Tuesday, July 29, 2008


A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father.
When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows.
An empty chair sat beside his bed.
The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit.
'I guess you were expecting me, he said. 'No, who are you?' said the father.
The minister told him his name and then remarked, 'I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up.'
'Oh yeah, the chair,' said the bedridden man.
'Would you mind closing the door?'
Puzzled, the minister shut the door.
'I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,' said the man.
'But all of my life I have never known how to pray.
At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head.' I abandoned any attempt at prayer,' the old man continued, ' until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, 'Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus.
Here is what I suggest.
'Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair.
It's not spooky because he promised, 'I will be with you always'. '
Then just speak to him in the same way you're doing with me right now.'
'So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day.
I'm careful though.
If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.'
The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey.
Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church.
Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon. Did he die in peace?' he asked.
Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek.
When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him .
But there was something strange about his death.
Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed.
What do you make of that?'
The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, 'I wish we could all go like that.'

Monday, July 28, 2008


All of you mothers out there know how we(mom’s) seem to take care of everyone and always seem to neglect ourselves. I was recently given 200.00 that I was not allowed to spend on bills or anyone else… it had to be spent on me.

Well I bought myself some over do things…. Socks, underwear and bras….
But I could not help but also buy some Stash… I do not get that opportunity very often and there is so much out there that I could not chose what I wanted so …..
I decided to try out some grab bags/surprise boxes from some companies…
Experience with ordering stash online.

Stitching bobs and bits - paypal payment - took forever to get my package but was satisfied with what I received in my 25.00 grab bag (prior experience)
- credit card payment - extremely fast receipt of package and am very satisfied With my 2 - 15.00 grab bags… this is what I got this time. (see pic below)

Herrschners - bought 2 surprise boxes one regular and one large and received it in acceptable time with wonderful items. (see the below 4 pics)


The Crafter's Mall - my only complaint is that they did not update their site as to when the package was mailed... I had to email them to find out when it had been mailed. grab bags were ok. I ordered 2 of their 9.99 grab bags. (see2 pics below)

The stitchery - my only complaint with them is that it took 10 days for my credit card payment to clear and also got no idea when my package was mailed until I emailed them....

although when they emailed me back they said it was mailed on the 25th of July and it actually got delivered on the 26th of July... (that was fast)
Their 29.99 grab bags was pretty good.
Oh and today the 28th I got the email, I guess they send to everyone saying your order was shipped today.LOL

I also received from another private source…

Friday, July 25, 2008

In Memory!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is with a deep breath that I inform those that have been praying for Steven Manos of some news....

Steven Manos (August 19, 1981 - July 24, 2008) died last night in his sleep.

For those that do not know, Steve was a dear friend/co-worker's son. For those that would like to read of his inspirational fight with throat cancer see the link on the right of this blog.

I do not know if you will read this but I wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you have been since you told me of his illness. I love you my dear friend.

Prayer request for heart surgeries

This morning a dear friend asked for a prayer request and I am passing this on so that more can pray for them.

Please say a prayer for two very special children who in the next couple of weeks (Sean is a young adult) will be having life saving heart surgery.

Emma - http://www.cornishadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/

Sean - http://www.seanmasters13.com/Site/Welcome.html

Please hold them up in prayer as both of their lives depend on the success of their surgeries.

Matthew 18:19-20 (King James Version)

19Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
This is the word of the Lord.
Amen and Praise God!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Another Award... WOW

I received this award from Barb (mystitchingtreasures). Thanks Barb!
This means the world to me to know that people enjoy my blog.
Here are the rules when you select your people for the award:
1) Put the logo on your blog;
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on yours
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs

I do need to pick 7 other people for this people this was very, very difficult for me to do.
As I love all the blogs I read regularly....
The people I have chosen for this award are really extra ordinary people....

Please do not get upset with me but I have 2 non-stitching blogs that deserve alot of praise... they are an inspiration to me.

They have shown me that love, faith, hope and peace can be achieved no matter what life throws at you.

I will include them but do not necessarily expect them to pass this award on as they have so much going on in their lives right now.

Kreativ Blogger Award!

I was chosen for this award by Janice.
Thank you Janice!
It really means alot to me to know that others enjoy my blog and I am very honored to received this award.
I had seen it on other blogs and now I am the honored recipient of the Kreativ Blogger Award!
I hope and pray that everyone will find a little part of my blog that will bring smiles and or inspiration in one way or another.
Thank you again Janice!
Also, thanks to everyone who reads my blog and thank you for your comments!

