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Monday, April 06, 2009

Hello, World!

Yes, it's me! I've surfaced but sadly without photos. I know, I know, I will lose readers if I don't post pictures soon of my crazy life or my stitching progress but you will have to be patient cause it's been RAINING for the last 4 days. I am seriously considering asking God if he wants me to start building another ark. No light for pictures.

Let's see...where to begin. Well, you all know about the tragedy that happened in my little city. Tonight the paper ran little bios of those who were killed. So sad, so sad that I cried. A newlywed who will not see her first anniversary. A husband who did his best to shield his wife from the shooter's bullets only to have her die in his arms as a bullet passed through him and into her. A Mom and Dad who weren't at the bus stop to pick up their 6 and 9 year old after school. All who just wanted a better life, all who wanted to provide for their children. A retired teacher who just wanted to give back to her community after years of service in the public school system. There are many more stories that are sure to be told as these souls are laid to rest.

My DH took his last state test for his teaching certification. He said this test was hard. He'll find out if he passed in about a month. Now, he's sending out resumes. He knows only of one district that has 2 math teaching positions open. I am praying hard that he gets an interview. I don't want to think what will happen in the fall if he doesn't find a full time job and has to resort to student teaching.

The Cadet and the Lovely Jenna are well. Both are exhausted. Jenna is working 2 jobs and the Cadet is holding down a full time job, a full credit load and ROTC. And now, we are pushing them to finalize some of the wedding plans cause it's 5 months away!!! We need them to get registered. I am planning a bridal shower in July. I have to get busy! But I feel like I have all the time in the world. NOT!

We will be going to Rochester to the Military Ball in a few weeks. It will be a lovely time! I enjoy this dinner so much. And then there are rounds of graduations, showers, birthdays and weddings! WOW!

On the stitching front, this week I am focused on This Is The Day. Michelle and I are working one week out of the month on it. I love the colors but I am not loving the stitching behind the alphabets or numbers. It's mindless stitching. Which is good when you are listening to the TV. I've been blog hopping and I've noticed many stitchers have worked and finished this little sampler. I like the alternate colorway too that some of you've used to stitch your sampler.

And on Bea, I am down to 4 motifs. I will be frogging out one of them though cause I misplaced it. But fortunately, not much is stitched, only the outline.

And! We have 20 talented stitchers signed up for Round 1 of the Blackbird Designs Exchange Blog. The response was greater than my wildest dreams! Thank you to all the talented stitchers that signed up for it! I know we will have a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what everyone creates!

Well, that's it for my corner of the world. Hope you are well and thanks for stopping by my little corner of creation!

Happy stitching and have a wonderful day tomorrow!


Laura said...

Glad to read your update. Such sad stories from the shooting. When will things like that end?

I started BBD Blessings Be Thine tonight. Fun. Doing it on 29 count linen which is a big step for me (linen as opposed to evenweave).

I wanted to tell you that I could not join the BBD group you so wonderfully started because I don't know how to finish anything and also did not feel ready for any deadline stitching yet. Maybe someday!!!

connie said...

Hi Joanie.Glad to see your post..I miss your pictures and updates.

That was so sad about the shooting..

I will keep good thoughts for your husbands job..My husband still isn't back to work.

I look forward to seeing the finishes in your BBD group..Wish I felt more confident to take Laura said maybe someday for me too.

Deb said...

That's so, so sad about the shooting! Hope to see some pictures of This is the Day soon. I'm about ready to start it (well, as soon as my fabric arrives).

Sherry said...

I am leaving off the stitching behind the letters and numbers on TITD! Call me lazy! LOL!

the shooting was such a sad thing to happen.

Maren said...

Reading about the shooting was awful, and your post put an even stronger human face onto the tragedy. I don't understand what drives a person to do something so horrible.

I can't wait so see pics of your updates, but I definitely understand about rain day lighting.

Jan said...

Sorry for all of that rain, Joanie!! WE had monsoons for two days, but at least the sun is shining today, with just a little clouds roaming in the skies! Bitter cold though!

That is indeed a tragedy, such immorality and sickness in the world.

Shelleen said...

I did hear about the tragedy and am saddened by it. When the wedding is over and everything settles down maybe we can have a stitch in. Remember I am not to far from Brockport and Rochester,

Siobhan said...

I thought of you when I heard of the shooting. ((((((((((Joanie)))))))) I'm so glad to hear that your family wasn't directly affected, but I know that it does hurt you when it's in your community. So sad.

Good luck to your DH with the job search!

Brigitte said...

I read about the shooting which made me immediately think of the school shooting that happened about two hours from my place where 16 were killed. It's all so tragic.

I hope your weather will be better soon - I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures.

Von said...

Hi to you, Joanie! Glad you've updated, altho I completely understand.

samplerlover said...

Hi Joanie, so glad to hear that you all are safe and sound. I was so worried about you.

How awful when you hear all this stories about some of the people involved. - Sandra.