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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...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

For Auld Lang Syne...

It's been a long, long while my friends... and as the Olde Year fades gracefully into the New... I wanted to wish you all a Blessed and Joyous New Year filled with love... peace and contentment... prosperity... good health and good cheer... and a treasure trove of wonderfully glorious stitchy stash...


Quite a lot has happened in my life since my last post... I have been ill for a while and was in hospital... TIA's and such health related issues and heart-related issues... And then was laid off my job... Suffice it to say, it has been a year I do not mind leaving behind in the least... Of course with the exception of the precious blessings that were my gifts...  I have been lurking quietly in the shadows of your blogs for these long months... admiring all your lovelies and oohhing and ahhhing from afar...  I do hope to blog more frequently with the New Year and when I visit your blogs actually leave comments again rather than slipping quietly away without so much as a fare-thee-well... Oh, my... such long, long months it has been... and beginning again can be quite daunting to say the least and while I cannot hope to catch up in one post... I would like to share a wee bit of my life and loves with you... with the promise of more to come with the New Year...

And what better place to begin than with my grandchildren... "Grandchildren did you say... as in plural?  As in more than one grandchild?" When I last blogged my dears, it was just after the birth of my sweet and precious grandson, Wee Willie...  My only grandchild at the time...  Fast forward to July of 2010 and Voila! Two more wee ones joined my family...  Ah yes... I now have three wonderful and precious grandchildren whom I adore and cherish more and more with each day that passes... Thus without further ado... my story of the last year or so in photos...  My daughter, Brandy and son-in-law Nick's sweet son... and my precious wee grandson, Caleb Nicholas... 

Wee Caleb Nicholas
14 July 2010

And his wee precious cousin... Catalina Zoe... aka Rapunzel... her Mimi's pet name for her... ;)  I did try ever so sweetly to convince my son, Elisha that it would be wonderful if Rapunzel was her middle name and even suggested they could give her two middle names... thus still using Zoe...  Alas... he paid me no heed!  May I introduce my son, Elisha and my future daughter-in-law Heather's daughter and my precious wee granddaughter,  sweet Catalina Zoe 'Rapunzel'...  She was a preemie... born five weeks early... she and wee Caleb are just two weeks apart...


Wee Catalina Zoe...
'Rapunzel...'
27 July 2010

Catalina with her Daddy...
8 August 2010

And the two sweethearts with Mimi just before Halloween... They both got to stay with me that evening while their parents were at Elisha's 30th Birthday Party...

My Precious...
Wee Caleb and Wee Catalina 'Rapunzel'
with Mimi Lizzy ~ 23 October 2010

Brandy, Nick and wee precious Caleb...

Elisha and his fiancee, Heather...

Wee Precious Catalina and her Daddy...

Trick or Treat...
it's Superbaby Caleb...

Superbaby Caleb and his Mommy, Brandy...
Zooming by to Trick or Treat at Mimi's...

Wee lamb Catalina... 'Rapunzel'
Trick or Treating at Mimi's...

Honey of an afternoon
with Mimi and Pooh Bear...

Precious wee Caleb...
cozy afternoon with Mimi...
2 December 2010

Precious wee Catalina...
Cozy afternoon with Mimi...
2 December 2010

Wee Jamie, Danielle and sweet Benjamin moved to Winterville in  August of 2009... Their absence tugs at the heartstrings and I miss them more keenly than words can say... My precious Benjamin ~ aka 'Wee Willie' to his Mimi ~ turned one year old on the 30th of June 2010...   

 Happy first birthday
precious Benjamin William...
Wee Willie at Halloween...
31 October 2010...

Trick or Treating with his Daddy...

Sweet Benjamin 'Wee Willie'...
Christmas 2010...

Benjamin 'Wee Willie' with Santa...

Jamie, Danielle and Benjamin 'Wee Willie'...
Christmas 2010...

Wee Caleb with Santa...

Precious wee Christmas Elf...

Christmas at Mimi's...
Brandy with wee Caleb...

Christmas at Mimi's...
Heather with wee Catalina...
Oh and did I mention she is a redhead?  ;)

Sweet Catalina laughing with Mimi...

Lovely Christmas Card...


Mr Darcy enjoying the Christmas snow...

Whew... My goodness... but I do hope I have not bored you all to tears with all my 'catching up'... In truth it is but a wee sprinkling of sand in the hour glass of time... just a few wee chapters of my story in pictures... I will return with more of my journey in a few days... and this time I promise more of a stitchy 'catch up'...  And as I cannot bid you adieu and Happy New Year without at least a couple of stitching photos... I will leave you with a photo of my Christmas Day new stitch and my New Year's Day stitchy beginning... I had every intention of taking a photo of my progress on my Christmas Day project... alas, time slipped away and I forgot and it is the wee hours of the morning now and I'm sure you all are tired... it will keep until next time...

