I don’t know about you all, but I think that 2009 was a crazy year — with ups and downs through out. I did a lot of travelling in 2009, and that gave Julie and the rest of the staff a lot of time to really learn the nuts and bolts of how EVERYTHING works … thankfully they had Rick, Ron and James by their side. Many of you know that my sister and her young daughters lived with us through the year, and that had many rewards as well as some trials. Between the two families, we had a few medical scares along the way… everything from broken bones, middle of the night ER runs, stitches, specialists, and an entire gamit of roller coaster rides .. and in the long run everybody is healthy! And, then in October Laura was able to return to her roots in California … where she entered a reality Marketing contest and won! Woohoo!
So, it was particularly endearing to me to receive this email from the customer who won the 2009 Shopping Spree. Judy M. of Rock Hill, SC is the Grand Prize Winner. With her permission, we are copying it here for your enjoyment:
Hello Teresa and everybody at Homespun Hearth!
I just have to tell you how wonderful it is that I am the winner of the $250 Shopping Spree. 2009 was a challenging year for us – our daughter and son-in-law lost their home, and so they moved in with us for 7 months along with their 4 young children, 2 dogs and 1 turtle. I have to tell you, I didn’t realize how tough that would be for us. Not counting the financial drain, what we noticed the most was constant commotion! The first thing I had to give up was my sewing room, which meant back to the dining room table for me. My poor husband, though (who just retired in 2008), started to disappear for hours at a time, just ‘running errands’. Well, this went on for a couple of weeks, and I really started to worry about him, but he was so evasive. Well, finally my curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to follow him. I left the house earlier than him, and when he passed the grocery store lot I was hiding in, I was able to get in several cars behind. I had to laugh when I realized what he was doing. He stopped at a near-by park, pulled out a lawn chair from the back of his car, tucked a newspaper and book under his arm, found a shady spot, and sat down for a good read. Anyway, that’s when I realized how much he’d been looking forward to a ‘quiet’ retirement! Fortunately, at the end of summer my daughter found a suitable place to live near my son-in-law’s job, and so the only ‘commotion’ we’ve had for a while was at Christmas. My sewing room is back in order, and I was able to make several gifts for Christmas, so that made me happy. My husband hasn’t ‘disappeared’ in months, either! But, to get the email that I won a $250 Shopping Spree was absolutely staggering! I think the only thing I’ve ever won in my life was a box of Girl Scout Cookies from the school where I worked, and I had to share those with my students! Thank you so much for a wonderful start to 2010. I love your new website, and I have been a customer of yours for many years – and I know you will be my favorite for years to come.Piece in Stitches,
I hope you all a Pieceful 2010.