Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sad News - Good News

My 90 year-old aunt, a faithful Christian, passed away. To attend her funeral and spend time with cousins and extended family I haven't seen in at least five years, I cancelled the second Stitchin' Mission lesson. It was a difficult decision because it's the first time in leading 21 Stitchin' Mission series that I've missed. But everyone has been completely understanding, and the host church was able to add another week to the end of the class schedule, so everyone will get their full five beginner quiltmaking lessons... albeit with a long gap between the first and second lessons.

And in other, extremely happy news...

I am returning to Sydney, Australia!

Leaving Des Moines Wednesday, April 14, I'll arrive in Sydney on Friday, April 16. Yes, it is most certainly a long trip! I will be in transit for more than 23 hours, but it will be worth it to be with...
Celina, age 11

and Tay, 5-1/2 months
and our daughter and son-in-law, the same family I stayed with during my Oct/Nov visit last year. This time I'll stay three weeks, returning home May 7.

I can't wait to go! I simply adore Australia! I can't wait to see my family in person, instead of on a Skype screen. Poor baby doesn't know that Nana is actually a three-dimensional person!
I can't wait to see my Aus friends! I can't wait to share more of Sydney with my blog friends.

I am undoubtedly blessed as this will be my fourth trip to Australia.


Patty said...

My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your aunt. And I wish you the best on your trip to Aus. How much fun it will be to see the family there. I am so happy for you.

Edith Bieri-Hanselmann said...

Hi Linda,
My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your aunt. And how happy you sure are visiting your family in Australia again. Does Dan come with you this time?

Jackie's Stitches said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. I'm sure your students understand the need to delay a class.

Celina is beautiful and look at Tay already standing up! I think he might be an early walker.

Deb said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. My condolences to you and your family! But how exciting about your trip. I wish you a wonderful time.

Di said...

Linda, I hope the time spent with your family at your dear aunt's funeral has been comforting for you all. We're beside ourselves with excitement at the news of your return!

Elyte said...

Very sad to hear of your loss. Hopefully you and your family all shared some lovely memories and enjoyed your time together.
The travel news is wonderful, I could feel your smile and sparkle as you were writing your blog. Preparations start now!

Pokey said...

Sorry for the passing of your Aunt, but I will say, I'm glad you'll be seeing her again.
What wonderful news that you'll be visiting the grandbabies! I so enjoyed reading of your past trip, hope this one is as much of a blessing.

Lindi said...

90 years - there must be such a lot of memories and celebrations of her life there. It's a sad time for those left behind, but I imagine she is enjoying her reunion with loved ones who have gone before.
Greta news that you are coming back down under! Maybe we will get to meet this time!

Carrie P. said...

So sorry about your aunt but one day you will be reunited in glory.
Look how big Tay is getting. I know you will have a great time seeing them all again. Is your hubby going too?


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