Monday, November 25, 2013

It's Turkey Time!!

It's turkey time AND happy dancing time!!!  :)   I finished this  just under the wire for Thanksgiving 2013.  Of course, it's not framed this year, but stick a fork in me, 'cause I'm done!  The design called for a colorful border along the top and a couple of extra leaves, but my hubby (who is also my favorite framer with "fringe benefits") says that he really likes it the way it is.  Who am I to argue??   :)

I have absolutely loved stitching this piece.  The colors just wowed me!  I can't wait to see it hanging next year.

Now I'm off to decide what will be next to jump into my stitching basket.  I have a few fun contenders - I'll just have to see what tickles my nose and warms my toes.  (Although I think hubby would say that NOTHING warms my toes.  He's always complaining of my cold feet when we snuggle. LOL)

Hugs and Grace,

(Design:  Thanksgiving Comes Again by Prairie Schooler)  I just LOVE  Prairie Schooler!!)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Not quite turkey time

I'm getting closer to finishing this Thanksgiving piece, but the pop-up thermometer hasn't quite popped on the butterball just yet.  I still have a few leaves here and there, the border and a lot of ground fill to cover until this design is ready for it's close-up.  :)    With all the things that are happening around here (the health issues of our not-so-little guy) and (the health/financial/care issues of my mom), this piece may or may not be finished in time for it's "appropriate" holiday.  And you know what?  I'm okay with that.  Stitching is a journey - a marathon at times, a sprint at others and on occasion, a "plod-along".  Whether I display this design this year or have to wait until next year, I'll find happiness seeing it in it's "proper place" of honor in our home.   I must be getting more chill in my old age because I am  finding peace on my journey and FINALLY trying not to sweat the small stuff.  (I'm definitely a "type a" personality, so this is a HUGE deal for me!)    :)  My stitching is a passion - something I do that brings joy to my fingers and joy to my heart. I don't want to miss the joy of the moment by stitching on an "imposed only by me" deadline.  Wow - does this mean I'm finding "grace" for myself???????    Yeehaw and Wa-hoo!!!  I'm still shooting for a Thanksgiving 2013 finish, but if not, remind me to show you my Thanksgiving 2014 finish!!!    :)

Hugs and Grace,
(Thanksgiving Comes Again - Prairie Schooler)

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The Race is On!

I am REALLY loving this piece - "Thanksgiving" by Prairie Schooler.  I also would REALLLLLY like to have it finished by Thanksgiving!  (I know; such a radical concept!)

So I am making today a curl up in my corner and stitch day.  :)

Here's hoping FORWARD progress will be made!

Hugs and Grace,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hello Again....

Yes, there's been some stitching and yes, there's been some Florida fun going on...however, most of our time lately, unfortunately, has been spent here:

                                            (Nemours Children's Hospital - Orlando)

Ian has been having some health issues again.  The poor kid is manufacturing way too many red blood cells (as opposed to his chronically anemic mother, who can't seem to manufacture enough red blood cells).  Yes, I promise, we ARE related!!!  If we could just combine our issues, we'd have one PERFECT person!  LOL  We've spent so much time at this hospital, we know our way around backwards, forwards and every other way.  I have to say that if you have to experience a child who is ill, this is a great place to be.  We've been treated with respect and kindness by everyone from housekeeping to surgeons. We're hoping that our visits here will become less and less frequent and that the answers will bring relief not stress.  Please pray with us?

While visiting Nemours, I have to say, we've had a lot of fun playing with the dancing fountains (hey, you're never too old to have fun pressing a button and making water jump!!!!) and enjoying some of the nice artwork.  I love cardinals, so I just had to take a pic of this little mama, who hangs out in the Nemours outdoor area.

 I have lots more pictures to post of some happy adventures we've had lately (that DON'T involve hospitals!!!) and I'll be back to share them with you soon!

In the meantime, I just have to share one of my favorite "personal works of art" that hasn't involved stitching.... what's  a trip to the beach if I can't write my wonderful grandbaby's name in the sand and surround it with shells?  :)

 My little cutey-cute-cute is getting bigger everyday and Gigi couldn't be any more in love if I tried!!!

