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May you always be blessed with walls for the wind and a roof for the rain
and drinks beside the fire ~ Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you ~
and all that your heart may desire...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Angels in our attic...


Oh, I am woefully behind with everything these days... I just haven't had the heart or the words to write in a while... Still plagued with black frogs lurking in the shadows... However, blessed, golden rays of sunshine peek out when least expected and chase away the darkness on most days... and I continue to find Blessings and Joy in simple pleasures...


As you may remember, I mentioned back at the New Year that I am going to be a Granny... well, we found out a few weeks ago that my grandson may have Down Syndrome... Jamie and Danielle do not want to have the Amniocentesis, as they do not want to endanger the baby... The Doctor gave them the option of Amniocentesis or worse... I don't even want to say it... and with both of them being Nurses they know a lot more about this than I do. Neither of them liked the Specialist Danielle's OBGYN sent them to see and to say they were put off by her vagueness about the entire thing... Her coldness and matter-of-factness about what they called Selective Birth, is putting it somewhat mildly!!! Nonetheless, to see my son so worried and upset during what should be one of the most joyous times of his life fills me with sorrow. I have tried to put his mind and heart at ease the best way I can... This could be nothing more than what they refer to as *false positives* and the wee babe is most likely perfectly fine... I know I often look at the world through *rose coloured glasses*... but I try to see the positive in everything... even though it may take me a while... my Hope and Faith and my belief that Goodness always eventually prevails brings me through even the darkest of times... And as I have told my son, regardless of what the outcome may be, this child is a blessing and for that we are thankful. All we can do is pray... and I'm praying there are Angels in our Attic watching over my wee Jamie and his wee son...

And now to officially announce the winner of my Blogoversary Giveaway... I'm sorry it's taken me a while to post the winner here. I have already informed the winner and the parcel should be arriving upon her doorstep any day now... :-) As I mentioned in an earlier post, A Christmas Carol is one of my all-time favourite Christmas stories and films and this Dickens quote is very special to me... Anyway, I do hope she likes it... stitched and hand-finished by me, such as it is, I made it into a wee door knocker pillow... I know my finishing is not the best in the world, but I'm learning! ;-) Thus without further ado....

And the winner is...


Dear Sally of StitchyAngel's Treasures...


Honour Christmas by Forget-Me-Not In Stitches...
2008 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Issue
Stitched on Cashel Vintage Maple Sugar by Lakeside Linens
with Crescent Colours Belle Soie Silks
Red Fox and Collard Greens...


wee Mr Darcy having a nosey...


And the back of the door knocker pillow...


As for my other stitching... I finished a snowman by The Prairie Schooler and it was such a fun stitch... And I'm almost done with another Christmas Ornament, but I forgot to take a photo of that one and it's way too late to drag it out now... so stay tuned! There are so many lovely projects I want to start and I have a ton of WIP's I need to finish... I did start Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings and Sense & Sensibility by The Sampler Girl... I'll post photos of my new beginnings next time as there are only a few stitches in each one just now... and we will not even mention The Nashville Market tonight... Oh, my Wish List keeps growing in leaps and bounds!


Snowman and Bunny by The Prairie Schooler
Book 151 ~ Santas & Snowmen...
Stitched on Cashel Vintage Maple Sugar
by Lakeside Linens
with DMC threads...

Snowman and Bunny by The Prairie Schooler
accompanied by wee Mr Darcy...


I had to work Valentine's Day weekend, and when the girl carrying the lovely bouquet of roses and huge balloon buzzed at the outside door {we have security monitors all over the building} we wondered who on Earth was getting flowers as there was no one in the building save my partner and I... Lo, and behold what a wonderfully, sweet surprise! They were for me! My dear daughter, Brandy and dear SIL Nick were so thoughtful and brightened my Valentine's Day immensely!!!

Lovely Pink Valentine Roses
from Brandy and Nick...
Naturally, Mr Darcy and Gandalf the Grey
had to have a wee nosey...

Oh, and I took these snowy piccies back in January when we had such a lovely snow... Thankfully, I was off work and had a lovely, cosy day stitching and enjoying the beautiful winter wonderland!


peeking out my front door...

a wee bird in the snow...

and my snowfolk flag at my front door...
bright and cheerful in a winter wonderland...

And what a wonderful, wonderful surprise I had when I discovered Dear Sally awarded me with a Fabulous Blog Award!!! Woo Hoo!!! My very first Blog Award and I am tickled pink!!! Thank you so much, Sweetie!!!



And now I am supposed to list my five addictions and also nominate five bloggers...
As for My addictions...
hmmmm to name a few... ;-)


1. My family and wee fur-babies...

2. Stitching and Stash and Stitching Blogs...

3. Watching films and Stitching...

4. Reading...

5. Coffee...

Now for my nominations, and as Sally posted... please don't be offended if your blog isn't here... it doesn't mean I love your blog any less... And believe me, it is not easy choosing just five blogs when I find such joy and inspiration by visiting all your blogs! And Sally, right back at you you Darlin'!!!

Barbara

Harmien

Sue

Siobhan

Lynn B


And I'll have to save the rest for later as it's after midnight and my alarm will start clanging the back of 4:00 in the morning... Oh, I don't even want to think about it... Alas, my lovely, relaxing weekend of stitching and watching Midsomer Murder DVD's back to back and over and over has come and gone and it's back to the daily grind tomorrow...

Thank you ever so kindly my dear friends for continuing to visit my blog and for your emails... I know I am woefully behind with comments on your blogs and emails... however, I will catch up and I am visiting your blogs to see how you all are keeping... just haven't been any words of late!!! Your continued visits, kind, thoughtful and encouraging wishes are ever blessed rays of sunlight in my days...

