Family Love!

My husband and daughter are two of the most awesome people on this planet! Yep, I’m a little biased. But really, they are super supportive of everything… even my quilting projects and needs! They are currently letting me take over the living room as a place for my Jellyfish layout, making that room almost unusable. So sweet, especially since this layout is taking longer than expected.

Last week I picked up all the blues and re-laid them out… and I’m liking it a lot better. I just need to spend a bit more time on blending them, then I’ll be ready to stitch them all together!  You can see my borders starting to fill out too – I only have a few more cerise hexies and half-hexies to make!!

Jellyfish Hexie Quilt Layout take 2

Speaking of my little family… they also have been super supportive in my health and eating habits! So much so, that this is what I got for Mother’s Day:

I am beyond THRILLED, and surprised – wasn’t expecting it! Super green smoothies will be a great addition to my diet. Plus many nut&fruit-based creamy desserts I can finally make… so exciting! It made the day pretty sweet.

Usually Mothers / Fathers Day just get me really depressed because I think of my own parents who disowned me when I was a teen. They are still alive, but we only speak maybe once every few years (me trying to get health history information) and it always ends up with many hurt, sad tears on both ends. They are completely crushed that I could “turn my back on God” by not being a certain religion… and I’m crushed they won’t respect me or my own beliefs. But… as my mother always says “We are right and every other religion is wrong, and until you understand that, you won’t understand anything.”

It’s been 20 years since I’ve seen my folks, 24 years since I’ve seen or heard from any of my four siblings. I think this is why I value family so much, even with issues – unconditional love is totally under-rated… but super appreciated around here!

11 Replies to “Family Love!”

  1. Karen @ Pieces of Contentment

    I'm really liking your Jellyfish – it's totally amazing! So pleased you have a loving understanding husband and daughter, but very sad to read your pain too.
    Looking forward to seeing the next update! Enjoy those green smoothies!

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  2. Gail Lizette

    Aw thanks Karen, luckily time heals all wounds so it's only a brief zing. All I need to do is see where my life experiences have brought me, and I'm happy again 🙂 BTW… the smoothies are rockin!

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  3. Nicole

    Crappy family is so crappy. I'm in year three of not talking to my mom. Sometimes it's hard, and sometimes I feel guilty, but not talking to her improves my life (and by extension the lives of my kids and husband).

    Nice jelly fish though! And yay for a surprise on Mother's Day!

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  4. Gail Lizette

    crappy – agreed! Sorry to hear of your more recent separation – however, the health of your other relationships are just as (or more) important as your relationship with her. If talking creates hate, anger, frustration and sadness… with no hope of change… it's time to let go and be the better for it. For me, it was the best thing in the end… and I'm a MUCH happier person.

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  5. anotheryarn

    I think my jaw dropped when I read your mom's quote. I'm so happy you've built yourself an awesome family. And totally looking forward to seeing the jellyfish.

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  6. Gail Lizette

    Thanks Michelle, it's true… my parents take religion to a whole other level for sure. Even in their own faith they are considered strict. Luckily, it's been so long, it really doesn't matter that much anymore- especially when I have awesome friends and family!

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  7. Dawn White

    Gail, you continue to amaze and inspire me, both with your quilting projects and ability to move beyond your painful past. Love seeing your jellyfish grow!

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  8. Kimberly

    My response is the same as Michelle's, my jaw dropped. I am so sorry that your parent's cannot see past their own religious views and know the awesome person that you are. I'm glad that you have an amazing family around you now.
    Also the jellyfish quilt is sooo cool. 🙂

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