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Well, it’s been a long time again, hasn’t it? I feel very out of touch with you all after spending most of the past three weeks caring for my mom and helping her get stronger. But, today, I have one word for my life and that is grateful–I am truly filled with gratitude.

Just two short months ago, mom was on the very edge of leaving this world. And, last Friday, guess what??? She was released / kicked out / graduated (whatever you want to call it) from hospice!

Yes, she no longer was deemed ill enough to be under hospice care so they could no longer provide their services. The hospice nurse was so happy as she said that is not something she sees in her profession very often. She credited the tender loving care and support that mom received from her family with her truly miraculous recovery.

I am so filled with gratitude that I get to spend more time with her and very hopeful that she’ll live to see a few more family milestones–even at the ripe old age of 93!

Therefore, my latest finish (which I began way before mom got so ill), is especially meaningful to me. I put the last stitches in it while sitting with her on her couch as we chatted away… This is “Heart Full Of Gratitude” by Cottage Garden Samplings. Stitched on 40 ct. pearl gray Newcastle with the suggested overdyed threads, this has to be my favorite one of the Songbird’s Garden Series so far… The colors are just luscious, aren’t they?”Heart Full of Gratitude” finish

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And the details… all so beautifully designed and thought out by Vinniey, the designer at Cottage Garden Samplings. Little pink houses (for you and me!)The handsome Dark-Eyed JuncoThe stunning shades of pink, mauve, and crimson in the roses

One word: GRATITUDE!

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