Dusting off this little space.......

7:56 AM

Wow, I can't believe I have not posted here since January! Thanks to all of you that have kept me in your prayers and thoughts.....I have much to catch you up on.

My last chemo treatment was the end of February and in March I got a clean PET scan and so I finished my treatment for non hodgkins lymphoma. Phew......it's over but it still lingers in the form of doctor check ups and side effects from the intense chemo. But I am doing my best to ignore all that and just LIVE. And so as you will see in this blog post I have taken the LIVE thing to the limit and have been doing it to the fullest of my ability! I give you fair warning that this post is photo heavy as I catch you up on the last few months.

My first celebration of life came with my oldest daughters engagement. Such an exciting time for her and our family absolutely adores her fiancee. She met him while in Canada and so she will be moving there after the wedding in September of 2016.

Emily and Allan

After getting the clean PET scan I decided to attend the Daily Audio Bible Womens Conference in Georgia. I needed this time so badly. Just me and God and a place where my heart could begin to heal and be made full again. The chemo sapped the life right out of me and I really needed to get my joy back. the retreat was amazing. Words can not describe how God met me and ministered to me during those 4 days. The women I met where sincere and real and although we came from different places in life instant friendships were made. Not only was the retreat refreshing spiritually but also physically. I walked daily, climbed Sharp top Mountain, zip lined into the lake and swung on a huge swing 40 Ft. up in the trees. I made sure to get photos and videos so my kids believed me! I was so blessed here and so thankful for my family at home that made it possible for me to attend! I am making plans to attend next years conference already and want to bring all my daughters with me!

the gorgeous retreat center

getting ready to be pulled up into the trees and swing

at the top of Sharp Top Mountain

Since the retreat I have been getting stronger and the kids and I have been doing so many fun things! Last weekend was Connecticut Sheep and Wool where a new furry friend might have hopped into our car to join our family! Mister Happy Jackales......a German Angora......can't wait to spin his fiber!

our new baby

a beautiful Shetland fleece to process and spin

Hannah Grace and the cutest one week old lamb in diapers!

Emily, my oldest daughter, and I also have been spending Saturdays at American Needleworks Studio
I have been teaching drop spinning and wheel spinning there. It is a lovely studio full of all kinds of fiber and the people that love it. Spending time there has been so good for my soul. I met the owner Jim, right after my clean PET scan......perfect timing! God is so good about giving us just what we need.....I have to remember His timing is always right. Being able to share my passion for spinning with others has been so healing for me. After not feeling very productive for the last 8 months it is amazing to teach!

And  through all of this there has been knitting and spinning! I am spinning more now that I am stronger and I am so happy to be back at my wheels! My bits and pieces blanket is growing and I have a lace shawl on the needles that is taking all my concentration to work through. But I am so thankful I can do it!!

bits and pieces blanket

merino and silk 3 ply

polwarth ready for plying
Josephine Shawl

knitting socks from a sock blank from Gale's Art

enjoying spinning on my new turkish from Thomas Creations The fiber is polwarth from into the whirled

 Even though I have not posted in the Yarn along for months I have been keeping up and reading many of the posts each week. Your projects and posts inspired me when I could not knit myself. I look forward to jumping back in here and keeping this space dust free now!

This weekend I have decided to head to Maryland Sheep and Wool!! Two of my younger kids will be coming with me and we are so excited! Are any of you venturing that way this weekend?

I'm excited to grab my cup of tea today and sit down and be inspired by everyone's
links at this weeks Yarn along........Happy Knitting!!

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  1. So good to see you back!!!!! God is good!!!!!!! Enjoy seeing your spinning and knitting....are you knitting the blanket from leftover yarn? Blessings to you from Kansas!!!!!

  2. I have checked your blog regularly and am glad to see you back! Will be praising God for your healing and praying for continued strength now!
    Lovely spinning. I bought my very first fiber this last weekend at our mid Iowa shop hop. Now to get a spindle and learn how to spin!
    Your blanket is lovely. Inspired to actually start mine!

  3. what great news about the PET scan!! <3 love all the photos. yes, you are living!!

  4. It's so good to hear from you! I'm so grateful right along with you for your clean scan. Such wonderful news. I think we got twin shetland fleeces from CT last weekend! Have a wonderful time at MD. Wish I could be there!

  5. Nice to see you back :) Congratulations on your daughter's engagement, how exciting :)

  6. alisa! You've been in my daily prayers and I'm glad to see your post. I'm so happy that you finished your treatment and are living life fully. I'll still keep praying (extra insurance policy) and congrats on your daughter's engagement. My daughter gets married this summer and is moving to santa barbara for two years (weep!). I am happy for their new adventure though!

  7. So wonderful! God is good - all the time. And I love how you are doing what you love.

    Congratulations too on your daughters engagement.

    Our oldest son is getting married at the end of May - such a joyful time.

  8. This is my first time here - came in on Ginny's Yarn Along link. What a beautiful first post for me to read here. I hope for you continued healing.

    You spin such beautiful yarns! I look forward to exploring more of your blog.

  9. I haven't commented before, but I wanted to tell you that this post lifts my heart, i am so glad for you! I hope you continue to be healthy and fill your life with joy!

  10. I am so glad to see this post, I missed it last week! Congratulations on your pet scan, your daughter, and all! It was amazing to read all you have been up to!


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