Thank you so much for all your heartfelt comments and condolences last week. Even though I have yet to respond to them, and might not be able to, I want you to know how much I appreciate all the comments and emails. It is so comforting to know how supportive and caring the quilting community is – I love you guys!

It has been more than a week since Jen’s passing. My brother and sister-in-law are in so much pain and our family is pulling together to be there for them.

The most difficult part is the waiting. Jen lived in Calgary and died while hiking in Banff near Lake Louise. Her husband and parents are bringing her home to be buried, and it has been a logistical nightmare getting her back in the States and across the country. The latest word is that she will be here Wednesday. Not having her home is devastating for her Mom and Dad and brother.

I found myself spending most of my time in my sewing room this past week. Cut, sew, press, repeat. These actions kept me focused and soothed me. I admit, there are many pieces of fabric with tears on them, but that’s okay. For the first time in my life I was turning to something positive instead of food during a difficult time.

Sewing has been something I enjoy doing but I have never thought of it as anything more than that. Now I realize just how big a part of my life it is and how important it is to me. Sewing has become my therapy. Even just sitting in my sewing room doing nothing has been comforting. It is my favorite space in the house.

I pray Jenny makes it home this week and I hope my brother and his family get to see her one last time. That is his biggest wish and his biggest fear. He wants to see her yet he is afraid. The blessing in all this is that he and his wife spent a week with Jen and Nick in August and had a fabulous time exploring Calgary and just being together. I am so thankful they had that time.

I will be supporting my family this week as we continue to work through this tragedy. I will also be spending a lot of time in my sewing room.

I plan to return to a normal blogging schedule the following week and hope to have a lot to share with you. Main Crush Monday will return next week. Again, thank you so much for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. They are so appreciated!