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,