Monday, June 4, 2012

Be Back Soon : :

The last several days have been so full, I can hardly wrap my head around everything.

First, there's the wonderful! My husband ran the Buffalo Marathon a little more than a week ago and then another as part of an amazing relay team for our little town's God's Country Marathon this past Saturday. We are all so proud of him. There is no one who inspires me more than him!

God's Country Marathon 6/2/12

Here he is on the cover of this year's brochure. This picture was taken at the finish line of his very first marathon, a year ago this past Saturday. Amazing, right?!

God's Country Marathon

Now for the bad news... I actually haven't had the chance to sew a single stitch since last Thursday, when I finished my first little project for Janome. By today I had hoped to finish up all my orders, a few other projects, and maybe even my last quilt top. With a little embarrassment, I didn't even get my May bee blocks out the door.

For the last few weeks we had been pretty consumed with buying our first house. It can be such a challenge to keep something so huge private, especially when it's all you're thinking about. Unfortunately, as it turned out those dreams of picking paint colors and curtain making and all the things that flood your thoughts during the process, just weren't for this house. It's hard not to be a little disappointed, which I am, but it simply just wasn't meant to be.

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Then this past Friday morning, the first day having all the kiddos home for Summer vacation, we found out that my husband's Gram passed away. We are headed out of town, so I'll be taking a blog break for at least tomorrow.

Thank you, as always, for taking time out of your own precious day to stop and say hello. I thank you and, I'll be back soon!  Maureen

55 comments:

  1. Oh Maureen, I'm sorry about your Gram-in-law, and that your house plans didn't work out. I think you should take the rest of the week off, you and your family deserve it. Marathon Man certainly deserves some time to chill too!

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  2. oh maureen! that's tough stuff. but awesome on your hubby's running. so cool.

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    1. Thanks Anna! These type of blog posts are never easy to write. It's been tough, but I'm so grateful my husband had his running to focus on in the midst of everything. It gave all of us something to cheer for, which we all needed!

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  3. Sorry to hear your sad news, I hope spending time with family tog. will bring comfort.

    A big "Congrats" to your Hubby on his marathon runs, I used to run 1/2 marathon distances so I know how challenging that can be.

    Sending you positive energy, T. :)

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  4. So sorry to hear about your husband's grandmother... that definitely isn't easy.
    Congratulations to your husband for his marathons!! My husband just ran his first 5K a couple of weekends ago and we were so proud of him! I love that picture of you and your husband, you both look so happy!!
    I hope you enjoy some family time in the next few days and remember the good times spent with your gram-in-law.

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  5. Sorry to hear the bad news. Congratulations to your hubby!

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  6. Oh, Maureen, I am so sorry for your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  7. Sorry to hear about your hubby grandmas passing and the house not becoming a reality. Don't be discouraged.
    Congrats to your husband.

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  8. So sorry for your loss Maureen :( And the house disappointment too.

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  9. So sorry about the passing and the house. We just bought our first home and it was a huge horrible ordeal and we too lost our first home, and our second and our third. Our fourth try was a gem though and now that we're here we are happy the others didn't happen because they weren't perfect for us. Good luck and things will happen for you and your family the way they are supposed to. Don't get discouraged by the process.

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  10. So sorry Maureen hugs and prayers your way -....as far as the house it is all consuming but when it's right it will just work and you will be thankful the other didn't - life happens like that!

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  11. Way back nearly 37 years ago, we didn't "get" the first house we wanted. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it was definitely not the house for us. The house we did buy and lived in for 25 years was home. Where we raised our kids and made memories that have lasted a lifetime. So things do happen for a reason, my dear. Hugs and comfort on the passing of your loved one. Rest and unwind too, if that's possible!

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  12. Awwww...big hugs. So sorry to hear about your loss. Sending our condolonsces your way. Take some time to heal and rest luv. We'll all be here waiting and so will your awesome sewing machine.

