Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2008, a better year?

I want to thank everyone who have left comments on my blog and have sent me emails regarding my last post, which was back in September!! I just got another comment 5 minutes ago, you are all so sweet. So many of you have checked in often and it has meant a lot to me. Little windows of encouragement that I've needed.

The end of 2007 was so painful and unfortunately that pain is continuuing into 2008. But I've learned so much from this experience and I've changed so much (for the better) because of it. I've learned ~ time is precious, people are precious, family is precious, our children are so incredibly precious and God is in control. Even though I sit here with a heart still broken, I know that God knew what was going to happen and he knows what will happen in the future. And I am most definitely being refined through this.

I literally gave up stitching until just after Thanksgiving when I was able to muster enough strength to pick up a needle and finish Miss New Year's Fairy which was a Christmas present for my daughter. Isn't she pretty?

Miss New Year's Fairy
32ct "Fairy Dust" Belfast
Crescent Colours and Kreinik Braid
Started ~ 7-27-07
Finished ~ 11-26-07
Since then I have been forcing myself to stitch. It used to be such good therapy for me. Most of the time I can only stitch for about 15 or 20 minutes and then I get too antsy to sit.

I have been loosely following your blogs and hope to get back into blogging and leaving comments. I've been fiddling with my blog for the past week because I'd forgotten how to post pictures etc. DH had to help me get going with my blog this afternoon.

"Each day brings us a chance to do better and to make good. It is as though our slate has had the smudges of yesterday wiped out."


Vonna said...

I was thinking of you just the other day and wondering if you would come back! Thank you for doing so! Whatever happened, happened for the best, although we may not know what that "best" is. My Grandpa always told me that, and I try to always remember that.
The New Year Fairy is so beautiful! Congrats on the finish. Looking forward to hearing from you more often now and know we all care!

monique said...

Congratulations on a pretty finish! May 2008 bring you joy :)

Kathryn said...

Oh, the New Year's Fairy is gorgeous! You beading is wonderful. I especially like the sparkily frame that you used.

May you find peace and strength in 2008.

Cindy said...

Your New Year's Fairy is absolutely beautiful!

I hope that 2008 brings you happiness :)

Miokka said...

I'm so glad you are back! I kept checking in & hoping...
The New Year Fairy is beautiful!
Hope your New Year is the same!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Oh, I'm so delighted you're back! You're the best New Year's present I could have!! Thanks for stopping by my blog to let me know...I've missed you, and can't wait to tell you how you've been missed. The New Year Fairy is just beautiful. What a lovely way to start your year.

Carla said...

I'm glad you decided to post :)
Miss New Year looks wonderful, I'm sure your daughter is very happy :)
Happy New Year!!

Lynn said...

I'm so glad to see that you're back! I hope that the continued support of your blogging friends will help continue your healing.
Your New Year Fairy is really stunning! I hope she is just the start of a much better year ahead.

~Tammy said...

I happened upon your blog the very last day you posted prior to this entry.

I'm so glad to see you're back. Your stitching is lovely and as much as you're feeling antsy now, a time may very come that you find comfort and joy from putting needle to thread.

Take care,

Kathy said...

So glad to see you back. You have been missed.

Your Fairy is gorgeous. Nice finish.

Here's hoping 2008 becomes a better year for you.

Sharon said...

Your New Year's fairy is gorgeous! I am sorry things have been difficult. I hope that 2008 will be more peaceful and full of joy for you and your family.

Suzanne said...

I am so glad to hear that you are back. I love you New Year Fairy, it's a great design.

I hope that this new year brings much joy and happiness to you and your family's lives.

Cheryl said...

It was so good to see your blog highlighted in my google reader this morning! It is lovely to hear from you again. I love your new year fairy, very pretty.
Im glad your faith has stayed strong, will pray that 2008 will be better for you

Sally said...

It is wonderful to see you back {{{{hugs}}}} I do hope that 2008 is a better year for you.

Miss New Year's Fairy is beautiful:)

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing New Years Fairy, she's lovely.

I hope you have good 2008

Ranae said...

New year fairy is beautiful.
I am so glad to see you posted.
I do hope 2008 will be much better for you.
Have a Happy and Healthy 2008!!

andrea said...

The fairy is just beautiful. I'm glad you're back and hope that 2008 brings you everything you need in life, whatever that may be. Peace, happiness, love and health....
Big hugs to you...

Rachel S said...

So glad to see you back. You have been in my thoughts, and I hope 2008 is better for you. The piece you stitched for your daughter is GORGEOUS!

Margaret said...

So good to see that you have taken the first step back into the blogging world - I've missed you.
Your New Year Fairy is gorgeous.
I don't know the cause of the intense grief for you and your husband but hope and pray that 2008 will bring a time of healing and better times.
Will drop by again soon.

Emily said...

Glad to see you back! I hope you are doing well!!

Wendy said...

I'm so glad to see you blogging again! Your New Year's Faery is lovely and a wonderful gift for your daughter.

I hope you feel the warmth of all the many hugs being sent to you from our stitching/blogging community!

Kathy A. said...

Oh, I am so happy to hear that you are back.That is a wonderful New Year's gift. My heart breaks for you and your family. I hope that time helps with the healing.
The New Year fairy is lovely and a very special gift for your daughter.
Look forward to hearing from you again and that you will be able to stitch more as you heal.

Karen said...

welcome back
your finish is lovely
Happy New Year

Edda said...

I am very happy to see you back. Your New Year Fairy looks so beautiful, lovely gift for our daughter. I hope 2008 will get better for you. I´m sending you good thoughts and (((cyber hugs))) Take care

Mel said...

Miss New Years Fairy looks wonderful.
I've been checking your blog regulatly. I hope 2008 is a better year for you.
take care

Pumpkin said...

You're back!!!! That's so wonderful :o)

It's hard to continue with the real world when your own world is falling apart. People need time and those around you will understand. I wish I could help with the hurt. Hopefully it will get better as time goes on.

Your New Year's Fairy is beautiful! Nicely done and nicely framed :o)

quiltorstitch said...

I am very happy to see you back. I hope that whatever has caused you so much pain and sorrow will be easier for you and your family now. You have been in my thoughts since the last post *hugs* Welcome back, and your fairy is super cute :)

Barbeeque4 said...

I am so to see that you are back. Just take little baby steps slowly!!!

Thank you for the nice comment.

Take care!!!!!

Barbeeque4 said...

also.....The NYF is just a super finish!!!

'Berta said...

Your finish is stunning. Take comfort in your stitching and whatever else brings you joy.

May you have an easier time each and every sunrise and may you sleep soundly and awake refreshed!

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

What a wonderful gift for your daughter! Congrats on the finish.

It is lovely to see you back:)

Susan said...

So glad to see that you are back! Your NYF is beautiful!

I hope 2008 will be better for you and your family...

Beatrice said...

All the Best in the New Year to you and yours.
May 2008 bring you peace and joy.
Your Fairy is gorgeous.
Stitch with Happy Fingers.
Welcome back.:}

Dawn said...

New Year Fairy is stunning! Great job:)

I hope 2008 is a better year for you. (((hugs)))

Petra said...

Great job on the New Years Fairy...I was looking to see if anyone stitched this because I am now (after it being a UFO for a while!) and on the legs...did you do whole stitches or all those pesky 1/2 & 1/4 stitches?
I would love to get another stitchers thoughts!
Thanks a lot.