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Christmas in July!

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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And a Trusted Father

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Don’t forget Father’s Day, Hummer!

Hummer: Father’s Day? Oh, yes. Next Sunday. Right?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yup.

Hummer: Well, let’s see. It’s quite a different day than what it used to be…

Ludvigson Lace Lady: You’re right. The boys and I would be preparing for a week. And the table would be set for not just Tim, but for either Tim’s or my dad also. And the moms, of course.

Hummer: Yup! For the younger years in Arkansas, that would be Tim’s dad. And for the older years, that would be your dad.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. And the boys would be so excited. They loved their dad and their grandpas!

Hummer: And they loved a party. The energy let loose on that day was massive. At least it sounded like it from the kitchen, where I was putting the dinner together!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: It seemed like a testosterone explosion one year!

Hummer: Are you thinking of a Father’s Day in Arkansas when you finally sent them to their room, during the meal?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes! I can’t believe I did that!

Hummer: They must have been truly rambunctious!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Oh, they were. To be fair, I believe it was before we had all four boys; there were only two at this time.

Hummer: Oh, so we can narrow it down.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: You can, if you wish. It doesn’t matter. We called the highly active tendancies, presidential material. And it was! It just got to be a little much sometimes!

Hummer: Well, there won’t be any rambunction around the table this year.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: No. There sure won’t. In fact, I will be working!

Hummer: Maybe Tim should dine with your friends again, at Buckner Westminster Place, while you play receptionist in the lobby!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Now that’s an idea! They can all reminisce together, of Father’s Days gone by!

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: I still relish Father’s Day, even though the boys are grown. If they lived near by, we would hopefully celebrate the same as before.

Hummer: Yes, that would be nice. But you can make the best of it as it is.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Ha! Yes, the always wished for Sunday afternoon nap will rule!

Hummer: I am so glad we have a day set aside to thank Dads for all their labors of love. For they truly do both labor and love every day of the year, on behalf of the family.

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . .

Yes, Tim will have opportunity for a Sunday afternoon nap this Father’s Day. For all the years when naps were only a dream, a quiet time with his feet up will be quite welcome.

Not that he won’t be thinking of his four grown boys. There is not a day that goes by that Tim and I do not speak of them. Usually the stories don’t need to be repeated – only a key word – signifying a highlight, and we are smiling.

Or not smiling. And then we remember, parenting isn’t for cowards. Each day holds opportunity for success or for failure, as a parent.

It’s a walk of faith. Trusting God. Period.

And knowing that He, of whom we trust, loves them more than we do; thus, we will succeed.

And in the same way, each of our boys will succeed, as they trust God.

Trusting God.

As I pick up my crochet hook and weave the thread around the fingers of my right hand – with a particular tension, and then hold the crochet hook in my left hand, saddled between thumb and fingers – exactly right, I know my stitch will be uniform. And uniform is what makes the lace lovely.

As parents, we rise up each day with a desire to trust and obey Him with every step of our parenting. God sovereignly acts on each child’s behalf, to produce – in unique fashion – a child after His heart.

It may not happen the way we think. Or in the time we hope. But, by faith, it will happen. As we trust God.

My crochet stitches, when carefully handled, will look lovely. I know this, because I have other lace pieces for proof. I must plod on, one stitch at a time.

As parents, we have God’s Word to believe and act upon, in the same way.

Completion of a lace project might be delayed because of various circumstances. I might have to work at Buckner, unexpectedly. Or a trip might interrupt our routine. Even though the crocheting might lay waiting for an hour, or a day longer, I know it will someday be complete. And it will be lovely. Lace always is!

Each lovely stitch resulted from my explicit patterned positioning of the thread and hook.

So it is with trusting God and His Word.

And so it is with trusting God and His Word – with parenting. In His time and in His way, there will be beauty. As we trust Him.

Happy celebrating Trust on Father’s Day,

Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady


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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And the Lake

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Ahh, yes. The Lake. Many memories there.

Hummer: You betcha.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: The Lake was the center of life.