    I think the house didn't work out cause there is a way better one that is waiting for you and is "meant" just for your family. I bet it's just around the corner...

    luvs....xoxox

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  13. So sorry about your loss...The house will work out! My daughter is going through the same process. It is much harder for you guys then it was for us...my heart is with you! It will happen and it will be the perfect place when it does!

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  14. My condolences on the passing of your husband's lovely Gram.
    And my congratulations on his marathon achievements. Bravo ! I can well understand why you'd be so very proud of him. BTW - you two make a lovely couple. :)

    It's sad that the deal on the house fell through but I'm sure there is something even better waiting for you. When the time is right the Lord will send it your way. :)

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  15. Maureen, sorry about the house and your husband's Gram. congrats to your hubby, what a great marathon. My husband runs marathons, and 5K, and everything in between, too. It's so much fun to be able to cheer them on, right? well, if he ever runs Chicago and you come along please let me know.

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  16. So sorry about your loss; take as long as you need, friend! :)

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  17. Susan Peck KnuevenJune 4, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Sorry on the loss of you and hubby's Gram. Congrats to your hubby for the Marathons. Son in Law has been running in them for over 10 yrs and love it~am sure yours will too. As for the house~that is what it is~just a house. When the right HOME comes along it will be a fit and serve your family wonderfully. We have moved quite a bit with hubby's job and later mine. The house we think we want is not always the best and God definitely know. Understand your disappointment, but it will all work out in the end. Keeping you all in my prayers.

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    1. It isn't something I have ever talked about here, but the whole house situation has been a stressful one for us. It's a long story, but in the 11 years we've been together we have moved 7 different times! It really does feel like the only thing missing from our lives at this point, is to finally find a HOME. We do know it will happen eventually, this is just the furthest we have ever gone through that process and it was hard to walk away!

      Thanks Susan!!

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  18. Deepest sympathy on the loss of Gram. And I'm sure it was hard to put so much effort into a home. You're right. Wasn't the right one for you. On the other hand . . . HOW CUTE IS HE?

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  19. Wow, you've had a LOT going on in your life lately! Im sorry about the house but hopefully that means that the perfect one is still out there waiting for you guys. And Im very sorry on the loss of hubby's Gram. I'll be praying for you all Maureen.

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  20. Very intersting! follow each other darling?:X

    FashionSpot.ro

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  21. What a big mix of emotions for you all. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's Gram and hope the whole family can find some peace in each other as you all gather to celebrate her life. All my best wishes to you guys as you house hunt too...very exciting/stressful/hurry up and wait kind of process!

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  22. So sorry for all that you guys are dealing with right now - what a tough end to the week! I'm glad that you were able to enjoy your husband's marathon. It's those joys that seem especially sweet during the rough times, don't you think? I will be praying for you guys this week!

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  23. it is always so hard to loose someone you love. my thoughts and prayers are with you! xo so so sorry friend! i am also glad that your were able to have a bright spot from your husbands amazing running accomplishments. so sorry! xoxo

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  24. Way to go Hubby! Thats impressive! I have a someday dream of being able to do some sort of race :) Praying for you and your family!

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  25. Sorry to hear about your husband's Gram. My sister passed away last Thursday and it is very difficult to make it through each day. I pray you have a safe trip. See you when you get back.

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  26. I love the pic of you and your hubby.

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  27. My sympathies to you and your family. Take the time you need. We will all be here when you get back.

    P.S. You have a great looking husband! Congratulations to him on all his work and accomplishments.

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    1. Thank you Charlotte! That is SO sweet and I have to totally agree about Mr. Cracknell -- he's pretty amazing!! ;)

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  28. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's Gram. You all are in my prayers.
    I know it's disappointing about the house, but you'll find one you like even better! Everything happens for a reason!
    Congrats to your husband!! You must be so proud of him and his accomplishments.

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  29. Oh my what a busy week and then some! I hope everything goes smoothly for you all, and how cool to have done several marathons! Props to your Mr. for that.

