Thanks Be to God

We have so many things for which to be thankful this year.  Yesterday we went down to Snohomish and spent our first Thanksgiving ever with our biggest blessings:


Abby cooked her first Thanksgiving dinner and it was wonderful.  It was probably one of the most relaxed Thanksgivings I've had in a long time.  I didn't have to do a thing!

I was also able to deliver some knitted goodies to her.  Her cable and rib jacket was all finished, including the zipper, and I'm happy to report it fit her perfectly:


I also delivered her Coriolis birthday socks:


They turned out just a little large for her, especially in the heel, but I think they'll suffice for keeping her toes toasty on these damp, cool Pacific Northwest winter mornings.

I especially want to give thanks this year for my mother-in-law, Ruth.


Despite some very difficult odds, she managed to raise a wonderful, caring son (along with 4 other wonderful children).  She's been a kind, compassionate mother-in-law to me for over 37 years.  On Thanksgiving day she suffered  a heart attack.  At first they didn't think the damage was too great, but further tests showed significant damage to her heart.  She has been declining rapidly over the past few months and her doctor has recommended that she begin receiving hospice care.  She's still in the hospital, but the hope is that in the next few days she'll be able to return to the adult care home that she's been living in for the past few years.  They are set up to care for her there and it will be a familiar place to her.  We are all praying for peace and a comfortable, pain-free situation for her as she enters into the last days of her life.

10 thoughts on “Thanks Be to God

  1. I will keep your dear MIL in my thoughts and prayers. So nice that you have had a such a good relationship all these years. And also glad you had such a lovely Thanksgiving.

  2. I am so sorry! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with her.

    As for the Queen Susan, you are quite welcome! We all are enjoying the process of creating it, and we have another shawl right behind it for the same treatment. We can now understand why some designers charge $40 or more for patterns like these!

  3. Nice family picture. They look so happy in their new home with their new knits and new turkey cooking skills.

    Wishing the best for your Mother-in-Law. Is she near enough so you can visit?

  4. I had stopped by to comment on Abby’s lovely sweater, which I’d seen among the FOs on Ravelry (and it is indeed lovely and looks beautiful on her).

    I was so sorry to read about your MIL. My thoughts are with you.

  5. What a lovely picture of your MIL! I hope she is improving and doing okay. I’m glad you had a nice Thanksgiving with your family and that you didn’t have to *fly* to get there! 🙂 Lake Stevens is my home town. I went to school in Snohomish for first grade. Haven’t been there in years. Hope they are settling in and that your DIL is getting used to the PNW weather! Gorgeous socks!

  6. Delurking here. I’ve enjoyed your blog for quite some time. I hope for the best for your mother. I am planning to retire in April from a job that I’ve had for over 23 years. I also have come to the conclusion that this is not the job it was in the begining, there been changes to management, mission, and benefits. It quit being fun six or seven years ago. It makes leaving bittersweet, but I believe that I’m ready to leave. Yes, I want to knit, spin, travel more, more and more. I want to see my grandchildren more, they just grow up so fast. And I tired of being tired when I get home from work, I feel like I want my weekends back to enjoy, not to try to catch up on all that I fell behind on during the week. Best of all to you, enjoy your retirement.

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