Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's a Party...

yes it is...I'm having a party...are you saying "I wonder what she's celebrating"?...

I'm celebrating my 6th Birthday in Blogland...WOW...6 years...the time has flown, so much has happened and I've met some of the most wonderful people in all of the world.

Andy's been out of town for a few days and is coming home in just a bit, so I've had some quiet, alone time to reflect on the past 6 years...some very wonderful things have happened, some incredibly sad things have happened,  some of the most joyous times of my life have happened...I had my quilt shop when I started this blog, Andy retired in April of 2007, I decided to close the shop and retire in August 2007, we've been blessed with 3 beautiful grandchildren, our son and family moved from Chicago to Birmingham (Lots closer for Mamie), we've taken trips that we've wanted to do all of our married life (Alaska, Maine, New York, Washington DC), spent time with dear, dear friends...Lost my dear friend Jami, lost my sweet mom, started taking better care of myself, eating better, working out...started working on designing patterns, got some people out of my heart and life that were just simply not good for me, met wonderful people because my heart was now open...I think I could probably go on and on, but you all get where I'm going here...

So to celebrate my 6th Blog Birthday (Blogiversary if you will) I have a treat for you...I'll be drawing a name at 9a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) Friday, August 3rd from the comments to this post...you don't have to jump through any hoops, just do one thing for me if you will...take a few minutes to reflect on the past 6 years of your lives...the good and the bad and the stuff in between...leave me a comment. 

The winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate from Green Fairy Quilts...they always have a great selection of MODA precuts...and they get the very newest stuff really quick...and they're delightful to work with...I love to support small business!

So get busy on your assignment!  Have a wonderful day!

88 comments:

Deb Silva said...

First off Congratulations on 6 years of blogging.

Reflecting my past 6 years ... hmmm ...

I have been fortunate in some things, but have lost 2 dear friends and my Mother just this March. I know they are all in a better place and I know they are always with me and also that I am so fortunate to have had them in my life.

I have not gotten as much quilting done as I would have like. I hope to start doing more when my moms things are all settled.

Until then I am just plugging along getting whatever stitching done here and there when time allows.

Sue said...

First of all, happy blogging birthday to you! Blogging really has opened up new friendships:)

In the last six years, I have started blogging (Feb. 2009).
In December 2009 I lost one of my best friends in all the world...my father. That was the hardest thing I've personally had to go through in my life.
I've quit my job to be more productive at home and I have no regrets.
I've met some wonderful people through blogging that has enriched my life.
My daughter got married.
My son got into the Physcial Therapist program.

Many blessings....there are always blessings and always something to be thankful for...even through the hardships:)

Thank you for being there for us Carol. We appreciate you very much.

Be blessed,
Sue

Shakerwood said...

So much can change in 6 years. Now that I think about it .... Graduated one from high school, graduated one from college, lost my father, lost my job, lost my brother, lost my sister, turned the BIG 50, found out I will be a grandma, started a new business. Geez, Carol, you sure can make a person think with one small request! Congrats on 6 years in blogland!

Darlene said...

Can you believe it's been six years? So much has happened in the past six years but I'm especially glad that our friendship happened and has just gotten stronger. You're not just a friend, Carol, you're a friend of my heart.

Congratulations, my friend.

(hugs)

Sue at The Boar's Breath Ranch said...

Let's see - 6 years. I moved to Georgia, no rug hookers in my area so I learned to quilt. Most of my new friends are through the guild. I would love to win the gift certificate.

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats Carol. I've enjoyed getting to know you through blogging. So much happens in 6 years...yet seems like yesterday. We moved from overseas, DH retired military, several graduations, an engagement, lost my father to cancer, tried to sell a house, purchased land to hopefully build, started Quilt Hollow as a business, acquired neighbors cat, had health issues I'd never encountered and turned the big 50. Oh gosh there is so much more that I'd love to forget like my son totaling his brand new car and lucky he was ok. Looking forward to seeing your quilts and watching your grands grow ever so quickly. Hugs

Sue said...

CONGRATS CAROL !

Last 6years... hubby retired , we moved to Grass Valley , made lots of quilts, daughter engaged , lots of gardening and enjoying the good life

Nancy said...

