulation! Pumpkins mean cooler weather is SOON to come!

And pumpkin beauty is everywhere. In many creative colors. Decorated in finerey. Or personally picked at the neighborhood pumpkin patch.


“One sweet little one year old girl was so enthralled – in Pumpkin Season 2016 – that she walked eagerly (as only a one year old could walk) praising the wonderful ‘apples!’ “

Yes. That would be my creative, darling grandchild: Zoë! Can’t wait to hear of her pumpkin patch experience,  2017! And this time with her little brother, Thorin! In Tennessee! Waiting for pics… 😊

Pumpkins come in mind-altering shades now, too! Besides orange, there is blue, green, white, purple, pink and more, I am sure!


Mind-altering, because I cannot comprehend how it is done!”

As a true Minnesotan at heart, my interest in pumpkin-ology is that pumkins are a precursor for Thanksgiving and the first snow! And so I celebrate PUMPKINS!

And then the campfires will warm the hands and the smores will taste sooo good! In the cool, crisp autumn air!

So let’s celebrate pumpkins!

f40a09fb5a771967f7056ac09aedf687Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . 

And let’s celebrate lace! Lace is suited for any season. Any state of the great USA. Any color of the rainbow. Any age group. Any gender. (Well, you know – think of fishing net!)

Lace is wonderfully beautiful.

No, pumpkins have not lessened my love for lace! For every month of the year, in my mind’s eye, I can see another special lace creation. In bright, bold colors. In pastels. Earthy tones and porcelain whites! For home. For wear. For soul. Yes, soul – Lace brings out the best in us, does it not?


So let’s drape that pumpkin and Lace together – on a COOL Autumn day. Or evening. Or morning. No end to Lace creativity!

Happy pumpkin days,

Debbie Ludvigson 

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Life is Lovelier With Lace. . . And a Harvest Birthday!


“October and birthday parties used to be synonymous in earlier years!”

This was the Ludvigson Lace Lady pondering what she would be planning this year in October. It wouldn’t be quite the same, for sure.

“Change. Things never stay the same. I will certainly experience that this year!”

In days gone by, the Ludvigson Lace Lady decided that two adult birthdays, happening almost within the same week, could be celebrated together!


“I really wanted to celebrate each person’s birthday separately. Because they are uniquely special.”

But we had to add reason to the equation. So two birthdays were squished into one celebration: an October Harvest Squash for Tim and Audrey!

“That would be my hubby and my mom!” 

Since October was filled with the the visual beauty of Fall, the scents of pumpkin pie and apple cider, it only made sense that the Ludvigson Lace Lady would work around the theme of Harvest.


And so the fun began with all the decorations! Adding to that, some unique personal touches for each birthday person.

“One year, we had a piano concert, for Grandma and Dad. Since Mom was once a piano teacher. And Tim a musician  himself.”

The boys were able to play especially – and only – for them. While the little recital was in progress, the Ludvigson Lace Lady was whipping around the kitchen, maneuvering food in and out of the oven, hoping all would be hot and ready for consumption by the end of the last musician’s last song.


The table was decked with the rich harvest colors, fancy dinnerware and candles ready for igniting. The food was smelling really delicious! And the music was ending just as the last of the harvest meal was ready.

The meatloaf looked a bit different, “but not too bad,” per the cook/LLL, balancing too many spinning plates at the moment. She was just removing a lake of grease that had settled on the top. “No problem.”

And there were no complaints! So it must have been nothing! So the Ludvigson Lace Lady thought at the end of the evening, as she took on the Lazyboy as her last feet of the occasion.


Lo and behold – the next day – in the midst of normal next-day tasks, having nothing to do with harvest-themed birthday parties – she suddenly realized what was wrong with the meatloaf:

“No oatmeal!”

Yes, no oatmeal. No filler. Just ground beef, plus spices.

“No wonder it was so greasy!”

But still noone seemed to notice. Polite crowd, maybe?

“No. Not really. Tim and the boys? They have never held back before.”


She was deep in thought as to why nothing derogatory was said about the meatloaf.

