I subscribe to Hoffman Distributors(Needlework Business) and every Friday they send out pictures of the latest cross stitch patterns for all of us cross stitch nuts. When I saw this sampler on Friday, I knew that I had to have it!! I started stitching when I was a little girl. My mother taught me to embroider then one of my Nursing school Friends taught me to do crewel work, which was all the rage in the 70s. When I was a newlywed, my friend, Rebekah, introduced me to Counted Cross Stitch and I never looked for another hobby. To this day, I love to sit down and cross stitch. The patterns now are much more elaborate than they were in the late 70s and early 80s. I have done some of the elaborate designs but my favorite patterns are samplers. I find that when I sit down and stitch, the world and its problems fade away. I begin to relax as I stitch with pretty DMC floss. Now days I work on linen and I have to use a magnifier to see those small stitches but I continue to stitch away. I have found that when I am facing problems in my own life, stitching helps me to calm down and think clearly. My sweet mother in law, Mama G, was a gifted crocheter and she told me that she had crocheted many of her cares and worries into the various pieces she produced. I can identify. As I look at some of my framed pieces of cross stitch, I can remember exactly what was going on as I stitched!! Right now I feel like the sea billows of life are rolling and I know that I need to remember whatever my lot, it is well with my soul! So when I finish the piece I am working on now, I see this sweet sampler in my future!