Saturday, December 28, 2013


Hello Everyone,

I would like to Thank Everyone from the bottom of my Heart for your very kind and caring well wishes for My Mom and our family.... Mom is slowing getting better. Some days better than others. It breaks my Heart to see My Mom in a Nursing Home..But I know she is being well taking care of and is now safe with no further chances of falling again.

  I am gradually getting back my spirit for blogging again. I hope to visit everyone soon..

December here in Michigan has been a very snowy and blustery month. On Christmas Day we had approximately 20 inches of snow.. I was happy the roads were good so our family could travel to be with us for Christmas.

This Christmas was very very special to me. My 2 sons and their family came to our home for Christmas. It was such a heart warming day for Bill and I.. My Heart was overflowing with Love I was so Happy.

My youngest son Shane surprised me and as soon as we all got done eating he jump up and started clearing the table.  He told me to sit and enjoy playing with my grandchildren... So Shane did the dishes and Bill wiped and I was all smiles..It was a very lovely gift to me. Oh, How I Love My Family..

Last Christmas I made Chloe a Christmas Stocking.. At this time Jenny told me that her and Shane's stocking were very ragged. So most of the year in my head I was designing Christmas stocking for Shane and Jen, and Mike and Kari...

Both my sons are enthusiastic fishermen and have been since they were very young. So hence I knew their stocking had to have fish on them..

I started actually working on them in September and finished them 2 days before they came for Christmas.. VBG I was so worried I would not get them done in time. 

Above is Mike's stocking with a "Tilapia" fish embroidery on it.

 What do you all think???

This is the Christmas Stocking I made for Kari.  I made pretty bulbs to decorate it.
What do you think???

I embroidery a Redfin on Shane's stocking.

I included a note in both my son's stocking saying the following.  

"Fly fishing is for those who hold that the fun in the race of life is in the running, not just the winning, that existence is its own justification, that a day spent in a stream or a pond with a goal in mind is a JOY even if the goal is not achieved, though a greater JOY if it is"...
Both My Sons were very Happy with their stockings which in turn made me Very Very Happy.

I created a Scandinavian Christmas Tree for Jenny's Stocking.

 For the last 2 Christmas we have downsized to a smaller tree..which I have really liked a lot.  In the photo you can see "My Comfy Chair" were I sit to do all my stitching, crocheting and any other creative pursuit.

I would like again to thank you all for visiting my blog and always leaving such lovely messages for me to read.. They are all greatly appreciated.

I have some very exciting news to share with you all coming up in my next posting. VBG 

I would like to wish you all a Very Happy and Healthy New Year.  

Hugs Judy


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope your mother continues to improve. I'm so glad you had a nice big family holiday! Sweet hugs my friend!

Anonymous said...

Hello Judy, What lovely family photos, I really like Mike and Shane's stockings what beautiful needle work you have created and so right for the boys, the other stocking are gorgeous too. Boys doing the clean up fantastic and how thoughtful of them both. Hugs from HOT OZ Lyn xx

Gracie Saylor said...

Judy! I somehow missed your post about your mom! I am so sorry she fell and am praying she will continue to heal well and that all of you will be comforted and encouraged during this time. It was very difficult to be a part of the health challenges my folks had in their last years...I sympathize with what you are experiencing although my circumstances were different than yours.
Your needle work is amazing!!! [I have the lovely heart and star you crocheted on our Christmas tree]
I loved the quote you shared with your sons and am so glad you have had happy times with your family! Hugs from Gracie xx

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Judy! What a beautiful family you have, and how nice that both son's and their families were able to join you at Christmas. The stockings you created are just fabulous!!! I can see that many hours of stitching must have gone into each one. I'm sure they'll be cherished for years and years to come. :) I hope your mom continues to improve. Wishing you all good things in the coming year. xo

Betsy said...

I also hope for your mom to continue to improve. It looks like you had a lovely Christmas and the stocking you made a beautifully done. May you have a wonderful rest of the day and a new year full of God's blessings.

Jennifer said...

Continued positive thoughts for your mother, I'm glad she is improving. Your Christmas looks wonderful, I'm so glad you had your family there. The stockings are all really beautiful!

Teresa Kasner said...

Hi Judy, love the stockings, the fish ones especially. I have a bay window just like that, but it's behind our chairs. Great family photos.. looks like lots of love there.

  *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

margaret said...

good to see you back on your blog Judy. Trust Mum has settled in the nursing home by now, it is hard to adjust but I am sure she will feel at home soon and as you day will be safe.
Can see you have a lovely time with your family and they must have been delighted to have personalised stockings. Good boys clearing up, can I have them next year please?!

baukje said...

I hope your mother is doing better now. Such lovely pictures you showed us with your family.
Those stockings with the fishes are just GORGEOUS, beautiful stitches!!!!!!
I wish you too a lucky and healthy 2014

Mereknits said...

Judy, I hope your Mom continues to recover, I know it is so hard to have her in a nursing home, my Mom has been in one for 2 1/2 years. They take excellent care of her and for that I am so thankful. I so enjoyed seeing your beautiful family all gathered together. How lovely of your sons to clean up after all your hard word. I love all the amazing stitching you did, of my goodness you are so talented.
Sending you a big New Year's hug,

Lorraine said...

Pleased to hear your Mom is improving and will hope this continues. Looks as if you had a lovely Christmas. The snow looks beautiful. Wishing you all the best in 2014.

Dianne said...

A very heart warming post, Judy. Your Christmas was very special for you, and you made your boys and their wives such wonderful stockings which they will always treasure, I am sure. The fishing prose you included within was very apt and very thought provoking. So Special!!! Sending very best wishes to your family for a happy new year, and I hope your mum continues to do well in her new surroundings. xxx Di.

Radka said...

It is always lovely to see a family together for Christmas :-)
Enjoy your New Year and all the best!

Down by the sea said...

So sorry I missed your post about your Mum. I'm glad she is making progress and I understand how you feel with having your Mum in a nursing home. We had the same feelings when the same thing happened to my Dad. Glad you had a lovely family Christmas. Wishing a good 2014.
Sarah x

Mrs. Micawber said...

I am so glad to hear that your Mom is doing better ... my Dad recently had a very bad fall and it's been stressful for everyone. It's hard when the time comes that our parents need more care than we or they can give - but it happens.

Such amazing stockings - those fish are simply stunning! I like the Fly Fishing quote too.

You HAVE had a lot of snow! Much more than we have - but perhaps you get the lake effect.

A Happy New Year to you and your family. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Me again. Happy 2014 to you and yours. My wish for you is a year full of lots of JOY, PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS.

Happy New Year.

Margo Brooks said...

I absolutely LOVE those fish! Your sons must have been ecstatic! What great gifts.

Lilac Haven said...

Awesome stockings. You are very talented.

Ute said...

Dear Judy, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. Yes, I would like to tell you how to make the vessels. I think, I can make a blog-post of the instruction, but I need a few days to do this. I hope, you can wait. Maybe next weekend, I have the time to create another flower vessel and take some pictures of the process. Hugs Ute

shirley said...

This is such a lovely post Judy, and what a wonderful family you have. you are truly blessed to have their love. I really enjoyed seeing the gorgeous stockings you made your talent never ceases to amaze me.

my Dad always had a rule Mum and the girls in the family never cleared up or did dishes on Xmas Day it was the job for the males in the family. It was always good to relax after all the work preparations.

i hope your mum enjoys her new life and keeps safe and well.


Judy S. said...

Happy New Year, Judy! Big hugs, too.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I know it is late but I just wanted to say how nice the stocking are that you made! So personal and so perfect! I also enjoyed seeing the family pics :)

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