Four years ago I started the Maine Event, a three day extravaganza (slight exaggeration) for members of SAQA and non-members alike from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Brunswick, Canada. During the three days we rekindle friendships, engaged in wonderful free workshops and networked with one another. Friday night we have a wine and cheese reception followed by dinner. Saturday we have three workshops with a group lunch followed by a banquet and a lengthy show and tell- everyone's favorite!! Sunday morning there is a final workshop before we take our leave.
I have really enjoyed organizing these events which kind of just plan themselves. This past year I knew I was going to be undergoing chemo and didn't want to cast a pall on the event so I just didn't mentioned I wouldn't be attending. Sarah, my co-chair told the attendees Friday night that I was under the weather and wouldn't be attending.
Saturday I was feeling pretty bad and spent the morning in bed. One of the workshops was being conducted near my bedroom window and the sounds of all the laughter and fun was SUCH a balm. Later in the afternoon, I heard OOO's and Ahhh's and it made me so happy to hear everyone enjoying themselves.
Sunday, Sarah and Peg called and asked if they could stop by to drop something off and I said sure. They presented me with a garland of 38 prayer flags the women had made for my healing. I was completely overwhelmed with emotion and joy. I heat set each flag, photographed them and hung then around my bed and I wanted to share this outpouring of love with you all.