I look at birthdays as a celebration of gratitude because they make me count and share my blessings. Summer in my house is the season of gratitude because all of us have summer birthdays. My mid-July birthday is sandwiched between my son in June and my daughter on July 30.
July 30 is always a special day for me because it’s the day I became a mom. Oh, I know my daughter Janelle thinks it’s her special birthday because she’s turning 21 this year. But my heart is just leaping with gratitude – my firstborn is 21, about to enter her senior year of college and she’s a fine, healthy, young lady! Can you ask for anything more that?
During our month-long birthday celebration, I like to spend time with family. In fact, we just returned from a family reunion on the beach in New Jersey (surely next time there will be flattering lighting and clothing to camouflage the aging process!). There were 30+ of us, four generations, all grateful to be together, to catch up on old times and to wonder at what the future holds. I kept hearing this current of gratitude from all the family members. Grateful for the elderly who could attend, grateful for the laughs left by those who passed ahead of us, grateful for the cooperating weather and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean that tossed us around like seaweed.
That current of gratitude makes its way into every phase of my life. As the summer winds down and my kids prepare to go back to college, I start itching to share my gratitude with other embroiderers. Even though I get to do that in the pages of Designs, there’s really nothing like sharing my gratitude in person. And the only way I know how to do that is by sharing what I’ve learned about this fun hobby in person. My Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno, and I hit the road again in September. We kick off at the Creative Sewing Center in San Antonio, TX (Sept. 10-11) then head to Sewing Machines Plus in San Marcos, CA (Sept 17-18). October finds us at Missouri Sewing in Kansas City (Oct. 1-2) and at Kingdom Sewing in Simi Valley (Oct. 15-16). Our last stop for 2010 is at Sprinkles Sewing in Pueblo, CO on Nov. 12-13.
If you want to learn more, click on the new tab at the top the blog, Stitching Sisters Events. You’ll also find the schedule for 2011. Check it out and mark your calendars.
In the meantime, the Designs team is busy compiling a list of all your comments from last week! I love hearing from you and last week’s comments will really help us steer the direction of the magazine.
Last week’s lucky winner of the Embroidery Tool Kit is…Sonya Porter!
Sonya Porter I am interested in embellishing blanks for casual wear. This includes baby’s & kids clothes, as well as for the mature woman. I have a new niece (just turned 1 yr) and a new great nephew (just turned 1 month). It is so much fun to make things for them. I’m also interested in making practical quick gift items for Christmas, birthdays, house warmings, baby showers, etc. Quick tips on techniques and organizing are always welcome, as well as reviews on the latest software, gadgets to use with my Singer XL6000 (or any machine).
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