Hugs and Grace,

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Stitching the Season

 No matter how much I adore living in Florida, I always miss seeing the leaves change color in Autumn.  So, when location, location, location doesn't provide the season, we're blessed to "stitch" the season!  I am LOVING stitching this Thanksgiving piece by Prairie Schooler.  Aren't the colors just yummy???

Stitching this piece while we're still smarting from the loss of our sweet Donna has been a true example of "my needle and thread comforteth me".  When things in life just aren't making sense...stitching always seems to add order and simplicity.

I'm stitching this in between the start of a new homeschool year and watching the US Open Tennis Tournament.  For "fun"", we did a huge family bracket this year for the Open....let's just say that if there's a "booby" prize given for bad bracket choices...I'm a shoe-in!!!  At least my final four picks are still in the running!  (Holding breath!)  :)

Through the loss of Donna, even though sometimes life just stinks...I've seen grace and I've been blessed.... and I'm grateful for so many things I took for granted before...and by just learning that, the healing has begun.

Hugs and Grace,

(PS - I still have more "summer vacation" pics to share...just haven't quite been up to it lately.  I'll post them as soon as the time feels right).

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

In Loving Memory....

Our sweet niece, Donna lost her all too brief, oh-so-valient , battle with lung cancer.  I gained Donna through marriage, but claimed her as my own very quickly as a great friend!  Donna was an independent, accomplished, funny, loving woman who will be missed beyond measure but always remembered with a smile.  Donna loved Hawaii with a passion - and was determined to find a job being a professor at the University there.  Mission accomplished!!!   Donna lived life on her terms and lived her final days the same way.  She went the way she wanted, where she wanted and with whom she wanted!  Oh that each of us could say the same.  :)  Donna loved and knew she was loved - and the last words she ever spoke expressed that.  I love you, sweet life has been better because you were in it...Aloha....

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, August 24, 2013

What I did on my summer vacation....

Warning - Picture heavy!

Remember back in the "good old days" when you always had to write the silly paper detailing what you did on summer vacation?  Wouldn't it have been MUCH more fun just to load up the paper with pictures?
Well, that's my goal for this post.   :)  This will be a multi-day post.  We didn't do everything in one day, so I'm not going to try and share all the pictures on one day!

First, there was some of this....

I'm one of those who "like" Star Wars, but I don't necessarily "love" Star Wars.  However, I am married to one of those people who fall into the second category.  My hubby LOVES Star Wars.  So, since Star Wars Weekends at Disney fell right during his birthday, we made the pilgrimage to the land where EVERYTHING is Star Wars!!!!  Now again, keeping in mind that I'm  not the one who is the "super-fan", I, of course, was the one singled out by the storm trooper during the show!  I am such a noodle-head...the storm trooper was talking to me during the show and I just assumed he was talking to the person behind me, so I'm snapping photo's like crazy and then realize that it's me he's talking to and that I should best pay attention to avoid any further humiliation. (Why he couldn't have spoken to the hubby-fan right next to me, I have no idea...but my embarrassment did allow me to grab a pretty nifty pic!!)    :)

Star Wars week-ends is held in the "Hollywood Studios" park.  There are lots of fun things to do there besides Star Wars....

Aerosmith's Rockin' Roller Coaster.  (I don't know any of the people who "photo-bombed" my pic)  It's Disney - it happens a lot!  LOL

Tower of Terror (Due to my knee, I can't ride that one)...but I've heard good things....

The Pixar Studios Area -

This area includes the Toy Story Midway Ride, (one of my favorite rides - we love trying to beat each others' scores!) and in close proximity, the Muppets Adventure.

This guy is more fun than a barrel of monkeys!!!!!   :)    (Heaven help me if he ever sees this blog post!!!)  LOL

Another ride at Hollywood Studios that I like is the "Great Movie Ride".  I love going back in time and seeing how the film industry has changed over the years.  It has a nice mix of the "golden oldies" and the more current movies of today.  I'm not sure the "littles" would be enthralled, but the adults I know seem to enjoy it.  The outside of the ride is decorated to mimic Graumans Chinese Theater.  Footprints/Handprints of the stars, the "grand" red-carpet entrance and even a statue or two for "authenticity".

 And of course, just like any Disney Park, there's always going to be plenty of this guy!!!