I started blogging in Dec 2007 which was two years after I retired. My life has changed quite a bit in six years, but I am happier and much healthier. I am using my "free" time to knit for charities and to make Quilts of Valor to be given to our returning warriors. These two projects give me a great deal of satisfaction. Life is Good!

Cheryl said...

A big congratulations to you!!! The past 6 years like everyone has had it's up and downs. We have been blessed with two wonderful grandchildren, my daughter has a fella in her life that makes her so, so happy, we both retired...me under not the best circumstances, but now looking back, I see things do happen for a reason, hubby is loving his retirement and doing all the things he loves, we have traveled and camped tons. I have sadly lost two very dear friends and recently the loss of my mother in law...sad for our entire family. Meeting so many wonderful supportive bloggers has truly been a highlight too.

Loris said...

What fun to celebrate 6 years of blogging with you. Yours was one of the first I started following about 4 years back after only knowing about Bonnie Hunter's site for a few. The time has been a full one for me as well. Some of it successful in establishing myself in a new department in the hospital and some of life has just been a challenge to get through. My focus is to keep growing and to try to do less judging...of myself and everything else as well.
Thank you for all your sweet sharing in the blog post. Love the new design work.

Me and My Stitches said...

Happy 6 years! I didn't even know about blogging 6 years ago - was too busy with a job that I came to detest, which led me to where I am now...so much happier and doing what I love! And in between...a wedding, a cute little Grandson, entertaining pets, a supportive husband, good times and road trips with my mom...and on and on. Thanks for being you! So glad I met you through blogging.

suemac said...

Six years ago I was blogging on Vox and was happy to be shooting pictures with a 4.0 megapixel camers. How things have changed. Since I moved to Austin I got introduced to quilting and got good and hooked. It is my passion. P.S. The megapixels on my camera went up too.

Terrie said...

Happy 6th to you !!!! Funny how it seems to go by soooo fast !!!! But then when you look back a whole lot of life has passed by seemingly unknowingly !!! In the last six years I had a baby girl that was totally unexpected, changed jobs after 14 years. Had middle daughter move out. Husband
was briefly hopitalized, MIL had a stroke and have had to replace two cars.....and it carries on, as it should...I think it a very good thing that we never quite know whats around the next curve :)

sunny said...

Congratulations!! Six whole years. Actually, I was doing some reflecting of my own as I was reading your post. Many paralels in our lives. I need to give some thought to moving some people out of my heart to make room for others. I've never thought if it that way, but it makes perfect sense.

Linda said...

CONGRATS ON 6 YEARS BLOGGING!
THE LORD HAS BEEN VERY GOOD TO US IN THE PAST 6 YEARS;WE ARE WELL AND HAPPY;FIRST GRANDCHILD MARRIED AND OUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE BLESSED TO HAVE WORK!
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL BLOG+GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Linda in PA said...

Congratulations on 6 years of blogging!

Oh my, in the last 6 years, we have been blessed with 4 beautiful granddaughters. Our daughter's family moved farther away from where we live and our son's family moved closer to us. We lost a very dear friend this past January.

Thank you for your giveaway and for the chance.

•stephanie• said...

congratulations on your sixth blogiversary!
the past six years? let's see . . .

•bad news - husband is still suffering/not working.
•good news - we've received so many unexpected blessings financially speaking.
•bad news - my father passed away.
•good news - my mom's health is improving.
•bad news - empty nest syndrome.
•good news - my children all have incredible spouses.
•bad news - i'm old enough to be a grandma.
•good news – i have seven adorable grandkids, with another expected practically any minute now.

i'd say the good news by far outweighs the bad!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow 6 years!!! Happy Blogiversary.

Well in the past 6 years I started my blog (two actually :-)
I traveled to Europe for the first time.
My sweet mother in love became very ill in 2009 and passed away this past April.
I went to Paducah for the first (and second ) time.
We moved into a new house.
AND I have met some incredible people from all over the world via this crazy and amazing blogland, people like YOU!!

Glenda in Florida said...

