Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Long Overdue Update

Hello, Everyone,

I know it's been so long since I've written in this space. I have been busier than I've ever been. I figured that I probably don't have any, or many, readers left; but then a couple of ladies contacted me asking how we've been. That really touched me to know that someone actually cared and was thinking of us. So I thought in case there were others that I would do a little update.

As you many of you will remember, our daughter Kimberly was married. Then they had a baby. Well, our sweet little grandson is almost 1 now. My, how time flies! Her husband joined the Air Force, and they are stationed in Italy for 3 1/2 years. They are loving it! We are enjoying the pictures she posts on Facebook. Such an amazing place. They are very lucky to have this opportunity. They will have beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. We are able to keep in touch through Facebook, Skype and talking on the phone using MagicJack. What a difference it makes. It makes them seem not so far away.

Here is a picture of myself with our oldest daughter who is now 25 and Kimberly as a baby.


Here is Kimberly with her son.


And their family picture.


Going back a little bit, here are a few wedding shots. A couple with Marty and I and one with our son Matthew, Age 4 at the time, as the ring bearer and Samantha as the flower girl. Matthew pulled Samantha in a wagon decorated with tulle down the aisle.






And here are a few pictures of our children still home.

Emily, 13.


Martin, 11.



Matthew, 6 at the end of this month, wearing Daddy's glasses.


And Samantha, 2.





Marty is still doing well and is fully recovered. We are two years out from his heart attack. Emily has started a little blog, Fashionista Emily. Emily and Martin are enjoying scouting with American Heritage Girls and Trail Life. Matthew loves to build with all kinds of building toys and run and play. Samantha is doing very well. She is healthy and has a wonderful bubbly personality. She loves to sing and bounce to the music. She has four therapists that come each week and will until she's 3, developmental, speech, Occupational and physical. She is very bright and picks things up very quickly. Her language is good. She speaks clearly and has over 70 words. She is behind physically, but the therapists say that will come in time. We are working to help her strengthen her core. She is not crawling or walking yet, but we are hoping that in the coming months she will be able to do that.

I think about sewing quite often and keep hoping I'll find the time. And if I do, I will of course share that with you here.

I would love to hear how you are doing as well.

30 comments:

  1. So nice hearing from you Trudy. I'm glad you and your family are doing well!

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    1. You such a wonderful person and have always been a faithful reader. Thank you for that.

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  3. Good to hear from you! Your family is beautiful! You certainly are a busy lady!

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    1. Thank you, Jenny. It's so wonderful that so many are happy to hear from me. I am overwhelmed by that. I just didn't expect it. I want you to know that I have always loved your blog and all of the beautiful things you make. You always look so cute!

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  4. So glad to hear you all are doing well!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah. It is so wonderful hearing from you!

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  5. Glad things are going well! Your family is beautiful and spending time nurturing them is much more important than sewing! I know this first hand as sewing has taken a back burner (more like it actually moved out into the neighbor's yard) in my life for the past few years since I homeschool my four children now and my youngest is also battling leukemia. Yes, like your hubby's heart attack and having a child with Down's Syndrome, cancer is very scary and a road that is difficult to travel down, however I continue to praise God that my son is doing well and that his prognosis excellent. I pray it's His will to cure my little Andy and have him be a shining testimony of God's merciful hand. Life is full of twists and turns we never anticipate, but we must make the best of each day and be thankful for our many blessings. Looking forward to your next installment, even if it's a year from now. :-)

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    1. I am so sorry you are going through so much. Thank you for your encouragement to be thankful for our many blessings and to make the best of each day. It is such a good reminder to me. I am praying for your sweet and precious little Andy and do hope that God brings him complete healing. Thank you so much for leaving a comment. It is such a blessing to hear from you.

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  6. Oooooooooo, glad so glad you made a post. You don't know me but I've missed you, I know life bring priorities and you must do what a wife, mother must do to take care of her family. But selfishness prevails. Good to know that you and family is doing well. God is good and all the time God is good. Continue to be blessed.

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    1. Thank you so much. You are so right. It was so nice hearing from you. You are a blessing.

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  7. What a wonderful surprise it is to see an update from you, Trudy. I think about you often. The family is really frowing up. I can't believe that Emily is now 13!!! Wow. Life must keep you terribly busy.

    Thank heavens for technology to keep you close to your little family in Italy. It is a great experience for them. I so enjoyed seeing updated photos of all the children. Has it really been two years since Sam was born? Oh my!

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    1. You are so sweet. Thank you for being a faithful reader and caring about our family. You have a special place in my heart.

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  8. It's so nice to hear from you! It sounds like things are going well for you and your family. I hope you can find some time to sew.

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    1. Me too! I'm going to try. It's so important to me and so therapeutic.

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  9. So nice to hear from you again Trudy! and I am so glad everything is going so well for your gorgeous family :)

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn. You are one of the sweetest and most talented people I know. I have kept up with your blog, albeit sporadically, with so much going on in my life at the moment. But I do pop in and catch up often. Keep sewing. You inspire me.

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  10. Thank you for the news. I am so glad to hear that you and your family are doing well. you are not forgotten in our sewing blogosphere, you know. Hopefully, you'll fine some time to sew sooner or later..

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    1. I've never forgotten you either. You were one of mine and Emily's first readers and always so sweet to comment and leave an encouraging word.

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  11. Wow! I didn't know you were all still here! I can't tell how much it means to me to hear from you and know how much you care! You are so sweet and really made my day.

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  12. Trudy, so happy to see this update. I have not been doing sassylassie blog as I have changed directions in my life and am in graduate school to become an occupational therapist. I miss sewing too... and knitting... and many other things I used to do. But I love the field of OT and know it is what I always should have done. So what if I'm 54. It is lovely to see photos of your family and your grandson. Blessings to all.

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    1. You've always been one of my favorite bloggers. You're such a fun person. So glad you're pursuing your dream. So nice to hear from you. Take care.

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  13. I'm just a stranger out on the internet, but thanks so much for sharing this update! I enjoyed reading your blog from long before, and you and your family have always stayed in my thoughts and prayers for the past several years.
    Lord bless you :)

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  14. Hi Trudy. I NEVER forgot you...and I'm so sorry I'm just seeing your post (I didn't scroll down far enough). Emily has really grown! I forget that Samantha is now the baby! Very precious pictures. Thank the Lord for His tender mercies. :-). I guess Emily is now old/(young) enough to have a blog. I remember her first blog...I think (back then) you said because she was under aged back then, blogger had to shut it down? Sorry if my details aren't all in order. :-). Take care and thank you. I'm going to follow her blog now. :-)

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    1. And I will never forget you, JC. In my heart, you are a good friend. Let's always stay in touch.

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  15. It is so nice to hear that you are all doing well.
    Samantha is so adorable :)
    I haven't been blogging but I do check in once in awhile to see what people are doing :)

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  16. Trudy wonderful!! I love these pictures. I miss you guys bunches. Thanks so much for the update. :)

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  17. Trudy!!! I was thrilled to see you're back!!!! Lovely pics! Congratulations on some many wonderful life events!!!!!!!

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