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 journey...it'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 design....so 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!)