Congratulations on 6 years of blogging. We've lived in our house for 7 years, and our youngest grandchildren are 7 years old now. The biggest change in the past six years though, as been that we've started to travel more. We've taken a major hiking trip almost every year, and have really enjoyed seeing the great USA up close and personal.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Six years is truly a big milestone in this genre! Six years ago my husband was taking chemo three times a week, we were both retired, and life was very quiet - good, but quiet. Now we are part-time missionaries, we travel a bit, we do a lot of different things at church, we keep grandkids when we can, and next week I'm going back to work. Just for four months. I keep saying that...just for four months. Writing a blog came in there somewhere after a small stroke and it became a ministry for me, both for myself and for others. I am not who I used to be but I am who I want to be, and that's a very good thing. blessings, marlene

Janet O. said...

Congratulations, Carol. I've only been blogging a little over a year, but you were one of the first blogs I found. I enjoyed making pillowcases for your friend, have been saddened by her passing and that of your mother. I have always enjoyed your graciousness and your projects.
In 6 years my oldest daughter married and moved away, my younger daughter had 2 more children--one with disabilities--my best friend died, my FIL died, I hit the half century mark, I started blogging, and as stresses have come and gone (or stayed) I have found quilting to offer a very supportive community and provide great therapy.

Barbara Woods said...

we quit having grand kids 9 yuears ago so i guess my blessings in the last 6 years is 7 great grands thanks for the giveaway

Carrie P. said...

congrats on 6 years. I have been reading your blog for many of those years. A lot has happened in your 6 years and mine.
My daughter graduated college. My #2 son got married. I lost my brother. I have dealt with some physical issues but God is good. I have made some friends through blogging and am always inspired.
Heres to many more years of blogging and making friends.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Congratulations on 6 years! That is quite a blogging milestone! For me the last 6 years have gone by in a whirl, but I am so happy to be blogging and connecting with other quilters! That has definitely made my life so much richer. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Wow Carol...6 years!!! Congratulations sweet friend! You know, the last 6 years are easy for me to look back over and remember all phases. See, we raised a second family, our two oldest grandsons, the oldest for 19 years. During the last 6 years, both boys have become adults and moved out, the oldest going into the Air Force as a career, now stationed at Andrews AFB, MD. My hubby just returned from a 5300 mile solo motorcycle ride back to see him. Their mother also moved on to her own place just over 4 years ago, so we finally became true empty nesters and don't mind it one bit. Also in those 6 years I lost the ability to do the intricate hand work and crocheting doilies, tablecloths, etc due to my Scleroderma, BUT, that led me to quilting 4 years ago, which in turn led me to blogs, which in turn, led me to some wonderful people around the world, that I now joyfully call my friends, and amazingly, some of them also count me as a friend. Hubby and I finally, after 42 years, got our Honeymoon in 2010 on my 60th birthday...10 days at a beautiful ranch in Patagonia, AZ and it was wonderful. Of course, on the bad and ugly side, there was my hubbys heart attack in 2008 and those 4 surgeries I had over the last two years, and the news that I am going on low dose Chemo meds next month... but I'm fine and it is what it is and we run with it the best we can, right? Still, honestly, when you really look around you and think about your life, isn't it amazing how blessed we truly are, every single day??? Things have a way of working out, even when life seems grim??? Now, I wonder what the next 6 years will bring? Big Hugs coming to you Carol...

Mary said...

Congratulations! 6 years blogging is awesome. The most important thing in the past 6 years is two new granddaughters that I nanny for my daughters. They have brought me much joy. Many sad times and happy times in my family. Many quilt finishes and new ideas to add to my unfinished projects! I'm still kickin' even with a bad diagnosis this Spring. This assignment is a lot to think about. Best Wishes, Mary

ytsmom said...

The biggest thing for me in the past 6 years was a kidney transplant in August 2006. Thanks to my sister, I am living a full life and enjoying being a quilter, among other things. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging!!

Diane said...

Six years is no small feat. I'm in my fifth year of blogging - time flies so fast!

Six years ago my youngest graduated from high school and we moved away from Washington where we'd lived for 22 years, to Utah where our children were. Since then we've had two more weddings, and seven more grandchildren (the total is eight now). My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and we moved my parents here to be close by us. Lots of college degrees awarded to children and their spouses.

There are always ups and down, but life is good. When you have love and faith in your life you can get through most anything.

Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Rosa said...

