"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Friday, August 5, 2016

A precious baby and a BOM block...


She's here and she's beautiful.
Our darling Blossom went through the labour of a lifetime, 50 hours with serious complications, but she's glowing with a pride and love that cannot be measured as she holds her newborn daughter, Cully May.

Our Blossom lost 80 percent of her blood volume and is having many blood transfusions, but she's coming along wonderfully. Motherhood has been her desire since she was 6 years old, and now her dream has come true.

Thank you for your prayers over these past few months. They proved to be more valuable than we ever imagined.

After the trauma and celebration of the past two days, something Blossom said made me change my mind about which Gentle Domesticity block I'd share with you this month.

She said "nothing went to plan", and those words are resonating deeply within me.

We do make plans, we do have hopes of a desired process and outcome - yet life isn't our plan.
It unfolds in it's own way and it's up to us to choose how we accept the challenges, joy and surprises that fall upon our life path.

Wherever you are, wherever I am, choose to bloom. Look for the good, look for the worthy, look for the hope.





Block 8 of Gentle Domesticity is a free download HERE.

bless you,


102 comments:

  1. What a precious bundle of joy for you all to love and nurture. Congratulations. With many prayers and best wishes for you all. Pebble

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  2. Oh my gracious! So glad she and baby are doing well. It will be a long recovery, so hope she will rest when she can. Prayers to all. Cully May is absolutely beautiful!!

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  3. Congratulations Grandma. What a long labour your girl had! Does anything every go to plan with childbirth? LOL! Now you have a gorgeous new baby to cuddle and isn't she beautiful. I love her name too. Lots of love and prayers for her mum and dad too.

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  4. What a beautiful little granddaughter for you and your husband to cherish. Glad that Blossom is getting the care she needs. Congratulations! You are truly a blessing to me. I treasure your posts and your words of encouragement. I have learned to value quiet and time with Jesus. Thank you so much for the beautiful stitcheries you share with us! They are precious and wonderful. Thank you for sharing your life with us. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

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  5. Dear Jenny...oh the joy of a grandchild is like no other. I'm sorry that your dearest Blossom had to weather so much for the sweet fulfilment of holding her babe in her arms, but what a cherished babe she will be. Congratulations to all, and thankyou for sharing such a joyous moment in time with all of us. Love, Mimi xxx

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  6. Congratulations to all the family, what a gorgeous little bundle of pure joy!

    Best wishes to you all.

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    WELCOME CULLI MAY!!!

    The best of life is a baby. This precious little Blossom are the best of the best. Many hugs for Blossom, I hope she´s healthy soon for enjoy her maternity.
    Thank you for the block, it is very special this month.
    God bless you. God bless your family. Hugs.

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  8. Thank you and all the best for Blossom and baby. Guida

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  9. Wonderful news Jenny. May God richly bless Cully May and Blossom with her recovery.
    Such joy for you all. xx

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  10. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dem bezauberndem Baby !
    Ich freue mich, dass alles gut gegangen ist.
    Gute Erholung für die gamze Familie wünsche ich.
    Liebe Grüße
    Käthe

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  11. Glad that all was well in the end... I always tell pregnant people ( I'm including men here ) make your plans, that's good, but don't set your heart on it being only that way because childbirth has a way of turning everything upside down ! and read all the books but, please,realise there is one person who hasn't read them and that's the baby ! go with the flow not the "experts".... Wishing them all the best for a wonderful future xx

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  12. Welcome to the world, Cully May. Wishing this little bundle and her mum and dad and extended family so many happy times together. So sorry that Blossom had such a difficult time - wishing her a speedy recovery.

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  13. Ho quel beau bébé ! et bienvenue à Cully mai ! une naissance est toujours du bonheur et redonne du baume dans la vie d'une famille, chaque jour est différent, il faut le prendre comme il arrive et qu'il soit fleuri le plus possible ! je souhaite un très bon rétablissement à Blossom, et toutes mes félicitations aux parents et grands parents ! doux baisers à tous ! Martine

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  14. Beautiful baby Cully May. Congratulations to all the family and mainly Blossom who had to weather the difficulties.

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  15. Congratulations to you all. What a beautiful baby! Wishing Blossom all the best as she recovers.

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  16. Welcome to the world little angel! Soooo gorgeous and I love her name. Is it just my imagination or does she look a little bit like you? So sorry to hear that Blossom had such a hard time with her labour and birth . It may take her a while to accept that it didn't go to plan but that is quite normal. I hope that she and little Cally bond beautifully and that Blossom recovers quickly so she can focus on mothering. Tell her that just because things didn't go to plan this time it doesn't necessarily mean that it will be the same next time, depending on the circumstances. ( I was a childbirth educator and birth helper as well as being a mum having had one unplanned Caesarean birth followed by a VBAC ). Wishing you and your extended family many angel hugs and blessings. This really puts a smile on one's dial.

