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by sebsews ( edited 20 Dec 2015 ) 20 Dec 2015

I have been keeping secrets this year from Cuties. As most of you know 2015 has been a very trying year for me. My husband, Blackie passed away, daughter Kris and I both had Breast Cancer treatments. Kris is doing wonderful and I will need surgery in January. I still go to Hope Hospice for bereavement counseling, and what a gift that has been.

Secret #1. May 1st was our anniversary and I wanted to do something for me. Well I sure did! I went to my Viking dealer and purchased a Viking Designer Diamond Royal. It sat there on the stand for many months and I did not touch it. Well now I am getting back into sewing and machine embroidery. I knew I missed it but I had to wait until I was ready to start sewing again. Thankfully a friend pushed me to begin doing something I enjoy.

Secret # 2. Last June I traveled to Michigan to be visit family. I bought a place for me. I will be going there for the summer months, and remain in Florida for the winter months. I was to return in August to Florida but was having such a great time with friends, family and meeting new people I decided to stay until late October. I love being just minutes from my family, but my heart is still in Florida.

I am sure 2016 will present me with many changes and challenges, but I am ready to move on (slowly) and do things on my bucket list, and doing for others.

As I read some of my previous posts, the words of you are forever in my heart. Thank you Cuties for being there for me. Cuties are the best! Wishing all Cuties a Merry Christmas and a happy new year! Hugs, Suzanna
Oops I almost forgot to tell you I also got the 6D Premier Embroider software.


by dailylaundry 21 Dec 2015

Suzanne, just read this - glad to see your post. I would imagine everyone copes differently and I don't know how I would do... but, you have come a long way and that is a good thing! I wanted to share this with you - something I found that seems true...

Grief never ends… but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... It is the price of love..

And we care and love you, thanks for posting!! Hugs, Laura*

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Oh my dear Laura this is beautiful. I will print and save, maybe put on refrigerator so I can read it often. Thank you so much, Your words brought tears to my eyes especially the last sentence. Hugs, Suzanna


by lbrow 21 Dec 2015

So very glad for you. Life does go on either with us or without. I'm so glad you are doing what you have

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Thank you so much.

by cfidl 20 Dec 2015

It is so good to see you and hear your secrets. Keep em coming, and have a new and wonderful 2016.

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Thank you and I am so glad I finally posted. Merry Christmas and have a great 2016

by sdrise 20 Dec 2015

Nice to hear you are doing better. Have fun with your new machine and treasure the family!

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Thank you. I try to do better everyday. Family is 1st. Now I look forward to a new year and many changes in my life. Hugs Suzanna

by katydid 20 Dec 2015

Happy you are adjusting! I am afraid I could never go that far north for a Tennessee and Georgia girl. Good to hear from you. Kay

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Thanks Kay, adjusting is a good word for me. I am trying to make every day beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and yours.Suzanna

by Leaha 20 Dec 2015

I remember the videos and the passing of your husband. Your transition year has been very eventful as your secrets tell us. I don't look at them as secrets; I think they are just Christmas surprises you waited to share at just the right time with us. Thanks for sharing and God Bless. Congrats on the new home away from home and the new sewing/emb toy. Enjoy. :)

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Yes Leaha, you are so right. So many times I wanted to post the surprises but had to wait until I was ready. Thank you, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

by graceandham 20 Dec 2015

This is good news and good to hear from you. Glad life is beginning to "go on" in your new status. Good luck with the bucket list.

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Thank you, Yes I must go on and learn and do differently now. Merry Christmas to you and your family

by pennifold 20 Dec 2015

Dear Suzanna, I also remember with sadness Blackie's passing and your wonderful video of you and him. I'm so glad to hear that you are getting on with life and living so close to your family will be of such a huge benefit. A lot of people here in Australia do that live in the hot states during Winter and in the cooler states for Summer. How wonderful too that you have bought the new Husqvarna, I love my Husqvarna and would never give it up. I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas and enjoy everything life has to offer you. God bless, love Chris

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Chris, your words are always comforting to me. In Florida I have no family, Michigan family is only 5 to 20 minutes away. I have a SE now the Diamond. Lots to learn, Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Blessing, Suzanna

by 02kar Moderator 20 Dec 2015

What a treat to hear from you! I know it has been a hard year in many ways for you, but it sounds like there have been some very good things too. Good news on your daughter and prayers for you as you continue treatment. I'm glad you took time for you and even treated yourself to a new machine. I'm sure you will spend many happy hours with it. Enjoy the winter warmth of Florida and the summer cool of Michigan. What a wonderful way to spend time with your family too. You keep on taking care of you and the Bereavement class I'm sure helps. Merry Christmas to you and may 2016 bring healing and a smile back into your life.

