Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Such Kindness

" Tell the Lord how thankful you are,
because He is kind and always merciful."
Psalm 118:1

Such kindness has been been given to me and I am most thankful. First Karen from Sew Much 2 Luv sent me and and my niece Anna the most thoughtful gifts. She sent me a cute little pillow with a stitching angel on it. I just love how she has labels with her blog that she attaches to her goodies. Karen does the cutest sewing on her blog with lots of fun things for her grandkids. She was so very kind to include an adorable pink owl purse for Anna. She was so excited to get her first mail at our house. She said she was going to put her tissues and lip gloss in her bag. Remember when that was all the important stuff you needed to put in your purse and you were ready to go.

You can't tell but the card says "anything is possible". I have to believe that.

Thank you so much Karen for your overwheming kindness.

I participated again in the Stitched With Love Exchange. Thank you Lainey for another wonderful exchange.

I was so lucky to recieve a wonderful package full of goodies from Catherine at Bramblewood Stitches.

Not only was my exchange piece adorable but was stitched in my favorite color, pink.
Catherine really went out of her way to make the package special. She included lots of patriotic fabric and some scissors to add to my wonderful growing collection. She also included some fun school themed note paper. She included a wonderful new pattern with all the threads for it. Lots of cute buttons and linens were also enclosed. Thank you so much for spoiling me.

I sent my package to Shannon of My Little Stitching Blog.

I really have enjoyed participating in the exchanges. I am afraid this next one I will have to sit out. We will be out of town for awhile and I won't have time to get a package together.

I did manage to get a few pictures taken of some of the stuff I did and received at camp.

 Each night we were given some goodies at our door. The first night we received this lovely Vera Bradley bag and notebook.

The next night we received a Vera Bradley little box and nail file. Also included was a Silver Needle thread holder, painted magnet and patterm.

How spoiled were we. We also received 4 projects we could work on. I only got two of them done. First was a little fabric holder with a Lizzy Kate pattern we could use to stitch something on the band.

I still need to get some cording around my scissor fob.

We each recieved a kit to make these cute paperclips. I was lucky to get this teacher set. I will be giving them to my daughter and possibly making more now that I will be buying teacher gifts again in my future.

The other projects we received was for a block finish. We got the pattern and all the materials to make it into a block. I really learned alot about putting one together. Now we will have to see if I ever get one done. The other project was a lovely wooden pin cushion from Sudberry. I didn't care for the pattern we were to stitch for it so I am looking thru my stash for a different pattern.

I took all the girls at the camp a card with my blog and a homemade heart counting pin along with a See's sucker.

I have had so much kindness given to me not just in packages but from prayers and comments. I am truely thankful for them all. I am slowing getting back to a normal blog reading routine and leaving a few comments.  An udate on my niece, she is staying with us on weekends for now until school is out and with MIL during the week. She is very excited about coming to live with us. She said "Aunt Teresa I know you are strick but I understand now why you are and it's OK". We have our first court date on May 2 nd.  In 52 years I have never seen a lawyer before much well gone before a judge. I really don't have a fear on the background check we are really a boring normal family. Hopefully there won't be too many hoops they want us to jump thru. Thank you again for all your support.

Always keep love in your stitches,

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Heartfelt Thank You

"The best exercise for strengthening
the heart is reaching down and lifting people up."

Ernest Blevins

I can not begin to thank you for the wonderful inspiring comments you left after my last post. I am now trying to get back into my so called normal life. I read some blogs today for the first time in over three weeks. I think I am just going to have to start over there is no way I can go back and get caught up. My niece is on spring break so we got her the Tuesday morning after I returned from my camp Monday night. We will have her until Monday morning when I take her back to school. Since school is a bit of a drive in traffic she stays with MIL during the week and we get her on Friday afternoon's until Monday mornings. This will only last until the first of June when school is out.  We just hate to take her out of her school so close to the end. She is excited about coming to live with us full time and even looks forward to going to a new school and having a fresh new start.

Speaking of fresh new starts, going to camp with Pam was just the fresh start I needed.  What a wonderful time I had with Pam getting away and hiding from reality. The Silver Needle in Tulsa was a fabulous shop. I had no trouble spending my two gift certificates I got for Christmas plus more.  Here are some pictures of inside the store.

This is Lindy the shop owner and Mona her finishing expert along with Pam and me.

Here are a few picture of where we spent our wonderful relaxing time stitching.

This was Pam and my table where we shared with 3 lovely ladies.

This was the view from the window.

On Friday night we went to a Amish farm where they prepared a delicious meal for all of us, about 36.

Here are some scenes around the farm.

And I thought I couldn't go braless any more!

This is us coming home from the dinner. We stitched in the big room that looks over the lake and at the other end was bunk style rooms we stayed in. OK I had the top bunk, not good when you have to get up in the night to visit the bathroom.

I don't have pictures yet of the projects we did and the goodies we received. I will post those next week after spring break when I get my stitching room back.

Thank you again for all the wonderful support you have given me in this time in our lives. Your kind words really meant a lot to me as I was struggling with this decision to bring in a young person this time in our lives. I have truly surrounded myself with such compassion and kindess with bloggers and crafters.

"As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselfs with compassion, kindness, humilty,
gentleness and patience."

Colossians 3:12

Have a wonderful Easter. Always keep love in your stitches,