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  17. Blessings to you all. Cully May is so beautiful xxx

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  18. Congratulations... prayers and best wishes for all.

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  19. Congratulations to all...and Welcome to the World Princess Cully May!

    Prayers that Blossom is feeling much better very soon.

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  20. Congratulations, she is beautiful! I am blessed to be part of this, and you are so right, we always have to look on the bright side of life!
    KATRIN W.

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  21. Cully May is beautiful and what fun you all will have with all that beautiful hair! I'm happy that she's here and pray that Blossom will continue to feel better and better!

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  22. Congratulations! She is adorable. Continued prayers for Blossom, sorry the poor dear had such a hard time. Hope she is feeling well soon.

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  23. Oh Jenny she is gorgeous! I will pray for a a speedy recovery for Blossom. Congratulations and GOD BLESS little Cully May and her whole family!
    Maria

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  24. What a beautiful little girl...congratulations and blessings to everyone!!What a time Blossom has had; may she recover quickly. And your latest block is gorgeous Jenny.

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  25. Thankful for the safe arrival of this new precious little one and that Mom is doing relatively well. Prayers have been answered! Love your new block and the little saying on it.

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  26. congratulations to you all! God is truly good, you are blessed.

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  27. Bloom where you are. A marvelous thought.

    I am so relieved that Blossom is ok. Cully May is so beautiful and has been given such a wonderfully unique name. I love it! I'm so happy for Blossom and for you. I have kept you both in my thoughts and prayers. Now the fun starts!!
    xx, Carol

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  28. Oh, Jenny, please give Blossom a hug for me. I had a similar experience with the birth of my second daughter and I know that it can take months to heal and recover full strength. I am so glad that she has you and her DB to take care of her and keep her from overdoing it. Congratulations on such a beautiful addition to your family! I pray that she will love God as passionately as her Grandma as she gets older!

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  29. Congratulations on your beautiful new granddaughter. Wow that was quite the labor! I'll keep praying for a speedy recovery.

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  30. Congratulations , Cully May is beautiful. Best wishes to Blossom. Much happiness on this new journey.

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  32. Thank you for sharing this cute block. And sharing a photo of the precious baby--soooo cute. Will be praying for her Mother to get well quickly.

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  33. Welcome Cully May! You're adorable!
    Congratulations for the beautiful granddaughter Jenny, and you have a brave daughter too. What a hard labour! Hope she's great soon.
    I really love your work, your blog, your stitching, your posts, and look for them daily, anxiously. Thanks so much for sharing everything!
    Best wishes, always!
    Lidiane, from Brazil

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  34. Congratulations, Grandma. I'm so sorry that Blossom had such a difficult labor. What an outcome, though!! Thank you so much for the free block; it is wonderful. Your joy comes shining through this block.

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  35. Congratulations, now everything will be fine!!
    A big hug of Hope✿⊱╮

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  36. She is beautiful! Congratulations, and prayers for a quick and full recovery for Blossom.

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  37. Best wishes for your beautiful daughter and granddaughter!

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  38. Jenny, congratulations to all your family on the birth of Culli May. Prayers for Blossom for a quick recovery. The poor dear, long labour and loss of blood. But you will be there to help her through the recovery. I hope the hospital doesn't send her home too soon!!

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  39. Jenny, sorry I spelt bub's name with an "I" instead of "Y".

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  40. Congratulations to all, and prayers for Blossom's recovery! Cully May is a beautiful gift from God.

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  41. Ah, Jenny, she is absolutely precious and so beautiful. I am glad all went well in spite of the complications, but that is soon forgotten as you look into that precious babies eyes. I know this has been a long time waiting, but God is good and delivered a precious gift to you all and He is watching over the health of Blossom AND you. All the best as you enjoy this journey together! Thank you for sharing a picture.

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  42. Jenny,
    So happy to hear that Blossom is doing well. Cully May is such a sweetie. Thank you for sharing her photo. Sending thoughts and prayers your way so that mom and baby are home soon.

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  43. Congratulatiomns na on the safe arrival of Cully May! Sending Prayers for a speedy recovery for Blossom!

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  44. congratulations to the new parents (& grandparents)
    glad all is well, hoping for a speedy recovery for Blossom

    thanx for sharing

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  45. Oh Jenny, what a beautiful baby girl! So worth the wait. I will keep praying for Blossom to have a healthy and speedy recovery, so that she can enjoy being a mother to her new precious little one. She is lucky to have you so close to help her. Thank you too, for your beautiful thoughts and pattern.

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  46. Cully May is beautiful, congratulations to her Mum, Dad and Grandparents ...sending hugs to Blossom for a quick recovery.