Another really fun thing we did at Hollywood Studios was to take a free "Art of Animation" Class.  I am SO NOT artistically gifted....I seriously cannot draw a circle with a compass nor a straight line with a ruler, but....I did walk out of the class with a pretty rad-lookin' drawing of Dopey (one of my favorite Dwarves!)
The class literally takes you step-by-step in a fun, up-beat, positive way.  I recommend it for older kids and adults.   :)

(Being honest, Hollywood Studios isn't my favorite Disney park (I'm an EPCOT kinda gal!) but there is a lot to be found here for all different tastes....and there is no other place in the world like the Osbourne Family Christmas lights display in December that is put on in this park each year!!!  Awe-Mazing!!)

And that my friends, is how we started our summer vacation!  Lots more pics to come....  :)

There's been a wee bit of stitching too - I'll share that in another post.

Hugs and Grace,

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I've Missed You!!!

Oh dear friends, I've missed you and I've missed blogging!  It feels like every time I have had five free minutes to blog, something has always come up.  Such a busy summer....most of it wonderful:  loved ones who came for a nice long visit, tennis and a tournament for Ian, and BEACH time.Then, there's some not so fun stuff as well;  continually working to make sure my mom has the best possible care available and an unexpected, painful stay in the hospital for kidney stones, infection and anemia.

I think I finally have the ship righted and ready to sail again!  :)

I haven't had much time to stitch, but hopefully by tomorrow, I'll have a small progress pic to share.  I'm working on Prairie Schoolers "Thanksgiving".

I also have lots of pictures to share from the "vacation" we took to different parts of Florida while our guests were here.  be warned, boring vacation pictures coming soon!   :)

I also (of course!) have a couple of new pictures of my cutie, cute-cute grandson to show as well!

I'm so glad my groove is back!  I really have missed being part of the bloggy world.     :)

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, May 06, 2013

Chart Give-a-Way Winners

I'm happy to announce that all names of those who wanted to be entered in the drawings for the charts were put into a hat and my not-so-little guy drew the winner(s).       Rose of won the La-D-Da chart and Faith of won the My Big Toe design.  Congrats to both!!!
I am going to be giving away more charts and maybe a couple more "just for fun" non-stitching give-always over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.     :)

Things are still up in the air with my mom but the attorney is helping us "buy time" as we search for a new home that will be a good fit for her.

I promise I'll be back soon with some pretty cool pics from the flower show at Epcot.  :)

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, April 29, 2013

Happy Dancing in the Dark

Whew, the last couple of weeks have certainly been a challenge.  Due to some issues with my mama, we've been informed that she is no longer welcome at the nursing facility that she has been residing in.  Due to those issues (and some that mom has displayed in the past), it's proving VERY difficult to find a place that will accept her.  So far, we're on 39 turn-downs and counting.  We have just been worn out and worn down.  We've finally hired an attorney to help us navigate the challenges, so hopefully, we'll soon be headed in the right direction on the right road.

I have had very little time for "daytime" stitching, but when worry creeps in during the quiet, night hours...when no one is stirring but me...I  turned to my stitching for a familiar rhythm and peace.
The comfort of that is that I have a finish!!!!    :)

What better piece to stitch on during these challenging days than "Hope"?  Sad that it took me so long to finish a piece that is only 61 x 61, but I'm really happy with this little piece.  I'm trying to decide if this lil cutie will become a pillow or an ornament.  In the meantime, it gets to reside in my empty "finishes" drawer.  I've also pulled out my forever WIP, "Delicate Beauties" by Paula Vaughn.  I've made a wee bit of progress....but still so many stitches to go.  But, every stitch is a good stitch, so progress is being made.

I promised a chart give-a-way a couple of weeks back...clearing out my stash very slowly.  Here are pics of the three charts that I'm giving away to new homes.

