Thursday, 29 December 2011

Praying for a better year ...

I have been away from the blogging community for quite a while.

I have missed blogging and this wonderful community of people so much but my reasons are valid and as much about self preservation than anything else.

This has been a terrible year in many ways, my husband has been very ill and our world at rock bottom. This year I have shed more tears than I ever thought I had and at times felt as though nothing would be the same again.

However, the end of a year is not without its reflections on both the good and bad and although one of the worst years I ever experienced there are also some positives;

In the midst of some terrible times I have been able to reach out to some of my work colleagues and found such profound support and encouragement.

  • I have also made some wonderful friendships in a community craft group I'm involved with

  • I've had to push myself within my little business and had great success this year

I had to increase my part-time job to full-time to ease financial pressures - this has lead to a new promotion and a new role in my work place. I've also taken up an old hobby of cross-stitch and enjoy a little 'me' time to sew during the evenings. Playing with this little guy has kept me sane. Of course quilting has taken a bit of a back-seat but life just wouldn't quite be the same without it - and the obligatory Henri-snuggle-factor-seal-of-approval. I have taught myself to crochet but this remains an unfinished project for now. Some last minute Christmas presents finished off the year.

So what have I learned this year?

  • It's ok not to be ok

  • I can reach out and a friends arms will open wide

  • Admitting wrong and learning from it leads to new and wonderful directions

  • Love is always worth fighting for

On that note I wish you all a healthy and

Happy New Year

Blessings Cxxx


susan said...

And may 2012 bring you love and laughter after such a difficult time.

Sarah said...

So sorry to hear that 2011 has been so tough. May you find blessing and peace and much more laughter in 2012..

Pat said...

I wish you a year of blessings in 2012.

Wendy said...

I'm sorry to hear 2011 was a bad year, I wish you all the luck for 2012 x

Sew Create It - Jane said...

As always Caroline you have my support. May 2012 bring you peace to your family and healing for both you and your DH! (hugs)

A said...

Hi Caroline - you and yours are in my thoughts and wish you well for the New Year. lol Anne

Anonymous said...

It was great to see a post from you! 2011 seems to have been difficult for many of us..but YOU made it through..stronger . Wishing you a wonderful 2012.

Park City, UT

Lynda said...

Sad to hear you've had such a bad year, but at least a few good things have come from it. Here's to 2012 - it's sure to better than 2011!