HAPPY BLOGANNIVERSARY AND MORE TO COME!!
Six years?So much changes.There have been many good things, the birth of my nieces, weddings and communions but the worst was the death of my young brother and my father's stroke, death from cancer of a friend and not go on because I like being positive, life has beautiful moments amd I try to enjoy and always something to be thankful for .

Susan said...

Congratulations on 6 years of blogging!! That's quite a milestone!

In the last 6 years we've had some pretty major milestones in our home!
Our 5th son was born 3 years ago(I was 43)--the oldest was 20 at the time so we have a 20 year age span between our youngest and oldest!
Our 2 oldest boys went to college. One has graduated, the other will finish in Dec. (Beginning this fall, our 3rd son will begin dual enrollment college.)
Our 2nd son started a job, has put a contract on a house and is in a courtship relationship with a sweet girl.
Our oldest son started his own business, making ultra-light backpacking gear. He employees me as his chief seamstress and keeps me very busy sewing down socks, pants, jackets, etc.
I started quilting again (in my free moments from sewing for my son) after a long hiatus!
We experienced a death in our family--my husband's aunt, whom we were caretakers for.
Our family changed churches to a sweet, family focused congregation.
I've found lots of quilt blogs that I really enjoy on a daily basis.
Thanks for the chance to win the gift certificate! What a great prize!

Barbara said...

Six years?!? I have trouble remembering six days ago! Guess that would start with a hysterectomy (best decision ever!), took a few quilting classes with my best friend, moved on to learning applique (my very favorite addiction!), carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, had to put down my two beautiful malamutes in the same year, my only child (daughter) moved to the opposite coast...California, but right now she's on her way driving back home to stay! :-) Lots of up and downs, but such is life. Congratulations on your 6 years of blogging!

Betty said...

Six years is a long time. We have been blessed in that time period. Both our daughters have married and we now have 3 grandchildren, 2yrs, 18months, and 8 weeks. Life is busy and that is good. I have completed my first bom, had wonderful teachers and learned so much. Thanks for hostessing the give away.
Betty

Merry Merry said...

Six years can almost be a lifetime, and certainly has seen change in my life! I have: retired after 40 (!) years of teaching had two fabulous grandchildren grace our lives, visited Ireland twice and Normandy once and try to find time for quilting everyday. Life is great!

Kimme said...

Happy 6th blogiversary! Wow has that small request made me think.
6 years, ok, we have moved house, changed jobs, suffered illness, recovered, 2 sweet grandchildren have been born, we lost our most beloved dog, I entered my first quilt show (and then another), I went back to school and have just graduated, got my motorbike licence and I discovered blogs. Lots of ups and downs but overall life is good :-)
Thanks Carol.

dortha said...

So much happens in six years and you don't really realize it until you do start to reflect. I have lost dear family in those six years, my father-in-law, my brother-in law, my brother, and just last week my mom. All is not bad though. God blesses us so abundantly. I have a Granddaughter I thought I would not have. Life is good, it just hurts sometimes. Thanks for the chance.

Joyce said...

Wow, in the past six years, my husband and I have moved our daughter four times. She left our home to go to college and has never returned home to live. I am so proud of everything she had accomplished. We have been fortunate to have had very little misfortunte during this time. Hope you continue to blog, I really enjoy reading your postings.

Sharon Dawn said...

Congratulations on your Blogging for 6 years...and retirement! It sounds like you have led a satisfying life!

The past six years....wow... I actually was working on a post today that made me think about these things. I think I have been incredibly lucky, but there have been some bumps. We have had six graduations for four kids--some high school, some college, three weddings, and many great family times.

I like your idea of moving on past people who do not want the best for you and welcoming others who do. I need to work on that...and my To Do List more!

Your blog has been fun to read! So glad I found it out in BlogLand!!
Sharon
dexterdays-sdk.blogspot.com

cindi said...

Wow! 6 years to relect on... so much has happened. husband lost job, we lost our house, found a house to rent with fabulouse landlords, have had my last 3 kids graduate and move out either to the military or college, had 2 grandsons, renewed my passions for quilting, taught some quilt classes, joined a guild, started quilting for charities on a regular basis, became a blog junkie, husband and i bought a motorcycle and started taking road trips. you get the idea, so many changes, so many blessings..
cindi

Dianne Mitzel said...

