Dear Everyone -
Another busy year is almost over. I sent out the Christmas cards and finished wrapping gifts. Gifts were already sent to my parents and friends in Japan and other gifts were piled up in the attic. I have my in-laws visiting from this weekend and the schools will be closed soon.
Both Kyle (12) and Nicole (8) are doing well. Kyle’s days are fully booked with soccer, Karate and homework. He is 12, but still talks to me about things that I do not care much such as video games and silly things that he does with his friends. Yes, I know that I should embrace it while I can. Nicole is an excellent swimmer, who is smallest in her class for this past three years, but everyone agrees that she has a biggest heart. John has lost 50 lb and is now focused on building muscles. His obsession drives him to whatever goal that he sets and drags me into it, which I owe deeply to my loss of 20 lb. We are not skinny but lean and strong, which is very important for our age.
It was another fulfilling year for me and Mino. I am pleased to announce that I sent the donation of US $4200 to the Mino’s fund at the ANU. $4200 was raised for the past 2 years by all my “Nimara & Japarta” fundraising efforts.
The very first “Nimara & Japarta: Knit-A-Thon 2013” was a huge success. Knitters chose one or more of my designs and needed to complete it within a month. $0.05 was raised for every yard that was knitted upon completion. 45 knitters around the world participated, 65 projects were completed and $984.53 was raised.
My design pattern sale has been steady and that means more and more knitters have met Mino. One knitter knits my design, which reaches her online “friends” and the connection continues.
Please “LIKE” Nimara & Japarta on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NimaraJaparta) and follow my designing, knitting and fundraising work. I really enjoy what I am doing. Please see the attached photo of my latest design, “Embracing Japarta.”
I have one story to share.
Just like Mino, I always like to stay up late. After my husband goes to bed, I am alone sitting and knitting with TV on. One chilly winter night, I was watching one of my favorite shows, “Criminal Mind.” At the end of an episode, there is always a quote. That night, I heard the following quote in David Rossi’s voice.
“Death stops life, not relationship”
I felt Mino’s arm on my shoulder. My next design “Your Arm around Me” was born at this very moment.
I wish everyone having happy holidays and healthy year of 2014.