Monday, July 15, 2013

Our Eagle

My Beloved, a.k.a. Pop Pop, was one of five nominees in his company for the Eagle Award.   It was a great honor to be nominated out of 1500 others; and, while Pop Pop was not named Eagle out of those last five, he is and always will be our Eagle. 

At a point in life where many of his peers are growing complacent and resisting change, he embraces it and continues to stretch himself.   I am always amazed and impressed by his willingness and optimism in the face of difficult situations.  Times are hard.   Change is tough.  He continues to soar.  I love that.

I love that our family honors the qualities of hard work, integrity and perseverance.  I love that my Little Men are learning about that from their parents... and are learning the value of encouragement and affirmation and love.   I think the look on his face when this poster arrived in the mail was way better than any look he could have had had they announced him winner.

I hope he will always know, deep in his heart, that he is The Eagle:  The Winner to us. 

The Entrelac shawl is coming along in spite of almost two whole tiers having to be taken out after an unfortunate and faulty turn.  Seems I lost myself between boarding and resuming knitting on the plane.  Bummer.  But, the entrelac is kind of like eating potato chips; it's hard to do just one, so starting back wasn't hard.

Travel to Evan's meeting last week was wicked:  getting up at 1:30 A.M. for one flight and then two days later getting up at 3:15 A.M. for the return flight.  I had myself some serious issues with TIRED.  Glad to be starting on a more normal week and glad to have The Unloved sitting in time out.  ;)  Thanks for all the wonderful advice.  I think just considering that I can freely rip it all out has been liberating!   We'll see what happens down the line. 

"Anyone who has gumption knows what it is, and anyone who hasn't can never know what it is."
~ L. M. Montgomery

Hope you are all off to a wonderful week.

blessings ~ tanna


Wanda said...

Oh I'm so touched with "Pop Pop". What a special grandpa.

The posters are so powerful and filled with love.

I really love the piece you are working on. I've been in my simple way doing a basket stitch on my latest dish cloth. I hope to graduate to something more difficult one of these days.

Have a great week. Love and Hugs

TexWisGirl said...

i just love that poster! such sweet eagles made by little boy hands... precious.

Sandy said...

Well, I am sure that Pop Pop knows how much he is loved and admired by his family! How precious is family love! Big congrats to him!
I can't even say anything about this piece, Tanna. I am so in awe of all knitters. It is beautiful. Sigh...

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Love the eagle poster, how precious!! Congrats to Evan he is an eagle.
I love the shawl, wow you always go beyond what I even dream of!! I think you both soar pretty far. Can't wait to see it finished. Love ya! You are both pretty amazing.

Pondside said...

Congratulations to your Eagle! What a wonderful example for the men and boys in your family.
The new shaw is just beautiful. I find it very cosy-looking.

steph said...

What a wonderful tribute!!! I bet that poster finds itself framed in a place of honor!!!

The entrelac shawl is beautiful! sort of like mitered squares---and cashews around here...just one more!!

Deb said...

that poster is awesome...a better award than the one he was nominated for...what a cute idea...

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Aww your Hubby has to know how much he is loved and valued just by your loving words.

Kudos to your Hubby for such an honor to place so high over so many people.

The shawl is yummy! I did one scarf in Entrelac (knitted) and loved the finished results. I am looking forward to watching the progress of your lovely shawl.

Hugs and blessings being sent your way dear friend.

Donna said...

Hope you get caught up on your sleep this week! People who are willing to think and dream and do are my kind of heroes!
Eagle hands? Can't beat that with any old award!
Love, d.

Mereknits said...

There is nothing like the love of family to make you feel proud. Love the poster and the thoughts behind it. Also loving the shawl, I can see why the unloved is back in the basket.
Hugs to you,

Terra said...

Your family recognizes that Pop Pop IS the eagle, and that is a super poster.

Pride In Photos said...

