Holidays are just not the same anymore. This year I was not expecting the phone call I received on the exact same day my grandma had passed away. I had woken up that morning already sad. The whole week before I would cry for no reason. But on November 18, my husband called me to let me know that his Aunt Michell had passed away in her sleep. I was in complete shock, she was only 41. How could she have been taken away so soon? It was also hard to deal with knowing that both women my daughter was named after, had both passed away on the exact same day, just 2 years apart. I for some reason always think of the strange coincidences because I can never get my mind to shut off. A million things go through my head, and I even have a hard time sleeping at night from it. Most days these passed few weeks have been filled with exhaustion. I have slowly been working on the gifts I have started. I just hope that I will get the burst of energy so that I can finish them on time!!
Moving away from family and not being able to see them as much as we used to has been a difficult thing, it is not always easy for us to get back around the holidays. It makes me extremely sad, that we don't get to spend some of the holidays with my husbands family. Most of my family has moved up by us, but we don't get to see his family as much. Just thinking about it all makes me sad and makes my heart hurt. Thi
As we made the trip to attend the funeral, my Christmas ideas and crafts started to fall behind. My 2 year anniversary for my page is around the same time, I had big plans for making a celebration out of it, with new patterns and giveaways. But I was not able to put it altogether this year because of the circumstances. I have a few pattern ideas that I cannot wait to work up and getting ready for you, but until after the holiday I am not sure that I will be able to.
Because I have been feeling a little depressed, my husband and I have decided that we are going to make some HOMEMADE crafts together to give as gifts to some friends and family!! Now mind you, my husband is far from crafty, and this was ALL his idea. We are taking this weekend to finish up our Christmas shopping, doing crafts and taking the kids to Bentleyville in Duluth, MN (an awesome lighted Christmas walk, complete with hot chocolate and cookies!!).. in hopes to lift my holiday spirit back up, so I can enjoy the last few weeks before Christmas in a much better mood!
Do you use pinterest?? I have taken to finding ideas for different crafts. Here is my holiday board, if you would like to follow!! http://www.pinterest.com/jencmjhatch/holidays/. There are a few things that we will be making this weekend on there!!
The next best thing is to have the celebration for my actual birthday just after the new year begins!! I hope you will be here to join in on the celebration, as soon as I am able to, plans will be announced!!
I want to take this time and thank you all for being here over these passed 2 years, I never imagined my hobby would turn into what it has. It does make me happy to be able to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with my hook in hand, while watching tv or listening to music!! I have made some awesome friends that I appreciate their kind words when I am feeling down.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you be blessed with love and happiness over the holiday!!
Stay safe and stay warm.
God Bless you all,
Jen and the rest of the Hatch family, Josh, Curtis, Maribeth and Jaxon