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,


Denise said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time at retreat. So glad it came at this time - a time to renew and refresh.

Sounds like your niece is looking forward to coming with you and that is another blessing. You'll do great with this young girl -- think, she may want to learn to stitch! :)

Nancy said...

Glad you had a fun time at camp! The Silver Needle looks like a wonderful shop to visit, never been there but have ordered from them before!

I somehow missed that your niece is coming to live with you...wishing you the best as you all adjust to being together!

Silverlotus said...

It is nice to hear that your niece is doing well and that you are figuring things out. She seems like a lovely and strong girl.

Camp sounds like fun! I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the projects and goodies.

carol fun said...

Sounds like the retreat was wonderful and just the break you needed. Good luck in finding the new "normal". I'll be sending positive thoughts and prayers your way - you'll get it figured out in time! Hugs -

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

I sat here looking at your Silver Needle pictures saying, "And there's the fabric area... and the Vera Bradley Couch... and the checkout counter!" It so made me want to go back there! : ) I'm glad you had a good get-away and I can't wait to see your goodies!! I haven't forgotten about sending you something... just haven't had a moment! It will probably still be a week or two. Have a blessed Easter!

Deborah said...

Looks like you all had a great time at the retreat. Can't wait to see what stash you bought. Glad that you all are finding the new normal. My prayers are with you in this new adventure. Have a blessed Easter.

Veronica said...

Seems like you've had a wonderful time. I just love looking at the photos of Silver Needle. So much yummy stash ^.^ Beautiful pictures, Theresa. I hope everything turns out well for you.


Bekca said...

It's so good to hear from you Teresa. I'm pleased to hear things are starting to return to normal for you. I think the stitching retreat came at just the right time. I look forward to seeing the goodies you brought back! Best wishes.

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time which was just what you needed.

Autumn said...

Nice to have some down time after such an ordeal.

Still praying for your family at this hard time.

pam said...

Is it time to go back yet? Hard to believe we just left as busy as this week has been.

Carol said...

I'm so happy your niece is excited to live with you full time, Teresa... She sounds like a very strong and special little girl. Good luck with everything. At least you've already raised a daughter and I'm sure that will be a huge help to you.

I'm glad you were able to get away and relax for a bit at camp--looks like a wonderful time was had by all :)

Wishing you a most blessed Easter.

butterfly said...

Looks like you had a fab time with friends , some times it's needed to get you back into the swing.
What a blessing God has sent you , enjoy your time with your sweet child , hugs.

Catherine said...

Your time away sounds wonderful!!
Continued thoughts and prayers during this time of transition. May you all have a wonderful Easter.

sandy98221 said...

What a fun trip! Love the Amish home! I want to go to that cross stitch shop!!! Sounds like you had a great time.


Anne said...

Looks like you had an amazing trip Teresa! That store must have been wonderful to browse in for hours! Glad to hear that your niece is looking forward to the change. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. happy Easter!

Tolentreasures said...

The retreat looks wonderful, love the braless comment. I think that I want that picture on my dresser mirror! I am reading on and catching up on what is going on. Have been a bit behind myself.