Saturday, March 20, 2010

Week 10

Still catching up...

Our dear friends from the UK came by for the night. Every time Gwen and I get together, we inevitably make something. This time, I showed her an ipod stand that I saw on Etsy. We batted around ideas on how it was made. Gwen was ready to go home and make a pattern from a PG Tips tea bag. Then it came to her. My machine was set up and ready to go, so we made a few prototypes and eventually came up with what we wanted. Check it out. Super simple!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Week 9

The Brown family going away gift was pretty special, if you ask me. I took pictures of letters that are in different places around our village. The B is from the local backerei (bakery), R from our favorite get the drift. I would hope that our friends look back on the places they have driven past or been to these past couple of years with fond memories. We sure will miss them!

A Rough Week

I am a little behind in the crafting department. Last week was one of the hardest weeks of my life.

Tuesday, our dear friends moved back to the States. How I will miss Claudia's laugh and our easy conversations. She has a wicked sense of humor and is the life of any party!

Thursday, by far, the hardest day of my life, thus far. Our dear Gracie girl died. I am still grieving for my first baby. It sounds ridiculous, but she was my Gracie Girl. She died peacefully that afternoon. I don't wish this situation on my worst enemy. My heart hurts and I miss her dearly. She was an old girl, and just slept most of the day, but I miss the jingling of her tags, her velvet ears, her chestnut brown eyes, her purring noise when she stretched and a million other things. A coworker gave me "Dog Heaven" by Cynthia Rowland to read to Henry. It was a sweet book. A part of the book mentioned that Angel Children walk the Angel Dogs back to earth so they can check up on their families. Mark made me feel good the other day. He said he sometimes sees her in the corner or basking in the ray of sun that comes in through the front window. An Angel Child must be walking our girl. She is checking up on us to make sure we are ok. I like to think that- it comforts me.

And to finish the horrible week, Mark had shoulder surgery. He was a star patient and is now comfortably recovering at home.

So forgive me if I am a few weeks behind. Life is throwing some curve balls and I'm not a good ball player.

Gracie Woodbury Stowe
October 14, 1996- March 4, 2010