    I hope you're able to find a good home for you all too. That's really hard, though we haven't bought yet so I don't actually know firsthand yet. It's got to be very emotional too. Just imagine that an even better place is waiting for you to find it :)

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  30. sORRY,,MC.. take care of your family, we will miss you but you gotta do what you gotta do. We will be here waiting for you.

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  31. Like is definitely BitterSweet, Congrats on his Marathon win! And I am so sorry about his Grandmother. Enjoy the time off and your family, and just the right how will come along someday!

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  32. So sorry to hear about grams passing especially in the middle of house hunting disappointment. The right house will come along and you'll find it will probably be even better than the one you didn't get, it's just funny how that happens. Remember also that you're experience two of the worst stressors that happen to people, death and buying/selling a house. Hang in there :)

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  33. Sorry to hear your sad news. Congratulations to your husband on his amazing achievement.

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  34. Oh gosh, that's a lot to deal with in one week. I know when our house hunting fell through after we'd really fallen in love with the place, it was really gutting :( A break definitely sounds in order after all that.

    Congrats to your husband on the marathon running! What an achievement!

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  35. oh well a big congratulation to your husband, and sorry for the bad news. Take your time, for choosing your home, you'll stay there for long time, no rush! I remember when i bought mine... with my check list of what i want and check all the list every time i visit a house! was funny. 5 years past, i'm still in love with my home!
    have fun doing it!

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  36. As much as I enjoy visiting your blog everyday for inspiration, you need to make time for you and yours and I think we all understand that. Sorry that the house deal fell through, I can relate to that as we're still in an apartment with my sewing in a corner of the dining room. We'll get a house soon and so will you.

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  37. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  38. So sorry about Gram. Grandmothers are just those very special creatures that words can't describe -- everything good rolled into one person, which is why it's so hard when they leave us.

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  39. I'm so sorry about your Gram (in-law) and the house falling through :( The right house WILL come along, and it will be even better than this one! Congratulations to hubby on his marathon completion - that is AWESOME!

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  40. Oh I'm sorry for all the bummer news, but that picture, it has so much good going on in it, it cheers me up!

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  41. You two are absolutely adorable, and an inspiration to all!!

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  42. I am so sorry my thoughts are with you.

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  43. You two are so sweet and those smiles are so contagious!!!!!

    I am so sorry for you bad news and my heart is with you and am praying for you and your family!!!

    See you when you get back.

    Thank you for your inspiration and love!!!

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  44. Hi Maureen, so sorry about your bad news...
    My toughts are with you and your family...
    and of course, congrats to your husband!!!!
    Hugs, Dany

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  45. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been facing some tough things recently! It's so hard to have your sights set on a house and not have it work out, and my heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your husband's grandma. I lost my grandma 3 years ago and I still think about her all the time.
    I'm so glad to see that you have some positive things happening, though! My husband runs marathons, too, and it is SO inspirational to see him finish a race! Plus, there seems to be a lot of crafty goodness in the picture you shared-- I hope that keeps you going! Sometimes focusing on a quilt or project I have in mind helps cheer me up.

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  46. Aww man, congrats on the marathon, but the rest sucks! (((((HUGS)))))

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  47. oh, sweets! wish i had read this before i emailed you "how are you??" ;( big hugs to you and better things lay ahead, i'm sure!

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  48. sad times for you both....but what a charming couple you make. I'm a great believer in what is meant to be, will be. We managed to by our own home last year and to say it was traumatic was an understatement!

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  49. Congratulations to your husband but so sorry to hear about his Granmother's passing. Take care.

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  50. Well done on the marathon front!

    Sorry about his gram. Losing family is never easy.

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  51. you two are so cute Maureen. Sorry we missed you this weekend. Maaybe next time.

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  52. Oh, I'm so sorry, Maureen! I'm sorry for the loss of Gram, and of those dreams for the house. I think you have the right outlook on the house, though. You'll find that special home!

    And I'm so amazed by your husband! How very cool!

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