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago this past June. My husband was just finishing his chemo for lung cancer. We are both doing great, and so thankful to be here enjoying our life. My mom passed away 3 years ago. I miss her very much, but she enjoyed a healthy 99 years. Life flies by, and I try to remember this in every way. The good and bad will always be a part of our travel. I am blessed with 2 wonderful children, 2 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren, so very much to be joyful about!!

Susan C said...

A lot happens in 6 years! My husband retired, my son married our beautiful daughter- in-law, we enjoyed 6 family summer vacations with our grown kids & their spouses, we welcomed our first 3 grandchildren just 6 weeks apart (twin boys last September and a sweet baby girl in October). Unfortunately my mom lost her battle with cancer less than two months before her first great grandchildren were born. Isn't that the way life is? We have to endure the bitter with the sweet.

Jackie said...

Happy Six Years and many more!

Reflecting on the past 6 years - there have been good times and bad times. Other than the loss of 2 dear friends, the good times definitely outweigh the bad.

paulette said...

Congratulations on 6 wonderful years of blogging!! We are better quilters because of YOU!!
The past 6 years have been remarkable...really great!! No one died...no one is sick and the kids have ALL finished with school and have jobs and I RETIRED!! Doesn't get any better than that, does it?!
You take care...and here's to the next six years!!
Paulette

Joan said...

The best thing in the last six years was the birth of our first grandchild, the sweetest little girl ever, who just turned one.
Congrats on six years of blogging!
Joan S.

Brenda said...

In the past 6 years I have gone from having preteens to teenagers with one turning 20 this year. One high school graduation with two more this year.
In the past 6 year I have had 3 jobs in those years and gotten laid off 3 times.
Turned the big 50, celebrated 22 years of marriage, buried 2 beloved pets and got a new dog. Lots of personal growth.
Started quilting again and learning more by teaching myself than I knew before.

Congrats on 6 years of blogging.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Congrats on 6 years of blogging!

In that time, I've lost my SIL, MIL, and FIL. I've watched my mom's journey with Alzheimer's - it is very near the end. I've endured a vertebrate broken off in my back and the 12 month rehab.

I can walk and hold my grandchildren again! We gained five grandchildren giving us a total of 7.

We are blessed - we are enjoying good health, good friends, a chance to travel often, and quilt almost daily.

Nedra said...

Because I used to live just a few blocks from Judi of Green Fairy Quilts, and "knew her when" she was just getting her company going, I would absolutely love to have a gift certificate to her store.

And the last 6 years have been a real adventure for us. Moves and now living in a new state. The best part is that we now live near our heart stealing grandbabies :)

Vickie said...

6 years of blogging...wow! Congratulations to you. I have been reflecting on my last 6 years...well 8 actually. Let me explain. I have been working for the same company in a small rural town for 8 years. During this time I have fallen in love with the people here. I have helped many heal and others to take the next step into the next great adventure. I have learned to love the Hospice program and what it does for those who are dying. I have made great friends and will never forget them as I move to a new home a couple of hours away from here to live near my mom. So in August I will say goodbye to my job and friends and start a new adventure of my own. Maybe I'll open a quilt shop...hummm

Deanna said...

Six years! Congratulations. I just finished my second anniversary.

In the last six years I have mostly watched my children grown and tried to grow up some myself. Started designing quilts. So much...it is hard to know what to share.

JoyceLM said...

Congratulations on your 6th blogging anniversary. I started quilting 6 years ago & absolutely love it.

regan said...

Happy 6th! Woohoo!

It's been an eventful past 6 years for me. My husband's cancer scare and recovery, my FIL's passing, and my MIL's cancer and mastectomy. But even with all these awful, sad, and life-changing events.....we are happy, strong, and looking forward! Quilting, blogging, and the friends I have with these two connections have played a major part in keeping my sanity these past few years, and I just wouldn't be the same without them!

Thanks for making me take a look back and reflect......I forget to do that, and it's a good feeling to see what a good place we are in right now. Life is good!

Winona Thompson said...

