Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rockin' the Happy Dance!

This is such a special finish for me.  The Battle Hymn of the Republic was my Dad's favorite hymn. He wanted it played at his funeral and to this day, hearing it can bring a tear to my eye because I remember my Daddy's humming this tune so often during my growing-up years...  So, Daddy - this one's for you....

Battle Hymn of the Republic by Little House Designs...stitched on recommended fabric and using recommended floss.

I "cherish" memories of my Dad...


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Finding Peace....

I'm not quite sure how to start this post or even what exactly I want to say...but here goes.  This is painful to write, but since my blog is part of our family history, I'm just going to be honest and write what comes to my heart....

As I mentioned previously, my mom was diagnosed with dementia.  (I lost my Dad to Alzheimer's).  Both  are terrible diagnosis which can rob you of your loved ones in a long good-bye.

While we were in Ohio, my mom's disease spiraled out of control, to the point where we became a true irritant to her.  The disease won and drew a "line in the sand" in our relationship.  My mom is receiving the best care that can be provided at this point and from there, I'm placing her in God's hands and trust and have faith that He will bless her in meeting her needs that I just can't meet.  There's a lot more I could write about how awful this situation is and how truly sad I am - but, I'm trying to be grateful for what I do have and  not focus quite so much on what I don't have (and never again will have) in a relationship with my mom.  It's a burden that we as a family have been challenged to deal with and we'll cope as best we can.

I have to say that I have the best hubby and son in the world...they have shown me nothing but compassion and unconditional love.  I pray that I might reflect their grace with me onto others...  Having said that, I just have to share what my sweet Ian did for not-so-little son bought these beautiful flowers to help cheer up his mama.  This was such a touching gesture on his part - and I might just have to remember this the next time he gets a little lazy and barks a little bit about keeping his room clean.  :)

As I love to do, I have turned to my stitching for comfort. There's just something about the rhythm of putting floss to fabric that soothes me.  This is my progress on Little House's "Battle Hymn of the Republic".  I'm heading towards the finish line on this one and hope that I can do a happy dance before too long.  :)

Hug your family and hold them close - let's never forget how 9-11-01 changed each of us...  There truly is no place like home...

I *cherish* my faith that sustains me through the trying times...


Friday, September 02, 2011

TUSAL - August (and my feline nephew, too!)

Since we're on the regular oer jar has turned into an ort baggie,,,So, I VERY humbly submit my pitiful little sandwich bag with this month's additions:

I want to give a big shout-out to my BEAUTIFUL, favorite (okay, so he's my only,,,) feline nephew, Max.  Max allowed me to use a floor of his kitty condo to take the pic of my orts.
Max has generously allowed my sister and her hubby to share their beautiful home with us for a few days.  (L-O-N-G story as to why we're not still at my mom's. but that's a post for another day)...Anyway, without further pause (paws???  LOL), please allow me to introduce his royal nephew-ness, Max.....
Our poor little pup, Tea Tsu is SOOOOO intimidated by Max, she just doesn't know what to do.  Max out-weighs our dog by about 8 pounds, and literally has had our dog cornered on more than one occasion.  LOL

Enjoy the pics and have fun envisioning our dog being "tree'd" repeatedly by a cat!

I *cherish* "my" Max and time spent with my wonderful sister and brother-in-law.