Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Day The Angels Sang

I am sure I heard the angels singing the night that my grandson was born. God has blessed our family with the most precious bundle of joy. Jak was born on September 23, 2008 at 9:25 pm. He weighed in at 10 pounds 3 ounces. He was 21 & 3/4 inches long. I can't believe he is already six weeks old. Here is a photo of him the morning after he was born.

Grandma didn't get to hold him the night he was born. Mom and baby were bonding. I was back at the hospital to hold him early (very early) the next morning to get my baby hugs and kisses. What a feeling of joy.

Here is a picture of Jak last week. He is snoozing at grandma's house waiting for his mom to come in from work and feed him his lunch before she is off to class for the afternoon. He looks just like his dad did at that age. It is like time has been turned back.

I now know that feeling of love that a grandmother feels. Everyone kept telling me it was like no other feeling. I agree wholeheartedly.

I started this post early this morning and it is now almost midnight. It is amazing how much time is spent caring for a baby and three little hounds. After Jak leaves the dogs are all over me begging for attention. I do not have time to squander for sure. I am trying to budget my time but I am not that way by! I need to budget in some time for stitching and quilting. DH has been ignored terribly. He will survive I am sure. He is so enamored by Jak that he hasn't complained. Being a grandpa has certainly had a positive affect on him. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the photos. Have a good Thursday!

Happy quilting! Karen


Friday, August 29, 2008

He will be here Monday

Oh, what was I thinking? He will be here Monday. Noooooooooooo, not my grandson. My new little mini Cooper will be picked up Monday. Are we talking about a car? Nooooooooooooooo. I am getting a new puppy. He is a wire-haired piebald dachshund. I have a long-hair dachshund that is a black and tan dapple. I have a smooth-haired black and tan dachshund. Both of whom are very spoiled but very well trained. I ask myself why I am doing this. My only answer I can come up with is-dachshunds are like potato can't have just one. A friend told me this when I adopted my little smooth female dachshund. Three weeks later I picked up my little long-haired male. Now 3 and a half years later I am getting my third dachshund. I was hooked on dachshunds when I rescued my first one when I was about 12 years old. He was a red smooth standard dachshund. I saved him from the gas chamber so to speak. He had killed all the chickens at my friends farm. They woke up with dead chickens everywhere. Old Scooter sitting there with a big smile on his face. So starts my love of dachshunds. All of mine are miniatures and not the standard dachshunds. LOL! They take up less room and cleaning the yard behind them is easier. Oh my, I am a glutton for punishment. I am so kidding. I am ecstatic. Now my grandson will have a little doxie to grow up with him.

Speaking of my grandson, he will be here any day. The ob/gyn says he could arrive any day. Now this really excites me! Ashleigh has started back to college so that leaves granny to take care of baby everyday. I can't wait! She also has 2 part-time jobs. She has a doctors appointment today and we will find out more about when he will be here. I feel so privileged to be able to be so involved in my first grandchild's life. Life is good!

I am going to try to start posting daily. I have been on a diabetic medication that has really done a number on me. I am now off of it and my energy level has doubled. I am back to my old self. I wish I had followed my gut feeling and gotten off the medication a long time ago. So now with all this energy I have great plans. I plan on enjoying my grandson and developing a great relationship with him. And of couse I will be doing the doxie thing; house training the new one and walking them all by the river. Did I say spare time? Hmmmmmmmmmmm........maybe a
little spare time left to sew! Of course getting up an hour before everyone else will give me my sewing time. Like I said life is good! With the help of my Lord and Savior I will handle all of this and more!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Visit again soon.

Smiles :) Karen

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Getting Started

Above is a picture of the preprinted quilt panel and the fabric for borders and back that I am working on. I could not insert it in the correct place in my post. This is my first post. I am just learning.

I just found out about a month ago that I am going to be a grandmother. I have three grown children. I have wanted a grandchild for years. I have lived for this day. Yes, thank you god!!! I am so excited. The mother, Ashleigh, has been a blessing and a great addition to our family. She is just a sweetheart.

Ashleigh is a very talented and artistic young woman. She has brought me back to quilting. For some reason I just put it away for awhile. Ashleigh has never quilted. One trip with me to the quilt store and this girl was hooked. I am teaching her to quilt. It has been so much fun. This week she started a small wall hanging with my guidance. It is a wall hanging for her mother for Mother's Day. I will post a picture of it when she finishes it. It is such a joy to share the love of quilting with someone new to quilting.

We have great plans of the quilts we will make for baby. I will be starting one in the morning. I have the fabric ready to put in the washer as I post. It is a preprinted panel with a elephant on it. She found it at the quilt store while we were shopping and I decided to start with this one. There is picture of the panel and the fabric for a border and back at the first of this post. I also have the fabric all ready for a pinwheel crib quilt. I think she will be working with me on the crib quilt. Ashleigh is a full time student with three part-time jobs. She has a full schedule so our quilting has to be scheduled into her busy life.

I read several quilt blogs everyday while I drink my coffee. They are so inspirational. So many women from so many places. We are all tied together by the love for quilting. I have see such beautiful work.

This post was just to get my feet wet. I will be excited to get something finished so I can post a picture of it.

Thanks for reading. Have a great quilting day! Karen