First of all, thank you to all of you who posted comments on my last entry, for all your kind words/prayers/wishes. They were much appreciated. It’s definitely been a rough week–especially today, which was Ashley’s funeral. The service was beautifully done. And the picture is from just after– one of my friends from Bible study arranged to do a balloon release after, since there were a lot of kids there. It ended up being more over the course of ten minutes or so rather than all at once as originally planned, but it was still kind of neat to watch hundreds of balloons floating away. The hardest part for me was definitely when I was leaving the luncheon my church hosted afterwards, which was the first chance I got to actually talk to her parents. (The visitation line was huge at the service.) Wendy (her mom) told me that Ashley had actually sewn something last week, and it had made her think of me. And I’d had an idea over the course of the week of something I could do for them–awhile back when I was over at their house for some kind of party with my Bible study, she’d pulled me aside and showed me the fabric and pattern that Ashley had picked out for her first project–I’d thought she would want to make something like a skirt or pajama pants for herself, but she’d picked out stuff for some doll clothes for her younger sisters. That’s the type of girl she was– always thinking of others first. So I told Wendy that if she still had it, I wanted to go ahead and make that for her girls, since I hadn’t been able to help Ashley make it. She thought Ashley would have liked that, so she’s going to look for the stuff when she gets a chance.
There has been a little bit of craftiness going on, despite the busier-than-usual week (extra stuff going on through church to help their family out, plus all the usual work). I finished the skirt from my Spoonflower fabric last Friday afternoon, before all of this happened. And I’m almost finished with a gift for my almost-sister-in-law, whose birthday is in about a week and a half. I’ll probably finish that up tonight since I’m feeling the need to keep my hands busy (and all I have left on it is some hand-sewing), and am emotionally and mentally not up to pinning and cutting out a BWOF pattern (my next main project, for the summer wardrobe), especially one where I have to measure rectangles for straps. So hopefully the small bit of creativity will help me to relax, since I have to work all day tomorrow.