Monday, May 17, 2010

Explanation

I truly must apologize for not having updated my blog for over 6 weeks. Unfortunately, sometime 'real' life gets in the way of things we normally do on a daily or weekly basis. On April 8th, one of my brothers took seriously ill and was admitted to the hospital. He and his wife live in Hawaii without any other family members close by. Within about 4 days it was evident to everyone in our family that someone needed to go and be with my sister in law, so she would not have to go through this alone. I decided on April 12 to fly to Hawaii. My sister in law and I were together every minute for the next 2 weeks, sitting vigil by my brother's side. On April 23, my brother lost his battle and died. We took him home to California where all of our family lives. All in all, I spent four weeks with my sister in law and other family and did not have much access to a computer. It is amazing how circumstances such as this can change a person overnight. I know Gloria and I will be changed forever and I am sure that my other family feels the same way. I am going to slowly try and pick up the pieces of my 'crochet' life, but please bear with me if it is slow going.
On a more positive note, I wanted to try and relate all I have been through to my crochet blog. The most wonderful thing about crocheting (or knitting) is the incredible cathartic effect it can have on you when you are going through a crisis. Crocheting can slow you down and calm you, as you continually make each rhythmic stitch. It certainly did for me at times while I was in the hospital in Hawaii. Here is a photo of the cotton bathmat I worked on for my bathroom while I was in Hawaii. It comforts me to look at it and I hope to finish it soon!
Even though I travelled to Hawaii under bad circumstances, I was still able to fall in love with Honolul, Waikiki, Hawaiian customs and all the wonderful Hawaiian people I was fortunate enough to meet. I hope to one day be able to post about my Aloha experience.
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8 comments :

glor said...

I am so sorry for you, your family, your sister-in-law. I pray for peace for you all. You have been through so much. I know that many will hold you all close. God bless.

April Creates said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Jocelyn. I'll continue to pray for you and your family.

Kristine said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your entire family in my prayers.

Maria said...

Sympathies for you and your family at this difficult time

Laura said...

Sorry for your loss Jocelyn, glad to have you back! I would love to go to Hawaii some time!

Sonya said...

Hi Jocelyn,
I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that you and your family will find peace at this most difficult time. I lost my husband one month ago and I know that healing takes time when your whole life has been turned upside down. Again, I am so very sorry and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Hugs,
Sonya

Marie's Cozy Corner said...

I am so sorry for your lost. you and your family are in my prayers.

Sônia Maria said...

I am so sorry for you and yuor family.
Hugs,
Sônia Maria