Hummer: What do you mean, ‘was?’ It still is!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Oh, yes. I totally agree! I guess I was referring to my memories.

Hummer: So what do you remember?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Well, swimming, of course. My feet never dipped into a pool my whole childhood. The lake was the place for swimming.

Hummer: Did you take swimming lessons at the lake?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Actually, yes. And I wouldn’t recommend it.

Hummer: Why not?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Well, even with my eagerness to learn the method, so as to really get into it, the first instruction I recall on the beloved lakefront was to put my face in the water.

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Hummer: Yes. That sounds normal,.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: The problem was, we were in about one inch of lakewater! Doesn’t work.

Hummer: Oh, your memory must have faded some.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: I wish. Nonetheless, I learned to swim. My dad gets the credit, though. He said if you want to go to the raft, you have to swim there. I learned to swim. I enjoyed the raft.

Hummer: What other Lake memories do you have?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: The annual church Sunday School Picnic! Fond memories at Lake Independance! It was pot luck, as far as food for the day. There were the then-typical relay races: Three-legged Race, Gunny Sack Race and of course, the Watermelon Eating contest!

Hummer: Oh, yes. I remember.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: But my favorite part of the day was swimming! When the kids were finally set free to jump in the lake, I did not hesitate!

Hummer: Oh. You must have finished those swimming lessons.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: I sure did. And, with my friends, we did not get out of the water until our parents called us, later in the day. The sun was setting, the picnic was over and our parents were a bit perturbed that we were still wet. The cars were loaded and they were waiting. And now wondering how the wet bodies will do in the car.

Hummer: That’s not good.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: I know. But what could we say? We were in another world, in the lake!

Hummer: That’s another interesting phenomenon about the lake: When someone tries to talk to you from the shore, you can barely hear them.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Ha! Now that sounds like a silly excuse. But it’s not. Even the parents knew this. And that’s probably why we successfully prolonged our laketime.

Hummer: Who knows.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: I got waterlogged, though. Every time.

Hummer: Waterlogged?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. It’s like your body comes lake-water saturated. And you feel sick, when you finally get out. Rather nauseated.

Hummer: Yuck.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Right. But it was worth it.

Hummer: What else, at the lake?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Waterskiing! Our aunt and uncle had a speedboat, and patiently worked with my cousin, my sister and I, until we got it!

Hummer: Fun!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: It sure was! We even dabbled in doubles!

Hummer: I beg your pardon?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: My uncle was able to pull two of us at the same time! That may seem like a small thing, but it wasn’t for us. This was before the days of jetskiis and the like.

Hummer: Where did you ski?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: That’s another story! A whole separate lake chapter!

Hummer: Pour it on!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Well, many years before this waterskiing venture, my aunt and uncle and cousins owned some lake property, up north from the Twin Cities. Their first cabin investment was a smaller rv camper. Then, they expanded to a full size trailer home. Finally they built a home on the lake front. A very nice one, at that!

Hummer: Right off the lake?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yup. Just a hop, skip and a jump to the lake.

Hummer: Nice.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Soon grandparents followed, from the city to the lake. Then even my family uprooted and planted in the same area.

Hummer: But not on the lake?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: No. We were not transplanted to the lake property. But that’s even another story. Better not get me started…

Hummer: Ok. Continue, at the lake.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: While my family was renovating an old farmhouse, it was decided that my sister and I would live with my aunt and uncle and two cousins; the rest lived in the farmhouse even though it was still under reconstruction.

Hummer: You lucked out, for sure!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Well, yes, it was nice! But we were still involved in the farmhouse project. How pleasant to come back to the lakefront home each evening!

Hummer: I should say so!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: My favorite lakefront memory here was on a particular summertime holiday weekend. All paintbrushes and hammers were laid aside. We were taking a break!

Hummer: Yeh!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: So, my sister, my cousin and I did what any junior high youth would do on a brilliant, blue clouded, sunny day when there is a lake in your back yard! We sunbathed! With swimsuits on, beach towels smoothed out on the soft green grass and with sunglasses perched, we caught the rays!

