Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Blessed Beyond Words

I have been greatly blessed by family and friends while I recouperate.

We had 3 weeks of delicious meals delivered to our home for dinner ~ by mom, my sister, and our church family.

Greg, Will and Amy did loads of extra stuff ~ while I just sat on the couch. Grocery shopping, errand running, laundry,cleaning, and cooking.  Amy came one day and took down the holiday decorations, packed it all up and Will hauled it to the basement.

I've had loads of messages on facebook, email and Instagram praying for me and encouraging me.

A church friend came twice to spend the afternoon and brought lunch both times.

And thanks to the willingness of Amy, Katie, Jennifer and Mom ~ we had a birthday party for Greg the end of Jan.  They did everything ~ cooking, cleaning up, etc.

So here is the update ~

I am getting out some ~ but super paranoid about germs ~ carts, handles, people coughing, etc.
My energy is coming back, I am not fast but I can walk around a store.
I have taken back over cooking duties and laundry detail.
I have been off oxygen for 12 days ~ that is awesome!

Accomplishments ~

I have found loads of pins on pinterest for my instapot.
I cross stitched 6 ornaments for Amy and Austin for Christmas 2018.
Our new bible study at church starts tomorrow night ~ I am on week 3 in the book.
Have crocheted some dishcloths using the scrubby yarn from JoAnns.
Have sewed a tablerunner, and 3 quilt tops for our local Pregnancy Resource center.
Have quilted a bunch of sets of potholders.( I  was so excited to sew again)
Greg and I bought the tv series JAG and we have been watching it at night.

Thankful for ~

the blessings of friends and family
returning health
fabric scraps
my personal shoppers
my husbands care
answered prayers
laughter and mischevious-ness of my grandsons

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Things to Do while you Recouperate

Low key things to do during recouperation -

crochet a dishcloth
easy cross stitch project
search pinterest
look for recipes (I got an instapot)
sort old magazines
play games on kindle
study Bible (currently in Psalms)
set up planner with family's birthdays and anniversaries
watch tv
visit when people come

I would love to be up and actually doing instead of planning.  But that's not possible right now.  I can get up, get dressed, walk around a little, and then I want a nap.  This weakness is not something I am used to.

Thankful for ~

unstressful recoup time
lots of stuff to stay busy when I have energy
sweet texts and emails from friends
the blessing of meals delivered from church members and family
leftovers for lunches for us all
my husbands care ~ day and night
recovering tastebuds

Friday, January 5, 2018

When God has other Plans

My December can be described in one word ~ SICK.   I started out the month with a UTI ~ first I've had in 20 or so years. Then I got bronchitis, throat and ear infection.  Finished those antibiotics and had a relapse, got more.

  Heres where it gets scary.  Sat. the 23, I had no energy.....none, I couldn't wake up and felt awful.  Greg took me to the emergency room.  Turns out my sinusy stuff turned into pneumonia, the flu, sepsis, and throw in staph for good measure.  I didn't even know what sepsis was. Everytime they ran a new test, it came back positive.  At this point people are suiting up to come into my room.

Being told I was being admitted was just "ok". I didn't really care.....at all.  I still don't really care that I missed Christmas.

It did occur to me that maybe "this was it".  Maybe I  was going to meet my Savior. I do remember praying and asking the Lord to leave me on this earth a little longer.  I don't mean to be too morbid....but this did happen.  No bright lights, no visions, no angels ~

I could not stop coughing.  For hours.  I did breathing treatments, took super strong cough syrup, was very dehydrated, and was/is on oxygen.  After a couple of days, they moved me to PCU.

I was there till New Years Day.  Everything had settled in my lungs.  Both of them, in all the lobes.  The word Cancer was even batted about by doctors ~ an oncologist was called, more tests ordered, and Praise the Lord, that was not the case.

I have been on up to 10 antibiotic in the hospital. Lots of steroids,  iv fluids, etc.  And that shot they give you in the tummy to avoid blood clots. My arms are beginning to recover from all the needles, but I bruise pretty easily. And an iv in the back of your hand is very painful.

Food held no appeal for days.  I lived on iv fluids, apple juice and apple sauce.  And water.  Everything still tastes weird.

I had some awesome hospital staff.  My nurses were amazing, helpful and kind.  I had one dr., 1 lab tech and one nurse that I didn't like.  Thankfully, I only saw each of them once,

Things I learned ~ stick up for yourself, you can refuse medication (the breathing treatments made me jumpy and nervous ~ they found a different one and then stopped them altogether)/  I could not sleep in the bed.  I coughed continuously, I slept in a reclining chair the remainder of the time and that's where I am at home.

My family and friends have been amazing.  The facebooks msg., texts, emails, phone calls, visits etc. were great...even though I was out of it. Greg stayed almost every night....such a huge help and blessing to me.

Thankful for ~

being here
the hands that serve in the hospital
road to recovery
being more alert

Thursday, December 14, 2017

To blog or not to blog?

I have reached the point in my blogging life that I don't actually know what to do ~ keep it going or quit?  I don't know.

I have blogged about faith, family, crafting, pinterest,, cooking, weddings, children, homeschooling, travels, missions, diets, etc.  I guess I am burned out.

Its been a long year for our family.  The joy, excitement, and love surrounding Amy's wedding is something I will never forget and will cherish forever.  We had loads of help and encouragement from friends and family. But there were quite a few disappointments along the way with broken promises and other issues ~ that's hard to get over.

Unfortunately, there were some issues with 2 of our other children that affected us too.  Both are life altering, family jolting issues.  Our faith and our total belief in the Sovereignty of God are getting us through these situations.  I don't understand one of them at all ~ why does one choose to do something?  Anyway, I am not going into details about either but prayers are appreciated.

