Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year


Welcome to 2010!

I have been visibly absent for two months, and although many of my readers know why, not all. So today I wanted to share with you that my sweet father passed away on December 9th after a long illness. This is a picture of the two of us: I was eight years old and we were working for the forest service in a lookout tower fighting fires in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona.

He was a wonderful man, and though we all miss him dearly, we are also glad that he is no longer fighting all of the ills that diabetes brings on.

Thank you to all who have sent me beautiful cards, notes, hugs and prayers. I appreciate you so much!

And now it's time to stamp again and get back into the groove! I will have some exciting news to share tomorrow, so stay tuned!




24 comments:

RosesMarijke said...

Hi Judy

Welcome back....Happy new Year!!

I am so sorry to hear that your Father passed away...my deep sympathy for you and your family!
Love and greetings .....Marijke

Janet said...

Judy - I am very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Libby Hickson said...

Great big hugs to you Judy! I am so sorry to hear about your father.

Welcome back, we've missed you!!

Cook22 said...

I am sorry to hear that about your Dad, Judy. I've missed you and been hoping that you were OK. It's good to see you back - I trust that you will know God's love and care through this sad time.
Hugs
Sabrina

Peggy said...

Welcome Back!
I am sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
{{Hugs}}

Sue from Oregon said...

Judy..I am so sorry to hear about your Dad...Hugs to you. Glad to have you back.

Joanne (jojot) said...

You were missed, and as one who did not know, let me please extend to you my deepest sympathy.....I have been worried about you, and am happy to hear you are ready to return to us. Welcome, my giraffe loving friend...may your new year bring you joys!!!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

I heard through ODBD Judy - I am so, so sorry for your loss! Although you will miss him very much, you have such a wealth of memories and know that he is at peace in heaven! {{{hugs}}}

stampqueen said...

Hallo,
I just popped in from Flourishes - I don't know many stampers from Nebraska (my home state) so I had to say HI.
Sorry to hear your sad news!!!!
Do you mind if I ask where in NE? I am from North Bend/Morse Bluff - near Fremont. I accually live in NW FL (for the last 11 yrs) and am only a hop down the road from Flourishes - I am in Fort Walton Beach Fl.
I am accually leaving tomorrow am to be home for 2 weeks - my Mom is having knee replacement surgery. I don't even have a winter coat anymore and haven't seen snow for more than 14/15 years - Mom is blaming me for all the bad weather up there lately...
Ah well - gotta see if i can finish cramming - ah packing my suitcase.....
Tera

i {heart} papers said...

Welcome back! Happy New Year! Take it slow, my friend!

Keri said...

I was wondering where you went. So sorry to hear of your father's passing, what a great photo you have and I'm sure many wonderful memories to go with it.

Welcome back, we've missed you!

Keri

Sandee said...

We've missed you Judy. I've been thinking about you!

Connie M. said...

Oh Judy!! What a wonderful picture...one to surly cherish!! Again, so sorry for your loss! Hugs to you!!

Angella D. Crockett said...

So good to see you getting back in the saddle, Judy!! I sure have missed you and have been praying for you and your family! What an awesome pic of you and your daddy! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! God Bless and Happy New Year!!!

Buttons Ribbons and Pearls said...

Welcome Back Judy! You were missed. I have thought of you often and assumed that you were dealing with some of the "hurdles" that life at times throws our way. {{Hugs}} Tracy

Amy Johnson said...

I was wondering where you were and was really beginning to get concerned. You've really been on my mind...on all the Shabby Chicks Minds. I'm glad your alright, and I'm so sorry for your loss. Congrats on being asked to be a Flourishes Designer. I just love their images!

Kim Nath said...

So sorry for your loss, he sounds like he was a wonderful father.

Traci M said...

Judy, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad, but I know that having a parent suffer is so difficult...so I am glad he is no longer suffering.
Welcome back, and thanks for letting us know. You were missed!

Harriet Skelly said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad Judy! Welcome back and I hope you have a wonderful new year! I sure missed you on your blog and in the gallery!

Michelle Forrest said...

My deepest, heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your dad. May you find peace and comfort in all of the wonderful memories.

Welcome back. I've missed you!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

I've been wondering where you were, thinking that you were probably dealing with some kind of personal issue. I'm so sorry to read that your sweet daddy passed on. That's gotta be so hard even if you are thankful that they are no longer suffering from their illness.
On a happier note, welcome back to the stamping world and Congratulations on your exciting news!!

Gloria said...

Judy...I am so sorry to hear about your fathers passing. (((HUGS)))

I had wondered where you were. Deepest sympathies....and welcome back.

Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

Judy~ Like many, I, too was concerned & so happy to see you back. I am sorry to hear about your father. I just lost my mother so I can empathsize with your sad and empty heart. Sincere sympathy to you and your family. Take care of yourself.

www.amazingpapergrace.com said...

Judy, I am so sorry to hear about your father. I've been gone also and am so sad to know you were going through a rough time. Welcome back, I know that 2010 is going to be an exciting year for you friend.
--Hugs Becca