Friday, December 22, 2006

Beautiful Christmas

I can't show you the decorations or smiles or the chocolate-smeared faces. The new camera is in the shop. Haven't heard yet when it will be fixed, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

This year is a lot different than last year. Last year at Christmas time, we were innocent, but scared. We had a surgery date--and we knew that it would be a 2-3 day hospital stay. And then, the lump would be gone and we'd all live happily ever after.

I do remember spending a very strange day trying to do a 24-hour urine collection from an 18 month old child--it wasn't fun for anyone.

This year, we have no time for fear. There may be terrible days ahead--and, like January 6, 2006, they will come upon us with little warning. And we'll rely on our family and friends and our faith when those days come.

For now, we have two delightful, beautiful, strong girls whose eyes shine when they see the red ribbons and scented candles and greenery hanging in the house.

I'm still knitting madly--now down to 1 project with a bit of finishing and 1 hopeless. And little Georgia will climb up beside me on the couch every time she sees a new project in my hands--and she'll ask ''blankie for me?". She thinks the idea of Santa and gifts is great--but he's still not a good enough guy that she'll sit on his lap.

Sydney has become a super-sleuth these past weeks, inspecting every piece of paper, reading every note, counting the number of trips we're taking to the basement. I think she's going to be surprised, but only because she's afraid of me and I've forbidden her to go into my room.

Have a peaceful Christmas. Enjoy the meaning of the day by taking a moment to remember or call or help someone else. Be kind to your family, because they are a gift to you from a higher power, given for reasons you might never understand. Stop worrying about stuff and start spending your energy wisely--on the things that nourish your family and your soul.


Friday, December 01, 2006

Knitting for Christmas

Hi all,

Thanks so much everyone for your kind words and for the bracelet orders that have been coming in. I smile and my heart warms when I think of G & S bracelets all over the country, being given to family and friends as gifts. Thank you all for helping to make this terrible time in our family meaningful.

If you do send bracelet orders this week or next, please be patient. The next bracelet orders will be mailed out on December 11 (lots of time to receive them before Christmas, if required).

I am madly knitting Christmas gifts (more on my knitting blog).

Here's a sample (with my appreciative cat):

Hugs to you all!

P.S. You can reach me by leaving a comment--they are sent to my yahoo email address. Or, you can email directly bracelet at kingston dot net (replace the words with symbols as per usual).

And a big ???thanks??? to the folks who harvested the bracelet email addy off the CityTV website and send several dozen spam messages each day in Chinese.