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,