Friday, October 10, 2008

The freebie I promised is finally here!

Thanks for being patient with me on this one, I'm still trying to get my groove back. HERE is your "Gracie Purse Applique" free download- by the way all the patterns on that page are free help yourself! You can read more about this little outfit HERE on a previous post, I hope you all enjoy this one. Please add your finished products from The Handmade Dress patterns to our new flickr group, and if you haven't already been over for a visit, go! (There is a link in the side bar) These people will blow you away!! You are sure to find lots of sewing goodness there! I love going over to peek at the new pictures, there is also a way to comment on each photo. Fun stuff!

Now a little update on me to answer some of the emails and comments I have had lately. I still have bad days. It has been 5 weeks ago today since I found out my sweet baby passed away and it still hurts almost as bad as the day I found out. I think I am surprised at the pain....how long it has lasted without letting up much. There are days that I am busy and I feel like the day passes more easily than others, and I was proud last week when I went two days without crying....but it didn't last. It hurts to tell strangers when they ask that I have three children when my heart knows that there are five, but I can't say it because I can't talk about it....it's too much. I can say that I have learned a lot through this two year battle....I've learned to not take fertility for granted...it is truly a gift from God, I have learned that I am stronger and weaker than I thought I was, I'm leaning on God more than I ever have and learning that he loves to be needed just like I do as a Mother, I have also learned that having bad times is what makes you fully appreciate the good times. Keep the prayers coming and know that this hurting mama needs them badly. Thank you. I Love you all, Samantha

10 comments:

Heather said...

Samantha, you are an amazing person! I have been keeping up with your blogs (and I can not sew a button on lol), but you are just so interesting. You have inspired me to be a better wife, mother and christian. I wish we would have never grown apart as friends, there are times that I have needed a friend like you in my life. I think you are doing a wonderful job at everything you do. I am so sorry to hear about what you have been going through, but you have the best outlook about it. Have a wonderful weekend and happy late birthday. Take care- Heather

Heather said...

Sorry, but this is Heather (Rogers) Packer, I realize you might not have realized who this was ;-)

Myra said...

Cute purse. Happy belated birthday. I, too know, how it is to say I have 4, when it should be more (7). I feel your pain.

writingcanvas said...

A friend of mine just past on your blog to me. Besides loving to sew I've also miscarried 3 little ones, had a stillborn daughter @ 36 weeks and lost a 16 year old son, so I know your deep pain - that does not go away quickly. Thank you for sharing and being so open with your grief. Not only is it good for you - but you help others see how "normal" we are going through this. I have a friend who just miscarried her 3rd baby - at 20 weeks. I've passed your blog on to her now as well. I have links from my blog for a ministry to women (BereavedMomsShare.com) and memorial pages. Feel free to visit when you have time.

Your blog is very lovely. :)

tara said...

I check in everyday and think of you and your family often. Were all here for you! I understand grief and after a year and a half of losing someone I still cry several times a week. And I will continue to cry as long as I have to.
And I love the applique,cant wait to use it.

Mary said...

Sweetie, I think of you every, single day.

SHEILA said...

Samantha,
Even with all you've been through, here you are thinking of your sewing friends and sending us this lovely applique. You are so sweet, and only God loves you more than all your friends out here in the blog/internet world! We're always here to support you and pray for you.
xoxo

wondermommy said...

Just wanted to say that I love you and pray for you daily. God will carry you through. Thanks for reminding me how lucky I am that I have the two children that I do.

heartathome said...

Your statement about learning that you are stronger and weaker than you thought you were was profound! You have rightly and simply put into words the Christian journey, including its high mountain tops and low, desolate valleys. It is CHRIST that brings us to this truth, that we are stronger and yet weaker than we thought we were. Thanks for the fitly spoken words. And I continue to pray for you. Five weeks is not long; it is no wonder that your heart still grieves so painfully.
As a bit of a side note to this (wordy!!!) comment, being newer to your blog, I had no idea you drew. Oh, my goodness!!!!!! Your drawings are absolutely beautiful! What a gift the Lord has blessed you with. Please, please share anytime as I really enjoyed looking at them!

Betsy said...

Hi, Samantha! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that you've been on my mind lately and I've been praying for you and your family!