And may there ever be Angels in your attic and Love in your Hearts...

Blessings and Love in Stitches...

Lizzy


I am thankful for precious moments... precious children and grandchilden, blessings in disguise, dear friends and Angels in our attic...

21 comments:

Christine said...

What a gorgeous pillow you have stitched for Sally, I am sure she will love it.
Sending lots of positive thoughts for your unborn Grandson

Siobhan said...

Dear Lizzy, your grandson and son and you are all in my prayers, as is the rest of your family. As you said, a baby is a blessing no matter what, but I know how much you want the baby to be born healthy, and how much it must hurt to see your son worry so much. Lots of hugs & prayers going out to you. Your stitching is lovely, and thanks for the award!

Aussie Stitcher said...

My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

mainely stitching said...

Your son and grandson (and the whole family!) are in my thoughts, Lizzy. We went through some medical-nightmare-stuff with Arden and I really, really sympathize. We never know what form our miracles will take ....

You take care, okay? Don't let those d*mnable black frogs get to you!!

Kathy said...

That little pillow is just beautiful. You did a fabulous job on it. Sally is one lucky lady.
As for the baby, a gift from God no matter what. And doctors have been known to be wrong. At least I hope and pray they are. I will continue to pray that you have a healthy, happy and blessed grandchild.

Julie said...

A beautiful pillow you have made for Sally, its lovely.

I hope all goes well for your family, sending lots of love your way.

staci said...

My thoughts are with your son and and daughter-in-law...though it seems so frightening, God never gives us more than we can handle. Your grandson will be a very special addition to your loving family :)

I love the doorknocker prize you made, it's just gorgeous and I may have to copy it! I LOVE Midsomer Murders too...in fact, I've been threatening to order all of them, LOL ;)

Tammy said...

Beautiful stitching! And happy Blogoversary too! I hope your grandbaby will just be perfectly fine and hopefully it's just a false positive. Keep us posted and take care of yourself!

Sharon said...

Wishing your family the best Lizzy! You are so right about false positives. I will pray that he will be fine. Love your pillow!

Carolyn NC said...

Lizzy,
I will be praying for your sweet little grandson and family. Your stitching is just so pretty - love all the finishes. Congrats on the award! Great snow pics, too. :)

Michele said...

Lizzy, warm hugs and positive thoughts to you and your son and dil.

Lovely finishes! Your blogiversary gift is adorable :)

Sally said...

You are all in my thoughts and prayers Lizzy. Sending lots of love, hugs and positive thoughts.

Oh I LOVE my pillow! The package arrived this morning and I just love everything! You have truly spoilt me. The pillow is staying up all year but I need to find the perfect place for it so I can always see it:) Thank you so much my dear friend {{{{hugs}}}}

Your PS ornament is so cute and I love the photos of the snow. It looks so pretty.

Those flowers from your DD are beautiful.

Email on it's way soon:)

Karan said...

Sending lots of positive thoughts & energy for a happy outcome for your son.
Lovely finishes & congratulations on the award. :0)

Cindy F. said...

You and your family, especially the baby, are in my thoughts and prayers.
Congrats to Sally! Your snowman is adorable!
Great pics! Beautiful roses!
Congrats on your award!

CindyMae said...

Lizzy, I am keeping your grandson as well as your son & wife in my thoughts and prayers! I can not imagine how it must feel for them.

Love the stitching by the way!

stitcherw said...

Oh Lizzy, what upsetting news. How sad too that the specialist seemed so detached in giving the news and the options. This is such a stressful time with all the things to worry about as it is, even though it is a joyful time also, to have this to deal with as well would be so hard. You're all in my thoughts and prayers and hopefully it will be a false reading and everything will be fine.

What a lovely finish and gift, I saw Sally post it on her blog too. Your snowman finish is adorable as well. Shores is such a neat piece. I'll look forward to seeing your posting of it as well as Sense and Sensibility (love the movie) and your other ornament.

Beautiful flowers, how sweet of them to send you them as a surprise, and Mr. Darcy and Gandalf look so cute in the various pictures helping you show off the stitching and flowers. Cute snowman flag too. I also have different flags for different seasons and holidays. Earlier I had Pooh and Tigger hugging for Valentines day, currently it's a crazy leprechaun for St. Pat's. day. Flags are such fun and cheerful looking to put out.

Thanks too for the award. Hmmm just five addictions, I'll have to think on that a bit to get it narrowed down some. :)

Hope your black frogs leave soon Lizzy, they seem to have been camped out at your place for way to long a time. Hang in there, hopefully the coming of spring and a new season will move them on their way.
Sue

Beth said...

Lizzy,
Your stitching is beautiful, as are Mr Darcy and Galdalf the Grey. Thoughts and prayers go to your son and DIL. I hope all the worrying is for naught!

Hugs & stitches,
Beth

Carolyn NC said...

Lizzy,
I nominated you for an award. I love your blog! Take care.

Brandy Gaddy said...

Hey Girl!!! what are you going to buy me for my birthday??? Well Happy St Patrick's Day!!

Lynn B said...

Lizzy
Firstly can I say that you and your family are in my prayers, the burden of watching our children suffer is worse than anything else in the world.
Now on a happy note, I do apologise I have only just seen the award that you have given me, thankyou so much Lizzie! I was only emailing another blog lady yesterday saying that I was behind catching up with all the blogs I follow and yours was one of them.I shall display it right away!
The pillow you made is lovely, I am sure Sally will love it!

Sue said...

Love your door knocker pillow, it's a great prim design! Sincere and warm good wishes for you and family.

Sincerely, Sue

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