Monday, November 28, 2011

One Breath at a Time and Sweet Stitching Buddies

They say one picture is worth a thousand words so I'll try to let the pics speak for me.
It all started when my daughter Tami and I went to our LNS, the Cross Stitch Peddler to meet a dear stitching buddy from North Carolina who was going to be in our area  for one day...Deb Stevens. This was November 1st.

This is what we saw when we entered the door...and some of them are in another room shopping...Deb wasn't even in this room. There were 11 beautiful ladies awaiting our arrival along with Marlene, lns owner.
It was something they had been planning for months along with my dd Tami and Marlene. A surprise gathering for Babs and Tami but someone had to  help them get it altogether because none of them had ever been to our town.

A kiss from Georgia who came from Canada...

There was some shopping going on...Angela who came from England.
And here is Deb, the only one I thought would be there...she's shopping too.

And don't you know when the cash register starts singing, you always look the other way, lol? That's what it looks like Georgia is thinking anyway.

These gals had met up in Nashville to spend five wonderful days of stitching, sharing, celebrating halloween festivities and planning how they were going to surprise me the next day. Some of the gifts from them included....well, just look

Now is a good time to say that I was overwhelmed with their thoughtfulness, generosity and love so I did what any southern gal would do....I cried.  And see the little name tag? This is yet another gift for the whole bunch made by Julie and Becky of In the Company of Friends and  gifted to us. The little bit of lace/w name by Georgia I think. They thought of everything. That's Sally beside me and there is a whole story about Sally I will share with you another time.
Now, here is the really sweet part...why they did all this. They know I'm on oxygen and have some bad days. They also knew the chances of me ever making one of their gatherings was very slim. So, they brought the gathering to me. I had said one day in a post to the group something about taking it one breath at a time, and the idea was born. Have a look.

Notice the one breath at a time on two of them?
Now look at the back of the others.
Next up...

now the back

The group
back row: Benita, my dd Tami, Angela, Vickey Georgia, Nita, Deborah, Deb, and Sharron
front row: Donna, Mary, Babs, Sally

where else but Cracker Barrel?
my sweet daughter Tami on the right who was taking all the pictures and in few of them

More beautiful stitchy stuff to come later!


Thoeria said...

What a lovely group of friends you have Babs :) That is such a special gift - friendship that good! I love the little ornies with the sentiment "one breathe at a time" on them - can fully understand why you cried. You're a very lucky lady with a super group of stitching pals :)

Ruth said...

What a wonderful surprise Babs and I'm not surprised that you were overwhelemed. What a wonderful group of friends that would do that for you and I love the saying you all have. The pictures do indeed say a thousand words

Maggee said...

How wonderful of your daughter and friends to plan such a great outing for you! I am SURE I would have cried too! Stitchers have such 'BIG' hearts! Hugs!

Teresa said...

How awesome....what a blessing our friends our.

Cindy said...

awww Babs, what a wonderful surprise :D .. i bet you were just overwhelmed! lovely day you had! Hope you are feeling better now too. Have a great week. [Hugs]

Rita said...

What a wonderful surprise. I don't have to tell you that you're blessed with some beautiful friends.

Mouse said...

awww what a lovely surprise and those gifts were lovely :) hope you have recovered from the shock love mouse xxxx

Jackie said...

What a beautiful gathering of friends Babs and it sure sounds you had a wonderful time. I love the gifties they did for you, one breath at a time, living each breath to its fullest.
I sure enjoyed reading your story and many Thanks to the photographers to include your DD for taking the pics allowing you to share such joy with us.
Blessings and blessings to you.

Karen said...

I'm so happy for you, Babs, it sounds like you had a wonderful time with some wonderful people!

DJ said...

Oh Babs, what a wonderful surprise! I'm sure all that love wrapped up in the gifts and the hugs you received did so much to heal some hurts from the inside out. What a lovely thoughtful thing for all of them to do. I wish I could have been there to give you a hug too. You have blessed me and so many others, you deserve to be pampered too! Love the new heading on your blog!! *hugs*

Brigitte said...

I had a lot of fun reading this post and looking at all the pictures. This group of stitchers is definitely a very special one. Enjoy the wonderful gifts they made for you.

Kathy Ellen said...

You must be a truly wonderful person, Babs, that all of your dear friends gathered together for such a special and memorable occasion with you. You are blessed beyond measure! Their handmade gifts for you are so special and I know that you will treasure them always, as mementos of your true and lasting friendships.

God Bless You Always!

Siobhan said...

I'm sitting here bawling like a baby. Oh my gosh--what an amazing group of friends and a very special DD that organized that. Wow. Just so nice.

dixiesamplar said...

O.M.G...what a blessing your family and friends are!!! What a truly loving thing for all of them to do for you...a testament to the kind of lady you are that they would make such an effort!!

And those ornies are absolutely beautiful...such a touching story, and one that made me cry like a baby at work, LOL!