Monday, May 2, 2016

For My Poppa Who Fights On

Hello stitchers!

VanaQB here to share a little personal time with you.

As some of you know, my poppa was fighting prostrate cancer last year fall. In honor of his victorious battle, I stitched a cross for him with the phrase "Create within me a new heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me." This phrase is said during Communion as the priest blesses the wine and bread. It came to me one day as I pondered and wondered what phrase to add to the bottom of the cross. I had worked hard to complete my stitching for when my poppa returned home to The Bahamas and started to take his hormonal shots, and was grateful that such a meaningful and powerful phrase was given to me.

I was also so thankful to Big G (God) and Cloud Man (Jesus) for helping my dad make it through his treatment, because when others had the same stage of cancer as him and were lying on the floor in pain, my poppa was walking straight with strength. So I thank them both for my poppa.

And now, another important phase in my fathers journey is occurring. In June my father will be thanked and recognized for his years of service in the ministry as an Anglican priest. His work wasn't easy and the family went through some times as he answered the call and performed his vigorous duties. Our family moved every 2-3 years and we defiantly had our fair share of financial and family struggles too. Yet haven been through it all, I wouldn't exchange my experiences for anything. It made me a better person, it made me closer to Big G and Cloud Man, and it allowed me to witness and express the strong love between my father and me. As my family has learned throughout the years and overcoming these obstacles: answering the call is never easy, but you'll be glad you did.

I am now starting another piece and have been working on it slowly. My rotations are between three major projects, all of whom are for a male member of my family. I do wish to complete my poppas piece before his ceremony so I can present it to him at that time. Hopefully, I will be able too. Because this piece, which is the picture down below, will have a significant meaning to my father and my family as a whole. One significance, that I will share in another post.

Till then, toodles!