Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I just had to share what fun I had while working on this project. I started knitting the first snowman (Dad) while we were visiting family in Washington State. Sitting in front of the fire, with fall decorations surrounding me, the whole feeling was one of comfort that is found surrounded by family.
As we traveled back home, I started on Mom snowman...by now feeling more confident in the pattern with increases and decreases. My mind traveled over my life as a mom. What a joy...what a privilege...what an adventure, being a mom is.
The two smaller snowmen were created after we arrived home. I guess it's kind of appropriate since my husband and I are empty nester's, that I finish the family while sitting in my quiet house. If I listen carefully, I can still hear the laughter in the walls of our home. Such wonderful memories which anchor my heart to home. Soon, we will have children noises in our house again when our new granddaughter arrives before the end of this year. It will be so fun to hear giggles and laughter again.
This snow family is such a reminder to daily cherish our families. There is nothing that can ever replace them and their impact on us.
Brr...time for some hot cocoa or maybe a mocha...Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The word alone just sounds scary! C-A-N-C-E-R! I don't think there is a family that hasn't been touched in someway by this dreaded disease.
The stories abound. "Recovery from", "going through", and of course, the dreaded: "battle lost". Two words; that describe such heartache and pain.
In this blog post I want to honor my friend Cindy who is currently a vibrant cancer survivor. She has gone through breast cancer, and is currently living with blood cancer. She has taken up marathon running for Team In Training which raises money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her cancer journey began about 5 years ago.
Watching her go through the ups and downs gave me a new appreciation for the term courage and courageous.
Recently we were just informed that another extended family member has cancer. She will be undergoing surgery and treatment at the same time in Texas. Her name is Carole.
In honor of these two brave and beautiful women, I created the needle felted prayer bear. I wanted a visual reminder to give to each of them knowing that they are not forgotten. They are being prayed for...they are special and unique and I'm so glad that they are in my life.
You can follow Cindy's journey at:
http://pages.teamintraining.org/dm/pfchangs11/run4one. Once again she is running to honor her two hero's Kathy and Caleb.
In Cindy's words: "Perseverance is a synonym of Victory! Run Cindy Run!!