Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What a great ending to a hectic day

I get home from a rough day at work and find a slip on my door saying we have a flower delivery for you but you were not home. OH WOW .... who could have sent me flowers.... so I called and asked them to redeliver.

Now I wait to see what is delivered and find out who sent me such a wonderful surprise.

I just got the delivery of some beautiful flowers.

The person that sent them was one of the ladies that had purchased one of my no-sew fleece blankets. What a wonderful way to thank me.

Then I check my email and find that Tracy is wanting to give me a chart as a RAK! Wow what a wonderful idea.... But I think the biggest and best thing about this RAK is........... I not only received the wonderful chart below .... I also got to meet her in person..... Come to find out I found out that someone in blog land lives less then a mile away.

YIPPEEE!!!! I got a stitch buddy.... Yes, Tracy I would be happy to help you do some finishing as long as you help me keep a little more motivated. LOL

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I needed this one

I got this in email today and after all I have been going through in life....
This is one message that I really needed to hear. I hope you feel the same ....

The Fern And The Bamboo
Posted by: "Rest Ministries"

"'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'"Hebrews 13:5 NIV

One day I decided to quit...
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality....
I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
'God', I said. 'Can you give me one good reason not to quit?'
His answer surprised me.
'Look around', He said. 'Do you see the fern and the bamboo?''
Yes', I replied.
'When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.
I gave them light. I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.
'In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.
The same in year four.
'Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.
But just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.
'Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots?
I would not quit on the bamboo.. I will never quit on you.
'Don't compare yourself to others.' He said.
'The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern.
Yet they both make the forest beautiful.
'Your time will come', God said to me. 'You will rise high'
'How high should I rise?' I asked.
'How high will the bamboo rise? He asked in return.
'As high as it can?' I questioned.
'Yes.' He said, 'Give me glory by rising as high as you can.'
I left the forest, realizing that God will never give up on me.
And He will never give up on you.
Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness;
bad days give you experiences;
both are essential to life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The author of today's devotion is unknown.

Oh wow.....

How exciting!!!

I just got this award from XSMargie.
I thank you so much!!!

It is called "Arte y pico".
In Spanish it literally means ART and TIP but according to Andie's blog, by way of Noreen's blog, by way of Nina... it translates as "The Best Art."
And the rules say:
1) Choose 5 blogs deserving to receive the award (conception, creativity, interesting equipment and contributing to the community of bloggers whatever the language)
2) Every award must contain the link towards the blog of his author so that it can be visited.
3) Every winner must show the award-logo and put back the name and the link towards theblog that attributed it for her.
4) The winner must show the blog link the Arte y Pico.
5) To Post the rules.
So now to pick out some people to pass this one off to.... hmmmm you ladies are all AWESOME!!!


It feels so great to know that so many people can enjoy my blog.

I was awarded this morning two awards from Sharon.
Thank you so much.

The awards that were awarded to me were.... (had received the brillante before)

Here are the rules when you select your people for the award:
1) Put the logo on your blog;
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on yours
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs

I will only be posting choices for the I Love your Blog award as I had previously gotten the Brilliante award. Although, if those I pick have not received the Brilliante award.... then consider yourself double awarded. (You ladies that do samplers are amazing!!!)

1. XS Margie - your site is wonderful.
2. Lelia - I have always wanted to enter my work in a contest... you are such a huge inspiration.
3. tkdquintmom - you are an inspiration.
4. Barb - you are an inspiration.
5. Holly- you are an inspiration.
6. MJ -you are an inspiration.
7. Carol - you are definately an inspriration.

You all are wonderful!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Update on Me

Well for those of you that do not know....

In June, I broke my ankle and spent a very hot Arizona summer with a cast on.

My kids were not too happy with me as this made going swimming almost non-existant since I could not take them.

I then got my cast off on August 11th... first day of school and work for me.

I worked all day for that first week only to find out on August 15th that I was dealing again with kidney stones.

I need an illness vacation......