My Christmas Day stitching project and a much loved Christmas gift from my heart...


Carriage House Samplings...
Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow...
28ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linen...
with NPI silks...
and Gandalf the Grey taking a wee cat nap...

My New Year's Day new stitching project is Blackbird Designs ~ Anniversaries of the Heart... I am going to stitch them all on one piece of linen... Wish me luck, my dears... that's two new BAP's... Yes, I have lost my mind... {what wee bit I had left...} The Blackbird Designs Yahoo group also started a New Year's  Anniversaries of the Heart SAL at the New Year...

 Blackbird Designs...
Anniversaries of the Heart
Snow Garden... 
28 ct R&R Iced Cappuccino Linen
with Gentle Art Sampler Threads
and Weeks Dye Works Threads...


 
 Ring Out, Wild Bells
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
~ 1850 ~

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.



 Auld Lang Syne
Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne...

Wishing you all Love, Joy, Peace, Health and many Blessings and lots of stitchy stash in the New Year...

Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your inspiring words of cheer and good will... they are ever a beacon...

Blessings always in stitches...

Lizzy
xox


I am thankful for precious moments and precious memories... precious children and grandchildren... Love and friendship... Christmas and Blessings... and a New Year and New Beginnings...

34 comments:

Harmien said...

Happy Happy New Year, Lizzy, it is so lovely to hear from you!! I am sorry to hear that last year had some nasty plans for you, but those precious grandchildren must surely make you smile every day!! Lovely pictures. Wishing you all the best for 2011!!

Sue said...

Welcome back Lizzie and a very Happy New Year to you and your gorgeous family especially those beautiful grandchildren, they certainly keep you going don't they. I hope that 2011 is a healthier year for you, love and blessings.....Sue x

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

So nice to see you posting Lizzy, great pics, TFS. May 2011 be a banner year for you, may better health abound and HNY!

Sally said...

Dearest Lizzy it is so good to see you posting. I am so sorry that 2010 has not been kind to you with your health and job but so happy for you with your grandchildren. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos.

Your two new starts are going to be wonderful! I'm stitching BBD AotH this year too!

I hope 2011 is better for you healthwise. Lots of love and many hugs my dear friend xxx

Sharon said...

What wonderful, wonderful up-date! I'm sorry for the bad stuff stuff, and I pray that 2011 will be kinder to you in the health and job aspects (you deserve it!!!) but oh my goodness, just look at those sweeties you have to cuddle and love! I'm happy to see you posting again and those new projects are just TOO yummy! They are both in my "to-do" piles, so I'll enjoy watching your progress!! :)

Jan said...

Dearest Lizzy~

Not at all sure where to start, but first of all, I am still reeling with shock that you were up all night, with nary a wink of sleep!! I can't remember the last time I did that, goodness!!!

Your grandbabies have to be some of the sweetest, cuddliest, prettiest babies under 2 years old I have ever seen!! I just know you love them so much, and they are blessed to have you to call Mimi!!

I also know how much you have been looking forward to these two starts, and I know you will thoroughly enjoy them, even if for a long time to come, because they are so big!! At least they are BAPs that they both have smaller sections, so that you can feel some degree of a finish with each section completed!! Fabrics look great, glad the choosing is behind you.

I do so hope and pray that your 2011 is full of rich blessings and renewed health!! Love you bunches!

xoxo Jan

mainely stitching said...

Wow, Lizzy, you're back! It's so wonderful to hear from you. I've thought of you often. Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos of your grandchilden (and your kids). I'm sorry 2010 saw such difficulties for you, but I'm filled with hope that 2011 will see a change for the better!

mainely stitching said...

Wow, Lizzy, you're back! It's so wonderful to hear from you. I've thought of you often. Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos of your grandchilden (and your kids). I'm sorry 2010 saw such difficulties for you, but I'm filled with hope that 2011 will see a change for the better!

Vonna said...

It is my sincerest hope that you have a much better, healthier 2011 Lizzy! And a big welcome back! :)
the sweet additions to your family are gorgeous each and every one! A hearty congratulations on your grandbabies !

shakatak66 said...

So sorry to hear you had such a rough 2010 - here's hoping 2011 will be much brighter and healthier for you :) Lovely photos of the family, and your upcoming projects look gorgeous! :D

Susimac said...

Happy New Year to you too Lizzie

My what a year 2010 has been for you. Congratulations on the births of you new grandchildren - they are gorgeous.

Glad to hear that you are feeling much better too
Hope this year is wonderful for you

Sari said...

How cute photos! Congratulations for your grandchildren!

