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30 years went by, it seems like yesterday……..

Hi everyone, this post is a walk down memory lane. 

Ever wondered where the time goes?
On the 2nd of July 1988 we welcomed our beautiful son into the world, it seems like yesterday, in the blink of an eye 30 years had passed.
Happy birthday my darling son.
I remember sitting in the leather chair by the window, the sun was shining as I put the finishing touches to this piece of needlework just before my son was born, it was only the second cross stitch I had ever stitched. I can’t believe I chose such a complicated design but I loved every stitch. The designer was Paula Vaughan, I have many of her patterns and still love them as much today as I did then. 

A day to remember – 2nd July 1988

My first cross stitch was a Beatrix Potter sampler which I  stitched whilst pregnant, I left a space to put my child’s name and weight, I do have it somewhere in my craft room and will show it when I find it. The stitches were a bit wonky but I learnt a lot whilst stitching it, the piece included Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy Winkle and Jeremy Fisher amongst others.
Our son really loved the Beatrix Potter animals, they were a big part of his childhood, we read to him every night from the Beatrix Potter books and I can still remember his giggle so clearly.
One day we went for a walk in the woods and I pretended I had just seen Mrs Tiggy Winkle hiding behind a tree, I can still remember the look of wonder on his face…….. as if it was yesterday.
Both grandparents had a very special wish, my Mother wanted a grand child with red hair and my Mother-in law wanted a boy, mmmm we hit the jackpot and both were so happy, my Mother and Mother-in Law both had red hair and there were no red headed grandchildren on my mothers side. His hair was really dark but the red was shining through and he had the most beautiful brown eyes you ever saw, I remember holding him…….. as if it was yesterday.  
Today I looked through a keepsake box in my craft room, the contents were filled with items from my sons childhood, a blanket, a bear, a rabbit and a satchel with his initials carved into the leather, it took my breath away how fast the time has gone by, when you hold items in your hands from years ago the sense of being in that moment is quite overwhelming. All the items looked like new, the satchel was a little dusty, I wiped away the dust and held the rabbit and blanket and all the memories came flooding back……… as if it was yesterday.  
I remember when this photo was taken, we were at my sisters wedding when she  approached me and said “Lynn you must come over and take a photo of James, he is sat on the altar in the cutest way”!
We did not ask him to pose for this photo, he was just sat like this with his little hands on his top hat, I look at this photo many times and it always brings me joy when I look at it…….. as if it was yesterday.  
This was another Paula Vaughan cross stitch design that I stitched around that time, I think it was called The Upstairs Sewing Room.
I need to get them re-framed. 
This sampler was stitched in 1994, I can still remember stitching this…….. as if it was yesterday.
Last but not least, bo bo bear! Thirty Years Old, he sits on my dressing table in the guest bedroom. 
Recently I visited a neighbour we used to live next door to, she was one of the nicest neighbours we ever had. I was drawn to visit her out if the blue, I was in the area and felt an overwhelming draw to knock on her door. I walked up the back way and saw the gate was open to my old house, we lived there over twenty years ago. Nothing had changed, it had the same back gate, the same pvc door with roses in the glass, the same garden, everything was exactly the same. I stood there for a few moments and then in my thoughts I saw my son, he was three years old and running towards me calling “Hello Mummy”, it took my breath away…….as if it was yesterday.
The neighbour was older and frail but we had a lovely chat about how she used to give my son chocolate over the garden wall when I wasn’t looking, it really made me laugh!          
If I was to give any advice to my young self it would be to treasure every moment because you cannot believe how quickly that time goes by. 
He decided at the very young age of seven what he wanted to do in life, he achieved his career dream and we are proud of his achievements. 
I often ask myself would I have done anything different whilst bringing my child up, the answer is no, I would do everything exactly the same, I would not have changed a thing. 
 And suddenly…….
And suddenly a child is born, a gift from God to you,
He learns to walk, he learns to talk
And suddenly he’s two
As years go by, a young boy grows,
All bright, alert and alive,
He learns to read and write and suddenly he’s five.
And all the time it seems to be, he hardly changes…..when…..
He’s caught with Daddy’s work tie on
And suddenly – he’s ten
And through it all you watch this child,
The years have gently flown…
He turns to you to wave goodbye
And suddenly he’s grown. 
My Son
As you slept I took your hand
And thought of all the times
I held you as a baby
And read you nursery rhymes
Expressions of a lifetime
Unfolded as I prayed
Your little face how it has changed
But how your smile has stayed
I love you son just as the time I cradled you so tight
That very day I told you then
I whisper now tonight
My little boy how time has flown
And now a young man 
I’ll kiss your little fingers
And hold you when I can.
(Author: Muriel V Stephens Hufman)
“More than Words” 1993 
Happy 30th Birthday James
Love Mum and Dad
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. July 1, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Hello Lynn, That was a lovely heart warming read and what a sweet smile your son has in the picture, you certainly have some treasured gifts and memories that will stay with you for many more years.

    hugs Julie.C xx

  2. July 1, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Beautiful memories!! Happy 30th birthday to you son! Thank you for sharing your walk down memory lane. xx

  3. July 1, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful memories you shared with us on your blog and Happy Birthday to your son!

  4. July 1, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Wonderful memories, treasure them always!

  5. July 2, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    What a heartfelt and touching post. Thank you for sharing such poignant memories.

  6. July 2, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful memories you shared with us on your blog.
    Have a nice day

  7. July 2, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Wonderful post Lynn!

  8. July 2, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Lynn: What a beautiful post it brought tears to my eyes, yes time does fly.
    Happy Birthday to your son.


  9. July 2, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    What a beautiful post Lynn. I love the old cross stitch pieces you stitched as well.

  10. July 4, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    What a touching post Lynn! I have to agree that time flies. Thank you for sharing your lovely stitching of Paula Vaughan designs.

  11. July 4, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    What a beautiful post, Lynn! My son (who will be 28 next week!) had the exact same Thumper toy….and I still have it too, tucked away with some other precious reminders of his childhood.
    Wishing your son a very happy 30th birthday.

  12. July 4, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Wonderful Lynn,love your Paula Vaughn crosstitch. I have a couple I did for my daughter, she has them displayed in her room and loves them.

  13. July 4, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Your post brings tears to my eyes – what a beautiful tribute to your son. I have stitched many of Paula Vaughan's designs – love every one. Happy Birthday to James!

  14. July 7, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    What a beautiful memories to cherish!
    Yes time goes by (too) quickly, but we only understand that when we grow older. Luckely there are all those memories to relive the moments. You have even tangible memories hidden but near so can touch them when you want.
    Happy birthday to James, but also to his mum and dad and many, many more years in love together!

  15. July 11, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    You brought tears to my eyes Lynn. What a beautiful tribute to your son. My first two finishes were Paula Vaughan designs, one with a little girl and a toy box, the other with a wedding dress. There was very little else available in the late 80s early 90s in Blackburn! My mum still has them both on her bedroom wall. Happy memories.

  16. July 11, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Loved reading the post. It made even me totally nostalgic and I am totally able to relate to how you felt. Children really grow up so fast!!

  17. July 12, 2018 / 8:36 am

    A lovely post, Lynn! And you know what? My youngest turned 30 on July 9th–just one week after your son! Isn't that something?! I can hardly believe three decades have gone by since they were born. I hope their 30s are good to them 🙂

  18. August 8, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Always a treasure to walk down memory lane. Here's wishing your "little" boy a wonderful birthday!