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Wow!!  Has it really been 5 months since I last posted?  It really doesn’t seem like it has been that long but I guess time flies when your having fun.

The past 5 months have been a whirlwind for me.  Just shortly after my last post we took a much needed trip to Avon, North Carolina for some sun, sand and surf.  We had a nice time and even stopped for a night in Williamsburg Virginia on our way home.  I can’t seem to get enough of that place!

Not long after our beach trip we lost power for several days due to the Derecho storms that passed through our area.  My daughter and I didn’t hang around long for that, we packed up the car and headed to my mother-in-laws in North Carolina for a visit.  We really did make lemonade out of lemons because we had a really nice visit and got to go to Ikea for the first time.  Unfortunately my husband had to stay behind to hold down the fort and go to work.  I think we were without power for a total of 4 nights and we sustained minimal damage.  We lost half of a pear tree, had a water leak in the bedroom and lost a refrigerator full of food.  It could have been much worse and was for many people.

As I told you in my last post I finally finished my “It is Well” sampler.  I entered it in the West Virginia state fair and won a blue ribbon in the sampler category.  I was so thrilled, I nearly squealed when I saw it had won.  I am still attending sampler club and learning new things but I have yet to start a new sampler.  I have some ideas but I am just not sure what I want to do so I am taking a break from sampler creating for now.

 

I have finished some small things and I am nearing the end of my Seaside Memories Sampler by The Sampler Girl.  I have three other projects in the works right now, “Merry Christmas to Ewe” by Brenda Gervais, still working on the Mary Victor sampler from the Examplarery (which I don’t think I will ever finish), and I just started on the “American Sampler” from Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine from March 2011, which is going to be a challenge for me.  Not to mention I am dying to start “Hallow Wee House” by Chessie & Me, I love these little kits!  They are so fun to stitch!

Joyous Heart-ornament & fob (Homespun Elegance)

Glory House (Chessie & Me), Winter Squirrel (Victoria Sampler), A Little Love (Lizzie Kate), Joyous Heart-ornament &fob (Homespun Elegance)
 

I sat down to stitch for a little while last evening and realized that I could not find my favorite pair of Dovo Hardanger scissors (pictured above).  I started thinking about where I had been and the last time I saw them and remembered I was at the Toyota dealership getting my oil changed.  I always take something to stitch when I have to wait.  Sure enough, I called and they had my scissors!!  I guess I need to make something to tie them around my neck because apparently the fob didn’t keep me from loosing them.  I must be more careful with my expensive scissors.  Big huge thank you to whoever found them and turned them in!!!  

I hope everyone is warm and safe.  My heart is so heavy for everyone who has been affected by the recent hurricane, super-storm.  So many here in my state of WV are suffering without electricity in freezing temperatures.  In our higher elevations roofs are collapsing due to the heavy snow.  We were very blessed, we only lost power for one day this time and didn’t have as much snow as others around us, even 6 miles down the highway they had several inches more.  Please remember everyone that was in the path of this horrendous storm and keep them in your prayers.

Well hopefully I won’t wait so long to check back in with you all.  Now that summer and volleyball season are over I hope to be able to get some stitching done as well as some blogging.  Until then everyone take care!!

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Hello and welcome to my new followers, I am so glad you are following my little blog.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!  We sure did, we started our day at church, had a delicious dinner, gorgeous weather and of course after that I fell asleep and didn’t get up until 7:30 P.M., I must have been tired.

 I did get a little stitching done this weekend, my progress is very slow on my “It Is Well” sampler.  I am almost done, I have about 4 more rows of straight stitches to add to my Bargello, and I have to redo a few rows at the top below the alphabet that I am not happy with and then I will be finished.  I would love to drop this off to Patty @ Village Sampler by Friday!!  It’s not looking promising since today I haven’t picked up a needle.  But I have plans to work some tonight, hubby is picking up pizza on the way home and I am going to stitch away and watch the voice.  I love to stitch while watching television, sometimes I get lucky and my daughter, joins me.

Progress on “It Is Well”

There are so many pretty flowers blooming here at Maple Cottage, I took several pictures yesterday to share with you.

Bleeding Heart
Japanese Lilac
Azalea

Lilly Of The Valley

I hope you have enjoyed my spring blooms, next time I will share some pictures of the new babies living in my tree.

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Greetings to you from my pollen filled neck of the woods!!  Is it as yellow in your area as it is in mine?  It’s pretty terrible here, yellow sneezing powder everywhere.  I battle asthma and allergies 365 days a year, I get allergy shots which are helping little by little but sometimes there just isn’t enough medicine or immunotherapy to combat the seasons changing save a bubble to live in.  So to make a long story short, I haven’t gotten much stitching done lately.  I don’t know about you but when I don’t feel well I don’t feel like stitching either.  I did manage to finish reading Nicholas Sparks “The Best of Me”, WOW, can’t wait for the movie, I will be there with my case of Kleenex!  I love his books, but are they ever hard on my emotions.  I got to see him at our 2010 Kanawaha County Public Library Book Fair, my daughter and I got our books signed and had our picture made behind him.  Diana Gabaldon was there the next day, my other favorite author, it was the best book fair ever!!

