It's Abby :-) It's been quite some time since I've done an email...and I must say, this is my first OFFICIAL Blog. Some would say I've been blogging since birth! This past year has taken me on quite a journey. Some of it has been amazing, some of it was amazingly difficult. I'll give you a brief account! In August of 2012, my oldest son Jimmy, was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis. As difficult as that diagnosis was, it was only the beginning. Here's the REAL SHORT story...after 6 PAINFUL months, we transferred his care to CHOP (if you live in the Philadelphia area and your child has ANY issue...Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia is THE place to go). He started to receive very proactive care and we are thrilled to say that he is back to being "Jimmy". He still has some distance to cover, but he is healthy and happy and active.
As these things happen...the stress and worry over Jimmy definitely took a toll on our family, and especially myself. I have had a walk in faith over these last 6 months. It has been very eye opening and quite freeing, actually. I wouldn't have told you that several months ago, but each day is a gift and I am enjoying the beauty that life has to offer...the good, the bad and the ugly. No, every day isn't peaceful....no, every day isn't easy...but it's all in my ATTITUDE...and these days I like to have an Attitude of Gratitude! And one of the things I am most grateful for...is being back at the shop. YAYAYAY! Yup, I'm back at the shop most every day from M-F. (Saturdays and Sundays you'll find me running with my boys). I LOVE being back at the shop...seeing all of your beautiful faces, being inspired by the amazing creations you all share with us, laughing .... and sometimes crying, learning the new computer system, sending out LOTS and LOTS of Mail Order....and being blessed by what each day holds! So, be warned...if you happen to get a package .... that might be missing this or that...or the tissue paper isn't folded as nicely as Beth and Molly do it....IT WAS ME!! I'm hoping that there isn't much missing...but I don't hold out much hope for the tissue paper trick!!
I look forward to "seeing" all of you....whether it's through the internet or at the shop. You bless me...and I hope to share those blessings back...because it's all about love and service, baby!
On My Journey....
I've been looking a lot lately at the inspirational projects...so I thought I'd share a few with you.
This time I'm focusing on Lizzie Kate...I hope you enjoy them :-)
I KNOW GOD
A quote from Mother Teresa
(BOY! is this one true...can I have an Amen!)
MY TO DO LIST
I'm stitching this right now...I'm debating on giving it away or keeping it for myelf...we shall see!
DANCE IN THE RAIN
I have always loved this sentiment!!
I wish we could have this in every school room around the country.....
Back to Back....another one that every child should hear...but really, that every person should hear :-)
WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT
This one is for my sister, Beth, who would wear sweatpants to class..and I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THAT! (I also would like the less drama with girls...and less confusion with boys!!!)
And....WHAT, have I been stitching on? I just finished a....BASEBALL picture. Many of you have heard about my boys and their love for baseball. This love was fostered by their Antie (Beth) and their Daddy (my guy). I can't take any initial credit for it...but I love it as much as they do. I have seen these boys grow in so many ways on and off the field. We have made friendships to last a lifetime....and won and lost. This summer, my younger son, Chris...hit 4 homerun in a tournament. He was the youngest one on the team...and using a regular bat (for you baseball know it alls...not a big barrel bat, that all the boys like to use!!) He was SO psyched....so, this is for Chris (aka Chutchie, C, CC.....my ginger)
Chart Pack from Little House Needleworks
Look for this finished in ADORABLE fashion...SOON.
And here's my Homerun Slugger....pitching...
as the post season begins....let me just show where my heart is....
OK...I'm going to try and post this and see if it works!!
Then I will be an OFFICIAL BLOGGER!