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Friday, March 8, 2013

Snow, Snow, Snow.....

Another big snowstorm is raging up and down the Northeastern coast today.  It started yesterday with light snow showers off and on all day, and last night it began to pick up.  Today, we are literally blanketed with snow....about 16 inches+ here so far.  I had to shovel out a little path off of our back deck for poor little Meggie to go out this morning.  She looked bewildered, as if to say, "You've got to be kidding Mommy, really?"  She came in shaking cold, but is now all snuggly warm, cuddled up snug in her bed now.

I just couldn't resist stitching a little more on Quaker Christmas II this past week.  After all, with the snow outside, it really feels more like Christmas time, and it is going to take quite a while before I finish this beautiful sampler.  
I am getting a little eager to start stitching on something new, and think that I may need to switch off between Quaker Christmas and a new project.  Haven't decided what my new piece will be yet, so stay tuned!

We were very blessed to spend some wonderful time, this past week with our two little grandsons, Emerson and Harrison. 
Emerson & Grandmama

Harrison & Daddy
On another note, I would like to ask for prayers for my elderly parents, William and Eleanor, who are 86 and 84 years old. Mother has very advanced Alzheimer's Disease, and Dad, who had a triple bypass and mild stroke, in the past 3-4 years, is alert, oriented and managing fairly well, with my youngest brother and his wife living with them.  However, in the past few weeks it has become very apparent that Mother will need more skilled care very soon than any of them are able to provide for her.  My sister, who lives about an hour and a half from them, is looking into Assisted Living Residences for them, close to where she lives.  She and I are working together to facilitate a move for them very soon, but we know that it will be a huge change for them, and especially for Mother, who is so easily upset by any change in her environment or daily routine.  We need so much prayer for them. 

Thank you, to so many of you, my very dear friends.  I know that many of you, too, have or are dealing with very similar circumstances in your own parents' lives.  It is not an easy thing, when the roles of parents and children change, and we need to take on the role of figuring out how to help them be willing to accept the good care that they now need. 

Forgive me for rambling on today, but thank you for listening and for caring, as I know you do.

Blessings to all of you!


  1. Prayers for all of you. I can only imagine how heart heavy this is for all of you.

  2. Your parents are in my prayers Kathy. I am so sorry for such worry and sadness.
    Wait a minute, Meggie goes potty on the deck?

  3. Snow showers sound wonderful! I guess that's easy to say when you live in Florida, huh?

    Thinking of your parents and your family as the days unfold and you have decisions to make. Hugs!

  4. I will send lots and lots of prayers for your mom and dad. it's so hard when our parents get to that stage of life where they need help and care. Hugs to you -- I know it's hard.

    Love your stitching! You got a lot more snow than we did. I just want it all to be gone. lol!

  5. So many of us are in the same boat. I will keep your family in my prayers. What cute little Grandsons you have! Of course, I love the Quaker Christmas! Wish I could e-mail you some nice weather from the Pacific NW.

  6. Difficult family decisions to make. At least you and your siblings are all on the same page, that does make it easier.

  7. I am so done with the snow this year. We got about 15 inches. Which is about 14 more than we were supposed to get. Sorry to hear about your parents. I will be thinking of you and your parents.

  8. Thinking of your family at this difficult time. Great progress on Quaker Christmas. Lovely snow picture.

  9. Lucky you that you could spend precious time with your grandsons. I will see my little grandson again very soon and we have to get to know each other anew as he was still too little to remember us from our last stay. I'm so looking forward to it.

    I'll keep your parents in my thoughts hoping that you will find very good care for them and that they will settle in as smoothly as possible.

    We are supposed to get new snow as well after the weekend and what can I say - I'm not very happy about it because right now a lot of the old snow has melted and we can see the ground again in some places. But still too early to think about spring.

  10. Your parents are in my prayers Kathy....
    ((( hugs )))

  11. Wow! Look at all that snow! We hardly had any this season. The boys were hoping for at least one good storm here, but it was all t be rain...
    Beautiful stitches! I have a friend who is stitching that on 40ct! Yikes!
    Those little ones are adorable!!
    Thoughts and prayers are definitely headed to you and your parents.

  12. Nothing to forgive you for...rambling can be good...and we are all friends who are always here for each other. We have to do what is best for all involved. Keeping you in my thoughts...the snow picture is pretty (to look at!)

  13. So sorry your parents are having such a rough time medically. They'll be in my thoughts. And take care with all of that snow! It's already 69 degrees here - winter is officially over :(

  14. So sad to see your parents get old they are in my prayers , I know it is not easy for your mother but it's for the best I know to well after my own father lived with it.
    Looks like you had fun with your boys.
    Love your stitching. hugs.

  15. Harrison has grown so much, both your little boys are adorable.

    I'm saddened to read your family are having to make these tough decisions. much love xxx

  16. Alzheimer's is such a terrible disease. My heart and prayer goes out to you and your mom and dad. Please take care of yourself too during this time of change. It looks like your grandsons are giving you a little lift in spirits. They are adorable!

    The Quaker Christmas is so lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing what new piece you will pick up and stitch.

  17. Thinking of you and your parents {{{hugs}}}.

    Your stitching is beautiful.

    WOw that's a lot of snow!

  18. Will be praying for your parents' situations. Your son's and grandsons' pics are wonderful! Love Quaker Christmas...but bring on spring!

  19. Oh, Kathy--I well know what you are going through with your dear parents... We finally had to move my dad into a dementia home three weeks ago. It was the saddest day of our lives, but, at almost 86, my sweet mother just couldn't care for him any longer. If it helps at all, he seems to be doing "okay" there and my mother is resting and regaining her strength once again... Sending you a big hug and my best thoughts that all will go smoothly in their transition. I know your lovely family will be so comforting during this stressful period...

  20. Quaker Christmas is looking gorgeous, great progress

    Such lovely photos of your grandsons.

    I shall keep you & your family in my thoughts while you decide what is best for your parents

  21. Best wishes and prayers for you & your family! What adorable grandchildren too...aren't they the best??

    Love the stitching, gorgeous colors. And the snow is beautiful, but I am so glad it's not down here in AL, LOL.


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