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Welcome to the Orthodox Stitcher! Here you will find original, handcrafted cross stitch designs created with the Orthodox Christian in mind. The Orthodox Stitcher is an extension of Fearn Abbey Needleworks, where you will find more original cross stitch designs coming to you from the beautiful Northern Highlands of Scotland. My hope for The Orthodox Stitcher is that this will be a unique and blessed place for Orthodox Christians ~ and indeed, anyone who feels called to visit and stay awhile ~ to develop their creative side, and to honor God. Glory to God for all things!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

A Stall... and a BIG Welcome!

Sometimes, the best-laid plans... and all that. Friends, I pray you will forgive me as I have a bit of a stall right now. So much is happening at once: redoing a spare room, struggling with an obstinate lamb (would you believe Doodle is being a bad lamby?), still recovering from our recent trip (more on that below), and a biggie in my mind at the moment -- my dear husband's pacemaker replacement procedure which is coming up on Monday. Things are getting left undone, I'm afraid. 

The two main things, of course, are my husband, and this past trip. This past trip was really a last-minute thing which surfaced as the result of my dear friend's husband having terminal cancer. We have been friends for 34 years (we met as college roommates), and she just means so much to me. She and her husband decided it was TIME that we all got together. Neither of them had even met my husband, and I had not seen her in 15 years. They bought our plane tickets. We are so grateful we could go. Now, though, it is touch and go, and I am speaking to her on the phone almost daily, as we wait and pray.

I covet your prayers, dear friends: for my husband and the success and ease of his pacemaker replacement. And for my friend and her husband. Please remember Ian (my husband) and Randy (her husband) in your prayers. Thank you!

And now... here is a printable for you. It is of the second maxim, and it is available as a PDF or as a JPG image. This image is sized optimally for 5" X 7".


Finally, and wonderfully... I wish to welcome Matushka Anne Hopko, Fr Thomas's wife, who is stitching along with us! It has been an absolute joy to meet her, and her presence adds a wonderful dimension to this project. Dear Matushka Anne, I thank you for joining us, and I thank you for your encouragement. 
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Monday, July 20, 2015

We're Baaack!


Do you know what this is?  It's a Hodag!  According to the Explore Rhinelander website, this is a Hodag:
The Hodag is a mysterious woodland creature that makes its home in the Rhinelander Area.  Why the Hodag is only found in the Rhinelander Area is not certain.  However, many people believe that it is the clean lakes, dense forests and incredible natural beauty that ties the Hodag to the Rhinelander Area.
What does the Hodag look like? Eyewitness accounts, along with rumor, legend and speculation indicate that the Hodag is most definitely green. The first person to see the Hodag was Eugene Shepard, who in 1893 saw what he described as a lizard-like creature covered with white horns. More than a century of sightings and research seems to support this description.
Well, we were in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and we saw LOTS of Hodags! None of them were moving though. Many artistic representations. On our first, jet-lagged day, after 22 hours of travel, we saw the one above! Do you think it was the jetlag?

It was quite an experience being back in America after seven years. Imagine! And I could write volumes (and probably will, on my other blogs), but this blog is all about stitching and Orthodoxy, so I will leave the Hodag behind, and start getting back to my reality!

I took a lot of stitching with me, but I was afraid something would happen to my Maxim Number Two, so I left that home. It is not quite finished, but I am DETERMINED to get it done and posted this week.

While you are waiting, I shall post another "printable" soon, and the new chart WILL be out before the end of the week.

I hope everyone is well and happy and stitching away! I have some other exciting news, and I will share that with you this week, too.

I think my Dear Husband was afraid we would go to America and I would not want to come home, but do you know, God is so gracious. I was so happy to get home again! This is where I am meant to be, at least as long as God wills.

I have to say, though:  I could do without the grey, wind, rain, and cold -- which is all we've had since we got home! It was pouring rain, windy, and cold when we landed in Edinburgh. I think summer has forgotten Scotland this year!

May God bless you all!
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