Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Million Thank-You's & 'Christmas In July' Swap

Aren't bloggy friends just so amazing?! I'm really so blown away by all the kind messages & supportive words from so many thoughtful people after my MIL passed away.
A Million Thank-You's To You All!

The last couple of weeks have been some of my hardest ever... I had such a great relationship with my MIL & it's going to be quite the adjustment to live my life without her in it... but I am relieved for her that her battle is over now & that she's at peace.
Her 84 years of life have certainly left a mark on everyone who knew & loved her.
I've either seen her, we've spoken on the phone, or had text message exchanges every single day since November last year, & I'm still having moments of picking up my phone... & when that happens, sometimes I laugh & sometimes I just drop my shoulders.

It was a bittersweet arrival home for DDY; her US trip was amazing for her & the benefit from the leadership program will be terrific, but of course it was hard to come home knowing that her beloved Grandma had passed away only days before she got back. Fortunately all of my kids had seen her very recently.

Right now, I'm just tired, sad & easily emotional... but I know that time & self-care will help ease all of that. I will miss her terribly. Thank You again for so many thoughtful messages, I appreciate every single one.
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Just to make sure we had well-&-truly enough tough stuff going on, mr15 had an ongoing mid-range abdominal pain that started on Sunday 26th , which finally resulted in him having his appendix out under rather rapid circumstances on Friday evening!
The procedure was not a straightforward one; it was slightly perforated, infected & in an awkward position - yep, GROSS! So he's still in hospital... not entirely a happy camper... but we are at least relieved that it wasn't any worse.
Look what I found next to mr15's bed, a new-style thread catcher!
 I have to laugh at something or else I'd just crumble!
I've had enough sitting time to finish stitching my cheery little Penguin...
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I'm happy to finally have the chance to share the Christmas In July Swap goodies I received!

My lovely partner Kerrie at Channelbank Creations has sent me some really gorgeous gifts & Kerrie I'm so sorry I've not had the chance to blog about it before now.
 I love-love-love the bunting! Kerrie also made me a darling Santa mini quilt, 2 little decorations & a sweet little bag.

I had the pleasure of stitching & sewing for Tania at Ollie & T
Don't you love the spelling on the goodie bag - Piece - oops!
Poor Holly had to become somewhat of a contortionist, so she could be posted...

Thank you Kerrie & Tania for making this such a great swap!

Ok, that's well & truly enough news from me. If you've read this far, you deserve a medal!
I hope to be checking in on some blogs soon, I do miss seeing what everyone is doing.

Have a Great Week

25 comments:

KimM said...

I'm so sorry you're going through so much. Please know your Stitching Sisters are here for you and wishing you the very best. Your Christmas gifts are so pretty!
Take care -
Hugs
xxx

sunny said...

Anthea, I'm so sorry! We had been emailing, but I somehow missed the post about your sweet MIL. It's wonderful that you had such a great relationship with her. I hope your son is well again soon, and you have wonderful family time with all your children as you adjust to your new reality. Hugs.

Susan said...

No wonder you're tired and emotional, you have been through the wringer lately. Very good to hear you say self care........you really have to stop and take care of yourself at these times too, or it makes it so hard to be there for everyone else. Remember the happy times with your Mil, be sad (it's ok you know), and take one day at a time. X

Chookyblue...... said...

with all this going on your should be tired and emotional...........highs and lows........hope your son is well and out of hospital very soon.........sounds like they got them out just in time.......enjoy time with your daughter now she is home.............

Christine M said...

Take care of yourself, Anthea. I hope Mr15 is feeling better soon. The one bonus of him being in hospital is you managed to stitch your little penguin. He is very cute. Lovely Christmas in July swap gifts, both sent and received. Hugs, Christine xx

Fiona said...

the passing of a loved one is hard, take your time ...xx not sure I would go with that thread catcher... but whatever blows your hair back!!! hope your son is up and about again soon .. nasty.... love the gifties you got as well as the ones you sent...

take care...

Hugz

shez said...

Hi Anthea,my heart goes out to you,it is always so sad when a loved one passes.
Oh I am glad that Mr 15 got to hospital in time,hope he recovers quickly and is fit and well soon.
I love all the lovely gifts both sent and received,take care my friend xx

Stitching Noni said...

On my goodness... life does throw out curve balls every now then and then doesn't it? Hope Mr 15 is doing ok now.. :o)

Love your penguin! Gorgeous swap gifts too :o)
Take care
Hugs xx

Yvonne W said...

Lovely to read your blog again--We need time when things like this happens-- but unfortunately one cannot buy that time. You will have lovely memories to treasure. Wishing your son a speedy recovery. Lovely Christmas in July pressies.
Looking forward to more blog posts. Take care.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Sending you healing hugs in this emotional and sad time. Hope mr 15 heals quickly. Glad you were spoilt in your swap. That penguin is verrry cute. Take care of you xxx

Maria said...

thinking of you my Friend.. Take care.
and of course right now poor mr15 had to get sick and have to have his apendix out. get well soon mate......

such gorgeous gifts you received in the Christmas in July Swap and I love what you made and sent too...

I am presently stitting in Longreach Qld.

Ondrea said...

Many many angel hugs and blessings to you and your family. At least you have a sense of humour which is so important for one's sanity. Love all your gifts . Take care and be gentle with yourself.

kiwikid said...

Lovely to see you back..life throws out some curve balls doesn't it!! I hope Mr 15 is back home soon and well again. Your penguin is lovely. I am sure your emotions will be up and down for a while yet...look after yourself.

Cheryl said...

We are all thinking of you Anthea. What gorgeous Chrissy goodies - you will enjoy putting those out come xmas

Cheryll said...

It's such a roller coaster ride of emotions at such a sad time. Cry when needed...but laugh at memories too. Hugs to you and your family.
Lovely gifts sent and received in Christmas in July swap. Xox

Lin said...

Nice to have you back Anthea - you have had a tough time. I hope Mr 15 will soon be well and home. Lovely gifts given and received in you Christmas in July packages. xx

Hilachas said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your MIL's passing. I know it's hard. Glad to hear Mr15 is doinng ok and glad to see you getting back to your blog. I missed the linky last week as I was slow with my blogging.

Helen said...

Hi Anthea so very sorry to hear about your wonderful MIL I hope all is going well with Mr 15. beautiful swap gifts both ways xx

Tania said...

Lovely to see you back Anthea, and thank you again for my beautiful gifts. Sorry you have been going through so much lately. Thinking of you

Dawn said...

I'm sure you know that your blogger friends are all sharing your loss at the moment. They say everything happens at once and you are living proof of that. Love your Christmas swap gifts xxx

marina said...

seems like it doesn't rain, but pours...
glad that your son is ok after his op.
Shame they don't make the 'thread catchers' in fabric prints?
lovely swap gifts.

Sandra @SewofCourse said...

So sorry to find out only today that you have had such a hard time! I hope your son recovers quickly, and do take care of yourself, too! It is hard to loose a person close to you, so be gentle on yourself.

O'faigh said...

Hello Anthea, my thoughts for you at this time Hugs Ofaigh

Narelle said...

So sorry for your loss xx

KAYLEE said...

Glad to read you are back in BLOGGY land again. It's good to get back to normality and it's still okay to be sad. We have a really dear family friend that died 10 years ago this past May, he was only 69 and I still get teary from time to time. My MIL is 5 years in Sept, it's good to think of all of the happy times. It's only just over a year since my darling Dad left us and the emotions are still very raw for me and I tear up so easily when thinking about him. Thinking of you, sending lots of hugs. Kaylee

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