Now I am suppose to choose 5 blogs and pass this award on.
This is difficult because I really like all my stitching blogger friends.
These are five of my friends who inspire me every day and I really enjoy reading their blogs.
(I tried to make sure my choices haven't received this award already. Call it sharing the love. lol)
1. Bette
2. Sonda
3. Tracy
4. Barb
5. KaLu

Monday, July 21, 2008

Another finish yippee

Here is a piece I started for my kids great aunt Diane.

She is an amazing lady.

Now to figure out what to finish it into before sending it to California to it's new home.

This was stitched on a light green Damask aida.

11 more to go to make my goal.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Another UFO finished

I am on a roll.... I have another new UFO finish.
I think this one came out great.
12 more to go to make my goal.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Surprise at my door

Today, At my door a lady came to give me the following....
(said she will no longer use and wanted to give it to a good home that would appreciate it)

WOW talk about any stitchers dream to receive such a package......!

3 - Already stitched pieces one of an angel bear, one ornament of a cat, and one wall hanging piece of a bunny and his carrot.

Jeanette Crews Designs - Dew Drop - Poinsettia

Country Stitching - Miniture rug kit #108
Dimensions - Sunset - Calla Lilies (UFO)
Dimensions - Charts and Charms - Sew Cozy
Dimensions - Oriental Butterfly
Dimensions - Matted Accents - Southwest Treasures
Dimensions - The Gold Collection Petites - The sleigh ride
Dimensions - The Gold Collection Petites - Musical Carousel
Dimensions - The Gold Collection Petites - Pegasus and Colt
Dimensions - The Gold Collection Petites - Splendor at night
Dimensions - The Gold Collection - Promises kept
Leisure Arts - Designs for the needle - Paula Vaughan Pink Ribbon
Needle magic - Stitch in frame - Bathtime (UFO)
Needle magic - Stitch in frame - Bear moon
Needle magic - Stitch in frame - Sweets dreams

Monday, July 14, 2008

Very Depressed today

I went to the dr today with high hopes of getting rid of this cast.
I was given the opportunity to put on a removable leg brace to give me a little more freedom... like taking a shower or a bath unrestrained.
Well, I called the orthopedic supply place to find out about the brace and my insurance would not pay for it. They expected me to fork over 125-600 dollars out of my own pocket for it.
I was devastated because that meant I had to go back into a cast again.
Then the dr also requested me back in 2-3 weeks to relook at it and finalize my care.
Well, come to find out the dr will not be back in the office for 4 weeks.
So I am stuck in this cast that is more uncomfortable then the last one for another month.
Which means, that the day my 4 kids go back to school and that is supposed to be my first day back at the elementary school (should I go back) is the very day I get my cast off.
So my entire summer break will in this dumb cast....... WAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Another UFO finished

I have another new UFO finish.
Although, it also is a small one but, hey I am working myself up to being able to have one of the bigger ones worked on and finished.
13 more to go to make my goal.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My first UFO finish

Well I know it is a small one but at least it is a finish.

I had to from out the light green border and the red of the hat before I could work on it.

I think I will make it into an ornament.
14 more to go to make my goal.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A new beginning

I decided a new look was needed to go with my challenges and goals for the near future.

I especially love the new saying under the title of my blog.

May those that stitch have many more years of enjoying fibers, needle and fabrics.

May those of you going through rough and trying times.... Feel comfort, peace, love, faith and hope in knowing that God is there with you helping you along.

A friend reminded me some beautiful sayings and I am sharing them with you.....

When God closes a door, He opens a window.

If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

One of my BIG favorites is.....

If we should meet and you forget me, you have lost nothing.
But if you meet Jesus and forget him, you have lost everything.

Monday, July 07, 2008

UFO's (bowing head in shame)

Upon reading cross stitch blog after blog... trying to be inspired to stitch.
Well some of the wonderful ladies blogs, I read that they were trying to get some of their UFO's finally finished so they can not feel guilty to start something new.

Upon going through my stash to write down and take pictures of my own UFO's to try to get myself to take responsiblitly for not finishing them.

So a dear friend of mine, Janice and myself are making a pact together to stitch UFO's and try to get them done before buying/starting anything new.
My goal is to get 15 done not in any particular order.

