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

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

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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:

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra ♡ http://www.aftcra.com/ludvigsonlace

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.

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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 

LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra 

A portion of LUDVIGSON LACE proceeds will be donated to Lila Rose/Live Action, in defense of Life: http://www.liveaction.org 

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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!

Click below for Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And the Music Tyrant:

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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!

Click below for ‘Life is Lovelier with Lace. . .and (Raked) Autumn Leaves!’

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Click below for ‘Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . Christmas Snow!’

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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!

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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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Remembering a mosquito swat with three double crochets,

Debbie, the Ludvigson Lace Lady

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

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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?

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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!

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LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ CloverFields

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

Irish Music | Beautiful Celtic Music | Traditiona…: https://youtu.be/hoZSYecAbYw

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: https://youtu.be/ZTYQyv8e-x4

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!”

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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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Watch “Gaither Vocal Band – Winter Wonderland” on YouTube
Gaither Vocal Band – Winter Wonderland: https://youtu.be/wJ8QGlwDIc0

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!'”

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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!’

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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.

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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!”

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May the LOVE of Christmas be yours today,

Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady

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Lacey ♡ neckLACE ♡ Choker ♡ Christmas Red

Life is Lovelier with Lace, a Kiss, and a Prayer

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Lacey ♡ Petal Doily ♡ Large ♡ Porcelain White

“We’ve Only Just Begun” ~ The Carpenters 

🎶 “…white lace and promises; a kiss for luck and we’re on our way!” 🎶

Probably the most popular wedding song of a nostalgic era decades ago – mine!  And The Carpenters were my favorite! Even so, their song was not a part of our wedding.

I don’t know why!

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Probably because our wedding program was already too long. It was critiqued as a musical concert already! The Carpenters, We’ve Only Just Begun, was surely lost in the hustle and bustle of wedding preparation, I guess.

But wonderful wedding song, nonetheless!

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Watch “The Carpenters “We’ve Only Just Begun”” on YouTube
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There are so many choices to be made when planning a wedding! Whether you want to or not, you must define your taste in color and style:

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•Where will you marry •Who will marry you •Indoors/Outdoors •Wedding Dress •Wedding party: Who/How many •Wedding Party Attire •Wedding cake •Grooms Dinner

And then there’s the •honeymoon: •Where •How much $$$$ •How long

What about the •Wedding Registry?

Now here was most difficult for me. From college dorm life to, how will I decorate my dream house?

I’ll let you in on a secret: I didn’t have a clue!

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Lacey ♡ CloverFields ♡ Sampler ♡ Porcelain White

It is interesting, the registry choices that Tim and I made together were, generally speaking, not that far off the mark!

• I still love my China pattern

• I love my crystal!

• I love my lace!

• My stainless steel mixing bowls are as shiny as they were on our wedding day! (…yes, I have used them!)

• My Pyrex mixing bowl (with handle) only left my kitchen a few years ago. I think I gave it up to the thrift store because there was a chip. Or, possibly one of our boys inherited it? I loved it!  Used it ‘for everything!’

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•Kitchen bowls •Bathroom towels •Blankets •Iron/Ironing board. Just not on a bride’s mind on her wedding day. At least, not on mine!

It really is ‘a kiss for luck’ as the Carpenters sang. Unless you have the Lover of All Souls by your side!

And that is why I cherish the Marriage Prayer: a prayer for the wedding couple to the Lover of All Souls. How desperately every couple needs Him as they embark on the everyday of married life.

Please listen to my Marriage Prayer, recited by Bill Pierce, on my blog post, “Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And the Marriage Prayer”:

https://ludvigsonlace.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/__trashed-2/

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I did not grasp the intensity of this prayer until I was preparing it for my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary!  Tim and I had been married for 24 years at that time. Now I pray it regularly. And our Lover of All Souls, hears.

 

Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . 

Just like The Carpenter’s 🎶 kiss for luck, 🎶 wedding trends come and go. But there are times when lucky trends just will not do. Maybe that is why The Carpenters never made it to Tim’s and my wedding. We needed more than luck as we began. We needed a marriage prayer to the Lover of our Soul.

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Lacey ♡ CloverFields ♡ Cowl ♡ Porcelain White

Lace, a Kiss and a Prayer remain:

Lace, my hook and thread

Tim, my husband

God, the Lover of My Soul

And love for all three, they are to me!

~ Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady

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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . and the Marriage Prayer

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Many years ago now, we were preparing for my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. In searching for a favorite poem to share for their anniversary program, I had great difficulty finding a written copy.

The poem I remembered was a prayer for a marriage ceremony. There was soft music playing as a backdrop to the reading. The recitation was made by a familiar deep, bass voice – a voice renown for his music and his radio broadcast, Nightsounds. His name, Bill Pierce.

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Then one suggested a starting/stopping of the old stereo system method, while another wrote frantically. He would assist.

So with pen and paper ready, and his finger stationed at the stereo’s start and stop, we began.

All  was going well. He had to back up a few times. But progress was sure. The end was in sight.

Until suddenly, I just broke down in tears. In front of my son.

‘Looking foolish,’ I thought.

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But I was so touched by the words of this prayer. A beautiful outcry for a faith journey only to succeed with the God of Love before you:

“O God of Love,

You have established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind. Yours was the Your plan and only with You can we work it out with joy. You have said, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now our joys are doubled, since the happiness of one is the happiness of the other. Our burdens now are halved,  when we share them, we divide the load.

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Bless this husband. 

Bless him as provider of nourishment and raiment. And sustain him in all the exacting and pressures of his battle for bread. May his strength be her protection, his character be her boast and pride. And my he so live that she will find in Him a haven for which the heart of a woman truly longs.

Bless this loving wife. 

Give her tenderness that will make her great, a deep sense of understanding and a great faith in You. Give her that inner beauty of soul that never fades – that eternal youth that is found in holding fast the things that never age.

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Teach them that marriage is not living merely for each other; It is two united and joining hands to serve You. Give them a great spiritual purpose in life. May they seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and the other things shall be added to them. 


May they not expect the perfection of each other that belongs to You. May they minimize each other’s weaknesses, be swift to praise and magnify each other’s points of comliness and strength, and see each other through a lover’s kind and patient eyes.

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Now make assignments on the scroll of Your will as will bless them, and develop their characters as they walk together. Give them enough tears to keep them tender, enough hurts to keep them humane, enough failure to keep their hands clenched tightly in Yours and enough success to make them sure they walk with God.

May they never take each other’s love for granted, but always experience the breathless wonder that exclaims, “Out of all this world, you have chosen me.”

Then when life is done and the sun is setting, may they be found then as now, hand in hand – still thanking God for each other. May they serve You happily, faithfully, together, until at last one shall lay the other into the arms of God.

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This we ask through Jesus Christ, Great Lover of All Souls. Amen.”

~ Louis H. Evans

“What a beautiful prayer,” I thought as my son had to watch me wipe an escaping tear from my eye.

Please enjoy Bill Pierce’s sharing of The Marriage Prayer, here:

https://youtu.be/MP7Z-bpCZgk

Life is Lovelier with Lace…

With hook and thread in hand and this prayer on my lips – for my own marriage, I offer this prayer for you and yours also.

~Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady

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Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And the Charming ♡ NeckLACE ♡

Introducing…

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The ♡ NeckLACE

New addition to the LUDVIGSON LACE ♡ Aftcra  shop:

♡ As always…Lacey!

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Comfortable! You don’t even know it’s there!

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Colorful! Or a Neutral Addition to your color!

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Versitile! Elegant or Rugged – Wears Well Whereever you go!

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Life is Lovelier With Lace…

As you know from my past blog posts, there is a tomboy deep within me! There is also the feminine lady. I love them both!

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“Life is Lovelier with Lace. . . And the Charm School Challenge”

Click below:

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(I could have either worn this BrightRed NeckLACE on the tetherball court, or on the Charm School runway!)

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So with the new

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offers a jewelry piece to satisfy both!

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I will be wearing a ♡ NeckLACE ♡ with my denims and with my silks!

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Check them out! Click on to my shop! And keep in mind…more are in the making…especially for upcoming Spring!

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With my ♡ NeckLACE ♡ hook and thread, I wish you a blessed day!

~ Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady 

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

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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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Watch “Gaither Vocal Band – Winter Wonderland” on YouTube
Gaither Vocal Band – Winter Wonderland: https://youtu.be/wJ8QGlwDIc0

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!'”

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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!’

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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.

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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!”

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May the LOVE of Christmas be yours today,

Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady

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

 

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“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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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, 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

The Ludvigson Lace Lady 

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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.

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“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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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!

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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 

The Ludvigson Lace Lady 

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