It doesn't seem possible that Christmas Day is behind us. I am one of those people who likes to keep my Christmas decorations up throughout the Christmas season. It seems like I can enjoy the special feelings when all the craziness is gone and there is plenty of time for reflection.
Our Christmas was wonderful. We always celebrate with friends and family on Christmas Eve. We had close to seventy people here this year with so much food and good cheer. Christmas Day was quiet and peaceful. We went to church early and then just enjoyed the day with our #4 son and his family who were staying with us. We celebrated our Christmas baby's second birthday even though he came down with the fever bug and was not feeling himself. Poor baby. Dinner was a delicious clam chowder (made by DH) and homemade bread. My mother joined us and a good time was had by all.
The contrast between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is amazing. I tend to rely on photos from everyone else because I am generally too busy to grab any for myself. I did manage to catch a few as we prepared for gift opening.
Then there is quiet!!!!
The day after Christmas we celebrate with my husband's side of the family. For years my in-laws would have large inflatable toys set up in their yard for all the children to enjoy. The tradition has continued and everyone has a great time.
Now we march on into 2010. It seems like it was only yesterday that we were worried about Y2K. Could it actually be ten years already? We now start on the second decade of the 21st century. Yikes!
Today is the day that I consider to be another birthday for me. It was thirteen years ago today that I was admitted to the ICU for the next eight days. I had toxic shock syndrome. Everyone was so ill that Christmas and I assumed that I had the same thing that everyone else did. When my temperature spiked to 106.2 and my fingers were going numb, I had enough medical knowledge to seek attention. I spent the evening of the 27th in the emergency room with so many doctors I could not begin to count them. My blood pressure was plummeting, finally reaching 52/14. There was not much hope, but thanks to an amazing team, great medicine and a world of prayers, I am still here today. The only residual from my adventure is a lack of feeling in my fingertips. I miss not being able to feel the softness of a baby's skin, the lushness of a fabric and the sense of a blood vessel when starting an IV in a patient, but I am here and still enjoying life to the fullest. Upon discharge from the hospital, my doctor said to me, "I am so glad that you did better than my last patient with TSS," I asked why and he replied that she had died. I am glad too.
My sewing has taken a back seat throughout the holidays and I am eager to get back in and play. Our December Schnibbles project was perfect for the busy month. They were tuffets. I made my first one and was so addicted to them that I made four more for my mom and sisters for Christmas. Trust me, these are not tuffets that Little Miss Muffet could sit upon, but are precious all the same. I love how tiny they are. They are filled with crushed walnut shells and have such a wonderful feel to them.
I won some natural bamboo batting in the Virtual Quilt Show and am so excited about giving it a try. Have any of you used it for quilting yet? If so, how do you like it? I have been wanting to give it a try since I first saw it and just have not done so yet. It was so much fun to see all the wonderful Christmas quilts that people made.
As we tuck 2009 into the history books, I would like to thank all of you for your friendships, encouragement and inspiration that I enjoy each and every day. My wish for each of you is for a blessed new year filled with health and happiness.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!