A constant joy in our lives is the 4 grandsons the Lord has blessed us with.  They are energetic, mischevious, silly, and totally lovable.  They love each other and getting together to play.  At the ages of 5, almost, 4, 3, and 2 ~ they keep our house hopping with excitement.  We wouldn't trade our time with them for anything!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!  We are hosting my family this year and Austins folks will be here too.  Christmas day will be fun!

Thankful for ~

a warm home
our gas fireplace
quiet times
family togetherness
lights and ornaments
little surprises

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Something Old, Something New ~ part 2

I finally got my pictures downloaded!

Amy absolutely glowed today!  They were so excited for the day and we are thrilled with this marriage.

Very thankful for ~

The Lords working in this relationship ~ they met 5 years ago on a Mission Trip
the respect and love they have for each other
their excitement and joy
another son for us
getting this many decent pictures from my uncooperative camera

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Something Old, Something New.....

We had an incredible wedding weekend ~ it started on Thursday, going with Amy and Austin to buy the marriage license.  Any Amy started baking cupcakes and her brownie wedding cake.  Friday was honeymoon packing, making tons of icing, general running around and a family dinner ~ I get immense joy with having our 4 grandsons together!!!!! 

Saturday we laoded all the vehicles with our diy wedding decorations, catering supplies, coolers with food, wedding clothes, etc.  We got to the park about 1:30 and met at the pavilion.  We had brought chips, and sandwich making stuff, so we all got to eat a picnic lunch.   The pavilion was close to the playground and mini golf course, so the littles grand buddies played on the playground and the adult kids played mini golf.  After a rollicking wedding rehearsal full of laughter, we enjoyed a great barbeque dinner provided by Austins parents.  Amy made the little flower girls baskets full of girlie goodies and art supplies and the little boys tool boxes full of boy treasures ~ play doh, hot wheels cars, dinosaurs, etc. 

After everything was cleaned up, we headed back to the cabin for girl time.  Greg retreated to the bedroom and closed the door (smart man)...We did jamberry manicures in the living room ~ lots of giggling and girlie fun.  Then it was bedtime.

On Sunday morning I woke up at 4...not on purpose but I just could not sleep any longer.  I got up showered, washed hair etc.  Then the bride got up and started getting ready.  At some point, I went into the bathroom and started spraying with top of my hair with hairspray ~ Amy walked by and said "ummm, Mom, did you know you are spraying your hair with Lysol?".  Oh well, my hair was disinfected...then I added hairspray. 

Mom and Brenda fixed us a great wedding morning breakfast, which was a huge blessing on our very busy morning.  We were able to get the keys to both venues by 9 and then the frantic busyness began.  We had 2 crews working hard for 3 + hours.  I was mostly in the reception venue but did go back and forth a couple of times between the 2 places.  I absolutely love it when the vision in my head actually works out ~ and it did in both venues.  Our goal for Amy was to be done with cupcake icing and cake decorating at noon ~ I think she was done at 12:05.

Then 2 glorious hours watching my sweet girl get turned into a princess bride ~ at the hands of Austins cousin Jaylee.  She was gorgeous~  and I was so thankful for Jaylees skill and willingness to be such a help.

Other than the Lysol hairspray ~ the other snafu was my good camera decided not to work all the time.  Argh ~ not a good weekend for that foul up.  It started the night before after a couple of pictures.  And it continued into the next day ~ thankfully we had 2 photographers, my nephew Billy was using my camera and Jaylee's mom Kelvie was our other one.  Kelvie borrowed photography equipment from a friend so we had lots of pictures.  Plus everyone with phones! 

Thankful for ~

laughter in stressful situations
the blessing of friends & family
the love my daughter received from her family and new family
talented help
plans working out
the loads of ideas we got from pinterest

this was one cool, calm, excited & glowing bride~

grandson Aiden, Amy's big brother Allen & Amy....Allen gave her a huge hug, told her she was beautiful and I started crying.  And it didn't end there ~ this was a very emotional day for me.

Me, Amy and Greg

exchanging vows ~ Greg and Austins Daddy did the ceremony

More pictures to follow ~ when I can get them downloaded from the camera and my laptop cooperates ~ this has been a challenge with both~

Monday, October 9, 2017

13 Days

I am really not sure how we got from this ~

to the wedding is in 13 days. 

This has been a fun, fast, blessed year ~ getting ready for our daughters wedding. 

Greg set a budget ~ we just have food for the reception left to buy...and we are under budget.  This would not have been possible without all our talented friends and family who have done so much to help.  A sweet lady at church altered the bridesmaids dresses, another sweet friend is doing lots of behind the scenes help, we've got lots of volunteers for help on the weekend and especially the day of the wedding.

Amy and Austin have been tremendously blessed with 4 wedding showers.  They have loads of new goodies to start their married life with.  Here are some shower pictures ~

Elvis gnome is adorable ~ thank you Hobby Lobby & Denise & Cheyenne ~ he will be at the wedding!

Comforter set from Granny

Austins cousin volunteered to do Amys hair ~ she worked herself into a bridal hair fixin' job!

thanks Jaylee ~ Amy's hair was awesome!

Greg bought these shower gifts ~ tools for the groom!

Amy is wearing my pearls at the wedding ~ Tammy took a set of pearl buttons and made Amy a pair of earrings.  The buttons were some from my great aunt.

these 4 together made me cry!  Amy's teenage year, church friends from our home in Brandon.
l-r Amy, Morgan, Lee Catherine, Emmalyn

baking cross stitch I made Amy

Sweet friends from Brandon

beautiful cake by Shelby
Thankful for ~

the blessings we receive
fun times with the bride and groom
anticipation of the "big day"

I know the next 13 days are going to fly by.  And we still have stuff to do!