“Why did not my mom or dad say anything?  Well, Dad was never picky. But Mom would have investigated  – in the kitchen. She was my trainer, you know!”

So, let it be known, meatloaf can be made without oatmeal!

“Well, I think it better stated, ‘don’t forget the oatmeal next time!’

That particular Harvest birthday was years ago now. Harvest meatloaf has been made several times since then, and the Ludvigson Lace Lady has never forgotten the oatmeal.


“Betty Crocker perfect? Nope. But always edible. “

And always eaten.

Possibly sad to say, the Ludvigson Lace Lady currently has ground beef in her fridge for another Harvest Birthday meatloaf!

No bets as to how it turns out!”

She’ll get it done. With tender loving care.

The birthday crowd has dramatically shrunk, though. With family recently moving all over the United States this October, Tim and I will enjoy the candlelight intimacy alone, mixed with memories.


“And crossing my fingers about meatloaf.”

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . 

Well, I guess we all know I am not one to brag about food coming out of my kitchen! But I do want to brag about the one I am in the kitchen for! Or better put: Let me brag about the birthday boy, Tim!

My loving husband. A caring father of our now, grown children. A wise business man of many venues of his 63 years of life. And my CEO of LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra!  I applaud him for all the wonders of living he has gone through, with Jesus!

As he has taken each step, one at a time, in obedience to the call of Christ on his life, Tim has shown me how I might choose to do so, myself!


Tim has shown me a faith walk with Jesus is the only way! He’s lived it out, in front of me. And I believe…

Happy (63rd) Birthday, Tim!

And after I finish making Tim a perfect meatloaf,  I will settle back in the Lazyboy once again, pondering: lacey creations and meatloaf ingredients.

The Ludvigson Lace Lady


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Life is Lovelier With Lace. . . And the Little Princess Pea

Princess Pea

Let’s be a bug on the wall and listen to the Ludvigson Lace Lady and the Ludvigson Lace Lady CEO at supper tonight…

Grandpa LLL/CEO: “She’s quite lively falling asleep, in her bed.”

Grandma LLL: “Yup. And in ours!”

Grandpa LLL/CEO: “She was so curious about your little white porcelain balls on our brass headboard. The delicate pink and blue flowers attracted her attention.”

Princess Pea

Grandma LLL: “She wanted to touch them. Over and over again.”

Grandpa LLL/CEO: “Yes, instead of sleeping.”

Grandma LLL: “Ahh, but then she would crawl all over you, just like her daddy did at two years old.”

Grandpa LLL/CEO: “But ‘Grandpa’ and ‘Grandma’ enjoyed her unrestfulness a bit more.”

Grandma LLL: “Oh yes. So sweet, she was. Love her so much.”

 Grandpa LLL/CEO: “A darling. Sensitive. Thoughtful. Even at such a tender age.”

Princess Pea

Grandma LLL: “And pillows! Her love for pillows! She piles them high!”

Grandpa LLL/CEO: Pillows, pillows and more pillows!”

Grandma LLL: “Our little Princess and the Pea.”

Grandpa LLL/CEO: “Princess Pea!”

Grandma LLL: “And so Princess Pea she will be!”

Grandpa LLL/CEO: And she was so attracted to your doilies!”

Princess Pea and her Large Petal Doily/Blankie!

Grandma LLL: “Used one for a blankie, while we cuddled.”

Grandpa LLL/CEO: “After all the boyhood in our home, I was immeasurably amazed!”

Grandma LLL: “Moves constantly, though!”

Grandpa LLL/CEO: “Our Princess Pea.”

Grandma Ludvigson Lace Lady  and Grandpa CEO look forward to many miles of travel and FaceTime to continue building relationships with Princess Pea and her baby brother.

In the meantime,  we will reminisce.

Princess Pea Tea Party?

Grandma LLL: “And maybe plan a Princess and the Pea tea party!”

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . 

Oh, I know I am not the only Grandma that misses her grandchildren! But that doesn’t make the burden less burdensome. We just learn to bear it gracefully. Right?