By the way, what is the design in your avatar picture in your profile? That cute cat.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog. You have beautiful grandchildren and your stitching is gorgeous. I've been working on Christmas of Hawk Run Hollow for a year and only have about 40% done. I love the rest of your stash.

Carolyn NC said...

Lizzy,
So good to hear from you! Your pics of your sweet grandbabies are just precious. They're all so beautiful, too! Wonderful moments in time. Hope you have a much better 2011 and good luck with your two new BAP's!

Rachel S said...

What lovely pictures. You have beautiful grandchildren! Hoping 2011 is a good year for you.

Carin said...

Happy New Year to you and great to read you again. The pictures are just beautiful !!

Siobhan said...

It is so good to see a post from you, Lizzy! What a tumultuous year it sounds like you've had (I can relate!!) but the blessings outweigh the bad. What gorgeous grandchildren you've been blessed with! Congratulations! Wishing you and yours the best in the new year.

Kathy said...

What a beautiful post. Filled with such wonderful beginnings. Life and stitching. All of them just beautiful.

I hope that 2011 brings you good health and more wonderful days with those precious grandbabies.

Thank you too for your comment on my blog. I truely appreciate each and every one.

Gabi said...

Your grand children are just precious. Glad you're back and hope 2011 will be a better year for you.

Joy said...

Wonderful to see you back Lizzy!! Loved seeing all the pictures of the babies...such cuties!! Wishing a wonderful, healthy, happy, and stitchy new year!! Hugs!

Lynn B said...

Welcome back Lizzie and a Happy New Year! The babies look so cute, what a wonderful family you have.

Hugs

Lynn B

Carol said...

Hi Lizzy! Just wanted to say thank you for all of your kind comments on my blog! I'm happy to have found yours and just became a follower...

I loved seeing all of those darling grandkids. I sure hope I'm lucky enough to be a grandma some day :)

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Roberta said...

Hi Lizzy, so good to see you blogging again. What wonderful pictures of the children and grandchildren - it was a good year for you on that respect.

Hope 2011 is a better year for you.

Michele B. said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment and well wishes on my blog - I'm so happy to know about yours. What blessings your grandchildren are - may you enjoy their company very often. And may 2011 treat you kindly, and bring you lots of stitching pleasure. I'll be back to check on you!

Elaine said...

I;m sorry that 2010 wasn;t such a good year but what beautiful grand-children you have been blessed with. Thanks for sharing those lovely photos.
Good luck with those beautiful two new starts and thank you for visiting my little space on the web. I love getting comments and new visitors. Take care.

Scattered Threads said...

Hello Lizzy. I hope your health issues will get better for you this year hun. You have a beautiful family and of course your grandchildren are all so very precious (Beautiful pics).
Have you been able to get a start on AoH?
Thank you for stopping by blog. Your words and comments are always such an inspiration to me also. May God bless you Lizzy.
Hugs.
Jackie.

Littlebit said...

Oh, what a lovely post and beautiful grandbabies!! I enjoyed everything, and especially loved the Celtic song..just beautiful. I will also be doing Aniversaries of the Heart, but I haven't gotten as far as getting the supplies together. Lizzy, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comment.

Aussie Stitcher said...

I hope that your health improves. How blessed you are to have two new babies in your life, they are gorgeous, take care and I hope you have a wonderful 2011.

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy new year!

Awesome pictures!

Happy blogoversary :)

Always smiling said...

Just smiled my way through your blog looking at the lovely photos of your grand children.. hope 2011 will be a year of further blessings for you
Chris x
Blog hopped from Sue... As if by magic.

Jan said...

Your new profile words are magnetic and sweet and so you, just wanted you to know I have been here and read them.

Hoping to see another post soon, updating on your stitching projects and maybe a new photo or two of those sweet babies?

love & kisses!

Conny said...

Wish you all the best for the new year. I enjoy looking at your lovely grandschildren. I have to to tell you that I like your header very much. It's looks great on blue linen.

Xstitcher said...

Hi Lizzy, it is nice to get to know you and your family through your post. Thank you for your nice words on my blog. Dena aka abitofcrossstitch

stitcherw said...

Happy Belated New Year to you Lizzy. Sounds like the past year sure had its ups and downs for you. Hope 2011 is a great one for you! Loved all the pictures, what cuties they all are, young and older :) Enjoyed seeing what your stitching projects will be too. I can't believe I've been away so long. It's been a year of big ups and downs for me too. I lost my job, but thankfully found another. My daughter was hired full time by Cirque Du Soleil (the touring group Kooza), but they are touring over seas in Japan for almost 2 years, so will be a long time before I see her, and I had to have Jazmine and my oldest cat D'artagnon put to sleep. Alot of changes, and my stitching kind of went by the wayside. Hopefully, I'll catch the stitching bug again and get back on track. Looking forward to seeing updates on your projects. Sue

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