Me and Nicholas Sparks, could I have smiled any bigger?

I did work on my “It Is Well” sampler last weekend, I started the bargello section which will be the final section.  However everything I got done I had to rip out because I didn’t graph it, I winged it and it didn’t look right so I started over.  I’m glad I did start over otherwise it wouldn’t have looked right and I wouldnt’ have been satisfied with it.  It looks great!!  I’m hoping to have it completed in the next few weeks so I can take it to Village Sampler to be framed.  I can’t wait!!  Oh and I did manage to get Miss Maple Darling to the groomer this week, she looks like a new dog and she smells amazing.  I’m threatening to take Miss Daphne Darling for a lion cut, she would be furious.

Can you see all the glitter?  Just call her glitter puppy.

My daughter is on spring break this week so I am hoping to get some stitching done, unless she has other plans for me.  I’m already hearing talk about shopping, sleep overs and the Hunger Games movie, so who knows how much of anything I will get done.  Hopefully I will be feeling better and can fulfill my duty as her activities director (Is my sarcastic tone coming through here?).  I liked them much better when they were 3 and didn’t have their own social lives outside of kindermusic, Bear and the Big Blue House and nap time.  I never dreamed that toddlers were easier than teens, boy was I in for a rude awakening!

Hair cuts make her sleepy.
She’s out.

Well, I have rambled enough, just wanted to check in.  Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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I have decided to call my Sampler Club Sampler the “It Is Well” sampler, because it just needs a name besides my Sampler Club sampler.  So how did I arrive at that name?  From the Hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” by Horatio Spafford.  I was going to add another bible verse to my sampler but after adding the ship and the waves I decided instead to add the first portion of one of my favorite hymns.  I felt like the hymn would fit right along with the stormy theme of my sampler, and the storms of life were something Horatio knew well.  While my life has never known tragedy and trial such as Horatio knew, the past year of my life has been stormy and rough for my family.  When I started this sampler it was just a sampler but through the year it has become much more.  It represents to me a reminder of life’s trials and storms while trusting God to see me through them, a reminder of the great times had at Village Sampler with new friends and also a reminder of wonderful times spent at the seashore with my family.   The verse Psalm 107:29, the saying “Through the storm you do not walk alone and the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” have been a great comfort and inspiration to me through this past year.

Here is Horatio Spaffords story:
In the late 1860s life was good for Horatio G. Spafford and his wife Anna. They were living in a north side suburb of Chicago with their five children, Annie, Maggie, Bessie, Tanetta and Horatio, Jr. He had a successful law practice in Chicago. The doors of the Spaffords’ home were always open as a place for activists to meet during the reform movements of the time. Horatio G. Spafford was quite active in the abolitionist movement. Frances E. Willard, president of the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union as well as evangelical leaders like Dwight L. Moody were often guests in their home. Spafford was a Presbyterian church elder and a dedicated Christian.
Until now Horatio and Anna Spafford had led a charmed life. They had everything going their way. However, in 1870 their faith was tested by tragedy. Their four year old son, Horatio, Jr., died of scarlet fever. The Spaffords were devastated. In October of 1871 when the Great Chicago Fire broke out Horatio faced another test of his faith. A few months before the Great Chicago Fire, Spafford being a wealthy man, had invested much of his wealth in real estate by the shore of Lake Michigan. Not only did the Great Chicago Fire destroy most of Chicago but most of Spafford’s holdings were destroyed. 250 people died in the Great Chicago Fire and 90,000 were left homeless.

The Spaffords did not despair. Their home had been spared and they had their family. God had been good. Even though their finances were mostly depleted, Anna and Horatio used what resources they had left to feed the hungry, help the homeless, care for the sick and injured and comfort their grief stricken neighbors. The Great Chicago Fire was a great American tragedy; the Spaffords used it to show the love of the Christ to those in need.

In 1873 Anna Spafford’s health was failing and hoping to put behind the tragic loss of their son and the fire and to benefit Anna’s health, the Spaffords planned a trip to Europe. They would sail on the French steamer Ville du Havre to Europe with their four daughters. Spafford not only wanted to visit Europe but he wanted to assist Evangelists Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey in a revival they were conducting in England.

Moody and Sankey had met at a convention of the Young Men’s Christian Association in Indianapolis in 1870. After hearing Sankey sing, Moody at once invited him to come to Chicago and assist him in his evangelist work there. Ira D. Sankey considered Moody’s invitation and after much thought and prayer, decided to accept. Six months later he joined Moody in Chicago.