Chart #1

Chart #2

All charts have been gently used.  If you'd like an opportunity to "win" any of these charts, please leave a comment and let me know which of the patterns you'd enjoy.  Please feel free to ask to be entered for all three charts if you'd like.  Winners will be announced Monday, May 6th.  As stash clean-out proceeds at a molasses in winter speed, I will have more charts to give away.  I'm starting to get real about stash I love, stash I've already stitched  and stash "what was I thinking?"  LOL

In and amongst all the gory mess lately, my sister and I have traded each a couple of days off.  It just got to be too much on both of us day-after-day-after-day.  So, I have some pretty neat pictures of the Flower Show at Epcot (Disney) in an upcoming post.  (My uber- lucky sister is taking her days off this week in Bermuda!)  :)

I'm trying to fuddle my way through these challenging times with grace, but lately I feel that I have failed "grace" miserably.  I'm trying...falling, failing and getting up again, not necessarily gracefully, but always trying to be more grace-full.
I always have much to be grateful for....even those middle of the night happy dances in the dark!  :)

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Drumroll, Please....

The winner of the first Seaside Stitcher give-a-away is Calamity Jr.  As you can see, my first give-a-way was a humble one,  but I hope Calamity enjoys some of the same things that I like.  Included are a "chunky pen" (I always lose the Bic Stick ones), cupcake liners that say "time for tea" (Luv me some tea and cupcakes!), a couple of fun spring "bath bombs" shaped like tulips (I LOVE tulips!), some lip balms and hand cream that I always  have tucked  in my tennis bag, a cute lil flower tote and representing my love of Florida:  Key Lime Cookies (Yum-O!),  a travel cup and a hat w/ a flip flop design.

I had fun picking out these things - I think give-a-ways will be a much more frequent occurrence on this here lil blog!  :)

Next week, I'm going to be giving away three patterns from my stash.  Stay tuned!

Thanks to all who entered -

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, April 01, 2013

Let's Have a Give-A-Way!

I hope you each had a lovely Easter!  We were very blessed:   We enjoyed  lovely spring weather - we had a wonderful dinner - the "Easter Flamingo" paid us a visit, (since we've moved to Florida, there have been no more visits from the "Easter Bunny", the "Easter Flamingo" leaves treats - lol), we talked about the REAL meaning of "Easter" - we were together -  it was a wonderful day!

I'm in the mood for a give-a-way.  How 'bout you?   Please note: there is NO stitching nor anything stitching-related in this give-a-way.  This is a simple give-a-way....just some of my favorite things that I love.  (I love, love, love stitching but that will be a give-a-way for another time).  :)

Let me say right up-front that I LOVE my husband and my sons.  I am NOT giving them away.  :)  I also love my phone and my IPad.  I'm not giving them away either.  This is more of a "I love baths, I love tea, I love Florida" give-a-way.  It's very simple....but I hope one of you will enjoy my little "gathering of goodies".

No rules to enter.  Just leave a comment on this post stating that you'd like your name thrown in the hat.  (Hmmm....hat....that "might" be a clue about one of the things in my goodie box)  :)
The winner will be announced on Saturday.  Good luck!

Hugs and Grace,

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blessings Finish

I realized that I posted the give-a-way for this piece and the design has now been sent on it's way to South Africa(!) but I forgot to post my finish!  :)

I love this little stitch and what it represents.  I have MANY, MANY blessings to count!!!!  Yes, times have been stressful lately, and yes, I have been on my knees a LOT in prayer lately (that's not a bad thing, btw, just a personal reminder to me that I need to spend as much time on my knees in praising for the good times as I do in pleading in the not-so-pleasant times!)  What better time than Easter week to be reminded to "Count My Blessings!?   :) 

I also love that this design was started on it's journey by one person, dear Daffycat.  Sharon started this design on it's travels back in 2011 and it's still on the move.  It's been back and forth "across the pond" a few times, to Canada, Greece and to many of the States.  One person threw a stone in a pond and so many of us have been blessed by the "ripples".

How many "ripples" of good have we each started?  Stitching-related or otherwise, in our daily lives?  I am determined in this new spring season to start off my own "ripples".  I can't wait to muse this out more and see what this may look like.  While most of my "ripples" will hopefully be private, I hope to pass on some along to my blog friends!  How have you started "ripples"?  I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts!!!!

Blog give-a-way coming soon!  :)

Hugs and Grace,

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Travelling Pattern is on the move!