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  47. Cully May is just adorable. Congratulations to mum and dad. Prayers for a good recovery for Blossom. And Grandma and Grandpa, come down off the ceiling. I can just sense your excitement and joy. God Bless your family at this time of celebration.

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  48. OMG! She is beautiful!! Hope Blossom has much healing and will be OK as she is being prayed for. Congratulations to Grandma, Grandpa, and New Mom.

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  49. Welcome to the world, Cully. You have a very special Mommy. Congratulations to Nana and all the family.

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  50. Oh Jenny, she is beautiful!!! Praising God for her safe arrival! Congratulations to all of you.

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  51. There is nothing sweeter than watching your baby become a mother. And you thought you knew what love is! It just keeps multiplying until your heart overflows. Welcome to the grandmother club. Your grandaughter is just scrumptious. Prayers and Hugs and hoping a healthy recovery for your dear daughter. Congratulations!

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  52. God Bless. Cully May is beautiful.

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  53. Congratulations to all - poor Blossom! What a beautiful baby and a beautiful name. Love and prayers xx

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  54. Huge congrats to all. Hope you have lots of fun being a grandmother.

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  55. Congratulations to all. She is a beautiful baby and what a head of hair! I am amazed that the doctors let her labor go for so long. Praying Blossom will regain health quickly. Now, did anyone guess correctly what her name would be?

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  56. Many congratulations, Cully May (such a lovely name) is so beautiful and has a wonderful head of hair.
    I wish you all happiness and good luck for the future.

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  57. Oh what a beautiful baby girl! Congratulations to the whole family! Prayers for healing for Blossom.

    Your latest design is lovely. I hope to stitch it in the future. Thank you for sharing it with us. You are so generous!

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  58. Felicidades Jenny!!! Mil bendiciones para Cully May. Bienvenida a este mundo. Espero que la mami se recupere rapidito. Un fuerte abrazo desde Venezuela!

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  59. Oh my goodness, the hair! She is precious. My prayers to Blossom. Things do not go as we have planed sometimes. It is very hard to see God's hands in them, yet it is there. Why a 50 hour labor all of that blood. What is God's plan? I can't see it but it is there. And then of course there is beautiful little Cully May!

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  60. Congratulations to you all. What a lovely little girl. Worth the wait and the pain I have no doubt. Hope she is doing well & Blossom continues to improve. Love to you all.

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  61. Congratulations!! So glad to hear mom and baby are both doing well! :0)

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  62. Congratulations! Such a precious time for all involved.

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  63. Congratulations to you all. Hugs,xx

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  64. Congratulations to all of you !!!!!!! I pray that Blossom will feel stronger everyday.
    God bless you !!!

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  65. She is beautiful, I love her name! Praying that Blossom heals quickly and completely. Thank you for your words of encouragement, on June 14th my world changed completely with the home going of my husband, God has put me on a mew journey and I am clinging and trusting in Jer 29:11.

    God bless all of you, Cyndi

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  66. Congratulations to both Blossom and you! I'm so happy for all of you.

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  67. Good Afternoon Grandma! Congratulations to all of you! She is so precious and Blossom is so correct...nothing goes as planned. Your message is perfect and will be a favorite of mine forever. I continue to say prayers for Blossom and your family! Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

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  68. Lovely child, glad everything is stable. Congrats!

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  69. What a wonderful gift. So pleased that Blossom is OK after what she has been through. I'm sure this little lady will be very much loved.

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  70. Congratulations. She is beautiful. So thankful Blossom is doing okay and hopefully her health returns quickly.

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  71. Congratulations to Blossom on the birth of her beautiful daughter Cully May. I'm so happy for you all at this special time and all the special times to come for you in the future. (((hugs))) to baby Cully - she's adorable x

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  72. Oh my goodness! She is just beautiful! Congratulations to Blossom and family. Gods blessings on her and the the new little one. Hope her recovery is fast and she is able to enjoy motherhood. Congrats to you too, grandma!

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  73. Congratulations Jenny, and to all of you! Beautiful baby, well her momma is too so it was expected.

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  74. Oh Jenny, she is gorgeous! So pretty and so much hair - love it! No wonder Blossom in spite of it all being so difficult is besotted with her new baby. Love the name too! Bet you and Mark are glowing with pride at another wonderful grandchild - very special! Love, prayers and blessing.

