It's been one week since I headed off to Louisiana and the Old Fashioned Baby Sewing and Spiritual Retreat. I must still be on vacation mode. Not much has been accomplished since my return!
My project is still in pieces: a sweet yoke embellished with yummy Swiss embroidery, French lace and tucks, and a skirt embellished with more tucks and Swiss edging. The end result will be a darling little slip dress with delicate embroidery above the skirt's tucks.
It will be finished someday soon, I promise!
The retreat was three blissful days of fun, friends, fellowship and stitching!
Jeannie and Belinda did a fantastic job of spoiling each and every one of us. These are just a few of the special favors and mementos.
There was also time for Bible study, a renewal and strengthening of faith and spirit.
It could not come at a more appropriate time for me.
It was one year ago today that I underwent the first of three eye surgeries.
I try very hard to put this all behind and forge ahead. I do not want to dwell on the past.
However, it has been on my mind so much as this anniversary approached.
I want to forget the anger, fear and pain.
I want to open my eyes each morning and not be afraid.
I am not sure that will ever happen.
There is so much goodness I want to always remember.
I never want to forget how I was held in the strong and loving arms of a great God.
I never want to forget how so many of you reached out to me and my family, surrounded us with your prayers, and carried us when we stumbled in our faith and hope.
I still miss my contact lenses!
I still hate to wear glasses.
I am so thankful for the vision I have.
I am becoming used to dark dancing blobs, and don't try to chase as many imaginary creatures darting across the floor, or swat as many fantasy flies.
Artificial tears have become my constant companion, as has smudged mascara!
All in all, I am blessed.
Each of you are part of that blessing.
The following verse became one of my favorites this past year. It was also one read this past weekend.
Maybe so, or maybe not.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.