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Thank you for your kind words. I do have so much to look forward to. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

by gerryvb 20 Dec 2015

hugs for you, hope your Christmas days will be blessed and 2016 will become a wonderful year for you

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Thank you very much

by airyfairy 20 Dec 2015

I really hope that 2016 will be kind to you. Enjoy your sewing and your other new home. I wish you a blessed Christmas. Hugs Sarah

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sebsews by sebsews 21 Dec 2015

Thank you so much Sarah

by noah 20 Dec 2015

Wow you have had a lot to deal with this past year but the .Bible says He will not give us more then we can stand ***So i am glad you are still standing and moving on ,i look forward to seeing your new sew outs in Projects in 2016 hugs Carolyn and Merry Christmas

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sebsews by sebsews 20 Dec 2015

Yes you are right, he knows how much I can handle. I look at every day is a new experience for me. Thank you for this and other comments of support. Merry Christmas to you, hugs, Suzanna

by pldc 20 Dec 2015

Dear Suzanna I remember well your hubby's passing & greived for you then & pray for you now. Time heals all is what people say but I think it just dulls the pain. I am so happy that you are moving forward with your life. You must continue to LIVE each day as much as you can. I am thrilled for you & your new machine & software & I look forward to seeing your creations in projects in the near future! Keeping you in my dailies that all is well in January too & please keep us up to date you are part of our cute family & we care to know ~hugs~

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sebsews by sebsews 20 Dec 2015

Oh my, such heart warming words to me. Thank you so much. You are an inspiration to so many Cuties. I love being a part of the Cute family. Hugs, Suzanna

by gerryb 20 Dec 2015

So happy for you! It's a process as you will know. But sounds like you are on the road! Hang in there & sew some goodies to share with us! And you'll love your machine & 6D! Have a good Christmas.

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sebsews by sebsews 20 Dec 2015

Thank you and thank you for so many times following and commenting on my posts. Hugs,Suzanna

by basketkase 20 Dec 2015 surely deserve to have some happiness in your life and I am thrilled to hear that you are getting to that point......we all have challenges and changes in our daily lives and it is how we respond to these changes that will form our future......your future sounds bright!!
Blessings on you!!

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sebsews by sebsews 20 Dec 2015

Oh thank you so much for that beautiful comment. Hugs, Suzanna

by rescuer Moderator 20 Dec 2015

Suzanna, I am so glad you are ready to sew and embroider again. How wonderful that you have a new machine and software to learn!
Some times, on the road of life, we find very bug bumps and curves that throw us off. Prayers for you continue and I hope your new year will bring renewed health for you and your daughter as well as many days filled with joy.

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sebsews by sebsews 20 Dec 2015

This is a wonderful reply. I missed my sewing and embroidery but now I am ready to start again. It has not been a smooth road but I know I will make 2016 a better year. Thank you for your prayers. Hugs, Suzanna

by crafter2243 Moderator 20 Dec 2015

All I can say is "good for you". You are a strong woman. It sounds as if you are going on with life as best you can. It isn't always easy. Been there, done that. I pray for you that surgery will be a success and that you will recuperate fast. Can not wait to see what you will create with your new machine and software.

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sebsews by sebsews 20 Dec 2015

Thank you for such a nice comment. And for the prayers. Yes I am stronger than I was a year ago. I know I will continue to grow one day at a time. I am learning more about the machine and the software. Congratulations on the new great granddaughter and those boys are adorable. Hugs,Suzanna

by dragonflyer 20 Dec 2015

Hi glad to hear from you and that things are turning around for the good for you...Congratulations on your new summer home, new machine and better outlook for the future...I can't begin to imagine the struggles you have had this past year...wishing you the Happiest of the Holidays...and Happiest year for 2016...Hugs to you!

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sebsews by sebsews 20 Dec 2015

Thank you Ms.Kim. It has certainly been many struggles, but I am coming around and looking forward to a new year.
Hugs, Suzanna