Those that do not know my health history - in 1997, I had 3 kidney stones that I passed the size of popcorn kernals. Then in 2006 I had gallstones and had to have part of my liver removed with the gallbladder due to the fact that my liver grew around my gallbladder. Then last year(10 years later after the first set), I had 3 more kidney stones the largest one was 1/2 an inch and they refused to allow me to pass it and demanded I get a lithotripsy.

So here I am dealing with kidney stones.... I passed it on Tuesday.
Here is a pic for those that are interested.

Well, I went to the dr today and he said that the CAT scan shows that there are 2 more stones but they are small and he does not see them moving anytime soon.... So I guess you can say I do stones in 3's.

Unfortunately, with going back to work and trying to get used to no longer being in a cast and getting used to a foot brace. (4 weeks)
Then dealing with kidney stones on top of that ..... House work, stitching nor anything else has gotten done.... I have come home from work and took cat naps and this week I have been sleeping on and off for a week.

Well work starts again for me on Monday..... Hopefully I will not have any ailments or anything else happen for a while.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Memories... Memories

This was stolen from Meari.

Frequent commentors, and lurkers alike...

I'd *love* to hear from you!

So who reads my blog??

1. As a comment on this post, leave one memory that you and I had together.
It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
And if we've never met in real life, leave me a comment of your favorite post.
I wrote and why it was your favorite.

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually really funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Update on Sean

I have had a few people ask for an update so after contacting his mom and getting information with permission also to post.
Mom says he's doing great.

July 30th - pre-op testing

July 31st - surgery, 7:15AM goes a tad wrong so the anesthesiologist injects special brain protecting drugs during the crises and after the surgery he's put on ice for 24 hours to protect his brain.

August 2nd they start warming him up and his temperature goes through the roof while his blood pressure falls into the basement.

August 3rd the night nurse defies the cardiologist and takes the arctic sun stuff off of him (this is what was keeping him cold, they kept it on in case they needed to chill him again). Up until this point, we thought we were going to lose him.

August 4th the nurse decided it was time to take him of the ventilator, she turned it down so he was breathing on his own and by that afternoon removed it.

August 5th PT gets him up in a chair for the first time. He's only up 5 minutes and it exhausts him, but he was up.

August 6th he sits up in the bed for the first time.

August 8th he is moved from PICU to the intermediate ward. Still hooked up to IVs and monitors. Over the next few days he is removed from all of his IVs and monitors except the heart monitor. His main problem is swallowing. They have forbidden thin liquids because they choke him so he's on thick liquids and pureed food for the next 2 days. Pureed food makes him gag so we get him a lot of smoothies because he won't eat the food they are giving him.

August 11th he passes his thin liquid swallowing test and the let us go home. We call dad at noon and he borrows the company car to come drive us home. We stop at Sonic and he drinks a smoothie and eats a bite or two of a soft burger and some soft fries. We knew that out from under the watch of the swallowing therapist he'd relax enough to eat.

August 12th we walk 3 times a day for 5 minutes. We drink lots of juice and I make my first smoothie. He eats a PBJ.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

A good reminder

My mom sent me this and I thought I would share.....


This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror where one could read it every day.
You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.

1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. You are special and unique.
8. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
9. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
10. Always remember the compliments you received.

Forget about the rude remarks.

When life hands you Lemons, ask for Sugar and call me over!
Good friends are like stars, You don't always see them, But you know they are always there.
'Whenever God Closes One Door He Always Opens Another,
Even Though Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway'
I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while
I'm here than a whole truckload when I'm gone.

Don't you know the phrase 'stop and smell the flowers'?
Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Life keeps You Humble
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going

Friday, August 01, 2008

Wonderful Music and prayers continued

I was browsing around looking for something but not knowing what....
I found this and listened to the song and (good) tears started flowing.

HOME by Gary V.

Hope this song touches your heart like it did mine.

Please keep praying for Sean...
things did not go as planned with his heart surgery.
Pray for healing and a miracle.....