It's been the most wonderful blessing to have two daughters and two granddaughters close by to hug and love this week.
Aisha and her family arrived on Tuesday and though we only had about 40 minutes together at the airport before they continued their travels across the waters to Magnetic Island, they returned by ferry on Wednesday for the best ever family dinner with Blossom, Ross, Mr E and I.
I had spent two days cooking a feast and had wondered at the time whether I'd made too much, but three men around the dinner table assured me there is never 'too much' food! Actually, the girls did a mighty fine job at clearing their plates as well.
After dinner we walked by the beach and enjoyed ice cream on deck chairs overlooking the ocean until it was time for their ferry ride back to the island.
The funny thing is that we had such a wonderful time together that nobody remembered to take photos. The next day I lamented this, but only for a short while. We like to keep special moments a bit private, you know? And that evening was indeed a very special and memorable sequence of moments we each cherish.
Thursday I was sick. Migraine, body felt like it had been slammed into a wall, and tired like I couldn't remember being in years.
Friday my body felt a wee bit better but the head continued to pound and my eyesight wasn't the best. A planned ride on the ferry to visit my girl and her loved ones had to be cancelled, and because my sweet Blossom was also unwell she could not go either.
It's now Saturday and I'm on the mend, but Mr E has confined me to home so I can be 100% well for our final hours with the family on Sunday before they fly home again.
This wasn't what I'd planned or hoped for during their holiday in our region, but life often takes you on a path you'd rather avoid and I'm okay with that because I trust God knows best and can sort life out for us if it needs to be different.
They needed a break away from home, from my son-in-law's six day work week, as a family unit with no distractions...especially as baby number three is due in April. They have rested, done lots of swimming, and today have a hire car to roam the little island and see different beaches and the markets before sitting back and watching the moon rise above the water from their harbour side balcony for the last time.
Tomorrow we'll pick them up from the ferry and head back to the beach for ice-cream and a cruise around the shoreline before their plane trip home.
I might even take photos.
With so much happening this week, and then my mystery illness, I've been very slow at getting the final work completed for this month's Stitchery Club. In fact I'm still writing the last pages, but I shall put my nose to the grindstone this afternoon and get it ready to email Club members on Sunday afternoon.
The project sheet this month is a quilt pattern for displaying all twelve "A Year in the Garden" blocks...
The quilt top is still a flimsy but I shall endeavour to quilt it over the coming month or two.
I'm thinking a mix of hand quilting and ties as I've never made a tied quilt before and I love the look of hand quilting, so using both techniques will be interesting.
Hope your weekend is a happy one,