3 Months

The past three months have been quite an adventure for my little family. Life has really thrown us some crazy stuff that we’ve tried to deal with.

It started three months ago tomorrow when Joe had a heart attack. And two months ago today he had double bypass surgery. Joe’s been out of work for three months. And it’s been hard. While he was recovering from his surgery there was so much that he couldn’t do, like pick up the kids, mow the lawn, drive, etc. He was so limited so I really couldn’t get a job to bring in money because he physically couldn’t take care of the kids.

Let me tell you, three months without income is not fun. Not good. Not easy. We had some savings, which is all gone now. We had help from our families (THANK YOU!!!). We had offers of help from friends, but I just couldn’t bring myself to take money from them (Thank you Mindy, Serena & Dan! Your offers really have touched me.). And we had help from our church, which was the hardest help to accept.

And then four days before Joe was to go back to work he was laid off. (As if we hadn’t had enough blows to us all ready!!) He spent two weeks exhausting his contacts, on the phone, driving to job sites in the hopes of getting a job with someone. Today was his first day back working. It’s a relief.

It’s going to take us quite a long while, probably years, to get back to how we used to be. It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be tight, it’s going to be stressful. But look where we are now. We’ve kinda made it. Whew!


Just finished HP 7. I liked it until the epilogue. And since I’ve spent a bit of time reading over the weekend, I haven’t been sewing. So the bag is not done yet. And I’ve got to hurry up and do it so I can start on my next project. My friend April is having a baby girl in early October. But she’s having a baby shower in one month. ONE MONTH! I’ve got her baby blanket cut out. But not put together. I don’t know if I’ll get it done in time to send to my sister Carrie to be quilted. So I might have to hand quilt it.  I’m tired just thinking about it. And now that the cool spell is over and we are back to the heat I’m just not sure I want to be sewing. I’ll leave you with a picture of the quilt top I made while visiting family in Utah. It’s a bit crazy. If it were less crazy I’d quilt this up and give to April. But I don’t think it’s her style.

23 July 2007


4 Responses to “3 Months”

  1. 1 kat July 23, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    I love your attitude 🙂 You did make + will continue to!
    Good luck with the new job.
    What else can I do? Being depressed about it just won’t help us out. The force of positive thinking, or something. 🙂 I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things will work out with the new job. YAY!!!

  2. 2 rae July 23, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Glad to hear things are getting back on track slowly but surely. You are able to stay so postivie and focused, you’re amazing!

    I absolutely love that quilt you put together too! I love funky, crazy stuff! I really wish I knew how to make real quilts with patterns like that.
    Oh thanks! These quilts are so way easy! You buy fat quarters and follow the instructions to cut them out (usually you cut them all the same) and then you follow the diagram for creating blocks. My favorite like this is Yellow Brick Road. I’ve also done Crazy Eights (smaller pieces, gives me a headache, but still easy-ish). I can’t remember the name of the pattern I used for this one. It’s one that my mom had.

  3. 3 Sadira July 23, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Wonderful quilt…I’m only a few hundred pages into HP, and have already put the book down to cry. I don’t know if I will be able to make it through this one.

    I’m so glad that things are getting back on track for you guys. It must have been such a scary time…Cheers to wonderful health and jobs in the future!

  4. 4 lera July 27, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    I’m so sorry you’ve had such rotten luck lately. Hopefully everything is turning around and will be better than ever.
    I keep hoping too!

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