Monday, June 26, 2017

Baby love...

We have welcomed a precious new baby girl into our family... another beautiful little great niece for me.  Our Maddy girl is now a big sister. Of course I knitted something special for her arrival...

  precious pink baby blanket
knitted in my 
"mistake stitch" pattern...

 a tiny whisper thin mohair
matching wrap and hat
for her newborn 

the tiny wrap is knitted 
in a variation of a honeycomb stitch.. 

 both the little wrap and hat
are embellished
with pink satin rosebuds
and trim...

 the gray mohair 
is from my "never ending stash...
the hat is knitted with grey 
ribbon ball yarn from
"Be Sweet"
(thank goodness it was also 
in my stash...)
(be forewarned... it is quite costly!)

 the blanket is knitted with 
the most wonderfully soft and exquisite yarn...
Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo.
(omgosh... I love this yarn!) 

this yarn knitted up so beautifully..
it is the perfect weight for a baby blanket
and is so wonderfully soft.
(this might be my new favorite yarn for
baby blankets)

As you know,
 our family has had
some great sadness in our lives...
knitting this little ensemble has been 
such a great help to me.
It is true what is said about the rhythm 
of knitting...
it calms the soul.

 Welcome to our beautiful
"Kynzley Jayde"

tiny fingers and toes...
she is perfect..

we are in baby love...

A little note from me...

I want to tell you something... 
I love you. All of you.  These past days have been difficult and dark for our family, but as you all know... we must go on.  We have to.  Your messages of comfort and love, the cards you sent, the emails, texts, messages on IG,.... everyday it seems there is something from you. Words to comfort me, telling me that you understand and that you are still here... waiting for me.  I cannot begin to tell you how much that your thoughts and prayers have meant to me.  

We still grieve, we always will.... but there is sunshine to warm my heart.  We have just returned from accompanying my son and our little grandaughters on a Disney cruise. "Pixie dust" is the cure for almost anything it seems.  I've been posting photos of our little trip, as well as my gardening, and some other tidbits on my
 "2 Bags Full" Instagram page.  I would love for you to follow me there...

For those of you who cannot, don't worry, I will still be here.  I will post as often as I can... but we are busy with so many things right now. And is just so much easier and quicker to post on IG.  If you do follow me there, please say hello and tell me that you are one of my blog readers.  I would love to follow you back on your own Instagram page. Rest assured though... my posts regarding the nests, and my knitted items will always be here.

Regarding the nests...
I'm so behind. Way behind. Way, way behind.  There is no way that the newest nest, the patriotic Freebird nest is going to be ready this summer.  So... I am pushing it back until early next summer.  It will be ready for the holidays next summer for sure.

Regarding the Kindness Quilt Project...
well, I'm behind on that too. Your beautiful contributions are all here and my next post will have photographs of all of the latest contributions.  Everything that has been donated since the first post with photos -- will be in this next post. August 1 is the deadline to send your contributions.  The quilt is going to be breathtaking -- truly lovely.  Thank you for understanding how and why I am so behind..

I'll be back as soon as I can... 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

An explanation of absence...

Her absence is like the sky, 
             spread over everything...
                     C. S. Lewis

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

We have lost our beautiful Alicia....
The greatest mysteries in life have now been revealed to our beautiful daughter in law.
She fought stronger than the bravest of warriors for over 4 years. Never once complaining.. always with only one focus in her heart....To live for her girls and for her husband. In these past few days she gave her absolute all in hopes that she could live just a tiny bit longer for her babies. Not once did her faith in God ever waiver. She lived only to do His will and to be a Mother and a Wife.

God had other plans. We are so sad and we are trying so hard to accept and understand the "why" of it all. Our babies are only 4 and 6... (almost 7.) We will need the strength of a multitude of prayers in these days ahead. Our only focus is to be strong for our precious girls and for my son.

I am so very proud of my son. He has been an amazing husband and father during this most difficult time... giving his absolute all to his babies and to Alicia. Days and days and days of staying at the hospital all night and all day, and then going back and forth to help with homework and putting the girls to bed at night. Always leading them in bedtime prayers and reading their Bible stories to them. Alicia would be so proud.. they both have raised their girls to be close to God.

We are beyond exhausted and emotionally spent. There are no words to describe the hell that we have been through these past weeks and months.
Please just whisper a gentle prayer for my son and our beautiful granddaughters. I know that God will send sunshine into our life again.. but right now it is the darkest of days.

Fly high our beautiful Alicia... like Peter Pan you will be forever young. You will live in our hearts forever and we will never let your babies forget you💕

To my precious blog friends...
I know I've been gone a long time. I've been spending almost every minute helping my son and daughter in law with our precious granddaughters. Sadly, I've had not one extra minute for my blog. Not one..

I promise that I am coming back to you.. 
 but I'm going to need some time..💕