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Monday, October 15, 2018


Hi friends! I want to thank you so much for leaving caring messages on my last post about Scott. That means so very much to me and especially to Jenny. She will eventually see those messages and she will be so comforted by your loving words and your prayers. Thank you!❤️

I have a finish to share with you. Another one for the cubby shelf. It is a free pattern that was offered earlier this year on the Atelier Soed Idee website, but I no longer see it there. I am sorry about that. This is why I print off free patterns right away if I know I am planning to stitch them. Do you also print them off?

I was drawn to this free pattern because I feed the birds outside our kitchen window every morning. We only get sparrows and house finches here at the apartment, but I have found joy in my little visitors. If they run out of seed, they look in at me!👀
I changed every single color on this. I wanted it to look like me.😉That required adding some hair! The lady was bald! Also, you know there had to be pink!! I used VMSS The Perfect Rose for the House Finches. I like it a lot!
As I type this up, they are on the window sill eating once again. I have tried to get decent pictures several times. It is so hard through the window and screen and they scare off easily when I am standing there taking the picture.

This is stitched one over one on 25ct Bo Peep Pink Zweigart Lugana with VMSS and DMC.
If you want to see the current free patterns available on this website go HERE

I am now back to stitching the November wreath. It is gorgeous. Lovely mums!!
Before We Were Yours: A Novel by Lisa Wingate was recommended to me by our friend Carol. She and her mother read it! I KNEW I had to read it then! I am very glad I did. It is historical fiction and it is one of THE best books I read this year. I highly recommend you read it.

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

My neck and shoulder are almost better. It is hard to believe that I suffered whiplash from driving with my MIL in August and still am suffering from it. I have been receiving a deep massage from my original physical therapist named Leigh once weekly for the last month. This is about to end. I will continue on with gentle exercises at home by myself. She tells me it will just take time for the nerves to settle.

I hope you have a wonderful week my friends. I am so glad you stopped by! Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement.

Stitching and praying,

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Dear Faithful Friends,

There have been so many of you who have kept Scott, Jenny, Andrew and Emily in your prayers and thoughts through these last four months.

Scott passed away early this morning. Jenny, Andrew and Emily are heart broken. Will you please keep them in prayer? They need us now more than ever. Jenny is still battling breast cancer. They have a hard road ahead.
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While Jenny, Andrew, and Emily of course grieve, they know that Scott is no longer suffering. They know that he is in Heaven. They are assured of his salvation. Scott was a Christian. He was a LCMS Pastor. All you have to do is believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and repent of your sins my friends.

Perhaps you may like to read THIS POST Jenny did on her blog about her and Scott two years ago.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  John 14:1-6

Stitching and praying,

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sampling Thanksgiving

Hi friends! I wanted to post sooner. It has been very rainy and dreary here. I could not get any decent pictures of my finish at all. I had to wait. So here I am now. Let me share my latest finish with you.
This is Lizzie Kate's Sampling Thanksgiving. So cute, isn't it? I have placed it in the same frame that I had  Lizzie Kate's A Little Beach on display this summer.
I stitched this with all the called for DMC and the called for WDW onyx.  I stitched it two over two on one of my mystery 30 count linens.
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I have a proposition for you. Do any of you want this pattern? I have obviously used the acorn charm that comes with the pattern. Here is what I would like. I would like to give this chart to someone who would give me Lizzie Kate Merry String in exchange.
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Or perhaps any one of the Lizzie Kate Flip It Months. How does that strike you?  Let me know in your comment or email me. 😊

I am stitching up the November wreath for the cubby shelf.

I watch Barb and Leanne from "Lost In Floss"/Flosstube, they live right here in Southeastern Wisconsin. Barb has great success going to her Goodwill store. She finds wonderful cross stitch stash and other cool finds. So I went this weekend. Thought I would give it a try. I had not gone in half a year to look for "good stuff". Our Goodwill store reeks of mildew and it triggers migraines for me. Unfortunately scents really affect me. Anyhow, you wanna know my GREAT find?? A 50 cent kit. Complete with hoop, aida, needle, floss and pattern. For a happy face poop emoji!!!
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Um, no thanks! Barb has all the luck!
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen was a great book. I love all the books in the "A Royal Spyness Mystery"series. They are fun and keep you guessing. I love the characters in the series as well.
In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

If only Darcy and I had eloped! What I thought would be a simple wedding has been transformed into a grand affair, thanks to the attendance of the queen, who has offered up the princesses as bridesmaids. Silly me! I thought that withdrawing from the royal line of succession would simplify my life. But before Darcy and I tie the knot in front of queen and country, we have to find a place to live as man and wife...

House hunting turns out to be a pretty grim affair. Just as we start to lose hope, my globetrotting godfather offers us his fully staffed country estate. Mistress of Eynsleigh I shall be! With Darcy off in parts unknown, I head to Eynsleigh alone, only to have my hopes dashed. The grounds are in disarray and the small staff is suspiciously incompetent. Not to mention the gas tap leak in my bedroom, which I can only imagine was an attempt on my life. Something rotten is afoot--and bringing the place up to snuff may put me six feet under before I even get a chance to walk down the aisle...
My friends, Scott's health is failing. He is in the hospital hooked up to a machine to help him breathe.Please pray for him, Jenny, and his two adult children, Andrew and Emily, in this very, very difficult time.
I hope you have a wonderful week my friends! Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate all of your comments and I reply to all of them, as long as you are not "no-reply".

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." -Luke 19:10

Stitching and praying,

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Poodle

Hi friends! I have stitched the October poodle and charted it up too!
I  stitched it on a piece of 32 count mystery linen given to me by our friend Barbara quite a while ago. I thought it had a nice autumn glow to it. I stitched this all two over two using DMC.
The poodle's nose and eye are French Knots made with 839.

When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker was a let down for me. I read it because I wanted it to be good. Rachelle's dad is Ted Dekker, one of my very favorite authors. I guess, just because your dad is an awesome writer, that does not make you an awesome writer. Rachelle is a good writer. Just not awesome. I was disappointed that she used fictional concepts from her dad's stories and put them right into her stories.
Alicen McCaffrey finally has the life her mother always dreamed for her: beautiful home in Santa Monica, successful husband, adorable daughter. Then tragedy blows her carefully assembled façade to pieces. Worse yet―Alicen feels solely responsible. At rock bottom, she decides to accompany a childhood friend back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as kids.

The peaceful mountain landscape, accented with lush forests and small-town charm, brings back happy memories of time spent with her beloved, eccentric Grandma Josephine. Alicen begins to hope that perhaps things could be different here. Perhaps the oppressive guilt will lift―if only for a moment.

But when Alicen starts hearing voices and seeing mysterious figures near the river in the woods, she begins to fear she’s completely lost her sanity, as it’s rumored her grandmother did. Or might there be more to Red Lodge than meets the eye? Could the voices and visions be real―and her only means of finding the healing she so desperately needs? Or will they prove to be her final undoing?
I am working on a small Lizzie Kate piece right now. Bridget, my physical therapist,has given me the go ahead to stitch once again. I am improving, as far as feeling less pain daily in my neck and shoulder.

I hope you have a wonderful week. The weather has certainly turned cooler here. We are having highs around sixty degrees with rain most days this week.

Stitching and praying,