Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mourning, A Birthday, Anniversary, and Blogging Anniversary

I will admit I have been in an uber funk for the past few weeks.  I am sure we all have times in our lives that life feels like it has gotten  so out of hand, that it takes lots of prayers to just slog through the day---one foot in front of the other.  I won't blame it on the weather, but that has not helped either.  Sorry if this post starts kind of whiney, complaining but it does get better if you keep reading!

I posted that DH grandmother passed away around the end of January here.  That was tough, but a couple of days later we found out some really disturbing news about the grandsons which knocked me off my feet.  I just want to thank those of you I asked for lots of prayers they have helped immensely. 

January 26 DH and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary and lets just say we didn't feel a whole lot like celebrating.  My 2nd blog anniversary came (I was considering doing a giveaway)-- and went, as well as Valentine's Day.  We were told that the grandson's great grandfather on his father's side passed away, he was a sweet old man who helped care for the boys when they were babies, and a few days later the boy's great uncle joined his father.

My birthday was on Thursday,  February 26.  Thursday morning the tears started rolling and they just would not stop.  Mourning for those which we just so recently lost, some that chose to leave, and the loss of innocence.  I decided that I was mourning so many things all at once and I  just wanted a break.  Yep that attitude lasted for about 2 hours and I thought OMG it could be so much worse.  Get up, do a little housework, thank the Lord for all the good things and move on!   I folded laundry, did the dishes, put a bit of makeup on and I felt a ton better.  While doing the dishes--

I thought about a sermon I heard years ago about a woman and child that  saw a tornado heading their way while they were out in the fields.  Their house was torn apart before their eyes, everything was gone the woman thought, their protection.  The woman took the child and they were laying in a ditch waiting for the storm to pass over them, and a cellar door fell across the ditch over them.  The mother clung to the handle of the door with all of her might, waiting out the storm, in a ditch, under and old cellar door.  When the storm was over and the mother was crying about all they had lost child said, "Mommy it will all be alright, just think about all the people who did not have the cellar door!"  The way I always think about it is that there are always people around who have it so much more difficult than my measly little problems. 

OK again sorry for the pity party...had to go there so I could get here!

I saw this bundle on a blog the other day and loved the texty low volume bundle.

The bundle was from Stash Fabrics.    They have some great modern fabrics to add to your stash and as of this morning they were having a year end clearance sale with up to 75% off. 

Now if you order fabric online there are some sites that you either register or check out as a guest.  While a lot of people do not want to register (including me), for a few I do.  What is great about it is that you get some special sales opportunities, and Birthday discounts!  Come on 10-25% off, some with one item, some with whole orders! 

Shabby Fabrics had this lovely fabric from Lecien called Durham one was from the Quilt Revival line, and the other was from the 2014 line.  I saw the red stripe and decided I wanted to do the snapshot quilt but use that fabric so I purchased some.  I also love it when they send you a little gift with purchase.  Isn't that black floral gorgeous?

I also saw this bundle called crazy for red which was by Minick and Simpson for Moda fabrics.  Sixteen fat quarters was just too good to pass up.  

Now I would not recommend retail therapy to remedy the funk, but I will say that seeing the beautiful fabrics made me smile, and the prices were fabulous! 

I also ordered an azalea which will actually grow in our zone from Wayside Gardens.  I also have 2-3 more coupons for my birthday which I have to use if I want by the end of March.

Did you make it this far? 

Anyway to celebrate my highs, lows, Blog anniversary, and birthday and just because-- I would like to have a small give away.

1.  Leave a comment make sure that I have a way to reach you with an e-mail address on this post..
2.  For a 2nd entry be a follower and leave a comment on how you follow on this post. 

That gives you an opportunity for 2 entries.   To anyone throughout the world!

This giveaway is open from February 28, 2015 to Midnight, March 6, 2015 and I will choose a winner randomly using my great scientific method.  Can't tell yet, it is a secret.

Oh what will you win?  

A $25.00 gift certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop. 

Thanks for sticking by me through this post which is light on pictures and heavy on drama. 

*I have no affiliation to any shops mentioned in this post other than they are just a couple of my favorite. 


  1. Oh, my friend, my heart aches for you...wish my arms could reach from here to Michigan to wrap you in a hug! Will pray that things get smoother for you and yours. Congrats on your anniversary and birthday. Bet you will do something wonderful with those beautiful fabrics!

  2. My Dear Friend, I am so sorry to hear all your sad news and glad that there is light at the end of the tunnel! I enjoy our blog friendship so much and am sending you some virtual pugs and kisses, Nancy

  3. Sorry about all the losses. We lost 3 people that were close to our families in one week. We couldn't even attend the funerals, since they were 1200 miles away. Happy belated Birthday! We're both February girls! Hang in there, it will get easier, day by day.

  4. My last comment wasn't for the giveaway. I would have left that comment, no matter what, but, yes, I follow you on my dashboard.

  5. I am so sorry about all of your losses, I know how hard it is. I get weepy on my birthdays sometimes thinking of losses.
    I love that low volume fabric too!
    I hope you have a better day, and I love that analogy of the cellar door!

  6. I follow you through Bloglovin'

  7. Gosh so sorry to hear about all of your losses. It is difficult to move on, I know. I hope things get easier for you...I do follow you and love to read your posts thanks for the chance hugs, Julierose

  8. May the year ahead be filled with blessings beyond measure for you sweet woman. May God's face shine upon your grandbabies and may they feel His presence in their sweet lives. Colette, I believe losses of all kinds can only be healed by the love of God and the passing of time. I am sending you a big hug.

  9. What a rough way to start the new year. Prayers! You sure picked out some lovely fabric :)

  10. 2015 has not been kind so far. lovely fabric acquisitions and happy belated birthday and anniversary. I follow you on bloglovin.

  11. hi sweetie , jugs from me. Love the fabric

  12. I`ll pray for you and your family. Don`t be so hard on yourself. Let the tears flow. So much grief and pain in so short a time. I know. So hugs and prayers from me to you. Your post is touching.

  13. I missed your Giveaway paragraph. I`ll bet the "girls" are picking the winner. How cool would that be?!!

  14. Happy Birthday and Happy anniversary. May the rest of your year be a little better. I am a follower.

  15. It sounds like you have good reason to have a cry....I once heard a speaker say it was okay to have a pity party as long as you put a time limit on it. When I feel sorry for myself I remember that and say okay, you've got one day to feel bad. I love the story about the cellar door. There have been many times in my life that I had hold of a cellar door! blessings, marlene

  16. Yes, I'm a follower - I use bloglovin. blessings, marlene

  17. I really don't know what to say. It seems your year is off to a rough start, so I am hoping that things will only get better form here. Some days are just tough to get through and you are glad when they are over. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I have found online retail therapy does give me boost!

  18. I'm so sorry you've had some sad events going on in your life. I know shopping doesn't fix things, but it can bring a little light to some dark times. I'll be thinking of you and hoping your life brightens soon! Hugs and all that other sweet mushy stuff to you from me.

  19. And you know I'm a follower! You're on my blog roll! P.S. I went and bought a text bundle too! Shopping in honor of you!

  20. I am so sorry you've been having such a tough time. Hopefully things are starting to improve now. I haven't commented earlier, cos I'm so behind in blog reading, writing to people, etc, for various reasons, but I am thinking of you.

  21. I am a follower through Bloglovin.

  22. sorry about all the bad things that have happened. I like the story you shared about the tornado.
    Happy Belated Birthday. Mine was the 24th.

  23. I follow via email. I just realized for some reason I was not getting your posts so I signed up again.
    I am probably to late for the giveaway but that is okay.


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