And gracefully I intend to bear it! With the gracefulness of lace! On with the show! The show of LUDVIGSON LACE,  that is! With all my additional time availed, I expect to have even more lace creations to share with you, in my Aftcra shop!

Princess Pea Selfee and me!

So enjoy!

Gracing with my lacing,

Debbie Ludvigson 

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Princess Pea’s baby brother!

And more to come…Princess Pea ‘s baby brother!

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Life is Lovelier With Lace. . . And Hummer Mail!


Pull up a chair at Hummer’s kitchen table, where you will find the Ludvigson Lace Lady! Their chatter is in regard to a recent letter enclosing a special poem received at a poignant time:

• Drew and Grandpa

• Drew and the Military

• Drew & Josie – waiting for ‘that moment!’

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: “UPDATE: Drew and Josie are newlyweds, on their way to Alaska! ” 


I guess there will be more to blog on this in the near future! In the mean time, the Ludvigson Lace Lady whirls the crochet hook all that much faster!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: “Too much excitement!  Gotta handle it with my Lover’s Knot and my CloverField! So calming. Love that left-handed hook activity! Stay tuned in for more about Drew and Josie and LUDVIGSON LACE!”

Hookin’ at  Hummer’s,

~ Debbie Ludvigson 

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Life is Lovelier With Lace…Bittersweet Coffee With Hummer!

The Ludvigson Lace Lady recently brought her lace crochet project over to Hummer’s home, so as to enjoy some coffee and a nice chat!

This time the two are sipping coffee over, “Hummingly. . . Teardrop Trail.”

Ludvigson Lace Lady: “And a bittersweet reality bringing a few more tears to the Trail of Tears…” 

Hummingly. . . Teardrop Trail

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Still hooking my thread,

~ Debbie Ludvigson 

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Life is Lovelier With Lace. . . And (Raked) Autumn Leaves!




“It smells sooo good!” The Ludvigson Lace Lady was not referring to a fresh baked apple pie, but the autumn leaves!

“Yes! The leaves! Not only do they smell good, they feel good! They sound good! They certainly LOOK good!”

She took a minute to count. There are five senses in the human body. And there was only one left: Taste.


“Nope. I will take that fresh baked apple pie over the taste of leaves anyday!”

(Let’s not get too poetic with the autumn weather.)

But the Ludvigson Lace Lady’s memory is piqued with autumn. Most fondly, the times when she and her siblings would follow their dad through Minnesota’s wooded park areas to take in the beauty of the leaves.

“Before they fell to the ground.”  That would mean a direct skyward glance, filled with afternoon sun.

The rich Maple reds were the best. Better yet, the mixture of them with the Birch yellows. Even the Oak’s subdued browns were welcome mix to the artful color. Also, the Evergreen’s various hues of green.

“And all the other genres of which I must render myself tree-ignorant! The autumn leaf color they offer- they are all magnificent!”

As the many years have gone by, the Ludvigson Lace Lady would have thought she would bask many times in this sensuous revelry with leaves again and again – as a mom.


“Sharing it with her boys!”

But if the beauty of the leaves was passed on to them,

I don’t remember!”

What she does recall is the multiple trailer loads of dusty, dirty raked leaves deposited in the city compost ‘dump!’

Now that is a contrast!”

How this very un-sensuous reality could overplay the childhood memory of autumn leaves was beyond her. Except that she was at the helm of some very industrious young men!


In fact there were two immediate consequential benefits her four boys visualized to Rake & Dump, in lieu of Luscious Leaf Gazing:

• Profit

• No school

“My benefit, as a mom, was to give them opportunity to help the elderly. And to that, I know, they agreed with me.”

It’s just that the school and the profit part were so potently reigning within their boyish brains.


“Plus, did you know that young men have growing muscles in desperate need of exercise?”

With all that logical reasoning, who could blame them for filling up hours of autumn days raking. And leaf blowing. And appreciating a large blue tarp, in lieu of red maples leaves.