Hummer: Oh, sister!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: With our heads facing the lake, we conveniently noted who was going by us on the waterbed. It seemed like the boat traffic was growing.

Hummer: Oh, come on. You don’t mean it.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes, I do! We all noticed it! And we commented to each other about it!

Hummer: Hmmm. Bathing beauties, huh?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: So we were beginning to wonder! ☺ But then reality struck under our sun-shaded eyes.

Hummer: Reality?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: There was a pontoon boat, as row boat and a speed boat parked at the dock. This was normal. But added to this was a holiday visitor’s planecraft, with floaters on the shoreline.

Hummer: Ooh!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: And three bathing beauties on the lawn! We laughed and joked aloud, “We have a canoe too!”

Hummer: Ha!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: We could only laugh because we knew the reality: We were preteens, desperately needing a tan. Tomorrow we would be back with hammer and paintbrush, at the dilapidated farmhouse, working frantically for a roof-over-our-head deadline!

Hummer: Oh, my goodness. How long did you live at your aunt and uncle’s lakefront property?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: We were there for that one summer. It was fun while it lasted. Things never stay the same though. Change happens. The lake front opportunity came and went.

Hummer: There was no more sunbathing on the lakefront again?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Not like that day! In fact, after high school graduation and a transition back to the Twin Cities, the apartment poolside took over!

Hummer: Oh, the pool is just not the same.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Very true. For a Minnesota summer, anyway!

Hummer: Was the lake gone for good?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: With college and employment, there was no lake. Very sad. The Lake was missed.

Hummer: Never again?

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: When Tim and I, with our three Arkansas-raised boys, moved back to Minnesota, we scheduled summer trips to Mille Lacs Lake! We all enjoyed it!

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Hummer: There was no lakefront, but a 30 minute drive for a day of beach revelry was all we needed. The work was waiting for us, at home.

Hummer: At least there was no cabin maintenance that way.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: For sure. Our neighbors had cabins. Weekend trips would become necessity for them to cleanup and renovate. That can take the fun away.

Hummer: But that’s reality.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: But, even while renovating the cabin property, the dock at sunset is there for your taking. It would make it all worth while.

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . .

Can you picture yourself at sunset, on the dock, at the Lake, breathing in the cool summer air with a slight breeze, blowing a couple strands of hair…with a crochet hook in hand?

I could!

And I can even picture what I would be crocheting! I would be in the midst of a Hospitality Square Tabletop, in Delft Blue – for the cabin, just up yonder from the dock.

In my Lake Dream, the cabin would need no renovation. And maintenance would be only a phone call away. Along with supper reservations. ☺

And now, after waking up from my dream, I can see many God-given responsibilities facing me. Which I delight in! Maybe lakeside cabins are awaiting us in heaven!

In the meantime, work and crocheting Hospitality Square Tabletops remain!

Please take a look in my shop! Find what you like and enjoy it in your lake cabin!

Too hot! Gone to the Lake (in my mind),

Debbie, Ludvigson Lace Lady


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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . Memorial Day 2018

Click below for Hummer’s Blog, “Hummingly. . . Memorial Day 2017”

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Another Memorial Day is here. Another opportunity to remember the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought for the freedom we enjoy, as Americans.

Hummer: Yes. We do not begin to comprehend their sacrifice.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: And I to have Tim to thank for finally understanding this.

Hummer: How’s that?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: History; it was my lack. What I did not know made me ungrateful. I was uninformed. Ignorant. Selfish. But when Tim and I were first married, I recognized in him a hunger for history. He modeled his hunger by what he chose to read. And he read it varcariously.

If I chose to read, it would be of of a different topic. Usually a christian psychology variety.

Hummer: How could you have totally missed history throughout your childhood?

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: I am not sure! But I am quite embarrassed to have to admit it!

Hummer: I’m sorry.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Besides my differing reading choices, my time was taken elsewhere. And there was no one advising me to carve out opportunity for history.

Maybe there were fewer resources available. Historical authors may have been beyond my reach. Or my choice of resource to read was on the other side of the library shelf!

