What I’m Working On…

No sewing happened.  Kayla was home and I tried to take advantage of the help she offered.

I did do some stitching at the doctor’s office when I took Hubby on Monday last week.  I had a miserable time with this project….I’m working on Sheep Virtues by Little House Needleworks.  I started a new one…FAITH.


Oh this was a trying one for the border.

They use three different greens and they are very close in tone.  Two of the number are WAY hard.

I started with one green…I realized it was the wrong one but decided I didn’t care.  Seriously it’s really hard to tell the difference in color unless they are side by side.  Remember I am stitching in a doctor’s office with little light on linen so it’s kind of hard.

I ended up having one side done, got new thread and grabbed the wrong one but didn’t realize until I had about 25 stitches in.  UGH.  Rip out time.

Then I got another big section done and did the same thing only with the third of the greens.  AHH.  I had a side and a half to rip out of that.

I fixed that and was stitching again only to find my border didn’t line up.  AH…I can’t believe it.  One would think I could do this.  This is the FIFTH one I am stitching of the series and it’s the same fabric….the same style of directions.  To be honest, I think I wasn’t in the mood to stitch.  That can really make a difference.

I have a plan with the thread and this won’t be happening again anytime soon.  How frustration especially when the word is “FAITH” that I’m stitching.  Faith is something I need to be strong and bold about…not something I need to be ripping and restitching….but alas.  Here I am.

Friday at the doctor for me and then Saturday in the ER with Kramer has brought my project to here….


Today is chemo/radiation day so I’m guessing I’ll get a lot more stitched.

A blog reader, Pat,  sent me a cross stitch kit.  Well, it’s a pattern with the fabric.  I had seen this one before and liked it but that’s as far as I got.

It says, “When we do what we can, God will do what we cannot“.

This one is so meaningful to me now.  I am stitching it for sure.  It will be another of the “stitching my life into words” project for me.  I have been living this saying these last few weeks.  THANKS Pat.  It’s perfect.

When I tighten my budget and told myself no more crafty purchases for a while…what happens?  You all provide them.  When I worry about the extra gas expenses what happens?  You all send a gift card.  I feel God is working through others to help us and I sure do appreciate that.

Sitting through the doctor appointments, it’s really the cross stitch that makes it all so much easier.

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8 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…

  1. Melissa

    In the big scheme of things who cares what shade of green we use? Why do we always feel like we have to follow the directions? Life doesn’t give us an instruction booklet. It hands us purple when we were told it would be pink. Right now you’re just getting through each day. You’re brave and you’re putting one foot in front of the other and taking care of it as it comes. You’re doing great Jo. Throw away the directions and stitch. A little rebellion is what you need girlie. Life is just too hard right now to follow any silly directions. My heart’s with you.

  2. Sandra Jantzi

    As I read your post it reminded me of how Faith grows in each of us. Life gives us curve balls and times of unraveling, and it’s in those times as we cling to God that our faith grows little by little. Thank you for sharing your life with us, I am encouraged daily by your blog. Praying for you and yours.

  3. Mary Ann Mettler

    Jo, I couldn’t help but laugh cause that is how my sewing goes – I feel I am a pretty good seam ripper. You should be stitching patience. I admire your abilities in so many areas of life. Thanks for sharing the frustrations and triumphs. I too look forward to your blogs.

  4. Dot Moore

    I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your cross stitching projects as it has encouraged me to get back into cross stitching which I did 30 years ago. I pulled out my supplies, went to an estate sale and picked up lots of cross stitching books, fabrics and hoops. Of course, quilting is my first love. Prayers to you and Kramer for this journey you are own. You are in the thought and prayers for your many viewers.

  5. Loris Mills

    Your frustrations seem to parallel how faith seems to be built sometimes. It is not an easy process. Fortunately, God is the Author and Finisher of our faith and He will work regardless of what we can and cannot do. You are continually looking to Him for that work and so you can see it. God loves that! You are in His nail scarred hands as you are carried through this extremely difficult path. You and your family are very dear. I’m so happy for all the support you have received and hope it reminds you of all the prayers that go along with them. There is a battle going on for your heart. Jesus already won!
    Your ability to share your thoughts and feelings so well is such an inspiration. It is no wonder that your children are such wonderful humans! Drive safe :-)

  6. Paula N.

    I have never met you in person, but through a couple of years of reading your blog, I have come to love you and your family. Ya’ll are just the kind of people I want to hang around with everyday. I pray for all of you.

  7. Kim J LeMere

    It is a pretty stitchery, I’m glad you have something to work on while you sit and wait.
    “Drive Safely Jo” lol

  8. Roxanne

    Love those sheep virtues more all the time!
    This one for “Faith” with that little black sheep is
    adorable.

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