I’m a mother of four adult children, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and five small grandchildren. My husband and I met on a blind date in college and have been married 45 years. I’m a retired county welfare director, and he is a retired teacher. We both consider ourselves to be professional volunteers and serve on many local boards.
Decorating for Christmas was no big deal in our home until about fifteen years ago when I moved it up a notch and added a second tree. This year we had fifty nine Christmas trees in the house that I decorated myself. These trees range from one foot to nine feet and are all artifical. The Santa Tree, Upside Down Tree and 1940′s vintage aluminum tree take fourteen days to put up and take down. Fortunately, we have a three story home with a basement and a loft in the garage to store all the Christmas decorations.
When I was three years old, my mother gave me a piece of material and a needle and helped me stitch a blanket for my dolls. Years later I am still stitching. My main loves are counted cross stitch, counted needlepoint, and needlepoint. As you see, our home is filled with needlework, and our children, relatives and friends have some of it too. Hanging in our laundry room are over 200 Sweepstakes, Best of Show and Judge’s Choice Ribbons I’ve won in three different county fairs, the Indiana State Fair, and various state and national competitions. It is a rare day that I do not pick up a needle and stitch.