This valuable tarp was filled with the lawn-cluttering leaves. Then the full tarp was lifted into the trailer to be emptied. With unmistakable cooperative effort, the emptied leaf-free tarp was then ready for another load. And another load. And another.


The neighbors would watch these four boys working together and decide they wanted in on the deal.

“So the LUDVIGSON LAWNCARE SERVICE – Autumn, began! And flourished!” 

There were loads and loads of those dusty, dirty dead leaves that needed a new home. The customer wanted no part of them! So away the trusty Ludvigson Lawn Service trailer took them!

The trailer was a dear friend to this lawncare business!


“It bent over backwards for them!”

Yes, it had a history of its own.

“Kind of like the story of Black Beauty! Should have been reading that one aloud to the guys at that time.”

Although they all probably read it on their own for school. (The Ludvigson Lace Lady can’t remember.)

Back to the trailer. It was attached to the back of our family van, when in lawncare use. When not in use, it was stationed at the far back of their town property.


When a rake job was on the day’s docket, the Ludvigson Lace Lady was summoned by her guys. She was to drive the vehicle to the hind quarter of the property where the trailer awaited attachment.

“How the hookup happened is beyond me! Dad and Grandpa had been in charge of that lesson!”

With the rakes, tarp and blower and four boys loaded, Ludvigson Lawncare was ready for takeoff. And on for a morning of lawn care they all went.

Plus the Ludvigson Lace Lady.


You see, these businessmen were without driver’s licenses.

“Too young.”

But the Ludvigson Lace Lady was hired. She drove. Cheap. That’s all she did. The rest was up to them. And their customers. They had their eyes on the gang.

As for the LLL?

“I loved it! Remember, the smell of Autumn?”

Plus, she enjoyed seeing success blooming in her kids.

Back to the trailer again.


When the trailer was full, a trip to the city dump was required. The town had a special place for composting leaves. So the Ludvigson Lace Lady would drive the crew and the trailer of leaves past the city water treatment plant to a secluded, giant leaf stash!

“And, let me tell you, it was huge!”

The first time the trailer made its way to this dump the driver (LLL) was acutely anxious! She realized suddenly that she would somehow need to back up the trailer into the leaf dump!

“Backing the van is one thing. Backing a van with a trailer attached is quite another!”


But leave it to the leaf brothers! With the instruction of one said ‘pre-driver, never-been-behind-the-wheel-of-a-vehicle-son-of-mine,’ we made a five-star backup!

“From somewhere behind me – in the van – instruction came via one audible voice, like this:

‘Ok, Mom. Turn the wheel to the left. A little more. Now to the right. Now left. Little more. Now right. More. A little more. Now straight back. Perfect, Mom!'”


And without skipping a beat, they all hopped out of the van and emptied the leaves! Out of the trailer. Into the dump.

This went on for a couple more trips before a job was done.

When the lawn was completely free of leaves, they would walk up to the homeowner’s door and graciously announce they were done. In turn, the homeowner would reward them with a payment.

“All this while I sat in the driver’s seat and watched.”

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . .


And what does this have to do with lace? Everything! In fact, this is where LUDVIGSON LACE began! While they raked, I crocheted!

Yes, I truly enjoyed my behind-the-wheel time. They were burning up calories with the rake. I was burning up my hook with thread – with a fast chain count, double three, single one!

I still smile. Of course, for the beautiful lace. And the beautiful lawns.

But even more than for lace and lawns, I smile at God’s creative plan to give my boys an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.


•To enjoy helpng the elderly in the great outdoors.

•To enjoy exercise in the great outdoors.

•To receive a small profit in the great outdoors.

•To learn corporate initiative in the great outdoors.

•To work as a cooperative brotherhood in the great outdoors. 

Yes, in the great outdoors. With the leaves: Cool, crisp, Colorful Autumn leaves.


And as for the left out fifth sense: ‘tasting?’

How ’bout a fresh out-of-the-oven, apple pie!

For Lace and leaves,

~ Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady


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Life is Lovelier With Lace. . . And the Deer in the Headlights!