The traveling pattern is now headed to:

Cucki in South Africa!!!  I feel so bad I can't send the pattern to everyone...I hope each of you will continue to follow the pattern on it's's been amazing to see all the places this sweet little beauty has already been.  I will be posting my own gift-a-way next week, so please come back and visit.  :)

Thanks to all for the sweet comments.  I truly am grateful for each one.  I read them and feel hugged...bless you! 

Hugs and Grace,

Friday, March 15, 2013

Grace-full, NOT graceful

Let's start right off by saying that, hard as I try, I am not the most graceful person.  There are days when I feel about as graceful as a giraffe on ice skates (no offense to giraffes).  But, for what I lack in coordination and being charming at all times, I am indeed, grace - full.

The past few weeks have definitely proved to be challenging.  My mom has been having numerous physical, emotional and long-term care insurance issues.  Bless her heart, a lifetime of problems are catching up with her.  The facility where she is now residing has been a bit less than helpful and understanding.  So, the search is on to re-locate mom.  Due to her issues and needing to be in a locked facility, this is proving to be a daunting task.  My main goal is to have this be as smooth a transfer as possible for my mom.  Adjusting to new surroundings is not easy for her.  I worry about that a lot.  I have been so blessed with grace to have my sister and my husband's help and support in finding our way through the elder-care "machine".  I can't imagine trying to deal with all the pressure surrounding mom w/o physical help.  Being a patient advocate has become an hours per day job  .It's hard to hear your mother treated like a number and not as a  person. Sadly, I know we aren't the only family dealing with these issues...I am so grateful for the grace that gets me through each day.

Our not-so-little guy has had his own challenges lately.  He was playing in a high school singles tennis match and jumped high to hit an overhead lob.  He landed on his ankle and rolled it.  OUCH!  Thank goodness his personal coach just happened to be at this particular match AND she just happens to also be a Dr.!  (Grace, grace!!!!)  She was a huge help immediately after the injury.  The scans showed no break but he has some nasty tears in the ligaments in his foot.  :(    His ortho dr. told us that it would be easier to recover from a broken ankle that to have the type of tears Ian has.  Apparently, ligaments can take longer to heal than breaks can.  Ian is definitely out for the rest of his high school season...he's so sad.  Poor kid battled his way back from his skull tumor and now, he feels like he's been knocked down again.  We're trying to focus forward to the summer tournament season but I do really understand his despair right now.
We are blessed to have good insurance which helps so much with the $ of the unexpected and access to good care.  (Grace, grace!)

My hubby's sister has been hospitalized with blood clots but looks like she will be okay.  (Grace!)  My hubby's brother had a stroke and it looks like he's going to be able to make a fairly good recovery .We were told when the stroke occurred that things were looking very grave and that brain function most likely would be greatly compromised.  From receiving that news to comparing how his brother is now, is amazing! (Amazing Grace!)

And of course, in the middle of the storms, God blessed us with wonderful little Jackson.  (GRACE!!!  Jackson gets a capitalized grace!)   :)
So yes, even though there are (MANY!) moments lately in which I have been MUCH less than "graceful", I have been GRACE-FULL.  I'm so grateful to have my faith that shows me God's love and who gives me HIS grace.

Hugs and (much!) Grace,

(BTW, the next stitcher for the "Count Your Blessings" traveling pattern will be announced on Monday!  Be sure to leave a comment on this post if you'd like to be included!)     :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Travelling Pattern - Count Your Blessings - Who's Next???

I was SO blessed to be chosen as the next stitcher to receive the travelling pattern "Count Your Blessings" from Shakespeare's Peddler.  The pattern came to me from March-Ann.  She has a lovely blog - please go pay her a visit, won't you?

I am nearly finished stitching this sweet it's time to be passed along.  Please leave me a message and I'll choose someone and send it along.  :)

Here's a pic of my progress.  (I now have the house and fence finished, I just need to finish the vine w/ the cute lil bird.  (I was going to take a progress pic today but it was a bit overcast and my camera just wouldn't cooperate.)

Again, if you're interested in being the next stitcher along the way, leave me a comment.

Hugs and Grace,

(PS - thanks for all the congrats and beautiful messages re: my precious grandson, Jackson.  I'll post an update tomorrow and let everyone know what I've been up to....let's just say, I've needed a LOT of grace lately!) 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A new kind of love.....

