I've been gone a long time. Didn't realize it had been so long! I've been thinking about posting for some time now, just haven't been able to.
I've spent the last five months recovering from a severe rash and side effects from the steroid I was given to treat the rash. I came into contact with ONE ragweed plant that caused a severe rash after sun exposure. Hubby said the rash I got from that one plant is way worse than any poison ivy he has ever had. Although much better, I still have the rash and still dealing with the side effects from the steroid.
In late October, my mother-in-law got very sick, developed sepsis and went into septic shock. She managed to call for the ambulance and unlock the door for them, but then collapsed. She was unresponsive, had no blood pressure and her heart rate was below 30. The paramedics got her to the ER where the doctor and nurses began working on her. In our rural area, the ER stabilizes patients enough to transfer them to one of the bigger cities hours away. My MIL was transferred to a bigger hospital 90 minutes away, where they began intensive treatment. All of her organs had begun to shut down and her condition was very grave. The doctors started six or seven different IV antibiotics, administered 4 units of blood and prepared her to be transferred to another, even bigger hospital another 90 minutes away. After my MIL was lifeflighted to the other hospital, she went in to surgery to have the infection drained and treated. She spent two weeks in the hospital and was transferred to a local rehab facility, where she is still receiving treatment. She has been making progress and we're hoping she'll be home mid to late January.
Even with everything going on, I have some stitching to share.
I stitched and finished these in February. Loveable Petites by Little House Needleworks, Love You Too freebie by Hands on Design, and Love freebie by Erin Elizabeth.
In April, I decided to try one over one on 25 count natural Lugana. Still not a fan of over one. Pattern is Without Ceasing by Sweet Wing Studio. Chose my own Classic Colorworks colors.
My annual ornaments gifted to family members for Christmas this year are from Annie Beez 2019 Country Christmas series. These were stitched on various 32 count fabrics from my stash and stitched with a combination of Sulky Cotton Petites and DMC. Hubby cut out and finished the wooden ornament shape.
The ornament for my grandson is another design from the Prairie Schooler Button Up booklet. This is the fourth ornament from the booklet that I've stitched for him.
You may remember that my youngest daughter and her Army unit deployed to Romania in June 2022 for 9-12 months. In February, she let us know that she would be returning home between April and June and then I didn't hear from her after that. I was getting worried. I kept asking my oldest daughter if she had heard from her sister. My oldest daughter said no, but she thought their unit was just busy with everything going on.
One March day, with my daughter's help, my grandson video called me, as he often does. He asked if we could come to dinner that evening. I thought we were getting together to celebrate my son-in-law's birthday that was a few days earlier. To my surprise, my youngest daughter had returned from deployment and come for dinner! Every family member knew she was coming, except me! I found out later that my youngest daughter somehow blocked me from getting any messages or social media posts so that the surprise could be carried out. We are so very happy to have her home from deployment.
She was able to join us for Thanksgiving this year and her boyfriend, Colton joined us as well. After dinner and after almost everyone had gone home, Colton asked to speak to Hubby in private.
A few days later, SHE SAID YES!
We were able to camp many weekends over the summer and enjoyed camping with our oldest daughter, son-in-law and grandson several of those weekends.
We had a family get-together in June and got this photo of my mom with almost all of her great-grandsons. Mom has 11 great-grandsons, with 10 of them ranging in age from 2 months old to seven years old and her oldest great-grandson (not pictured) turning 21 this year. In the photo above, the boys on the left side are the triplets and their older brother, the one my mom is holding and the boys to the right are all my nephew's boys and all the way over to the right is my grandson, who refused to join the group.