I even worked at a Christian bookstore! But I was reading books for college credit at that time. And history was not in my lineup.

Hummer: With no internet, there was no easy access to historical facts, like there is today.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: That’s true! If I have a question now, all I have to do is Google it! And I get instant information! It wasn’t that way in my earlier life. I would have had to seek with diligence to find anything.

Hummer: So, how did Tim change this?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Well, one cold winter night, I was just home from work. Tim was working later. I had a few hours for myself, wondering what I should do! The thought came to mind, “I could read!” This was a rare thought; I usually only read for college credit! But I was open to casual reading this particular night.

There were not many books on our newlywed shelves at this time. And what books we did have, were Tim’s, for the most part.

Hummer: And what were Tim’s books about?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Ummmm…history! Yes! I can honestly say all were historically founded!

Hummer: Well, there you have it!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: I remember thinking, “How boring!”

Hummer: Oh my! I hope you didn’t tell him that!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Oh, of course not! I didn’t have to. He knew, I’m sure.

Hummer: So did you pick up one of those boring books and start reading?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Actually, yes, I did!

Hummer: What lucky book was it?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Oh! It was Peter Marshall’s book, From Sea to Shining Sea. An excellent book about the founding of the United States of America.

Hummer: Excellent, I agree!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: I read a few pages, and disciplined myself to continue. One chapter at a time. I read about Christopher Columbus. And then the pilgrims.

Hummer: The Thirteen Original Colonies.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. When I began reading about General George Washington and Valley Forge, I began to cry.

Hummer: Cry?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Actually, I wept. General George Washington and his men were out in the bitter cold with no boots. Barefoot! With available old rags they wrapped their feet, to keep from frostbite.

Hummer: I guess they were waiting for government supplies. And it was a cold winter wait.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: And here I sat, toasty warm under my afghan, with the furnace blasting heat. Spoiled!

Hummer: Yes, you were.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: My life had to change from that point on! Not a change that anyone would see, but an abrupt change, nonetheless.

Hummer: How was that?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: I began to read history!

Hummer: Good for you!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Little by little, I nibbled on historical information. With a bit of this background, current events also began to hold my intehistoryrest.

Hummer: Current events?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. When we would turn on the evening news, I began to understand the context of the newsbites. And with Tim’s added references, I actually developed my own perspectives – as an American citizen.

Hummer: Good for Tim!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: And as the old saying goes, “the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know!”

Hummer: So true!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Working fulltime, my reading time was limited. And I could always find even more excuses not to read. But as Tim always found the time; so I would too.

Time marched on. Reading history continued to be Tim’s priority; it waxed and wained with me. But I was doing better in this pursuit!

What really gave me the needed impetus was my homeschool commitment. It was time to focus on our boys’ education, and most certainly a good dose of history would be included. Our curriculum choice would reflect that!

Hummer: Now that’s a big decision!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: It was, for sure! And there was so much curriculum to choose from! I remember feeling so relieved for strong history emphasis throughout them all.

Hummer: Great!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: And I would most definitely continue learning right along with my boys!

Hummer: They enjoyed the history. I could tell!

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: My lack would not to be repeated in them, that was for sure!

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . .

And I can rest assured my boys have absorbed a lot of history . With generous amounts of historically focused materials Tim and I can rest knowing they are better prepared than I was!

Where is my lace in all of this historical rhetoric? Have no fear! It was near! Imagine, if you will:

It’s 3pm, most any day of the week; the Ludvigson boys and their mom meet in a designated spot (usually the living room); a historical biography is pulled of the shelf and opened to where they left off the day before; one reads aloud while the others listen; hands are busy drawing/Art credit!; the mom (if not reading aloud) …crochets!

So, either I am sharpening my reading skills, or my crochet hooks! And we are all learning our history!

History and war rather go together. So as we have been learning history, we have become familiar with the accompanying wars. And we have great appreciation for the American soldiers.