FB_IMG_1504208202363“Oh my! August is almost done!”

Time was flying for the Ludvigson Lace Lady!

“They say that happens as you get older.”

And that is true. The month of August was filled with activity. But she can’t recall anything majorly earthshaking.


“At least for Tim and me!”

Earthshaking for our country? Yes! First there was devastation in Charlottesville, Virginia. And now we are into the midst of Hurricane Harvey!

“Our prayers have been focused on our county’s needs, for sure.”

But the Ludvigson Lace Lady and Tim, needless to say, still carved out time to celebrate 37 years of marriage!


“Out to dinner!”

Yes, just as they did from the very start. They have always loved the cozy, quiet, candlelit tables with soft music. Just the two of them.

“And we did it again this year!”

The atmosphere of the restaurant gives perfect opportunity for talking together. For sharing. And what has been shared down through the years has now become so vast, it would be difficult to compile a list of topics!


“We could even admit that now all we have to do is stare into each other’s eyes, and communication is complete!”

They pretty much know what each other is thinking.

The Ludvigson Lace Lady has been so blessed with Tim. Sometimes she just has to get the Kleenex box out and let the tears flow. She becomes overwhelmed with how good God has been.

“He has been by my side through the good and the bad. Through difficult circumstances, Tim as been sure and strong. Like a rod of steel. And as for fun times, we have laughed through many, together.”


Sometimes the laughter is a nightime regular. And quite possibly a nuisance to the neighbors!

I can’t help it! Tim is so funny!”

Let’s see. If a list could be compiled:

•Major Job Changes •Pizza Parties Times  Friends Times Encore •Sweeping Moves Across the USA Times Three •Neighborhood Block Parties • Emergency Room Visits Times All Members of the Ludvigson Family •Symphony Concerts •Wedding Diamond Lost


•Infertility and Adoption Times Four •4th of July Mega Picnics •Diabetes Discovery  •Camping in Colorado •Diabetes Low Blood Sugar Times Many ER Personnel •Disney World •Pneumonia Times Three – Simultaneously •Broken Wrist •Ludvigson Lawn Service – Spring Care •Playing Canadian Brass Music •Car Accidents •Homeschool High School Graduation Programs •Meningitis Emergency


•Ludvigson Lawn Service – Summer Care •Smashed Thumb Emergency •Hymns for Him •Homeschool Rivalry Medical Emergencies •Blue Grass by Hymns for Him •Back Surgeries •Ludvigson Lawn Service –  Autumn Care •Ludvigson Lawn Service – Winter Care •Saxon Math •Mille Lacs Lake •WBLA •Ludvigson Boys Videorama  •Ect…

“Oh! Please stop! TMI! And this is just a drop in the bucket. No wonder we just stare into each other’s eyes in the candlelight!”

There is no way to contain the experiences through the years. Many times the major ordeals do not hold as much value as the minor momentous particulars of a day.


It all carries significance. Every single moment. And when the Ludvigson Lace Lady slows life down enough to reminisce, that is when the tears start to flow. She knows there is no way Tim and she could have survived their married life alone.

“Without our Significant One (God) the whole thing would have crumbled. Marriage. Family. Life. Crumbled.”


Life is Lovelier with Lace…

And so, what can I say? To summarize a romantic candlelight dinner to celebrate 37 years in a few words? It makes me think our glistening eyes would look more like two deer in the headlights!

There is more than we can say. And there is One Who is More than we can understand, regarding His love and care for us.

In the years ahead, whether our eyes resemble romance remembrance or the deer in the headlights, Tim and I will know Who is with us every step of every day.


And so we continue on to year thirty-eight.

But how does my lace crochet play into this memory recall? Oh my! Without the hook and the thread to slow me down, I would not remember anything! Crocheting is so very soothing. It creates a time to reflect.

So yes, I will continue crocheting – and reflecting –  as I move on into another year with my Tim ♡.


On to ~ 38 ~ with Tim and my Hook,

Debbie Ludvigson 

The Ludvigson Lace Lady 


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