Monday, December 23, 2019

A Blue Christmas

Hi, stitching friends!

Here we are, Christmas Eve Eve, and I am writing this with a heavy heart. We came home from our awesome, amazing, wonderful-beyond-belief vacation on the Oregon Coast, and I had routine scans Monday morning once we were back home.

Good news and bad news. The good news is that my cancer is still in the bone. That's REALLY good news. The bad news is that it has progressed. The last few days have been a flurry of doctor appointments and planning. I'm having surgery Friday to have a titanium rod inserted in my femur to stabilize it and keep it from breaking. After that, we'll be looking at several weeks of radiation to various parts of my body to kill the cancer and reduce pain.

After that, I don't know. Lots of fighting with insurance, probably. Maybe more chemo. One day at a time.

So. Much. Fun.

We've decided it's wise to stay close to home this next year, so we cancelled our 2020 Ireland/Scotland trip. But we are not sad. Shawn and I can have fun anywhere, doing just about anything together. Grocery shopping can be an adventure.

And, I'm so thankful that I have cross stitch as a hobby. I can't count the number of life challenges that stitching has helped me through. It keeps me centered. And I will have plenty of excuses to stay off my feet in the near future.

I would appreciate your prayers, though. Pray for strength, pray for healing, pray for wisdom and skill in my doctors.

In the meantime, we will have a wonderful Christmas. My mom is here with us, and with any luck, a family friend will be able to join us as well.

"Blue Christmas House," freebie from Live to Stitch

Blue Christmas House Freebie

My Christmas gift to you is a little ornament I designed called "Blue Christmas House." The design is based on a painting by Charles Wysocki called "Cape Cod Christmas." Click here for a PDF of "Blue Christmas House."

I owe the New England charm to Mr. Wysocki, though. I just adore his work. Here is the original painting:

I made some changes to make the ornament my own, but the spirit of the house is there. I hope you enjoy it!

Sweet Seventeen

My son turned 17 last week! I can hardly believe it. He is growing up to be such a kind, thoughtful young man, and I couldn't be prouder.

I asked him what kind of cake he would like for his birthday, and he said red velvet cheesecake. I made a red velvet cheesecake cake, and wow.... let me tell you, it was amaaaaaazing. See that picture above? That's MY cake! It turned out better than I expected, and my son was so thrilled. I have not been eating sugar since August, but I made an exception and had a piece of this. It was worth the calories. Click here for the recipe.

With that, I'll sign off for now. It may be a while before I post again, as life is about to get a lot more complicated for me. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and an amazing 2020!


  1. My sweet friend... I read your post with tears in my eyes. I'm so sorry the cancer has progressed, but also glad it is still "only" in the bone. Stupid cancer! Having seen another good blogging friend deal with this years ago, it is so hard to watch you go through it, too. I will certainly keep you in my prayers--it sounds like you have the best support group ever with your dear husband and son there.

    Your darling ornament is one I will treasure always, Meg. Thank you for making me one of my very own and also for providing us with the chart--you certainly have an innate talent for design and I know I'll stitch this for future gifts. And that cake--wow! It's the "simple" things like making a red velvet cheesecake cake that will help you remain strong throughout your treatments. And I'm so glad you have your stitching to keep you centered. Please know if you ever want to vent--I am here to listen. Sending you a warm hug and my most positive thoughts and prayers for you during your surgery on Friday and throughout your treatment. ♥♥♥

  2. Thank you for the update on what's happening with you. I will keep you in my prayers, and especially with the reminder of this sweet free pattern you have made available to us!

    I love it that you and your husband can have fun anywhere, even in the grocery store. Beloved and I are like that, too. Keeping things simple is a wise move on your part right now.

    Have a blessed Christmas. Oh PS -- that cake looks W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L!!!

  3. Meg, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad you had a wonderful adventure to Oregon, but sorry you had to return to scans and flurries of medical appointments.

    I love my Meg ornament and it is hanging on my tree! Thank you for sharing the pattern. I plan on stitching it at least once in 2020.

    The cake you made for your son's birthday looks incredible. Glad you took a taste of it!

    Wishing you and your family a peaceful Christmas!

  4. I am sorry to hear about your future treatments and surgery but hopeful for excellent results. We will be thinking about you and praying for you, hope we can get a few words from you now and then.

    That cake will be on my mind for days.

    Have a wonderful Christmas with family, and know we are here for you.

  5. My dear sweet Meg...I am heartbroken at your news. I know this is not what you wanted to hear. I know how stressful these days are and I know exactly what you are feeling. But it is very good news that it is only in one place. I know you and you will fight this hard and I feel good things will follow.

    I will be thinking about you Friday and praying that all goes smoothly. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. You feel like my little sister and I wish I could be there too to support you. But I know you are in great hands with Shawn and your sweet boy by your side. And it is so good your Mom and good friend will be there for the holidays.

    Your cake looks amazing. I know your son must have loved it.

