Our world feels like a snow globe right now. As if someone had picked up our tiny universe, shook it violently and put it back on the shelf to settle. Occasionally, we get picked up again, shaken, and now we are waiting for things to reach some sort of routine. My mother-in-law is staying with us for the time being. There is no other place we would rather her be, and the children absolute adore having her at the table and to talk to. She and her husband were married 52 years. Her world not only has been shaken, but completed blown apart. My husband's parents are/were his best friends, and although he his doing well, the loss of his father is the most painful blow he has ever experienced. Also, to top off the list, my husband's close friend, lost his father on Saturday. There will not be a service for my father-in-law until the spring, but we couldn't avoid a funeral, as we will be attending the one for his friend's dad tomorrow. Fate arrives in three's. I hadn't mentioned it before, but two weeks ago, I attended a funeral for a close friend of my mother's family.
God willing, the rest of the season will be calm and quiet. I have been struggling with all the changes to our home and routine. The dining room/playroom is now a bedroom and my craft/business closet is now a jumbled heap in the room above our garage. It is hard to welcome another in our home and not upset the delicate balancing act we are all doing. Family has been visiting every evening and the house has been a buzz with laughter, tears, and ciaos for close to a week now. The children are getting by the best of any of us, I think, as they don't understand the recent events very well. I have dreamed of a three generation home for years. It seems to be best for the children and helps keep the family close and safe. Now that it is here, the changes are fast and furious, but I think, after things have calmed we will all be OK.
Now, enough whining.. I let my husband and mother-in-law pick the winning numbers randomly and they picked #'s two and seven. So.. Mary will be receiving the icicles and Rhondamum will be getting the craft basket... thank you for all the comments and if I had to guess, my shop will closed for sometime. I do hope to post about my crafty adventures and have more giveaways. It makes me so happy to be able to send off pretty packages to others.. perhaps it's time to join some of the great swaps out there in bloggerville. I hope everyone is appreciating and loving their family, enjoy! (Mary and Rhonda, I just need your snail mail addresses emailed to me..)