Click here for Ludvigson Lace Lady’s blog, “Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And Vietnam Vets”:

Since those early newlywed years, Memorial Day has taken on new meaning for me. I truly salute each and every American soldier, for his courageous given his life for me. And for evry American citizen. May we show honor to each fallen soldier this Memorial Day. And by honoring our soldiers currently serving, and our beloved veterans.

With Memorial Day gratefulness,

Debbie, The Ludvigson Lace Lady


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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . and a Lacey Mother’s Day

A Lacey Mother’s Day

Ludvigson Lace Lady: One reason to treasure Mother’s Day is for its dressed up beauty! Let’s face it, Mother’s Day always involves lace! Whether dressing up the her dinner table, wrapping her gift or selecting her card: lace.

Hummer: Unless you are not incline toward the Ludvigson Lace Lady’s lace prejudice!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Ok. Some may not appreciate lace as much as I do. They will come around. In time. In time. Now, back to the necessity of lace on Mother’s Day.

Hummer:  What lace do you wish to bring to the forefront on this special occasion?


 Ludvigson Lace Lady: Well, let’s see. First, there is the newest lace item: NeckLACE. The NeckLACE was named by LUDVIGSON LACE’s CEO: Tim Ludvigson. So close to the trending choker, but not quite. It can be loose or tighter, on your neck.

I wanted to design the NeckLACE to be one standard size, so it would be easily chosen to wear by any and all.

Hummer: So what size is it?

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: The NeckLACE is 17 inches. This will work for all women.

Hummer: And young ladies! Your granddaughters wear this!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes! And so adorning it is on them!

The cotton threaded crochet is extremely light, making it quite comfortable.

So, measure your long, smooth neck, and pick a color!

Hummer: Yes! Find a match for your spring and summer outfits! What else have you got in your shop for Mother’s Day?

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Hospitality Square Tabletop

Ludvigson Lace Lady: How about a Hospitality Square Tabletop, complete with the hospitable pineapple crocheted in the design. For your mom, who might have entertained a crowd at her dining room table for decades, you can bet she still thinks about centerpieces! And every centerpiece needs a doily under it!

Hummer: In lovely springtime pastels!


Ludvigson Lace Lady: Or another specialty doily in my shop: The Petal Doily. In lieu of the Hospitality Square pineapples, this round flaring style encompasses flower petals. Perfect for a Mother’s Day bouquet.

Hummer: I love it! I’ve watched the petals come to life in that doily for many a year!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. It was my first crochet project. And will probably be my next project once again! I am getting ready to crochet some tea veils, using the Petal design!

Click here for Ludvigson Lace Lady’s blog, Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And the Un-Happy Mother’s Day:

Blog: The Un-Happy Mother’s Day

Hummer: Oh! I’ll be watching! Anything else in your shop, for Mother’s Day?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. How about the CloverFields Summer Afghan! For the summer air conditioning chill!

And most importantly, Legacy Letters! For the family name. Very endearing for all mothers, I am sure!

Hummer: What if none of these suggestions seem right?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Well, there is a lot more in my shop! Please click on by and browse! Let me know what you think!


Life is Lovelier with Lace…

Even more important than the lace, is the proceeds that will be donated in defense of life: Lila Rose/Live Action, in defense of Life:

What better time than on Mother’s Day to recognize the unborn endangered by abortion. Or, infanticide. And even euthanasia. Life of all ages is under attack. It is difficult to fathom, but it is nonetheless true.

I am so grateful for the efforts of many prolife organizations; They all have my attention. But Tim and I have chosen Lila Rose for donations.

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Legacy Letters  ♡

Please get to know Lila Rose,and join us in supporting her efforts. By the way, did you know Lila is getting married?!! I am so happy for her! It will be fun watching the wedding plans unfold!


And I am quite certain there will be at least a little lace! We’ll have to wait and see!

Advocating lace for mothers,

Debbie Ludvigson

Ludvigson Lace Lady


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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And the Un-Happy Mother’s Day


Ludvigson Lace Lady: Such pain, it was.

Hummer: What pain are you talking about? You’ve had everything from Swimmer’s Ear pain to back pain to multiple types of surgery recovery pain. Which are you referring to?

