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Friday, August 28, 2015


Good morning!

Hello hello and welcome to my little niche in this world.  I have been feeling a bit emotional lately.  With the new school year starting and both of my kiddos in high school I can’t help but feel just a tad bit reflective and excited at the same time.

Back in May an honorary grandmother passed away.  Grandma Jeanette was such a sweet lady, she really made you feel special and like you were just the best at what you did.  While I was sad that she was gone I know that she has touched many a hearts and will live on in our memories.

The loss of a loved one can be life changing.  Back in 2009 we lost our beloved Grandma Rose, she was more of a spiritual leader for me.  Her passing left a huge gap in our family that has really never closed.  It was after her passing that I really began to question my actions, was I spending enough time with my family?  Did I show them how much I appreciate and love them?  At the time I was attending college and working a full time stressful position.  The loss of Grandma hit me like a ton of bricks.  I can honestly say that I am forever changed.  Slowly I began to see that I wasn’t happy, work was a huge stressor.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with the kiddos but I wasn’t happy within my work environment.  I was short and abrupt with my family as I was preparing for my college graduation and I constantly felt a sense of anxiety.  It was affecting me physically, the lack of sleep and exhaustion left me feeling drained.  I decided to just “Up and quit” my job as folks would say.  It was not an easy decision. However I am so glad that I had the courage to know when enough was enough.

With all of that being said when Grandma Jeanette passed away my heart hurt.  I knew that words could not really express how I was feeling as at times I struggle with getting the right words out at the right time. 

In thinking of Barbara and the loss of her mom I stumbled across this pattern.

A Neon bright light went on!  Wouldn’t it be neat to crochet a prayer shawl for her?  Somehow I could let her know just how loved she is as well as her mother and maybe just maybe this small gesture could help her.

 I had never crochet a Prayer Shawl but after researching, I was confident that I could do it.  I had the pattern printed and the perfect shade of purple yarn selected.  The stitches and pattern worked up quickly.  Creating more specifically crocheting is like therapy for my soul. I find that is soothes, enlightens but most importantly humbles me.

Yesterday Barb picked up her shawl, I am happy to say that she loved it!

If you would like to make this shawl, here is an awesome tutorial.

Until next time, I hope that your days are bright and filled with warmth.  

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