Dwight L. Moody and Ira Sankey were in the middle of a revival meeting when the Great Chicago Fire broke out in 1871. Moody and Sankey barely escaped Chicago with their lives. It is said that Sankey was on a row boat a long distance out in Lake Michigan where he watched as Chicago burned. With most of Chicago having been destroyed, Moody and Sankey decided to accept an invitation to visit England. In 1873 Moody and Sankey started a work in England. Moody and Sankey made such a profound impression in England their names became household words all over Europe.

The Spaffords planed to leave in November on their voyage to Europe. As sometimes happens, God had other plans for Horatio G. Spafford. The day they were to sail for Europe Spafford had a business emergency and could not leave. Not wanting to disappoint his wife Anna and their daughters he sent them on ahead and planned to follow on another ship in a few days. Accompanying Anna Spafford were her French governess, Emma Lorriaux, several friends and several ministers.

On November 22, 1873 the steamer Ville du Havre was struck by a British iron sailing ship, the Lockhearn. The steamer Ville du Havre, with Anna Spafford and her daughters aboard, sank within twelve minutes in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Only 81 of the 307 passengers and crew members survived this tragic shipwreck.

Even though the Lockhearn was in danger of sinking the unconscious Anna Spafford was picked up from floating debris by the crew of the Lockhearn. An American cargo sailing vessel, the Trimountain, arrived in time to save the survivors of the Ville du Havre and the Lockhearn. Anna Spafford was taken to Cardiff, Wales where she telegraphed her husband Horatio. Anna’s cable was brief and heartbreaking, “Saved alone. What shall I do…” Horatio and Anna’s four daughters had drowned. As soon as he received Anna’s telegram, Horatio left Chicago without delay to bring his wife home. Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean the captain of the ship called Horatio to the bridge. He informed Horatio that “A careful reckoning has been made and I believe we are now passing the place where the Ville du Havre was wrecked. The water is three miles deep.” That night, alone in his cabin Horatio G. Spafford penned the words to his famous hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.” Horatio’s faith in God never faltered. He later wrote Anna’s half-sister, “On Thursday last we passed over the spot where she went down, in mid-ocean, the waters three miles deep. But I do not think of our dear ones there. They are safe, folded, the dear lambs.”

The following account is taken from the Christian History Institute.

“Anna Spafford later spoke of being sucked violently downward. Baby Tanetta was torn from her arms by a collision with some heavy debris, with a blow so violent that Anna’s arm was severely bruised. She flailed at the water trying to catch her baby. Anna caught Tanetta’s gown for just a moment before another smashing blow tore the little girl out of her arms forever. Reaching out again, all she could find was a man’s leg in corduroy trousers. Anna, barely conscious, was then swirled about in a whirlpool before surfacing near the Loch Earn. She instinctively clung on to a small plank and the next thing she recalled was the splash of an oar as she lay at the bottom of a small boat. Bruised and sick, her long hair was matted with salt and her dressing gown shredded. But the pain in her body was nothing compared to the pain in her heart as she realized that her four daughters had been lost in the disaster. A young male passenger, afloat on a piece of wood, came upon Maggie and Annie, the two oldest Spafford children. At his direction, each girl grasped one of his side pockets as he tried to find a board large enough to support all three of them. After about 30 or 40 minutes in the water, he found a piece of wreckage and struggled to help the two young girls climb atop the board. But as he watched, their weary arms weakened, and he saw their eyes close. Their lifeless forms floated away from his own fatigue-paralyzed arms. No clues ever surfaced about the fate of little Bessie.”

After Anna was rescued, Pastor Nathaniel Weiss, one of the ministers traveling with Anna and Horatio’s group remembered hearing Anna say, “God gave me four daughters. Now they have been taken from me. Someday I will understand why.” Anna was utterly devastated. Many of the survivors watched Anna closely, fearing she may try to take her life. In her grief and despair, Anna heard a soft voice speaking to her, “You were saved for a purpose!” It was then Anna remembered something a friend had once said, “It’s easy to be grateful and good when you have so much, but take care that you are not a fair-weather friend to God.”

Following their reunion in Europe, Horatio and Anna returned to Chicago to begin their lives again. God blessed Anna and Horatio with three children. They had a son in 1876, again called “Horatio.” Not so much for his father but for their lost son. In 1878 their daughter Bertha was born. Tragically, when little Horatio reached the age of 4 just as his brother before him, he died from scarlet fever. In 1880 Anna and Horatio had another daughter they called Grace. After the loss of little Horatio, the Spaffords decided to leave their home in America and settle in Jerusalem. In September of 1881 the Spaffords and a few of their friends left America for Israel.

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul!”

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to His Cross, and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend –
“Even so, it is well with my soul”

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live;
If dark hours about me shall roll
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

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The ship, waves and compass all from “Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly” by Tricia Wilson Nguyen for Refined Inc.  The star motifs are from “A Stitchers Journey” p.33 by Blackbird Designs.

Disclaimer:
 All materials for this sampler have been purchased by me for my own personal use, this sampler is being done for my own personal use and at no time in the future will be duplicated.

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