Sunday, November 28, 2010

GOOD-BYE AMERIKA SAMOA, I WILL MISS YOU!!!

Here are a few pictures for all of you to enjoy.

I would like to thank my mother and sister Beverly for sending me a care package each month for the first year and a half I have been here.

A big thanks to my niece Jennifer and sister Jeanette for letting me play in their store and be a part of it's opening.



A huge feeling of gratitude towards all of you who have blogged with me, during the tsunami, during sad times, and the happy times of my life. For helping my stay here even more enjoyable.



All of your creativity is amazing and inspiring.



Last but not least to my AMAZING FRIENDS here in Amerika Samoa, it truly has been some of the best years of my life and I will carry your friendship with me forever.



Seeing this beautiful island just brings a warm since of Gratitude to our Father in Heaven for allowing me and you to enjoy the beauty life has to offer us.



Can you not see His hand in all things?



Does HE not whisper to you that He lives?











What an amazing 3 years....



During this time...one son goes to Iraq, then to Japan.



One son arrives from el Salvador and then leaves again for Hawaii for school.



We became empty nesters when my last son went on a mission to the West Indies for 2 years for our church.



One son just joined the army, so now I have two in.
And...whether any of you knew this or not, some of you did....you were there with me every step of the way....


THANKS!!!!!

49 comments:

wackywoman said...

Yes, I certainly do see His hand. Thank your for a beautiful post.

Yvette said...

That was beautiful! You have truly been blessed these last 3 year.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Barb, God has truly touched the land where you live. I have been with you and I will still be with you as you start a new adventure. oxoxo

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Beautiful post and gorgeous pictures!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such beautiful images. Thank you for taking us along Barb. It has been a most enjoyable trip. May you be as blessed in your new home as you have been in this beautiful paradise.

Gene Black said...

And every step of the journey has been better because you shared it with us. Thank you so much. I can't wait to see what you share from your new home. I think we are going on a NEW adventure.

Suzanne said...

What a lovely post, Barb! I will miss seeing familiar photos of Samoa, but look forward to your new home and adventures!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Fedoras in your travels, my friend. I will see you when you arrive.
Beck

Sherry said...

Memories what wonderful ones you will have. To a new home and a new year. wishing you both the very best.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

What a wonderful experience you had, one that not too many people get the opportunity to have.

Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Best of luck on your next adventure!

MGM

JustCindy said...

What beautiful photos! Yes, I saw God in those photos, what an awesome artist he is. I can only imagine the mixed emotions you have today. I will be thinking and praying for you.

Jackie said...

You truly have been a wonderful ambassador for AS! I'm sure they'll miss your loving and giving spirit. You're one of a kind!

Diane H said...

God Bless you on your new journey, dear Barb.

Mystica said...

Blessings on your new phase in your life.

Bridget B said...

Beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing. Have a safe journey to your new home and I will be looking forward to your posts from there.

Vicki ♥ said...

Lovely photos Barb and all the very best on your new adventure. Hugs Vicki xx

Cheryl Willis said...

Our God is Awesome! Glad you got to see some of His good works. Travel safely and enjoy your next set of adventures. cw

imquilternity said...

Gorgeous photos! It must be hard to leave, but exciting to be beginning a new phase of your life! You certainly do not have a dull life! lol

Mary L. said...

What wonderful memories you will take with you. A beautiful post! Travel safely.

Tudy said...

Wishing you a very safe trip. You are all in our prayers.

Needled Mom said...

Anyone who cannot see HIS hand must have their eyes closed. What beauty you have lived around for the last three years. Safe travels, my friend.

Penny said...

Beautiful photos! Am looking forward to more photos from your latest adventure! Have a safe trip :)

Mary said...

Thank you for sharing your life and adventures. I wish I could have met up with you while on my cruise with Dad. What fun we could have had. I look forward to hear of your new adventures. You are right God does have his hand in all that we see and do.

SheilaC said...

Travel safe Barb!

It is hard to leave your good friends behind, but you will be taking me and all your bloggy friends with you. :)

(and making more in your new home.)

Hugs
SheilaC

West Michigan Quilter said...

