Monday, 8 October 2007

Home, Christmas and a Finish

Well, I am back home. I arrived home on Thursday. My sister is doing okay. It will be a rough go for her for some time. My mother is leaving Tuesday and staying with her until October 30th. I will be returning to Texas on November 1st for two weeks. We are doing our best to give her as much family support as we can. Jim is making slow progress but we are all hopeful.
Now to stitching news. The wreath is finished. I took the wreath from a Dimensions chart called "Circle of Love", changed the saying inside the wreath and added the names of the 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren my parents have. Bob and Adam are my children, and Drew, Jackson and Hunter are my grandchildren. I had hoped to have it finished and framed by this weekend but that did not happen under the circumstances. I sat up late Saturday night and sewed beads on until it was finished. I gave it to my mom yesterday and then took it back to wash and press.

We had a wonderful Christmas/Thanksgiving with our family yesterday. I watched my children and grandchildren opening gifts and at the dinner table and counted all my blessings. After the tragedy that has befallen my sister, I think it makes us all realize how quickly our lives can change and not always for the better. I hope all my Canadian friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I will take a moment to thank all my blogging friends for their kind words and support. I count you amongst my blessings.

On to another topic. I am starting a SAL on Paradigm Lost starting November 1st. The participants so far are myself, Dani, Christin, Beatrice, Wendy and now Rob has decided to join us.
We have three other participants but they will be doing Cirque des Cercles. They are Barb (from Thursday stitchers) Ann and Lynn.
Anyone else who is interested we would love to have you join us. Please contact me if you wish to join.


Anonymous said...

What a splendid gift! and the tree looks magical.

Jenny said...

I love the wreath design, so nice with all the children and grandchildren on it. :)

AnnMcD said...

The wreath looks great Kathy. Your Christmas/Thanksgiving celebration seems to have been a great success.
Glad to have Rob joining the SAL. Also stitching CdC we may have Beth, Colleen and Sharon! This is going to be a fun project for all of us! if I could just decide on fabric and thread!!!
And yes don't we all have plenty to be thankful for. Your BIL's stroke does bring home how fortunate we are to have good health.

Judie said...

Glad to have you back!!! After what your sister and family have been through (and what is to come), it certainly made me thankful for what I have. We had our family dinner yesterday and it was great to have my grandchildren, children and 94 year old father here to share.

Your wreath looks wonderful and I bet you mother was impressed.

Lauren said...

The wreath is lovely! I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving with your family!

Beatrice said...

I'm so glad you are back and I will miss you this winter!!!
The tree looks pretty.
Happy Thanks Giving./Merry Christmas.
The wreath is lovely did your Mom love it???

tkdchick said...

Happy Thanksgiving Kathy! Sounds like you had a good weekend despite having to rush your preperations!

The wreath looks fantastic.

We're getting quite a gathering for our little SAL!

Vonna said...

What a wonderful post Kathy! Yes, it takes the worst of times for us to realize that we don't have it so bad....may we all realize the many blessings that has been given to us! My prayers remain with your sister and her family. And if you could...would you say a prayer for my brother, he's 33 and is having a biopsy on is prostate for cancer in the next couple of days. Kind regards and my appreciation. :)

Lynn said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had a great family celebration. I'll continue to pray for your sister and family and hope the progress continues.
Your wreath turned out beautifully!
Check out my profile and you'll find my email. I'll send you that recipe if you want it.

Linen Stitcher said...

Your wreath finish is stunning! And what a lovely idea to add the names. It will be a treasure when it's completely finished!

Michelle said...

The wreath is amazing, what a wonderful gift. Congratulations on finishing it. My thoughts and prayers are still with you and your family. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.