I just wanted to say that although I am just an honorary OHIOWAN, and have never been to one of your retreats, the pain in your responses touches my heart. I can feel how much you all care about each other and how the inability to get together hurts each and every one of you. This virus has done a number on everyone. Whether it's a cancelled vacation, a postponed wedding, not being able to visit a parent in a nursing home, a cancelled sports season, or not being able to get together with loved ones -- it all stinks. I will include all of you in my prayers that next year will find you all together, healthy and happy. Hugs!
Carol...thanks for the very sweet words; I know you mean them sincerely. I'm always hoping to meet you in person and it would be wonderful if you COULD come to one of the retreats. You will never regret the time and effort it would take to travel to Iowa and stay a few nights. It is an experience I look forward to each year and Marcia works hard to make sure all our activities and accommodations are top notch. Stay safe; we'll see you one of these days.
Thank you, Sandy. We are doing our best to stay safe...and upbeat which is even harder but we are hanging in there. Who knows, maybe the Lord will allow our paths to cross in person some day; that would be super. My mom always said "Never say never - it just might work out".
Ditto what Sandy said!! And what your mother said, too, Carol! Yes, never say never! I, too, look forward to you someday being able to make it to Iowa for the retreat.
I agree Carol. We would all love to actually meet you in person. I do feel that we know you already, just from your input on this blog.
Marcia, I want to personally thank you for all you do for our group. We love your challenges and ideas. I know you spend a great deal of time planning and executing those ideas. Just THANKS for all you do.
Well said...and agreed to by everyone, I'm sure.....We will miss one another this year but we'll be safe to meet next year.
I'll miss not seeing everyone especially since I wasn't there last year, but feel its in everyone's best interest if we don't meet this year. We all come from a pretty wide area and its silly to take a chance. If you decide you want the challenge quilts, let us know.
I don't feel comfortable attending the retreat, so it is a no for me also
Sadly, this morning i was informed that i have breast cancer, i haven't even told my family yet cause i am still processing it in my mind. i had a biopsy on Monday. (My mother died of BC and one of my older sisters also was diagnosed last year) i know there are many advancements and i am sure once i see the many DR's, i will have a better outlook, but since you all are such special friends, i want you to know.
i am depressed, and fearful of what is to come.
Mary Beth, we'll keep you in our prayers for sure!
Marybeth, I’m sorry to hear that news. I’m sure it’s especially scary with your past experience with your Mom and sister but you are right about all the advancements that have been made. I’ve had two friends diagnosed in the last 2 years also. They both had lumpectomies and radiation and didn’t need anything else. I hope you get positive news from your doctors. Prayers for your physical and emotional health as you deal with this.
Hugs, Marybeth. And ditto what Peg said about advancements. I have two cousins that both have been diagnosed in the last couple of years. Both had the same treatment as Peg's friends and both are fine today.
I keep you in my prayers. stay strong and feel free to chat with us if it all gets too real for you and you just need to talk.
Marybeth, I'm sending you big hugs and am praying for you.