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: None of those. Although each one you mentioned – and even more – was very painful. The pain I am speaking of is the pain of infertility.

Hummer: Oh, yes. You had heartbreaking pain. I remember.


Ludvigson Lace Lady: I had it then. I have it now. And I am quite certain I will have it in the future.

Hummer: What can you mean? Infertility is long gone, for you. You’re old now! You aren’t hoping to conceive still?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Of course not! I had a hysterectomy, you know!

Hummer: Oh, yes. I forgot! And you were rather young for that type of surgery!


Ludvigson Lace Lady: I sure was! In my 30’s. But I was ready for a uterus removal, nonetheless! Such pain! Endometriosis pain!

Hummer: No details, please. It was a gory period of time, I do recall. And rather regular!

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes! Every three weeks. Terrible abdominal pain and blood loss. Delirious. I would venture to say, it was similar to labor pain! Only no baby to hold, in the end. A monthly miscarriage.

Hummer: That must have been unbearable.


Ludvigson Lace Lady: I am thankful to be done with it. There is a time when a hysterectomy is necessary.

Hummer: That’s for sure.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: But the pain of Endometriosis was small compared to the pain of infertility, which accompanies it!

Hummer: Really?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. And I remember my frustration when researching Endometriosis back in the ’80’s, that the cure for it the Big E, as I called it, was to get pregnant.

Hummer: You mean the Big E’s cure is pregnancy; and the Big E causes infertility, meaning pregnancy won’t happen? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: I sure thought so! And it was like pouring salt on my wound.

Hummer: So with the infertility struggle, you experienced physical and emotional pain, simultaneously?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Exactly. And, those baby showers reigned weekly, in those youthful years! Devastating, to say the least. But I tried to remember to live by the scriptural truth, weep with those who weep, rejoice with those who rejoice.

Hummer: That was a difficult time for sure.


Ludvigson Lace Lady: And as I was then spending more time collecting energy to rejoice through an aching infertile heart, now in my later years of life, I find myself weeping with those infertile, who are weeping as I had been. My painful memories have not faded. They are as real today as they were in the day of the experience.

Hummer: I suppose the soon coming Mother’s Day celebration might be a time when tender memories reemmerge?


Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. My heart feels a double portion of the bittersweet. For God has truly blessed me to be a mother of four adopted boys. But for those young ladies who are empty-armed on Mother’s Day, my heart still breaks. I remember the pain. I grieve afresh with them.

Hummer: Mother’s Day. It is right and good to spend time honoring mothers. This we should do, for sure.


Ludvigson Lace Lady: But also include those who are wanting to be mothers, but are not. Yet.

Hummer: Yes! So easily accomplished! A rose can be given to the infertile, waiting woman along with the fertile mom holding multiple babes. This would be in the typical Sunday church service.

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Ludvigson Lace Lady: That is the best way to handle Mother’s Day Sundays. A floral bouquet can be an encouragement for both fertile and infertile ladies als

God never wastes the painful experienes of life. And that is true with infertility. And He has not wasted the pain I felt. I truly weep with those who weep on Mother’s Day.

Hummer: And I am glad you do. I know it encourages the others who are weeping. And God’s comfort flows through you to them. It’s God’s way.


Life is Lovelier with Lace…

This is so true. I suffered, so that I can share in the suffering of others. And in doing so, the suffering ones are encouraged. And that is good.

While crocheting lace, I do my best to bring these desperate feelings to the Lord. The threads and my hook are intertwined in prayer! And that is a lovely thing! Producing a lovely thing!

Enjoy my lacey items in my shop! And please know that with every stitch, my heart understands and prays for the infertile ladies. Especially on Mother’s Day.


Weeping with my precious weepers,

Debbie Ludvigson

Ludvigson Lace Lady


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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . .and Dress Up the Neck!”


Welcome, Spring! With the flowers blooming and the trees budding, let’s join all of nature with lovely, colorful lace decoration!