Hmmm, 6 years ago, our baby moved out and I became an empty nest mama. So I started quilting. (grin) We have added 2 grandchildren to the 3 we already had. We built a tiny cabin and moved into it. I started a blog and have made many new friends. We had to put MIL in a nursing home. Our daughter's marriage broke up. So we have had lots of ups and downs. Congrats on 6 years of blogging.

pcflamingo said...

Happy Blogging Birthday! What an accomplishment! I am glad to be a follower. I have had some dipsy doodles in the roadway of my life the last 6 years....

Lost the love of my life, my dear husband, to Multiple System Atrophy, in May 2009. A weird variation of Parkinson's disease where your brain loses the ability to communicate with muscles. Like the muscles that make you breathe.

Took a 10-day trip to England (by myself) in May 2010 and visited Bath, Liverpool and London and would love to go back and spend a month there!

My 93 year old mom continues to deteriorate from Alzheimer's disease but has flashes of lucidity that crack me up sometimes. She doesn't know who I am but loves to play "I spy" with the quilts I make for charity and bring to show her.

Things could be a little bit better, but they could be a whole lot worse. I tried to retire last year but flunked that. I'm down to 4 days a week and maybe I can retire bit by bit. I like my job, I like the people I work with, I have health care - life is pretty good.

jirons42 said...

The best part of the last six years was six continued years of watching my children and grandchildren continue to grow into becoming the wonderful human beings they are and to be a close part of all of that.

Dorian said...

Congratulations on 6yrs of bloggin!! The past 6 yrs have been full of huge dips and mountains...loss of a baby, a new house, growing children, financial stress... and now a good job and a new baby... life is so full of great happiness and terrible sadness. I'm glad for the 19 yrs of my married life though, and my 4 wonderful children.

Cheryl said...

Happy 6th birthday, Carol. What a wonderful 6 years it has been for you!

We have shared some of the same joys...retirement, grandchildren, and blogland.

This is very generous! Thank you!

Thimbleanna said...

What a lovely post Carol. Isn't it neat to reflect on years past. The things you could never have imagined when you're at the start of those years. I too have met some really wonderful people and traveled to some fun places. Happy Anniversary ... now, on to your next 6 years!

Lori said...

Wow! 6 years...congratulations!!
So much has happened in six years. I like where I'm at now:)

Bonnie said...

Congratulations and thank you for the chance to win.
In the past 6 years my life has changed so much. My father died 6yrs ago and I have been staying with my mother whenever I am not working. My husband eats supper with us and spends the evening and then goes home. We don't see very much of each other. Our youngest son got married. To grandkids graduated from high school and the granddaughter starts college in 2 weeks. My mother-in-law, brother-in-law and quite a few friends have passed away. On the good side, I have a job that I love (21 yrs) have health care, husband is semi-retired and has job he likes, sons and DILs are working and everyone is pretty healthy most of the time. Wow, glad you asked us to reflect on these years. Makes you see how blessed we really are.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Congratulations on blogging for 6 years! That's quite a milestone.

In the last 6 years, I lost my mom, my MIL and FIL and almost lost one of my precious grands (all within a 12-month period). I've been blessed with 2 more grands. DH and I have been able to retire and to travel pretty extensively (southern Florida multiple times, Hilton Head multiple times, Oregon a couple of times, Colorado). We moved to our retirement home. It's been an interesting 6 years, and overall they've been great years. ;-)

Kay said...

Wow, Happy Blogiversary. I have had two 3 major surgeries in the last 6 years, the latest one 3 weeks ago & I am hoping my next 6 years are surgery free. I do have a little more time to sew while home on medical leave which is nice. Your drawing is very generous.

Teri said...

Happy Blogiversay! Wow, the last six years have been quite full for me as well. Many great times and some horribly sad times. Losing my sister has to be the saddest but also have lost other great people. Also lost my Lucy cat which was devestating. On a happy note though, got together with my brothers for the fist time in nearly 20 years. I now have a sister-in-law, something I thought would never happen! My husband and I have traveled to places I never dreamed I'd see. We've stayed healthy & happy and are still looking forward to tomorrow.

Lisa D. said...

Happy Blogiversary and here's to many more! I love your tip on Moda Bake Shop today. Very clever!

Gill said...

