July 23, 2012

Ten years ago, on this day I was at the hospital recovering from surgery~ A simple procedure to remove a lump in my thyroid~I woke up and saw my husband sitting beside me with his head in his hands crying~ I thought he was relieved it was over and then i drifted back to sleep~ cancer was found and my husband and parents were told 6 months to a year survival~ I wasn't told til 2 days later and my journey began~How do you wrap your mind around that news? What do you do? What do you say?~the look on your husband's face~the tears in my momma's eyes~hearing my daddy cry~my siblings sitting with me and making me laugh~having to tell Taylor ( my 12 yr old)~~family coming~family leaving and the quiet almost unbearable~more tests~ 2nd opinion~another surgery~chemo~no hair~Tim reading the Bible to me because the chemo affected my eyesight~every morning Tim would lay his hand on my face and pray before he left every morning~momma traveling to sit with me and sitting up to all hrs when I was in pain from the chemo~my sweet cousin, Carole coming to spend time with me along with my best friend since 7th grade, JoAnn~radiation~lost my voice and didn't know if it would come back~GOD blessed me with special people all the way~And when I was alone GOD was there with me~HE gave me piece that ONLY HE CAN GIVE~HE had other plans for me~Ten years later I have my 5 yr old, Luke~ I got to turn the milestone age of 40 and this year I will turn 46~I can speak and sing even though I still only have 1 workable vocal cord~the other is still paralyzed~GOD allowed me to be able to sing and hum to my baby boy when he was born~My heart is so full and my thoughts are jumbled~I'm just soooooooooooo thankful to be here today with the friends, family, and life I have~I'm so thankful for GOD'S grace and mercy...

I've always said "No one wants cancer, but I was blessed in so many ways that in my experience I'm humbled that I walked that journey at that time in my life as bad as it was"~But as bad as it was there was alot of laughter, heartfelt times, and love~ It made me the person I am today whether good or bad~It made life sweeter......That view of life is a true gift from GOD that i wish I could just gift everyone I come in contact with a piece of....

I'm thankful for you that come on here to read my ramblings...I'm so thankful that you visit...GOD has blessed me in ways words I cannot express~ I'm so BLESSED!!! Today, I celebrate being a 10 year cancer survivor!!!!!

July 19, 2012

Are you ready for Fall????? I sooooo am especially since school starts on August 7 here...I'm ready to stitch some Fall goodies....And i'm hoping that since my baby boy is starting kindergarten this year and at school all day that I can get alot more done...At least that is what I'm telling myself to make my heart feel better that he will be gone that many hrs in my day...So sad! So maybe if i keep telling myself that I might just believe it.....I am working on an order, but I'm also going to get my big Fall notebook out tonight full of patterns to plan my stitching  for this new Fall season.....So, are you ready for Fall????? :)
 Hi ya'll! This is why I have been MIA this summer and staying away from the computer because we all know we can get alot done when we aren't on here...ha! I have been in the middle of a swap for a year and a half with a friend...When she messaged me and offered to swap i leaped on the opportunity...So, I have been stitching her samplers and this is the one i just finished this morning at 5 am...I have had the Carriage House Sampling pattern for 5 yrs and looked forward to stitching it, but never taken the time and I knew I had to save it for a summer project...I was only going to stitch 1 for myself because I knew it would take so long...It has taken almost a month of many many many many many many many many many hrs of stitching....Often stitching from 7 pm to 7 am to get this sampler finished before school starts back....Lori has not seen this sampler and didn't know what I was stitching, so I hope she loves it!!! I hope to stitch myself one next summer....

I stitched it on 22 ct aida with 1 thread over 2....I do this often when I want my samplers larger...It makes the picture bigger, but still makes the fabric look like evenweave...This sampler turned out 7 1/2" by 25 1/2"...

WOW! I'm so glad it's over...ha! And I'm so thrilled with the finished sampler...Now, I can work on some more orders and plan my Fall samplers to be done...:) 

And hopefully be on here more regularly especially since school starts back in less than 3 weeks...UGH! But I can get back to a routine...ha! I haven't slept much this summer....:)

Until next time!!~~hugs, Jen

July 16, 2012

Dreaming of Autumn.....

July 12, 2012

Hi Ya'll....I went through some things today I've had laying on my sewing table for a while and sewed them up to add to my Simple Goodes selling blog....I just finished adding them and I added travel faire in the prices.

I hope everyone is staying cool in these terrible temps...I can't wait for Autumn!!!!! School starts back here August 7th...UGH! I dread it since my baby is starting kindergarten and he will be at "big school" all day...I keep telling myself that I will get more done...ha! We'll see!!

Until next time~~hugs, Jen