Tuesday, May 12, 2015


First of all, I just had to share these pictures of my precious Piper that Mandy posted on facebook Sunday.  Isn't she the cutest little girl ever?  Notice the chalk on the sofa?  I'm guessing those are Pipers handprints.  :-)
Outside by the new fence that's being installed.
On the front steps.  Oh my heart.  I MISS this little girl and her hugs and kisses.  I do get to FaceTime with her every day, usually twice a day, but it's not really the same.  I am grateful though, really I am.
The blankets for Syrian refugees finished,
washed and dried,
and put into the box with 82 other things.  Sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, underwear and socks among other things.  The box was mailed this afternoon to Seattle, and will soon be on it's way to the Syrian refugee camps to help the people who are being persecuted, especially the women and children.  This was a HUGE box.  It about killed me carrying it into the post office.  57 pounds!  The box was about 3 feet high and 2 foot square.  Lots of goodies inside.  I hope it helps the people just a little and lets them know that someone on the other side of the world cares.
Do you remember Teresa's little knitting bunnie she got a month or so ago?  Well she found one for me  too and it was delivered while I was off cruising.  Isn't she cute?  I love the little ball of yarn and the fact that she's wearing a dress, as I mostly wear dresses too.
And remember the pretty light that Becky gave me last week when I went to Portland?  I sat it in the sunshine at the lake and let the solar thingy charge and this is what it looks like at night.  It was still glowing about 5:00 am when Hubby left for work.  It's so pretty.  Thank you Becky.  Lots of people have stopped by and told me how pretty it is.
Dennis was visiting his Mom last week in Nebraska and for the first time in seven years all three siblings were together.  From left to right, Doug, (his brother who lives in Florida), Karen, (his sister who lives in Omaha), Mom, (who also lives in Omaha), and my Handsome Hubby, (who lives with me)!   Dennis is the oldest, then Doug and then Karen.  If you remember, I went back to Omaha last spring when Karen had quadruple bypass surgery.  She's doing wonderfully.
That's about it.  Not a lot of news here.  I'm making a blanket for Larry and Nita's new trailer.  I have one more square to make and then I need to join it together.  The sock yarn blanket is growing slowly and the log cabin blanket is most likely set aside until fall.  It's too heavy and warm to work on in the warmer weather.  

I did buy flannel to crochet edgings on while I was shopping with Gracie and Teresa last week, but I'm still looking for the yarn that Taci recommened for the edging.  That will be a good, "take to the lake" project for the summer too.  Crafting always slows down for me in the summer.  I would rather sit by the water and read a good book.

What are all of you up to these spring days?  I enjoyed reading all of the Mother's Day blogs the past few days, although, I admit, I struggled terribly with the day for some reason this year.  It was very hard for me to see all of the Mom's with their children and grandchildren at church and online.  I was HAPPY for each and every one of those Mom's.  Very happy.  But...I miss my children and grandchildren.  Alex face-timed from Tokyo on Saturday where it was already Sunday.  We talked almost 2 hours.  Mandy face-timed with Piper too.  I know they love me.  They KNOW I love them.  But, I want to touch them.   I sound ungrateful.  I don't mean to be and I hope you all understand.

I also hope you all have a lovely week and enjoy the spring, (or fall), weather, wherever you may live.

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful."  Colossians 3:15



  1. what a lovely photo of your Piper, she is such a cutie. You are one in a million donating that big pile of things for the people of Syria.

  2. Dear Betsy, how sweet your little Piper is. When will they come to visit you next? I wish your son could come home for a nice long visit. I hope you get to see your other 2 grands soon. I do understand that you want to see them in the flesh more.. I haven't seen my granddaughters for a year! Wah. But we have plans to meet them at the Lake of the Ozarks for 4 days in late July. Yay! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Miss Piper is adorable! Good job on the charity knitting....I hate to think what the postage cost. Love the knitting bunny to. Hugs

  4. You are a wonderful mom and I know they all think so too. I'm sorry you felt lonely on Mother's Day without them. Your blankets turned out beautifully and that is an amazing box of things you're sending to Syria. Piper looks so sweet in those photos! Hope you're having a good week so far, Betsy.

  5. Oh that Piper is pure perfection!!!! I know your heart must ache with missing your children and grands. I sure do get that!!
    Loved seeing Dennis and his family. Good to hear his siter is sing well.

  6. That little girl is just adorable! And her smile? So cute! Wow--love the blankets you made! They will truly bless those who have had their lives turned upside down and, yes, I think they will know you--and others like you--care. Very nice gifts from your bloggie friends:)
    Mom's Day was not easy for me either. I HATE that all my kids are living so far away now and I miss my Mom. Betsy, you don't sound ungrateful, you sound like a mom who misses those she loves. I can empathize and pray that you'll get some chances this year to hug your family.
    Meanwhile enjoy those peaceful moments at lakeside!