Congratulations!
A lot of sadness in the last 6 years as we lost our eldest son but we remain positive and looking forward to better times

Amy DeCesare said...

Happy Anniversary for your blog. It's fun to see what you've been making. I've just started my own blog a few months ago, so that's one of my reflections. Like you, I'm developing my own patterns, too. The biggest change for our family happened almost 3 years ago, when we brought home our little puppy, Ginger. None of us can imagine not having her now.

Melville Family said...

WOW! 6 years...There have definitely been some ups and downs, but looking back I see how blessed I am. I was pregnant with my first son 6 yr. ago. I have gained a passion for fabric and quilting, and learned a lot along the way. :) I have a wonderful supportive husband, two beautiful kids, and a love for anything creative.

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Deb said...

Congrats on six years of blogging. I am blessed to have met so many fellow quilters through local quilt events and our local quilt store. I have a supportive husband and kids who understand my need to cut up good usable fabric and sew it back together in different patterns.

Angie said...

Wow, Carol, your request has sent me reeling backwards---for one thing, I met YOU! :D I've grown spiritually in ways I would have never thought possible, I have had to learn that the living will leave this plane and I will survive; I've loved so hard, and hurt so much, and laughed outrageously...I've learned to celebrate TODAY. :D I've learned to count my treasures, YOU are one of them. :D Happy happy birthday, girlfriend! :D

Elin said...

So many things have happened the last 6 years! Some good things, but also many sad things. I have lost both my parents, there is severe illness in my family, myself I have had two operations and chemo therapy... What is the best is my grandson, nearly 3 years old, and this summer's wonderful wedding of my daughter.
Congratulations on your bloganniversary...I guess I have been blogging since 07, with nearly 600 blog posts, and a lot of friends worldwide!

Fresh.Handmade said...

Congratulations on your 6 years of blogging. While going through a long illness and a layoff from work, I rediscovered sewing, and am happy to say that I have finally found my creative home. I am so grateful to have met so many wonderful quilters, through guilds and (most surprising to me) online. Thanks for the opportunity to win, and I hope in 6 years we are celebrating your 12 years of blogging.
Pam

Caryn said...

I have spent a lot of time reflecting lately too. My youngest two children each turned four this year and I turned forty, so I'm going through a transitional phase. The kids are becoming more independent and involved in actioties outside of our home and the reality that our family of eight is complete has sunk in at a deeper level. There are wistful moments, but excitement at what the coming years are going to bring too.

Congratulations on your blog's anniversary!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Oh my! 6 years in a nutshell! I became a blogger and a quilter. We are learning to navigate an empty nest. No longer homeschooling. We have one boy serving our country now as a Marine and one girl taking the world by storm and headed to vet school. I lost my Dad. Celebrated 25 years of marriage. We have cried, laughed, and prayed through all of it and give thanks daily for His abundant blessings. May you too be blessed as your journey continues. Thank you for sharing it with us.

nettie said...

Happy Bloggy Anniversary! I just found your blog and I really like it. Wow, 6 yrs. has gone by so fast. We relocated to UT from CA and that was rough (leaving relatives behind) but it was a good move because we are only 20 min. from our daughter and 4 grandchildren. They are the love of our lives and when I am not in my sewing room, I am with them.
I want to spend my "golden years" with wonderful memories of the things we did with them.
Bless you! Nettie

Sharon said...

Happy Bloggy Anniversary!
You are right about how fast 6 years can go by. Let's see, 5 years ago, I purchased a house all by myself and remodeled it with the help of my son-in-law, 4 years ago in June, had a new grandson, Jack! and best of all, I met the man I had prayed for, and we got married 4 years ago in October!

Sheila said...

So much has happened in the last 6 years. I became a blogger and a quilter, made many blogging friends, make quilts, blocks and pillowcases for friends, family and donation. I lost my father. I retired, taking care of my mother now.
I love this quilting community. Congratulations on your 6 year anniversary.

Ginny said...

Happy 6th yr blogiversay! Wow that is impressive. My last 6 yrs - lots of changes! I started a new job, my father passed, found out some people were not who I thought they were, I sold a house when my kids left home as young adults, I moved to a different town and built a house all by myself, became a grandma to a wonderful 3 yr old grandson! Funny where life leads us!