This is my list..... (shamefully I find that some of these are less then 100 stitches)


1. Old Rugged Cross by Vera K
2. Chuck by Golden Angel’s Heavenly Designs (very bad... my own design)
3. Bucilla (mini) -Friendly Enemies by Bessie Pease Gutmann
4. Bucilla - Young Girl on Beach
5. Bucilla - Christ at 33 by Linda Gillum
6. Candamar - Seasons for the Heart (treasure tree)
7. Creative Accents (Dimensions) - Dolphin Family by Sherry Venison
8. Cross stitch crazy - freebie kit – tigger DONE
9. Designs for the needle - Wolf family
10. Dimensions -Noah and the animals by Barbara Mock
11. Dimensions - A blessing from above (perforated plastic)
12. Dimensions - Grandchildren Rememberance by Betty Whiteaker
13. Dimensions - Angelic Ornaments (perforated plastic) by Ruth J. & Bill D. Morehead
14. Gloria and Pat - God sent special things our way
15. Golden Bee(candamar) - Oriental peonies
16. Golden Bee(candamar) - Carousel horse
17. Golden Bee(candamar) - Lady Mime
18. Janlynn - Girl with cosmos by Nancy Cole
19. Janlynn - Wolves by Stoney Creek
20. Janlynn - Pray without ceasing by Heartsteps
21. Janlynn - Heavenly Messenger stocking by Roger W. Reinardy
22. Janlynn - Collecting shells by Nancy Cole
23. Janlynn - Susy zoo ornaments
24. Lizzie Kate - Winter, Spring , Autumn, summer samplers (doing all together)
25. Lizzie Kate - You have stolen my heart DONE
26. Leisure arts - So Girly – Meet the Girls (making 16 squares)
27. Mirabila - Millennium Angel
28. NMI (needlemagic) - Dove (ornament)
29. NMI (needlemagic) -Hummingbird (stitch n hang) DONE
30. Pegasus Originals -Rocky Mountain Christmas by Marty Bell
31. Sandy Riggs -Sleeping Baby Angel DONE
32. Stoney Creek - Harmony by Bessie Pease Gutmann
33. (my own afghan with different squares)

1. Bucilla -holiday accent banners
2. Dimensions - southwest mesa
3. Dimensions - Sunset - Calla Lilies
4. Eva Rosentand -- 13-259 Mini bellpull :Riding 2
5. Gayles gallery - air force academy emblem
6. Graphic arts - Country Collections #3 - The Hoosier Cabinet by Lynn Waters Busa
7. Leisure arts (astor place) - quilt santa (perforated plastic)
8. Needle magic - Stitch in frame - Bathtime
9. Something special (Candamar) - spring flowers placemats

The following are not cross stitch……
1. STAMPED CROSS STITCH----Bucilla--- once upon a time
2. EMBROIDERY ---- Needle and hoops ---- marriage vows sampler
3. EMBELLISHMENT---- Candamar---- heavenly messenger
4. EMBELLISHMENT---- Candamar----Thomas Kinkade---- Lamplight Brooke
5. NEEDLEPOINT----Dimensions----Angel of serenity stocking

So I have a big road ahead but I know I can do it....
Please if you feel lead to please offer me your comments of good wishes to make my goal.

Friday, July 04, 2008

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I found this and had to use it to wish everyone a very
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4th of July Comments

Myspace Layouts

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Some stitching finishes....

Well here is a piece I was working on before my ankle broke....

Still need to do the accompaniment piece then I will finish them into something.

Here is also a towel that I stitched for my mom and finished yesterday for her. I will be making her another one so she will have a set. I will be giving her the finished one now...I hope she will like it. Then when the next one is done she will get it also.

News from the Dr.

Well I went to the Dr. yesterday for my ankle and got some good news as well as some not so good news.

Well the good news is.... I got 2 more weeks in this cast... (making it a total of 4 weeks)
Although, he will be putting on something removable after the cast is off..... but hopefully whatever goes on next will be a little cooler for me in this horrible heat.... we are in the 110+ degrees....

Now I did ask if this break was near or in the same place as the one I had about 5 years ago.
The Dr. said there was no sign of the last break.
I proceeded to tell him that the last break was a clean break and it went across my ankle from the front of my foot to the back.
He then said this current break is then most likely a reoccurance because it is in the same area and also a clean break. The Dr also stated reoccurance of breaks are easier after the first..... WAAAHHHHH!!!!

Hubby then told me he expects in the future I will be walking with a cane....