Friday, May 23, 2014

Life continues to be a blessing.....

It has been forever since I've even opened my blog or thought about it but its been a good two years and I continue to be blessed. My son and daughter in law were married the summer of 2012 so I spent a week in Albania and another week in Greece and it was a trip of a lifetime.

When I got back my parents were still dealing with issues of an older home and just not capable of taking care of repairs for a large home so we sold everything, packed their bags and moved them to a wonderful independent living facility in Austin, Tx. Since I live outside the city it's about an hour drive to see them but beats the 4 1/2 hour drive before they moved and my other siblings are just 15 minutes away.  It was hard at first for my Mom to leave her home but they enjoyed the freedom of no cooking, cleaning or repairs and yard work.

My son had been on a long adventure of working to get his degree since he never went to college directly out of high school and it 's a whole different game to go back to school full time and work full time but he pulled it off and graduated with honors in May, 2103 and as a Mom I couldn't have been prouder.

In early 2013 we found out the newlyweds were expecting their first child. She was expected to make a glorious arrival on October 19 so I got busy planning a baby shower along with Greta's Mom and I threw her a baby shower in August, 2013. The theme was tutus and all things pink and I think it turned out very sweet and she had a great time seeing so many of her family and friends. There were about 40 people so it was large shower but well worth all the time effort and planning.

The middle of the summer one of my cats,Smokey got sick, wouldn't eat and no matter what we did it wasn't enough and I was forced to make the heartsick decision to end his life. It took a real toll on me for weeks and I still haven't been able to part with him. I had him cremated and they put him in a very nice engraved box but at some point I know I must release him back to the ranch he so loved to roam. So after about a month I decided it was time to move on and rescued a sweet 4 month old kitten, who I've named Bella. He is becoming an active part of the family and the other animals at this point just tolerate him but with time he'll be one of the group. He is a fetcher so retrieves all sorts of toys you throw to him, this a first for me will all the cats I've owned over the years.

On October 25, 2013 Emma Rose Moy finally made her grand entrance and has changed all of our lives.

Sometime in October my dad had another minor stroke and while there was much outside signs of damage he would be a slow decline for the next few months and we lost him on January 25, 2014. He was a wonderful man who loved his family, served his country for 30 years in the Navy and will be sadly missed for a long long time. My Mom has had some trouble now living alone and being without my Dad and only time will heal the pain and hopefully before long she'll come into her own again and begin to enjoy life, even though Daddy is no longer here to enjoy it.

So to say the least my life has been hectic but things have been good for the most part. My sewing and quilting and blogging have taken a back seat but I have vowed to get back in the swing of things and start some sewing again. Sorry for the long post but it's been almost 2 years and lots has happened.

So a few more of my favorite ( and only granddaughter Emma )


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