Monday, December 10

Thank you, Snow Globes and the Winners Are....



Hi everyone! I hope all is well out there in the great wide world. First, I want to thank everyone who left such wonderful, supportive comments on my last few posts. I have very few friends that I see regularly, and was nice to have your support and prayers. It feels like I have some special, fabulous friends out there and you are all fantastic! Thank you!!

Our world feels like a snow globe right now. As if someone had picked up our tiny universe, shook it violently and put it back on the shelf to settle. Occasionally, we get picked up again, shaken, and now we are waiting for things to reach some sort of routine. My mother-in-law is staying with us for the time being. There is no other place we would rather her be, and the children absolute adore having her at the table and to talk to. She and her husband were married 52 years. Her world not only has been shaken, but completed blown apart. My husband's parents are/were his best friends, and although he his doing well, the loss of his father is the most painful blow he has ever experienced. Also, to top off the list, my husband's close friend, lost his father on Saturday. There will not be a service for my father-in-law until the spring, but we couldn't avoid a funeral, as we will be attending the one for his friend's dad tomorrow. Fate arrives in three's. I hadn't mentioned it before, but two weeks ago, I attended a funeral for a close friend of my mother's family.

God willing, the rest of the season will be calm and quiet. I have been struggling with all the changes to our home and routine. The dining room/playroom is now a bedroom and my craft/business closet is now a jumbled heap in the room above our garage. It is hard to welcome another in our home and not upset the delicate balancing act we are all doing. Family has been visiting every evening and the house has been a buzz with laughter, tears, and ciaos for close to a week now. The children are getting by the best of any of us, I think, as they don't understand the recent events very well. I have dreamed of a three generation home for years. It seems to be best for the children and helps keep the family close and safe. Now that it is here, the changes are fast and furious, but I think, after things have calmed we will all be OK.

Now, enough whining.. I let my husband and mother-in-law pick the winning numbers randomly and they picked #'s two and seven. So.. Mary will be receiving the icicles and Rhondamum will be getting the craft basket... thank you for all the comments and if I had to guess, my shop will closed for sometime. I do hope to post about my crafty adventures and have more giveaways. It makes me so happy to be able to send off pretty packages to others.. perhaps it's time to join some of the great swaps out there in bloggerville. I hope everyone is appreciating and loving their family, enjoy! (Mary and Rhonda, I just need your snail mail addresses emailed to me..)
♥ Abbie


10 comments:

Rhondamum said...

So glad you are back! I've missed your winter wonderland. Stay strong and thank you so much for my goodie. Can't wait!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

That snow has to settle eventually. Be strong and take good care of yourself and your family. My prayers are with you.

Hugs,
Dena

ELLIE said...

Abbie---so glad to hear from you again...
Again I am sorry for your family's loss...things will settle again and then life will be back to "normal". I think it is great for you all to have your Mother in law with you and your kids will have some great time with their grandmother....family is so important!!!
Please take care of you...and if you need anything or someone to talk to - you know where I am at...
Peace--Ellie

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Be strong, Abbie Dear, you are your family's center and through it all, you will become even closer to your family and more secure in your self.

Anke said...

HI Abbie, send you a lot of strength over there. To loose somebody so close and especially after 52 years married must be soooo hard for your husbands mother. I don't know how I would deal with a close loss. I'm actually really afraid of loosing somebody real close. Hope the snow in your snow ball settles soon. Lot's of smiles and hugs your way!

Mary said...

Oh dear Abbie, every change in our lives brings with it a chance to learn and grow. And sometimes growing is a painful thing! But I'm sure God has also given you the strength to cope. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thanks so much for the gift!
xoxo,
Mary

Betty Jewels said...

HI Abbie,
First off...I'm really sorry about your loss. I hope you and your family are well considering the circumstances.
I had emailed you on etsy about vintage brooklyn/coney island maps and you had responded saying you had some. do you still? I would love them! I can obviously wait until Jan or whenever you are ready to open up your etsy shop again.
Best wishes and have a safe holiday!
--Mattie aka Betty Jewels.

Rachel said...

Hi Abbie, Sorry to hear about your husband's father. Hope he and his mom are doing OK. That's good he is such good friends with his parents.
Is it possible to subscribe to your blog so I know when you update it? If not, would be nice to add that feature if it's not too complicated. I know with some other blogs you can do that.
Cousin Rachel

Rachel said...

Cute new title you have: whimsy of a staggering woman

Junie Moon said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your father-in-law. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.