Sunday, November 28, 2010

I'm thankful for a finish!

I hope everyone in the U.S. had a fabulous Thanksgiving.  (and, if you're not in the U.S., I hope you had a happy Thursday!)

I'm thankful for soooooo many blessings, working on this piece at this time of year has been extra sweet, because our home truly has been blessed.  This is a Christmas gift for a friend (no blog).  The original design has a border around it, but my husband, the framer, likes the simplicity of the piece without a border.  My framer is just the BEST and only "charges" me for "fringe benefits", so I like to  keep him happy.  I'm quite okay not stitching the border on this one!  :)

I know I should be really good and work on a WIP next, but La-D-Da's "Love Spoken Here" just landed in my mailbox and it makes me not want to be good.  I also have some fabric on order for other pieces that make me not want to be good.    :)  

As always, thank you so much for taking a peek at my blog.  (If you're from the WIP police, move along, nothing to see here.)            :)


Thursday, November 18, 2010

The first 16 years......

Today is our 16th anniversary.  16 years!!   It's not always been perfect but it's always been right.  After I came out of a disastrous first marriage, I was VERY reluctant to be a "Mrs" ever again. My world had been pretty much shattered and I was sure that no one would ever be able to help me put it back together again.  (and I was pretty determined that I was never going to let anyone ever get close enough to even try), but as always, God knew the plan He had for me way before I did.  As corny as it sounds, my hubby is honestly the wind beneath my wings.  He helped me to eventually trust and believe and fly my way back into "myself"....and he loved me all along the journey.
We've had a few bumps and bruises but who hasn't?  We've made it through the best of times and the worst of times and through it all, we've done it together.  There is no one on earth who is more "in my corner" than my Sweetie...he truly is my "forever, for always and no matter what". 

I can't wait to see how much more fun we can get into!!!!!     :)   I love you, "Bear".


Friday, November 12, 2010

Another trophy for the shelf (and I want a slurpee!)

As you can see by the tired look on the winners' face, this was a tough week-end, but our not-so-lttle guy pulled it off again!!  Woot!!  This was Ian's first "national" tournament - playing kids from all over the U.S.  We honestly weren't expecting him to walk away a winner from this one, but we're sure proud that he did!
His hardest opponent this week-end was an asthma attack.  It was a cold, windy week-end and both of those things can trigger attacks.  The poor guy would hit, run, cough, hit, run, cough...lather, rinse, repeat. I felt so bad for him.  I wanted to pull him out but he was determined to hang in there. Thank goodness the inhaler helped and the nebulizer was with us.  God heard this mama's prayers - and then next day he was feeling much better!
I just get so amazed watching him play.  I played tennis through my pregnancy with him and then when he was around 3 months old, we had him in a stroller watching as his dad and I played.  He would bob his little head back and forth watching the ball - soooo cute!  Little did we know at the time that he would grow up to kick our butts!  :)
When he was about 3, we would "pay" him either a dollar or a slurpee to shag balls for us.  This worked great for a long time - he was scoring big bucks off of us as we played on nearly a daily basis.  Now we're the ones shagging balls for HIM.  (and I just realized, we're NOT getting paid for it!!!  Hey dude, where's my slurpee??????)   :)
Trophy or not, the thing that we're MOST proud of is that every single player our fellow has played has complemented him on his honesty.  He has earned a real reputation on the circuit for being a polite, but tough opponent.  Even a few parents have stopped us and told us how nice he is.  Praise like that makes me thankful again for the most wonderful gift we've ever been given.  Keep dreaming big, Ian....we're behind you all the way!!
(P.S. Now can you be polite and go clean your room???  Oh, by the way son, I like the banana slurpees the best!!!)

Hug your favorite tennis player!