My heart has been filled to over-flowing with a new kind of love that I NEVER could have imagined!
Here are a couple of hints.....

"Hey Diddle Diddle,
Some new, Someone Little
My heart is over the moon"

"If I would've known how much fun grandchildren were, I would've had them first"

(Okay, that hint should have really given my news away!!)

Introducing....... my precious grandson,

22 February 2013
5 lbs

I have respected my older sons' wish for privacy on my blog (mainly because I know too much and would be a source of constant embarrassment - LOL) but with Jackson's arrival, I am allowed to share the love!!
Is there anything on earth sweeter than seeing your child hold HIS child?  This picture just bursts my heart every time I look at it.  ('Course right now, EVERY picture of Jackson just bursts my heart!!!)
Justin and Jane, his lovely wife (of 11 years! - not that I was counting or anxious to be a grandma or anything - ha ha) have blessed our family with Jackson.
We are so grateful to God that Jackson is here -  safe and sound and loved!  

I am going to be a "GiGi".  Because of divorce/blended families/etc...Poor Jackson would have so many different "grandma's", that we each decided to have our own names for "grandma".  We don't want to confuse the poor little guy...he's still. just a rookie.   :)

The only down-side is that Jackson and I live on different coasts...but that doesn't mean that I'm not going to do everything in my power to make sure that the little guy knows how loved he is.  I can spoil him from afar with snuggle visits in between.  Hey, Gigi lives not far from Disney World...Mickey and Minnie will be waiting!  :)    Come visit Gigi, Jackson...we'll share "firsts" of our own! 

We've already decided that we're all going to have to chip in for hair gel expenses for that little guy.  Isn't that one of the most beautiful heads of hair you've ever seen?  Jackson's - not Justin's.  LOL  Although I love every hair on Justin's head too.  :)

We love you, Jackson....forever, for always and no matter what.  Thank you for reminding us that the world is a wonderful place and full of joy.  We can't wait to watch you grow and find that out for yourself.
Be blessed, little one...

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Shall we (happy) dance?

Hi Gang!

What say we have a happy dance?  This piece is not only my first finish of 2013 but it's also my first finish for a Christmas gift for 2013.  Woot, Woot! 

I have the best of intentions of starting something new (probably Little House Virtues "Hope" sheep, but as the saying goes, life is what happens when you're making other plans.  My mom's care needs have begun to change and that has taken an incredible time and emotional drain on my life.  Bless her heart, dementia is such a cruel, unforgiving disease...and the effects it can have can reach far beyond merely "just" her medical needs.  I literally have been spending upwards of three hours a day for the past two weeks trying to iron out some of the wrinkles in her life and trying to find solutions to her special care needs.  I see why folks my age are known as the "sandwich generation".  Between trying to care for my mom and being there for Ian and his busy school/medical/tennis/conditioning schedule  (not to mention hubby and I need to feed our relationship as well,) sometimes it just feels like it's a little too much...physically but more importantly, emotionally. 
Some days, my "grace" tank seems to be running on empty.

Speaking of Ian, he continues to amaze us.  He still gets so tired but when he's on a tennis court, he gives it his all.  He made his high school team and is currently playing as the #1 seed.  He's done well in both his singles and doubles matches (Go Pirates!).  He is so excited to be playing again but his stamina level off the court is still lagging.  He's had a few headaches and fevers lately as well, so we're still not completely out of the woods yet, but I'm oh-so-grateful for the progress he's made over the past year.

I'm thinking that my bloggy give-a-way will happen sometime near the beginning of March.  I'm trying to put it together little by little.  I do know that it won't have any stitching-related items (I just don't have time right now to guarantee a finished stitched piece) but hopefully it will still be a fun give-a-way.  I'll keep you posted on when sign-ups will start.

Thanks for all your prayers, love, comments and visits.  They are SO appreciated! 

Hugs and Grace,

Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'm SO happy that the person that I'm making this piece for loves golf, and not, say football.  Football has twice as many letters as golf and if that were the case, I'd still be stitching the design and not working on the backstitching.  (Am I right?)    :)

I love how fast this little design has stitched up and I hope to have the backstitching finished some time next week.

