Saturday, June 4, 2011


     It has been a stressful time around our house the past weeks. I'm sure that most of you know what has been going on and I really appreciate the fact that I haven't lost any followers during my time away. I hope I can gradually get back to blogging next week. Along with all the sadness, I wanted to share with you some of the good things that have been going on. My dad is still here visiting and as you can see, our little grands just love their great-grandpa. He has always been wonderful with little ones and didn't even mind getting wet from the sprinkler, sticky from cotton candy and kisses laced with fruit punch. 

     I also had this wonderful surprise from Flo @ Butterfly Quilting. She is a wonderful blog friend, who was recently participating in a "Pay It Forward" blog event featuring a handmade item. She knows that I don't exactly have the ability to make anything and she paid it forward to me anyway. She told me I could bake cookies for my neighbors! Do you see the darling bag she created? She also sent a wonderful notebook, some yummy candy and some jam from Canada. Her gift arrived just as we were leaving for my father-in-law's service and it was such a sweet surprise. Please go visit Flo, you will love her.

     So yes, things have been a bit difficult for our family the past weeks and months, but our blessings are many. Thank you all once again for the messages, comments, support and prayers. You have no idea how much they help.


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Sue
So sorry to hear all your bad news.. and sorry for not popping over earlier. things have been a little crazy at my end..

I hope life throws some sunshine your way and that your family get enjoy a little peace and happiness.. thinking of you and yours

Looks like you dad is enjoying is his time with you and the little ones... Take care and have a lovely weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

Pondside said...

I've thought of you often over the past week - I'm glad to see that your father is still at your place - it's always nice to have that extra set of arms to hug you when you need hugging.

Melissa N. said...

Just wishing you peace to your heart today and thinking of you! 8)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have a good reason for not being around. There are much more important things in life than the land of blog. Your family has been thru a lot. Take time for yourself also.
Great picture of your Father and the Grands.
Hope you are getting some rest and enjoying the weekend.

bj said...

Oh, Suz...I think of you so often. I hope and pray sadness is finished with your family. You all deserve a break...and you can tell your daddy that if I wasn't married...........:))
hugs to you and hang in there, sister friend. It WILL get better.
Love to you, bj

Barbara F. said...

I am glad your Dad is enjoying his great-grands. Looking forward to your wonderful posts. Blessings always to you and your family. xo,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

The grands look like they are having a blast with him. So glad things are getting better.

Linda said...

It's hard to have so much loss in such a short time. You will make it through this and I'm glsd to hear your Dad is still visiting. My prayers are with your family. Take care.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sue, This has really been a rough spell for you! I am so sorry.
It is inspiring that you are counting your blessings through it all! And those precious grandbabies are 2 of the biggest blessings!
It was probably wonderful for your dad to be with them.
Praying for you!

Gypsy Heart said...

You know, having the little ones around just makes the world right again! I'm so glad your Dad is still there with you and having fun himself. Don't worry about blogging ~ we'll all still be here when you feel like returning.

You're in my heart and prayers my friend.

Patrice said...

Your grandkids are lucky to know their grand grandfather! Hang in there Sue...we're here for you!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Thank you so much for your kind words! You are so welcome!
Thinking of you, and hoping thing are settling down a bit in your house. Take care!

Sweetladyelaine said...

I am sorry for your loses...but it is nice to see your Dad with his great grandchildren. I am sure they will give you all the strength to keep going. Our God is good and He never gives you more than you can handle. Remember to call on Him when you are feeling low. He will carry you.
"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" (Psalm 46:10). This is my favorite reminds me He is in control! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Blessings My Friend,

Duta said...

The picture of your father and your grandsons -the first and third generation - is so touching!

The sweet kids will restore his desire to go on with his life after the painful loss of his beloved wife.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love that the great granddad is getting to enjoy the great g'kids. It's absolutely wonderful.

I am sorry I have not checked in for awhile. It seems I have been dancing as fast as I can and getting nowhere! Hope I can get going again with visits and comments soon. Sure has been hit and miss lately.

Hoping for all the best for your father in law and all the family, Sue!

xinex said...

So sorry about your father in law, Sue. I
know he is in good hands. The picture with your dad and grands is so precious. Congrats on the pretty winnings.Take care my friend and no I am not downsizing, in fact, I am still buying, lol...Christine

Fresh Garden said...

Take it easy.
Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Every moment, thank God.

Maria said...

Hi Sue!

I hope you have some time for yourself, to have some tea or coffee that someone else makes for you ~ and simply BE ~

I wish you


Jenny said...

Finiding joy in the midst of sorrow can be such a healing thing...even if it's in small, perfect doses!

I'm glad you have happy things to think about!

Hugs and Prayers.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I just found your blog. I am so sorry to hear about what is happening in your family. I can identify with it so much. I will pray for you and your family, that comfort comes from above. Blessings, Martha

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I am So Sorry for all you and your family have lost! It is such a sad time for you. You will always be in my prayers along with all your family...God Bless your Sweet Dad, he looks like such a gem. That is a wonderful picture...
Big Loving Hugs to you,

LindyLouMac said...

Precious moments, it is lovely to see your father with his great grandchildren, even more so at this time.

BrightenedBoy said...

I'm happy to hear of the many blessings you have even as I'm sad to hear of your loss.

Everyone is thinking of you.