Beautiful post. Beautiful pictures. I look forward to sharing your next adventure with you through your blog. It is always a joy.

SewCalGal said...

What a wonderful post Barb. I'm sure AS will always be in your heart. And, I do see his hand in all you do.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

Oh, Barb, it has got to be hard for you to say goodbye to such a beautiful place and all of the friends you've made there. And I know they will miss you so much for how you have enriched their lives. Did I get that you are moving to Virginia? Well, where ever you go, they don't know what a treasure they are getting!!

scraphappy said...

Best of luck with the next phase of your life. As hard as it must be to leave, I know you have many more adventures awaiting you. What a blessing your blog memories will be when you have moved on.

Deanna said...

Travel safely. Who knows what adventures await you in Virginia? I am certain you never would have guessed all that happened in Samoa. Thank you for sharing your testimony of God's love and beauty.

Kim said...

I'm with Gene. I am looking forward to updates on the new adventure that awaits you. There is much beauty to be found wherever you go, wherever you live there will be beautiful friends, too. So, wipe your tears now. Embrace the excitement you feel as you begin this new phase of you life. You certainly have an adventurous family and with that many changes ahead...they must get it from their parents! A big hug and wishes for safe flights. :-D

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

What incredible photos. Thank you so much for sharing. I may have never known where on the planet American Samoa was/is if it were not for you. I remember panicing thinking you had floated out to sea.....I'm greatful everyday that you and your family was safe.

Welcome back to the mainland....I know you will miss AS but I also know you'll quickly find a warm nest to cozy into and lots of friendly faces who will be thrilled to meet you.

Hugs,
Kelly

QuiltSue said...

A lovely post and beautiful pictures. Now it's on to the next phase where I hope you'll find as much happiness and friendship.

hetty said...

A beautiful post for a beautiful island! Have a safe trip 'home'.

Frog Quilter said...

Your pictures are gorgeous. I wish I were there...

Congrats on all your sons' achievements. Military is a good career path. I have been there and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Hugs

Quilting will fill that empty nest some.

Frog Quilter said...

Your pictures are gorgeous. I wish I were there...

Congrats on all your sons' achievements. Military is a good career path. I have been there and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Hugs

Quilting will fill that empty nest some.

Crispy said...

A beautiful post Barb!! I know you will be so sad to be leaving it all behind, but what wonderful memories!

On to Virginia and LOTS of handy quilt shops :0)

Crispy

Joanna said...

Lovely post. I too see His hand in our world.

Miri said...

Beautiful pictures! What a gorgeous place to have lived!

Can't wait to see you blogging from Virginia!

Patchwork Penguin said...

It is beautiful!! and I know you will miss it. But I can't wait until you get to VA.... and hopefully we can meet up :o)

Hugs!

andsewon said...

Wonderful memories you are taking with you.
Safe travels and email when you can from my lovely state of Virginia!!!
Hugs,
Lola

Millie said...

Barb, it is so beautiful there and you will have great memories to take with you.

Carrie P. said...

A beautiful post showing God's creation. God's blessings in your new adventure.

quiltmom said...

Looks like a gorgeous spot on the earth- such grand vistas and views. Thanks for sharing your journey and experiences in this lovely part of the globe.
I will look forward to reading about your new stories in Virginia too.
Warmest regards,
Anna

quiltmom said...

Looks like a gorgeous spot on the earth- such grand vistas and views. Thanks for sharing your journey and experiences in this lovely part of the globe.
I will look forward to reading about your new stories in Virginia too.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Rumi said...

Lovely photos Barb. I'm sure you will miss Samoa but another adventure awaits in Virginia!

Jeanne said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful images from Samoa. God is great! May your next chapter be full of good health and lots of happiness.

Pamela said...

It must be so hard to leave such beauty behind but you'll always carry it with you.

Quilt Hollow said...

I would find it terribly difficult to leave I'm afraid...but you take away many memories and had the good fortune of the opportunity to live there if even for a short chapter in your life.

FabricsNQuilts said...

What a wonderful post & tribute. Where will your feet land when you make it back to the mainland?

Wishing you safe travels & a smooth move.

Bless you & your sons for their service!