Though I have been terribly out of touch with all of you, I have thought of you every day, and treasure all of the wonderful things that you have written to me here.
Stitched last spring, I love this cheery little April Wordplay by Brenda Gervais, of 'With Thy Needle'.
The past few weeks have been filled with with it's bits of busyness. But, thankfully, in between those busy hours, I have also enjoyed stitching with my Wednesday morning stitching friends at our LNS. We have such a wonderful time, stitching, chatting away and laughing until our sides hurt. It is such wonderful medicine for the soul!
Although I can't claim any incredible progress on any one project, I have found many peaceful hours with a few things.
'Quaker Christmas II' is coming along. I am almost finished stitching the top 3 sections, and will soon begin on the 4th page!
Last week, I received this wonderfully unique design from Anne, who had stitched this biscornu and then offered the design as part of a giveaway. I love it!
I was so thrilled and started stitching it this week at my Stitching Group. Thank you so much, Anne!
'Spring Morning Sampler'
by Karen Kluba
As you can see, I haven't made a lot of progress yet, but it is a beautiful design, and I am really looking forward to stitching it so much. It calls for all DMC threads, but could be stitched in silks too.
On a more somber note, this past week, our country has suffered terrible terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon. Our hearts go out with prayers for comfort and solace to all of the innocent victims and their families, especially to those who lost loved ones in this senseless and evil attack. Last evening, we watched, on TV, as the second terrorist, was captured alive in Watertown, MA. It was a tremendous relief for our country, and epecially for the residents in the towns around Boston, who were on 'Lock Down' for the past 24 hours.
It made me think about so many people in other countries, around the world, like Israel, who live in terror every day, because they are threatened on every side by evil that threatens to take away their very lives and savage their countries. We are so blessed in America, that we do not live under that fear every day of our lives. But we must hold fast to our faith in God and live according to His principles, the same principles, upon which our Founding Fathers created our great nation.
This morning, this scripture was with one of my devotionals, and seemed so appropriate for those who have lived with fear, and those who are now living with fear.
'Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)
'For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning.' (Psalm 30:5)