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  75. Congratulations Jenny to Blossom and her DB and your family, oh Cully May is gorgeous, beautiful, blissful time for Blossom having her baby girl in her arms, yes baby plans have their own agenda at times, hope Blossom recovers well. The transfusions will help Blossom enormously, hope she is able to rest. Very exciting time for you all, oh your block is lovely too. Wishing the very best, Judithann:-)

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  76. Oh Jenny your Mumma heart bust of been exploding with worry... we had the same situation last year with our daughter, things all went to crap and she started hemorrhaging big time, no time for a theatre, doc c-sections right there, her little fella wasn't alive when they got him out, he was so stuck... lucky she has an awesome doctor he saved both of them, my Mumma heart was exploding, now it is just exploding with much love for him...... Big congratulations to Blossom and her partner, she is gorgeous and love all her hair... congratulations to the Grandparents too, well done everyone xxxxx

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  77. Gosh big tears in my eyes reading your post dear Jenny. Welcome to the world little Cully May .... how wonderful. Beautiful name for a beautiful baby girl. Blessings & love to all of you over there Jenny. Your block is most appropriate today x x x x

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  78. Glad to hear Cully and Blossom are safe and sound. I know you are all flying high on the joy of seeing Cully at last. Let Blossom and her DB know we are all praying for her to be able to get home soon and start those first everythings with her little one.

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  79. So happy to hear the wonderful news of Cully's safe arrival.....my prayers are now with Blossom for a quick recovery from such a difficult birth. Luckily, love dims the pain. Congratulations to all the family, enjoy every moment of this precious time. I love her name....very pretty and unusual. Love your stitching too....as always. Love and many blessings to all xoxox

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  80. Congratulations on your new granddaughter. I am glad mom is doing fine.

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  81. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful grand daughter I hope Blossom is doing well. It can sometimes be difficult to see the positive in things but I find that trying to have a glass half full attitude can help where possible.
    Warm wishes

    Lizzi xoxo

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  82. Bonjour ...
    Bienvenue à Cully May ... une adorable petite-fille !!!
    Félicitations aux Parents et Grands-Parents
    BISOUS

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  83. Congratulations to you and your husband. How blessed to be the grandparents of a precious little girl. Praise God for his protection over Blossom and Cully during a challenging delivery.
    I pray that God will provide a quick recovery for Blossom. How beautiful that Blossom has fulfilled a cherished dream of being a mother, and is holding such a positive attitude despite the challenges she is experiencing.

    Thank you for releasing a new pattern in the midst of the excitement. What a beautiful message there is in this block.

    Bless you all

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  84. Congratulations! And may Blossom heal quickly my friend! And thank you for sharing those encouraging sentiments at the bottom... It is so very true!

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  85. Congratulations!
    What a wonderful baby girl......
    God bless you all especially Blossom and Cully May

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  86. The Best wishes to the young family, I hope Bloosom is well very soon!
    Enjoy this wonderful first an so special time!

    Greetings from the Black Forest, German to Australia
    Christiane

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  87. Congratulations to your family. What a beautiful baby girl and all I can say is wow about the amount of hair she has. I love her name. Prayers for Blossoms quick recovery.

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  88. Congratulations to you all. She is so beautiful. Wishing blossom a speedy recovery.

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  89. Oh the sight of that dear wee face brings tears to your eyes. Congratulations to Blossom and partner and you and yours. She is beautiful. Loved your splendid stitchery and needlecase. Thank you for the gift of giving the tutorial. Have a great week.

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  90. Congratulations to your family and the new parents! She is beautiful! I'm sorry your daughter had such a hard time, but that little sweetheart looks totally worth the effort! Hugs and love and cuddles!

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  91. What a precious bundle! I hope Blossom continues to improve, and enjoys her new daughter.

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  92. Beautiful....Cullybackey may. God bless! Congratulations!! I am sure blossom will forget all the complications she went through looking at her precious little daughter.

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  93. Congratulations, Jenny, on the birth of little Cully May! She is beautiful, born on my nameday - we celebrate namedays too here in Hungary :-) I wish you and Blossom and the whole family all the best!
    Kristina

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  94. Hello Jenny! Congratulations for Blossom, you and all your family for the birth of Cully May, beautiful baby!!!, love to all of you

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  95. Wow she is gorgeous, what hair, best wishes to Blossom and DB and hope she is recovering well xxxx

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  96. JENNY, OH MY BUT SHE IS JUST BEAUTIFUL. IM SO HAPPY FOR ALL OF YOU..... ENJOY HER AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL...

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  97. I'm late with my well wishes....but they are heartfelt and joyous :) Congratulations dear Jenny :) Well done Blossom....your bundle of love is gorgeous. Trust that you are all doing well xxxx

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  98. Jenny, con retraso leo tu publicacion, os deseo muchas felicidades por esa hermosa niña a Blossom una pronta recuperacion..y a todos mis mayores deseos de felicidad junto a esa pequeña tan preciosa
    Un beso Nora

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  99. JENNY SO GLAD MOMMY AND BABY ARE DOING WELL. HAD THE SAME WITH MY GRAND DAUGHTER IT'S VERY SCAREY. PRAISE GOD HE DOES TAKE CARE OF US.... YOUR BABY IS JUST BEAUTIFUL ENJOY HER I KNOW YOU WILL
    JUDE

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