Donna S. said...

Carol, Just found your blog & loved reading through it. I am a fairly new quilter so enjoyed seeing your quilts. I am a grandmother to 4 so enjoyed & umderstood everything your said about your grandbabies!!

Homemaker Honey said...

Happy blogaversary!

Six years ago, I was single, living in Michigan. Today, I am married to a wonderful Aussie man, living in Queensland, Australia. A lot can happen in six years!

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Candace said...

Retirement, married grandchildren, new great-grandbabies, lots of quilts for lots of family members. Some losses, most notably the loss of my mother. Life goes on.
Happy Blogaversary, six years is quite an accomplishment.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Congratulations on 6 years...I lost my mom and my sister in the last 6 years and gained two grandbabies. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord....

Marcia W. said...

Congratulations on six years of blogging. Six years - left the work force to help my mother take care of my late father, began having health problems of my own, gained four new grandnieces that I dearly love, and take each day as it comes. It is wonderful being able to quilt - my mother is my quilting teacher.

Sandy said...

Congratulations and I hope you continue to blog and share your quilting wisdom.
In the last 6 years I have been blessed with six grandchildren and am writing down their antics.
Peace be with you.

Sandy said...

Congratulations and I hope you continue to blog and share your quilting wisdom.
In the last 6 years I have been blessed with six grandchildren and am writing down their antics.
Peace be with you.

Theresa Kroning said...

Congratulations and Happy Blogging Birthday!!
In the past six years I got a terrific job; my youngest graduated high school and is now finishing up his last semester at UNF. My oldest graduated high school and fire fighting academy. He has a girlfriend that has a son and they have brought so much joy into my life. I lost my dear grandmother and husband's grandmother that at one time I felt like I couldn't go forward. But I know they are with me and would want me to carry on. My husband and I have been become closer than we have ever been and will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in two months. I have met some wonderful quilting friends. I have been introduced to the wonderful world of blogging. I have also renewed a friendship that I thought I had lost for ever. But the most precious thing that has happened to me in the past six years is that after 12 years of being estranged from my sister we just spent last weekend together and the bond that we once shared is just as strong as ever. I am very blessed.

Theresa Kroning said...

Congratulations and Happy Blogging Birthday!!
In the past six years I got a terrific job; my youngest graduated high school and is now finishing up his last semester at UNF. My oldest graduated high school and fire fighting academy. He has a girlfriend that has a son and they have brought so much joy into my life. I lost my dear grandmother and husband's grandmother that at one time I felt like I couldn't go forward. But I know they are with me and would want me to carry on. My husband and I have been become closer than we have ever been and will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in two months. I have met some wonderful quilting friends. I have been introduced to the wonderful world of blogging. I have also renewed a friendship that I thought I had lost for ever. But the most precious thing that has happened to me in the past six years is that after 12 years of being estranged from my sister we just spent last weekend together and the bond that we once shared is just as strong as ever. I am very blessed.

* said...

Thinking of the past 6 years is easy: DH and I retired 6 years ago as of June 30th. We have had such a wonderful time being able to do things together as well as separately without the push and pull of work. And, of course, for the first time I have a dedicated place for my quilting. It's been a really good 6 years.

Kris said...

Happy Bloggy Anniversary!! That is quite something, Carol!! My last six years have been amazing - I lost my business, my home, my car and my office building when the Mortgage debacle reared it's ugly head in mid-2008. I moved to St. Goerge Utah to help my sweet Dad through the rest of his life. He passed away in May of this year. Like Sue, it was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. After crying for all of May, I jumped into a new adventure and moved 6 miles west of Weston, Idaho, a small town of 437 (now 438) just across the Utah border and am loving it!! I started blogging in early 2010 and have met some of the nicest people ever!! Our trials may be great at times, but our joy is even greater!! Life is VERY good!! Thank you for a lovely giveaway!!!

Josie McRazie said...

Happy 6th! I think I missed the giveaway part, but I just had to drop you a line!
Isn't it you who is a friend of Kelly? (Charming Chatter?) She brought me to you! I miss her and her inspiring Chatter! You tell her that!! I look forward to more of your adventures!! Thank you for sharing with us!!