Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I have missed our time together!

"Though we drifted apart in distance
I still think of you as being right there.
And although we have many new friends,
it is our friendship that means the most to me."
Arthur Unknown
 
All I can really say is that I have missed by blogging friends so very much. Reading your blogs and keeping up with you was always a high light in my day. I started blogging after my two kids were out of the house, my husband was semi-retired and life was the slow pace I had always imagined my life to be at this age. I enjoyed meeting new stitcher's and crafter's through my blog and theirs. I joined the "Stitched with Love Exchange" and was so excited not only sending a package but receiving one from far away places. If you had asked me  a couple of years ago I would have said my life was near perfect. I say near because I was not a mother in law so I couldn't be a grandmother, then life would have been perfect. But God had other plans for us and gave us our niece to raise. Boy I can say I was not really ready for all the challenges that held. I can say life is starting to have a normal feel about it, even if she did start middle school this year. Any mom out there knows middle school is a strange age anyways much well for a girl who has lost both parents and moved in with a aunt that now had rules and church and school came first.
 
I last left blogging right in the middle of a retreat with Pam. Many may have thought I ran away from home and never returned. Well I did come home but life just got in the way. I did have a wonderful time at the retreat and am looking for the pictures to show you. I did have them on my computer but shortly after I got home my computer of less than six months crashed with no warning. I had not really gotten use to that computer when I had to take it back and trade it for a new one. So when I locate the pictures on a old drive I will show you. Meantime I have been stitching and sewing, I had to so I wouldn't lose what sanity I still had.
 
My mom wanted a purse with a sewing theme. I found this cute material and made it for Mother's Day.
 
 
I love to do the house in apple theme for September. It reminds me of back to school. Of course we use to start school right after Labor Day. Anna started school August 12th so September doesn't have the same back to school feel it use to. I had this piece to stitch for years, don't even remember where I got it. It came with the little red buttons across the top to make the apples. A shop this summer was celebrating their one year opening and had some fun specials. I bought this cute frame on sale not knowing what would fit in it and they gave the stand away for coming during the anniversary. I was so surprised when I finished the piece and it fit. 

 
 
I have never done a mystery piece but decided since I like Little House designs so much I would give it a try. I can't say I liked stitching a piece not knowing what the whole thing looked like. I am happy with the piece except I am not a fan of the alphabet that is stitched on so many pieces. So I stitched in the title of the piece instead. Not sure how I am going to finish it off.

 
 
I am sure I have lost a few followers but for those who are still out there, a big THANK YOU for those hanging in there. I hope to post more often as I try and get a normal life back.
 
"Friendship is like a glass ornament,
once it is broken it can rarely be put
back together exactly the same way."
 
Arthur Unknown
 
I pray our friendship is not broken but can come back even stronger. I have thought about you all so many times and looking forward to keeping up.
 
Always keep love in your stitches,
Teresa


21 comments:

CalamityJr said...

So glad you're back and still stitching. Life does take some unusual twists, but I know you'll continue to do well

Mary said...

Great to see you back, Teresa!
Yes, I know well how life can change in an instant. These changes can also bring unseen blessings. Your niece is lucky to have you in her life as you are with her.

I'm glad that you still find comfort in your stitching and sewing, as I do mine.
Sending you a prayer for continued strength and peace.

gracie said...

So very nice to read a post from you again. Hope you will be back soon. We all have those days that can become more.

Vickie said...

Glad to know things are rolling along for you all. Take good care.♥

Cath said...

Lovely to see you back. hope things get a little easier for you .xxx

cucki said...

Aww so happy yo see you back dear :)
Keep well dear..huge hugs x

Dawn said...

so glad to see you back, love your song of the season!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Your stitching is beautiful, Teresa! So glad you are settling in to life. :)

Simply Victoria said...

Good to see that you are still stitching even if blogging had to take the back seat for a bit. Life's different seasons can sure throw you for a loop, huh?

Deborah said...

Glad to see you back and hopefully life will settle down into a new normal. Glad to see you're still stitching. Love the LHN finish.

Mouse said...

Its soooo lovely to see a post from you :) and to have you stop by for a cuppa ....
love the fabric for the bag and the wee stitching is cute :)
WAHHHHHHH not even started the sampler yet and got all three parts as well *sigh
looking forward to seeing and chatting more again :) love mouse xxxxx

butterfly said...

Beautiful post , I do know how you are feeling it happed to me twice.
I am so happy you are now finding some me time.
Your stitching is beautiful and love the bag, big hugs June.

Silverlotus said...

I'm so glad you are back to posting. I hope all is well with you, your niece and the rest of your family.

Tatkis said...

Wonderful finishes! I'm sure your Mom will love the bag!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Susan Elliott said...

To me, you never have to apologize for being absent from your blog in order to manage your life. I think it was Mother Teresa who said, "God doesn't give us anything we can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much." You are right. Raising your niece is a lot of change. I suppose it also means that you lost two family members as well. How tragic. Go easy on yourself. That's a lot of change and grief to be managing all at once. I pray that Anna will find friends and a comforting routine in middle school. How hard it must be for her and how lucky she is to have you.
Much love, Susan

Catherine said...

It's so nice to see a post from you ~ no apologies needed. Your life has taken some unexpected turns, none easy, but hopefully fulfilling when it is all said and done. Wonderful projects!

missy said...

((HUGS)) So nice to see you posting again. Love the update and your mom's purse is amazing. Looking forward to hearing more form you.

pam said...

Love your personalized version of song of the seasons. I am very aware of your aversion to those ABC's.But I love you any way:) Now if I could only muster up a post on my blog

Pumpkin said...

I'm still here!!!! I've just gotten back into somewhat of a rhythm too. I didn't realize that was your situation. I can only imagine how hard that must be for all involved. It's definitely not something you ever expect will happen.

Beautiful purse! Your stitching is lovely. How lucky were you with that frame! What a great idea with your mystery piece :o)

Anne said...

Teresa!! I've missed you too and actually was thinking of dropping a line to you this weekend, then I got very busy with visiting people out of town. I hope that the beginning of the school year has been okay for both of your girls. Love your sewing bag you made and the framed piece too. Such a lovely little design. The LHN piece is beautiful. Sending you prayers and Hugs!

Bekca said...

It's so nice to read a post from you Teresa! I had an unexpected blogging break myself, but I'm ready to get back into the swing of things :) Beautiful stitching too!