Friday, December 31, 2010


Since I've been knocked on my "sit-upon" by this nasty flu, I've spent the day stitching, blog-hopping, sneezing, coughing, drinking tea, and thinking about my resolution(s) for the New Year.
In my Nyquil-induced fog, I've come up with one word that sums up my plan for 2011.  CHERISH. That's it, just "cherish".

Whether it's a tough time where nothing but knowing God is carrying me, celebrating time with loved ones, enjoying stitching, tennis, reading, blogging, or eating the last 3 m & m's in the bag, I'm going to try to cherish.
If I burn dinner, at least I have an oven in a home to cook in - I cherish my home.  If I get stuck in traffic, I'm going to try to cherish the fact that I have a car I can drive and senses that allow me the priviledge, If my hubby or my little guy get on my last nerve or my last hormone, I'm going to try to cherish that they are here with me to bug me.  I may not always get it right, but I'm really just going to try to "Cherish"....yup, that's my resolution for the year.  (Please feel free to remind me of this post anytime I start wandering away from my goal - keep me accountable!) and truly, I do have plenty to cherish...I don't take this lightly.

May you each be blessed with more joy than you can imagine in 2011.



Thursday, December 16, 2010

I have been stitching.....

This piece landed in my mailbox just as we learned about Ian's illness.  I decided that it would be fun to start something new as we were waiting and waiting and waiting to find out what we needed to do what he needed fixing.  I've stitched this is Doctor's offices, waiting rooms, hospital rooms and recovery rooms.  It's my comfort piece.  For some reason, "hospital tv" never really strikes my fancy, so it's been good to have something for me to concentrate on,  I've changed this piece quite a bit.  The piece is supposed to have four colors, (I'm using three) and of those three colors, I've changed out all the called-for DMC colors for specialy flosses.  We'll see how it turns out - even if it turns out "yucky", it's still been good therapy for me and that's what really matters anyway, right? I'm kind of liking it though and thinkinig that it may go live with my Mama when I get it finished.  She's been hinting that her room may need a new piece to hang to cheer her up a bit. This may just do the trick!  (Here's hoping!!!!)

Again, thanks for the love, prayers and blessings sent our way!!!  They're definitely helping - we're going to have our tennis-playing, messy-room making fellow back soon!  :)

Hugs and Love,




Thank You Hillary!!!!

When I came home from the hospital today to make Ian his soup, this LOVELY package was waiting for me!!!  I was lucky enough to win Hillary's give-a-way.  Can you believe all the goodies she tucked inside???  The hardest part will be deciding which one of these pretties that I'll start stitching first!  Thank you SO
 much Hillary.  This package couldn't have come at a better time for me.  To say it cheered me up is a HUGE understatement.  Thank you so much for sharing the love in your heart - your kindness will always be remembered!!!  May you be blessed as you have blessed others!!


Thank You doesn't begin.....

I can't thank you enough for the wonderful messages that we received for Ian.  I made sure that he saw everyone before he went to surgery.  We have been blessed with the best blogging friends, the best "real life" friends, the best doctors and the best nurses.  We have had so many people praying for him and we are a huge praying and believing family!  There is nothing sweeter than knowing that people who don't really "know" you are praying for your child.  Bless you all so much.  We were also blessed with Dr.'s and nurses who joined us in our family prayer circle before Ian was rolled off to surgery.  Even though this mama broke down in tears after he dissapeared behind "the" doors, I had peace.  Thanks to everyone who helped us all through this difficult time.
Ian came through surgery just fine.  He again, got a little "junky"-sounding due to his asthma issues combined with the anesthesia, but he received great care and we're hoping that the Doctors are right and that the liver enzymes will begin to drop back to normal and the liver will being to return to normal size now that the surgery is over.
Ian slept almost all day, he is starting to wake up more and is missing his new best friend, anesthesia.  LOL.  He's had ice pack and pillows and pain med by I.V. early today, but has now been weaned to pain meds by mouth.  This afternoon, after the special popsickle treatment, the staff told him that he could have anything he felt like eating.  He wanted Mom's homemade chicken soup.  I went home and made a big pot.  I brought it back to the hospital tonight and he did a pretty good job making a dent.
We're still hoping that we'll be home by Saturday (or probably most likely Sunday).  We're all looking forward to just being "normal" again.  He's feeling much better tonight and is starting to walk up and down the halls a bit.  We're so grateful and feel so blessed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those parents and young ones who aren't sure how their "release" date will come.  Please pray for all parents everywhere tonight who have children in a hospital, especailly in this "season".
Again, thank you for your prayers for us and for Ian.  Your kindness will NEVER be forgotten.  Bless you all!!!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Prayers Needed Please!

Dear Friends -

Our not-so-little fellow is scheduled for surgery tomorrow.  For the first couple of weeks in December, he would complain of slight stomach pain, but would gripe if I suggested a trip to the Dr.   A few days ago, he collapsed in a heap of tears due to pain.  We rushed him to the hospital and found out that he has a hernia and that his liver is enlarged and his liver enzymes are elevated.  He's been on a week's treatment of antibiotics (in the hospital) because the Dr. didn't want to do surgery with his wacky numbers in combination with the liver enlargement without antibiotics being on board first.  Our sweetie has lost over seven pounds in a week (and he was a little thing to begin with!)  His poor little cheeks are so sunken in and his ribs are actually showing.  The Dr.'s are hoping that he'll be able to go home in a few days once his issues resolve.  (The surgeon is hoping that the enzymes and enlargement will be remedied by taking care of the hernia).  Our not-so-little guy's birthday is at Christmas so we're all hoping to be home way before then.
We would so appreciate prayers for our Sweetie's safety and the surgeon's skills and the resolution of all the problems.
Our Sweetie is named Ian and again, we would be MOST grateful for all your prayers or thoughts.  I'll up-date as soon as I'm able...I've pretty much been living in the moment in this one room for the past few days.  I'm hoping that changes VERY soon! 

Blessings to each of you!!!