Well as I am sure, pop pop is better to be loved by family than 10,000 men♥ You know what is even better...a great wife standing beside are that woman☺

Bonnie said...

What a nice honor and such special family support. Precious poster. I know it will be displayed in a prominent place.

Hope you are now rested. That was a wicked schedule. I couldn't do it.

Your shawl is lovely and I am sure you will be finished with it quickly and I look forward to seeing it.

Bonnie said...

What a nice honor and such special family support. Precious poster. I know it will be displayed in a prominent place.

Hope you are now rested. That was a wicked schedule. I couldn't do it.

Your shawl is lovely and I am sure you will be finished with it quickly and I look forward to seeing it.

Pammy Sue said...

Bummer on having to rip out and give it another go...that's always so frustrating! Sounds like you took it well though. It's looking great. Love the colors.

Catherine Holman said...

I think grandma's heart is bursting with pride. How sweet!
I love your shawl!

Judy S. said...

Another great post, Tanna! Love the shawl, too.

Anonymous said...

Such a sweet message to Pop Pop and knowing that he is so adored by those who love him, is simply an irreplaceable honour.

Loving the beautiful entrelac shawl Tanna. It's such an intriguing pattern. I'm about half way through my shawl...I'm using the "shade loving shawl" pattern that you knitted a month or two ago. I couldn't find a cotton yarn in colours that I liked so I've used a bamboo silk. I've also joined a small knitting group that meets twice a month and although they're far more advanced than I, it's inspiring and helpful to knit with them.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'll just bet this sweet award is much more meaningful to PopPop than any other one he could receive!

You shawl looks very complicated to knit, but it sure is beautiful! I love the colors and pattern.

Stephanie V said...

Those 'eagles' made by the Little Men are so precious.
And your shawl is gorgeous. Those little puffs of color are just mesmerizing.

kathy b said...

Eagle candidates are all amazing.

I have to show your shawl to my friend Karen who can make one too. It is Incredilble

Tammy said...

Well, congratulations to your Beloved!! He is the winner no matter what, because he has been blessed with such a beautiful and loving family!

Tanna, you have hands of gold...your shawls are works of art. Always amazed by your images.


Debbie said...

Congratulations to your Eagle! I love that characteristic in a person, and I firmly believe that "gumption" like that (loved the Montgomery quote) is cultivated in and by families.

The shawl is lovely.
I have been busy for the past few days. I need to look back and make sure I didn't miss an update on the Unloved.

Still unloved?

Amanda said...

Before Roo's nap today we were reading the zoo lift-a-flap book. When he lifted the eagle flap I told him what it was, and he said, "Pop Pop." =) You and Pop Pop are a strong match - equally paired in your ability to soar. Love you both beyond measure! xoxo

Jennifer Holmes said...

Birds of a feather... Uh huh. Yes m'aam! You two are just that.. soaring eagles. I'm glad to know you. Hugs, Jen

Tricia Buice said...

Congratulations to Pop pop! Such an honor :) Hope you catch up on your sleep soon - it gets harder to do the older I get! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

podso said...

Congratulations to your Eagle -- I love this post! And your daughter is obviously able to teach her sons because you taught her these finer things of life. Happy Fourth birthday? Wow, time just flies doesn't it? And I love this interesting shawl...your creations are always a delight to behold (and wear. :-)

Shug said...

This is such a great post! Your words, the drawings, the honor....all of it speaks loud and clear that your family is strong and where it needs to be in life! Wonderful!!

Vicki Boster said...

Tanna- what a wonderful tribute to your husband-- he is so blessed to have a family who appreciates him for the person he is-- a wonderful husband, Father, Grandpa.

Your shawl is exceptional-- the colors are stunning. Oh I can't believe you had to rip so much out-/ that's always so disheartening to me:(. I'm really glad you didn't give up on it-- it's stunning!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, It is true children are taught to respect and appreciate. Your grandchildren are being well taught the respect and love that will take them through life.
Congrats to your hubby. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

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