What better place to brighten our countenance this spring than a delicate display of lace…around our necks!

The NeckLACE would be an excellent choice! LUDVIGSON LACE now has many colorful choices, all in the same NeckLACE pattern:

Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ Azalea ♡ 17 Inch ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ Lemon Chiffon ♡ 17 Inch ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ Rainbow Splash ♡ 17 Inch ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ LeafyGreen ♡ 17 Inch ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ BrightRed ♡ 17 Inch ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ Coral Splash ♡ 17 Inches ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ Artic Waters ♡ 17 Inches ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ Blue Ice ♡ 17 Inches ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ Ecru White ♡ 17 Inches ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ MyrtleGreen ♡ 18 Inches ♡ Cotton Thread (Size 20)


Well, there you have it! Except…there are more colors to come! I will keep you posted!

Life is Lovelier with Lace …

The NeckLACE has been designed with a standard measurement of 17″ in length.

Standard Necklace Chart

Enjoy your springtime! And check out my shop for fun neckline decor as you frolic in the park!

Hooking for lacey necklines,

Debbie Ludvigson 

The Ludvigson Lace Lady 


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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!

The Ludvigson Lawncare Service

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!

The Ludvigson Lawncare Service

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.

The Petal Doily

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!

Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ LeafyGreen

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! ☺

Lacey ♡ NeckLACE ♡ Artic Waters Blue

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!

Lacey ♡ CloverFields ♡ Wrap ♡ Cornsilk Yellow

Remembering a mosquito swat with three double crochets,

Debbie, the Ludvigson Lace Lady


Lacey ♡ Lattice Cowl ♡ Spring Peach

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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . with Irish Flair!

Irish Lace

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Wow! I am in love again!

Hummer: Excuse me?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: With Irish Lace, that is!

Hummer: Oh, thanks for the clarification. Tim will be glad for that. So how do the Irish make their lace?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Well, as I am just discovering it, my knowledge is limited. But I do see that they do use a crochet hook size that is even much smaller than mine.

Hummer: Oh, that’s helpful.

Irish Lace

Ludvigson Lace Lady: The thread is very fine.

Hummer: Really, now.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: It appears the Irish Lace uses a foundational webbing. Then from the webbing, they build an intricate three-dimensional design.

Hummer: Sounds beautiful.

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Oh, it is! I have found some examples. See how tight the stitches are?

Irish Lace

Hummer: I can understand why you like it then. You crochet with a tighter tension too, don’t you?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes. Tighter tension. Smaller hook. But Irish Lace is more extreme on both counts. So beautiful.

Hummer: Um. Isn’t the CloverFields pattern similar to this?

Ludvigson Lace Lady: You know, Hummer, I think it is! That’s just what I was thinking!

Hummer: And so suitable for the St Patrick season!

Irish Lace

Ludvigson Lace Lady: Yes! Let’s bring CloverFields out and celebrate it with the Irish Lace!


Hummer: So, maybe we should play some Celtic folksongs. And find some Creme de Menthe flavored coffee!

Irish Music | Beautiful Celtic Music | Traditiona…:

Ludvigson Lace Lady: You’re full of ideas today, Hummer! While you’re at it, can you find the St. Patrick YouTubes you were telling me about? Maybe this would be the time to play them.

The True Story of St. Patrick:

Hummer: Oh, sure. A St. Patrick’s Day coffee party!

Irish Lace

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . .

Lace continues to make me smile. But when I found Irish Lace I thought my heart would burst! The intricacy of the Irish Lace is beautiful!

And so appropriate as we celebrate St . Patrick’s Day. Enjoy all the mint, chocolate and coffee you can find!

And may we reminisce with the Irish, for the testimony of St. Patrick. May his courageous display of his love for Jesus and the Irish people spur us onto do the same.

Irish Lace

With Irish Lace as my pot of gold,

Debbie Ludvigson, the Ludvigson Lace Lady


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Life is Lovelier With Lace…and a Christmas, “I Do, I Do!”


In the midst of the Great Preparation for Christmas one year, long ago, there was a young couple about to make a decision that would change the course of history, for them…and the generations to follow.