I received my first auto-ship of the Little House Sheep this week.  I'll be digging my paws into that little cutie just as soon as I'm finished with my Golf giftie.

In other, absolutely WONDERFUL, PRAISE GOD news, Ian is starting to look and feel more like "our" Ian again.  He tried out for and made his high school tennis team and he's been back on the court practicing like a madman, trying to make up for lost time.  He still gets VERY tired, very quickly but he is definitely headed in the right direction again.   We've hired a personal trainer for him to help him build his stamina.  He really needs help with that after being off for the past year with his brain mass issue.
We still are waiting for a read on his latest scan...oh, how we're praying it shows good news.  I'm not sure how he'd deal with being told he was going to be side-lined again after he's struggled so hard to get himself back in the game.  We still have a follow-up at the Mayo Clinic ahead of us - but we're praying and trusting.  God is God no matter what happens on our path... Through all of this, I've learned that "grace" can look different every single day of our lives, depending on what we're facing.  We need to extend grace and maybe even harder, learn to accept grace. 

Thank you so much for your wonderful blog visits and comments.  I've loved finding so many fun blogs and making new friends.

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, January 14, 2013

A gift for a golfer...

This is the project that I'm currently working on.  This is to be a Christmas gift for 2013.  (Isn't it sad when your Christmas spirit for 2012 doesn't start kicking in until January 2013?)  Anyway, I'm loving this happy project.  I'm about 1/4 finished - this will eventually be surrounded by golf clubs, a border and the saying, "Golf isn't a matter of life or death, it's much more important than that."  Cute, huh?

It feels SO good to have the mojo back.  I've decided not to set stitching goals this year.  I'm just going to stitch my bliss.   :)

Hugs and Grace,

(Design is from Stoney Creek Magazine)

Friday, January 11, 2013

TUSAL - Move along..Nothing to See Here

I'm taking part in Daffycat's TUSAL this year.  Today is SUPPOSED to be the day that I show you all the pretty, pretty orts that I have accumulated this month...

Cue the cricket chirping....

I got nuttin', not a single snippet.  I was actually thinking of making up just a few orts so that I'd have something to share.  But I kinda thought that the ORT police might show up and well....I'd rather spend bail money on stash.  So, here's hoping that next month, I'll have Orts to the left of me, Orts to the right of get the idea.

Hugs and Grace,

Monday, January 07, 2013

Finding my journey to a new "Word"

As some of you may remember, for the past two years, I have determined that my yearly word would be "cherish".  I have many, many precious memories of cherishing moments of my life over the past 24 months. 
I have learned how easy is to cherish things in the good times and how hard it is to cherish the tougher moments that life seems to hurl at us at lightening speeds.  It's hard to cherish when you're terrified about your child's health, it's hard to cherish when you lose loved ones.   But through purposefully living to cherish, I have learned to appreciate more of the ordinary mundane things that happen and to be grateful and cherish them - the ordinary can become extraordinary by purposing to cherish. .  Cherish has been a wonderful word for me.  I pray that as I choose a new word for a year, I can look back  and see how my new wood has made me a better person.

So, after doing some DEEP soul-searching and praying and listening....I've got it through my thick head that my word this year is ........  GRACE.

Oh, how I need to apply the MANY facets of the word GRACE to my life. Would you still be here reading, if you knew just how much GRACE I need in my life?  I certainly need to give GRACE to my family. Honestly, I am one of those girls that be a total cranky grump with my family and then let the phone ring with some inconsequential information and I will profusely thank whomever has called in my sweetest, southern-tinged accent.  The very second I hang up the phone, the sweet voice bolts for the door and I can be cranky again.  So. I definitely need GRACE with everyone who comes into my life.  REALLY, really need it!!!
I also need GRACE with myself.  Insecurity*** and I are VERY close friends.  I need to extend Grace to myself in order to fill my GRACE tank to give to others.

Honestly, I have no idea where GRACE is going to take me this year...but I hope you'll hang around and encourage me or kick me in my "sit-upon" if I falter.  Let's try GRACE on for size this year and see where the path leads, shall we?   Let's find ways to "saturate our days" with grace and see what good we can bring to our own spheres that we've been given to influence, love and improve!

Hugs and Grace,