This quilt square holds special memories of my son, Daniel. When Daniel was in the 8th grade, his teacher told the class she wanted them to share one of their talents with their classmates. Daniel came from school that day and said “I don’t have a talent.” That day is when his love for music began. We began talking and he told me “I would like to learn to play the mandolin”. Of course Mom and Dad were happy about that. Daniel began to take mandolin lessons the next week, and three weeks later, he and his Grandpa Clyde joined together and shared his talent of music in front of his classmates. We were so grateful. Daniel started to sing and play at fiddler conventions, weddings, and other events. His love for music continued to grow. It was a talent given to Daniel by God and he began to sing at churches and give God the glory.
On the quilt square is a picture he drew of one of his treasured mandolins. Daniel graduated in 2005 and for his senior project he built and played this mandolin for grading. God is so good. Moving forward, Daniel continued in his love of music with family and friends along the way. He continued to sing for the Lord. On the Sunday before the accident, Daniel had a request for him to sing “Consider the Lillies”. He shared the scripture from Matthew 6:25-34, sharing his testimony, and then he concluded with the song.
Daniel left behind a son, 6 months old, Silas Wayne, and he is Grandma’s sunshine. I am so thankful Daniel chose to be a donor. Even though he left us too soon, his life that he lived is still giving.
Submitted by Cathy, Donor Mother