Hi all -- it's been way too long since I last posted here. It's so nice to see so many 'faces' I know as I scan the posts.
Honestly, I can't remember when I last posted, so some of this may be old stuff but other will be new. I have managed to do some quilting/fiber art over the last several months, but my time is mostly filled with other things of life these days.
Last November my husband and I moved from working for the Retreat (which is no more) to full time volunteer staff at the Flying H Youth Ranch, for troubled boys. We did not have to move as the house we are in is a Ranch house that the Retreat has rented. I'm in the office a couple days a week, plus doing some other things. Dennis has been mostly doing maintenance, along with some working with the boys.
The last few weeks (in retrospect a couple of months) some changes have been taking place and it is becoming very apparent that my dear husband has dementia. Some of the early signs were not ones that were readily recognized as dementia, but then more and more 'in your face' signs started showing up. We can't get to the doc until early Sept (we do have the appointment lined up), but thankfully after the years of caring for my parents with this disease I am fairly knowledgeable and know how to handle things.
So.... my limited sewing time may be more limited, at least for a while. We are both still doing our jobs here, but I'm having to already micro manage my husband's work and often work with him, on top of my time in the office, which is now my time of refuge. I love working with him, but it is wearing and I will need to figure out how not to do his 25 hours on top of my hours in the office.
The Ranch is so supportive and is working with us so we can continue here as long as possible. We feel so blessed (and relieved).
Early this year God put it on my heart to do a big birthday celebration for my husband's 70th birthday this year. That party is Sept. 1. Now I know why God wanted me to do this. It is going to be big. So far we have 50 or so coming and that doesn't count the staff at the Ranch. I'm so pleased to be able to do this for him.
We just celebrated our 46th anniversary!
I joined QWU many years ago, when I started caring for my parents full time. What a blessing you all have been to me. Many friendships were made and continue. The care and support you give is such a joy... whether it is with our quilting and other sewing projects, or with our life.
Please know you are not forgotten by me, even though I rarely show my face.
This is my latest project - it was commissioned by a friend. It was the house she raised her family in.
Here's a recent pic of us - not bad for a couple ol' married people.
Blessings and Hugs to you all,