Thursday, October 30, 2014

Changes, Round Robin, Surprises and "Don't Forget"

I haven't been blogging much the past few weeks - a lot going on here - many emotional days.  My dear step-father moved from this area to live with one of his sons and daughter-in-law.  I know it's for the best, but I feel like my heart has been ripped out.

Tuesday morning was particularly bad.  We went to morning mass, as usual.  Many people came to bid him farewell, it was so touching.  Try as I might, I couldn't control myself.  I had to leave before mass got started.  By the time I got to the car, I had the "hiccup cries" so badly, I didn't think I'd ever stop.  Once I finally calmed down, I went back in to a meeting room and served coffee to his friends.  He is a true gentleman with a kind heart.  He will be sorely missed.

With all the happenings,  I haven't posted the October Round Robin swap pictures.  Here is what I received from the lovely June at Butterfly Wings.  I borrowed these from June's blog.  June - THANK YOU!  Lots of little yummy threads and embellishments, beautiful blue heart (my favorite color). I love it all - and the butterfly will remind me of you.

Here's what I stitched for June:
Some material - complete with butterflies - and coordinating threads:
A kit ready to be stitched:
I know how much June loves her garden.  I found these free, printable papers and gift tags from Lilac and Lavender - and the just shouted, "PRINT ME FOR JUNE!"
I received an unexpected surprise in the mail last week -

A sweet "Thank You" note from Renee at Monkey and Mutt for hosting the Halloween Exchange.  I was completely and utterly floored with her kindness.  Thank you, Renee!  (Please pop over to her blog - she is one talented young lady!!).

My dear SIL in Hawaii sent me more lovelies to stitch.  She really knows my heart:
 Pumpkin Harvest Necessaire from Praiseworthy Stitches (above). 

More samplers from Victoria Sampler.  THANK YOU, VAL!!

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  1. Lots of hugs -- I know you will miss your stepfather. Love the exchanges and pressies too.

  2. So sorry you had to go through that! He looks like a real sweetheart, and he must be a wonderful man for you to love him so much:)

  3. Big hugs to you sweetie xoxo
    Fab new stash and beautiful RR goodies.
    Love the Thank You gift you received too, what a boo-tiful witch!

  4. So sorry , he looks a wonderful person, life is hard sometimes and always hard to say good bye .

    Maybe you can visit somtimes .

    I loved my R/R gifts thank you so much Kim .

    You have had some beautiful gifts , Sending BIG HUGS @ XXX

  5. Big virtual hugs to you. These things can be tough to deal with.

    Love all of these nice exchange goodies. That Pumpkin Harvest design looks like real fun to stitch! Use it all to cheer you up!

  6. sending a special smile to you during these difficult days :)
    Oh my, I love the Round Robin stitch, its beautiful and gifts too :)
    Keep smiling and stitching )

  7. Oh Kim, I am so sorry. I can see the love between you two. I hope and pray his new arrangement works out very well.

  8. Hugs to you dear's always garden when someone moves away...maybe you can still visit? How cool are surprises! Wishing you a lovely Friday!

  9. Sending you big hugs. You are such a wonderful person.

  10. {{Hugs}} Maybe you can write him a letter each week. Phone calls are nice, but getting something in the mail is a real treat!!

  11. Oh Kim i so feel for you my friend,sending big hugs.xx

  12. Sending hugs and happy thoughts your way Kim. Nice exchange gifts.


  13. I am so sorry your step-father moved out of the area. That is so hard. Sending you some big hugs. (I do like Mrs. GraceWorks' idea about writing each week.)

    I am so glad you liked your coin purse! The Halloween Exchange was great fun, and you were so patient with my numerous questions.

    Your swap items look wonderful, both sent and received. And the goodies from your SIL look like fun.

    Hugs, Renee

  14. {{{HUGS}}} It's not easy when they live far.....I know.
    And you have received such a feast of lovelies!

  15. Beautiful array of stitching goodies. Sorry you are so sad, life seems to get full of sorrow as we get older.

  16. Big hugs to you sweetie and lots of love..
    Fab new stash and beautiful RR goodies...super sweet..
    Love the gift you received :)
    Hugs x

  17. Aw big hugs. Love the stitching goodies. Hope they help to keep your mind busy as you adapt to these new changes. The older we get, the more of them there seems to be.

  18. Lovely goodies! So sorry you're going through a tough time... Big hugs to you, Kim!

  19. Such lovely goodies and I am wish your step father well and I hope that you feel better soon.

  20. Oh Kim I am so sorry you are sad, this post touched my heart. I am sure he will miss you too.
    Sending big hugs.