Monday, October 02, 2006


Dear Friends,

I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding. I apologize for being away from my blog for so long. It has been a long two months since I last shared my thoughts with you. My mother is terminally ill with lung and throat cancer and these last two months I have tried to spend time with her, take care of getting her settled in a nursing facility as well as being there while she has spent time in the hospital. It has been a time to get reaquainted with my mother and a time to reflect on exactly how short our time with loved ones really is. Since I have been married for 40 plus years and raised three wonderful sons, my time with my mother has been limited. We seemed to have drifted in opposite directions. Her illness has enabled us to dock in the same port and share thoughts and moments together.

My husband has been very supportive as have been my sons and my very special daughter-in-law, Tracie. As many of you are aware Tracie and I are teaching together. She has taken on much of the responsibilities for submitting proposals and organizing information for our classses. What a wonderful daughter she is!!! I cannot thank her enough! I am so looking forward to our next trip to Artfest 2007 and the chance to share our creations with all of you whom signed up for our class.

As my mother nears the end, my heart is filled with faith, hope and love. Faith - that God will take her into his loving hands and comfort her during this time of pain and fear. Love-for my mother, my husband, my sons, Tracie, and my family and friends. Without their love for me I don't know that I would have the strength to be there for mom during her time of need. Hope-that God will keep giving me the stamina to spend these final days with mom and keep performing all my daily responsibilities.

Words cannot express how much all the kind thoughts I have received from many of you has meant to me. This is just one more reason why art is important to me! It really gives me strength to know that you have all thought about me. When I do find moments, here an there, to work on my art, I find that I lose myself in the creativi

1 comment:

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...


I have enjoyed our adventure... it is only the beginning!