First, there was Tim. He was quite sure he had found the ‘girl of all girls’ that he hoped would be his wife.


And then there was this girl, who hoped that this guy would finally propose! The ring had been chosen months ago. For a guy she knew quite well by this point, she knew there would probably have to be the element of surprise involved. So she was purposing to be prepared.

Because he knew that she was determined to know, his maneuvering was that much more unascertainable.

We are speaking of a marriage proposal .


The date was December 15, 1979. He had invited her to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre to see “I Do! I Do!” This invitation was officially offered two months in advance.

“Hmmm,” is all she could say. And, “What will I wear.” 😊

He gave no other ‘subtle’ hints. But what more would you need!

I had nothing to wear! As a ‘poor college student’ my options were limited to the typical comfy ‘study-wear.’

There was this girlfriend of mine, with some gorgeous evening outfit options. But, how might I phrase my question to her? “I think I’m going to be proposed to on this night; can I borrow your clothes?” Probably not.


However I worded this odd request, I ended up with a very nice, borrowed outfit. And what else did I have to do, but practice saying, “Yes!”

I have no idea what this man with the probable ring in his pocket had to do with the two months of waiting. But finally, the night of all nights arrived. I was dressed and ready when he arrived at my door.

As my apartment door opened, I saw my handsome man of my dreams (and future) awaiting to enter. He had a surprisingly LARGE gift box in his arms! Purple. Bachman’s flowers. Not a long box, which would contain long stem roses. Of course, he had already done that. Not original enough. And too annoyingly predictable.


I opened the LARGE purple box to find a Christmas silk flower arrangement. A sleigh motif. Nice. Let’s see now, where is the ring hiding…

No ring in the Christmas sleigh arrangement.

And off the Chanhassen we go. The atmosphere was romantic. The food was delicious, although I didn’t taste a thing. The play was…on the topic, you might say!

So, at this point we have experienced a wonderful evening, with all plans – on both our parts – playing out well. My dress and my ‘Yes’ were vigilantly ready for that moment. And he, so smoothly continued to carry on ‘whatever’ his plan was…


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On the way home…how romantic! The music from the car radio was filling the air with, “In the meadow we can build a snowman…and pretend that he is Parson Brown. He’ll say ‘are you married,’ we’ll say, ‘No, man. But you can do the job when you’re in town!'”


I hummed along, in pure delight, as to what was about to happen to me! ‘Yes!’ I continued to practiced…

We arrived back at my apartment. About 12:30am. Instead of coming in for a while, he just said, ‘goodbye’ at the door. With a goodbye-at-the-door kiss.

And that was it! No proposal! No ring!

I went in the bathroom and sulked. Unbelievable. I really thought this would be the night! And it wasn’t! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!

And then, there was a soft knock at my apartment door. ‘Oh, who could that be? At this hour! And I am so forlourn. I don’t want to see anybody!’


Going to the door, dispite how I felt- opening it slightly. Looking out, it was Tim. With a sheepish grin. “Oh, I forgot.” Handing me a small velvet ringbox, he asked. HE ASKED!

“Will you marry me?”

And with all my preparation forgotton, I blurted out, “ARE YOU KIDDING!

Thankfully, I recovered from this out-manuevering man’s method. I said, “Yes!”

And the rest is 37 historical years.

Life is Lovelier With Lace …

Oh my, oh my, oh my. I love lace, yes I do.


But my man. Comparitively speaking, my man makes lace look…unlovely. Gentlemanly then. Gentlemanly now. All-giving love, always. Sacrificial care, easily documented.

I have been blessed with Tim.

Not only do I have my Tim, I have my Tim, who loves my lace.My Tim, CEO of LUDVIGSON LACE.

December 15. Celebrated every year. Celebrating, “Are

you kidding!”


May the LOVE of Christmas be yours today,

Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady


Lacey ♡ CloverFields ♡ Cowl ♡ Natural
Lacey ♡ neckLACE ♡ Choker ♡ Christmas Red