  7. Truly beautiful photo of Miss Piper, it is hard not seeing them as often as you would like. All 3 of my daughters and grandchildren live away from me so I know how it feels. It not being ungrateful its a dear Mum who misses her children and grandchildren dreadfully. Such a generous package, you have a big heart.

  8. Aww she is so cute! I think it's awesome you get to talk with her each day. :) The blankets are such sweet love gifts. :) Blessings to you always sweet friend.

  9. Oh, Betsy! I am so sorry you are missing your dear family so much! Of course, you are very thankful...and it shows in every, single post you write. It is so understandable that you miss them...I am so thankful you can communicate online with little Miss Piper and the others, but nothing is the same as being together in person. Bless your dear heart. I hope you had a happy Mothers day, in spite of missing them, and may God bless you for ALL you do for so many. I always leave your blog so inspired to do more and reach out more...you have such a big, giving, caring heart. Wish I could see the looks on the faces of the ones who open your precious box!! Such beautiful things you sent. God bless you richly for being so kind. :)

  10. Betsy, I am so sorry your family was not together for Mother's Day. We were home, well most of us and I was recovering from a cold so it was just an easy day here. Don't be fooled by all the lovely posts, lots happens behind the scenes and things often aren't as special as they look. Piper is so darn adorable, how is it she keeps getting even cuter? You are such a blessing to so many, that box of special love is going to help so many.
    You are an inspiration to me,

  11. That Piper is just too cute. My college boy doesn't feel the need to skype or facetime or talk on the phone either. We only do text messages throughout the year. The only time I actually talk to him is when he is here or we are there. July 10th we fly to the States, first to see my mom, brother and friends, and then to Colorado to see the boy in person and hear his voice. The blankets you've made are so lovely. And what a huge box of goodies for such a good cause. Does it go through an organization? I will definitely do more charity crochet when I am no longer working. How do you wash your blankets?? And dry them? Love that pretty night light, too. Have a fabulous Friday. Tammy

  12. Your donations are so heartwarming. You are a good soul! Came to you from Teresa's blog

  13. what a precious granddaughter! I recently heard the US was getting Syrian refugees, wonderful project. AND, I am totally in love with your little bunny! I'll have to be ont he look out for one myself!

  14. Hello dear Betsy, hope you are well. Such lovely pictures of Miss Piper, I am not surprised that you miss her so much.

    What a wonderful project you have been involved in, helping the Syrian refugees. Many of them are in camps in Jordan, a country I have recently visited. They sure need every bit of help anyone can give them.


  15. I was just thinking the other day about the solar light I gave you and hoped it was working. It looks nice and glad you enjoy it. I got back this evening from a girlfriend getaway in WA and so thankful for safe travel....I drove all four of us over to Ocean Park, on the Long Beach peninsula. Now I need to finish a few things before bed time. Glad you had a nice mother's day. Piper is so cute . Glad u got your project done and sent. Thank you for doing that!! God bless and have a good week, my friend.

  16. Oh my but Piper is a little doll and I know how much you must miss her because I am in the same boat with my three sweeties. We never raise our children with the thought that they will ever dream of growing up and wanting to move far away from us! And yes face time and skype are great, it is not the same as being about to hold and hug and kiss. I totally get it! Ungrateful is not at all what you are ... :
    What a wonderful thing your box of goodies for they Syrian refugees is! Did you do that all on your own? You knit 82 things to donate?? What a saint. :)

    Knitting bunny is so sweet-what a thoughtful gift....
    I hope this week brings you happy things!

  17. That bunny is absolutely adorable ! And what a wonderful gift you made to those refugees; the situation in the Near East is heartbreaking and lots of people from there arrive in Europe. If only the world resolved to find a solution ! ... xx

  18. Wonderful encouraging verse from the Word of Gid to close a great post, dear Betsy, and think most of of us would understand your longing to hold your dear ones.
    I lived for seven years about 1,000 miles from my family and made it home once a year at the most. No internet in those days, and mail was only snail mail and called that for a reason. Any phone calls were on other people's house phone, so yes know what you mean.
    Love that you add such a huge box for Syria too, :)
    hugs dear sweet friend, Shaz in Oz,x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  19. Thanks for sharing photos of your precious Piper, the generous gifts for the Syrians, your lovely family, your pretty blue solar light from Becky and the sweet knitting bunny. Our lives are such a mix of joy and longing, aren't they, Betsy. We need the peace of Christ ruling in our hearts, and we need to be thankful! I love visiting you and I love the words God gives you to share. Thanks for posting :) xx