    And your ornament is so beautiful. I treasure mine and always will. I'm also so happy to have the pattern so I can make it for others. You are so immensely talented.

    I pray for a peaceful Christmas with your family and know that I'm here for you always. RJ

  6. Liebe Meg,
    ich bin so traurig über ihre Krebsdiagnose zu hören. Ich wünsche dir für die nächste Zeit ganz viel Kraft für deine anstehende Therapie und bete für dich.
    Thank you for the lovely freebie. I love it.
    The cake is amazing and looks very yummy.
    I wish you and your family a Merry and blessed Christmas.

    A big Hugs, Manuela

  7. Oh Meg. I am so sorry. I am praying for you and your doctors. Thank God Shawn is by your side through this all. I understand about the stitching. It has been wonderful for me through my many health ordeals. Your new pattern is so beautiful Meg. I will tell you once again my friend, YOU ARE SO VERY TALENTED! God bless you Meg. I hope and pray you all have a Blessed Merry Christmas!

  8. Hugs and Prayers to you this morning Meg. You mean so much to so many and we will be lifting you up to the Great Physician as you continue your battle. ( PS...I finally figured out why my somments were being deleted. Thanks to Barbara....we have such a great community here in our blogiverse.

  9. I'll be praying for you every day, Meg.

  10. My Christmas wish for you is to have a long and happy life cancer free. I hope you enjoy your Christmas with family and friends and I will keep you in my prayers. I am sending you all big big hugs from Canada. My the Lord bless you always. Lynda Ruth

  11. Love you dear. I sent you an email when my comments went wonky. Safari and Google are acting up again, so you may have less for now.
    PRaying hard for you!!!!

  12. Meg, you will be in my prayers. One day at a time. I only know you through our blogging but your kindness shines through your words as does strength. A Belated Happy Birthday to your son, red velvet cake is my favorite. Thank you for the freebie. Wishing the best of outcomes for you on Monday but first here's to a very Merry Christmas to you and family.

  13. Prayers will be said for you, your family and your medical team. I hope that Friday will be a huge success. Thank you for designing the sharing your stitching piece. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  14. Meg: I am so sorry about the diagnosis, I have you now on my prayer list.
    It is amazing what can be done to get rid of cancer, I am sure your doctors will take very good care of you.
    I look forward to hearing updates.

    Merry Christmas

  15. Oh Meg, my heart is heavy as I read this. I know this is not a challenge that you wanted to undertake but, with the support of family and friends, you will overcome!!! I am sending positive thoughts and prayers your way and will continue over the days and weeks to come. Keep your fighting spirit!!!
    You know I love your sweet did such a wonderful job with the is a treasured ornament on my tree!
    Lots of virtual hugs coming your way!!!! Please take care of your self and know we, your followers, are here if you need us!!!

  16. Oh Meg, I'm so sorry to hear your news. How wonderful that you have such a supportive husband and so many friends here thinking of you and praying for you, count me in.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely design, and your cheesecake looks delicious.
    Hugs to you and wishing you a healing and healthy New Year.

  17. Meg, I was so shocked to hear your new from RJ as I have not been online. You will continuously be in my thoughts and prayers my friend and know that you have a supportive community of stitching friends that are praying for you.

  18. Oh Meg I'm so very sorry to hear about your news. I really hope they can get ahead of it. Stay strong.

  19. I'm visiting from Carol's blog, Stitching Dreams. I adored the Christmas ornament you designed and have graciously given away! Thank you! I will enjoy stitching it! Please know that I'll be adding you to my prayer list. I pray for your comfort and healing.

  20. Megan, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers while you are on this cancer journey. May God bless you and your family and give you the strength you need to conquer cancer. God bless, prayers for your full recovery in 2020

  21. Healing and peaceful hugs and prayers for you sweet Meg. Thank you so kindly for the lovely design. ❤

  22. I'm here from Stitching Dreams. What a lovely design and thank you for sharing. I will write you down in my prayer book and keep you in my prayers. May these treatments they perform help you. Happy New Year.

  23. Hello Meg, I am here from Stitching dreams and I want to tell you that I am thinking of you and sending you prayers and healing hugs from Melbourne Australia. I also wanted to say thank you for the gorgeous freebie - you are so clever to design this and I love the finish that you sent to dear Carol. Please feel free to visit my blog at . hugs, Kaye

  24. I'm so sorry to hear your bad news. I do hope things progress well in 2020 and your stitching is able to see you through this difficult time.
    I came over because Carol posted the link to the lovely little ornament, thanks for sharing.

  25. I came over from Sweet Tea and Sandals since Barbara linked to your ornament freebie. It is so cute and something that I will definitely stitch. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    Will certainly add you to my prayer list, and will pray for healing. There is nothing too hard for the Lord ... nothing.

    It was so sweet to read that you and your husband can have fun together anywhere. The same is true for my hubby and me. We're still having fun after 45 years together!

    The cake looks scrumptious too. Glad you got a taste of it!

    Oh -- and I just started following you on Instagram.


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