Saturday, October 30, 2010

Update On My Son

First of all I want to thank all of you lovely ladies out there in blog land that have sent me such wonderful emails telling me that you are keeping my family and me in your prayers.  I am so sorry that I have not been able to answer them promptly, but I promise I am slowly answering  them.  I am finding that hubby and I certainly are not as young as we used to be and it takes us longer to get things done.  LOL.  That was a RUDE awakening! 

First off I have some FABULOUS news.... the bone scan showed NO bone cancer!  I was so overwhelmed with thankfulness that I sat down and bawled like a baby!  God truly did answer my prayers in that respect.  He does have a long road ahead of him and we are not certain what the future holds as he does have severe RA in all of his joints. I just pray every day that God will continue to intevene in his life and continue to give hubby and I the strength and health we need to be able to care for him and his daughter.  This is very difficult for my DIL as she wants so badly to be at home to take care of them, but knows that she must work.

Again I am sorry for the posting here rather than sending individual emails. 

My mojo has definitely taken a back seat...Hopefully things will settle down and I can find some time and mojo to craft.   I do miss it and I miss being able to blog hop.

Thanks again for all your comments and prayers.
Hugs,
Sally

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

HEADS UP!

Over at Top Tip Tuesday  they are having an "ANYTHING GOES" challenge for 2 weeks.  No tips needed just post your wonderful creations and you will be in the running for one of 4 lovely prizes!
You may enter up to 3 creations... Get busy!  You have until November 1.  Hopefully my mojo will have returned and I will also be able to find a little time to add to my Christmas Cards or my card stash in general.  Did a big clean out when my sister was home and sent all my cards home with her.... LOL  Hurry on over and give Leanne some support on her new challenge blog!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Finishing What's On My Desk

I had these photos laying on my desk and thought before I lost them I had better get them in my scrapbook.  Also I am trying really hard to make sure that I scrap all the photos I take of Miss V as quickly as I can because believe it or not... I am totally caught up with my scrapbooking.  Yipee!    Normally I use my own layouts but since I have a very limited amount of time these days and really have no mojo I have borrowed layout sketches from blogs listed below.
Practical Scrappers   Picture Collages due Oct 17
Paper Play Time  #20 use orange as the main color
Let's Ink It Up  Use Halloween Colors  and  always use a stamped image.  My leaves are stamped and embossed. 






Unscripted Sketches  sketch #76
Practical Scrappers   Distressing (I distress inked the edges, that for some reason don't show up well) due Oct 21
Use mostly Bo Bunny ... My papers are all Bo Bunny from the limited glitter series.   Jazmye Well Spring, Botantical & Mist


I'll Be missing for awhile.

I need to chat today so this is going to take awhile..
It seems like the only normal thing in our household for the past couple years is to be in an uproar.  If things settled down to a dull routine,  I  think I would feel like something is wrong or I'd be holding my breath waiting for the other shoe to drop!  Every morning when I get out of bed I have to remind myself that God says He will not put more on us than we can bear and I find myself constantly saying throughout the day, "I can handle this".  I know that many of you out there in blogland can sympathize with my when I tell you that no matter how old your children are... you NEVER quit being a mom.  35 yrs ago when our son was born he was born with Respiratory Distress Syndrome due to being 2 months premature.  He struggled for years with weakend lungs and was in and out of the hospital constantly.  During his  early years he was also diagnosed with juvienlle Rheumatoid Arthritis.  He didn't seem to have a  problem with this until about 8 years ago and it hit his body with a 2 by 6...Now, Eight years later he is  on a walker and in so much pain he can no longer stand straight.  He has been unable to work a lot this summer as his job is very physical. (He never missed work until now, and I am so proud of the fact that eventhough his pain was horrible he still managed to go to work.)  Last week his doctor finally put him off on medical until the end of the month and has ordered a ton of tests to see if they can find out exactly what is causing this severe pain and frozen joints, as they are no longer sure it is just the RA.  Dumb mom that I am I thought once he got married, had his own family,  I could sit back and relax and let someone else do the worrying... Brother was I ever wrong about that. (I did admit I was a dumb mom)  Hubby and I have been going over to do the lawn care and run errands, as he cannot drive because the difficulty walking. Actually he doesn't walk he shuffles.  It takes him about 10 minutes to shuffle 4 feet and is wringing wet with sweat from the pain. After I have spent the day watching him, knowing there is nothing I can do to make it better for him.. I spend the evening crying and praying that God will relieve his pain  even just a little.  I know what it is like to be consumed with that kind of pain.  I feel so sorry for Miss V as she can't understand why daddy can't take her to school anymore or why he can't play with her.  My DIL is  consumed with compassion  and worry for her husband but you can see the love in her face for him too and that is a comfort to me as I know he is in good care with her.  In my son's eyes you can see the guilt because he cannot take care of his family and all comsuming pain.  I don't know how to tell him it will be ok, because I am not sure it will be ok.   I keep telling myself that God has a bigger plan and bigger purpose, but being the humans we are I also know that when you are in this much pain, and wondering if you will lose your job and have no income, that you can't see that or even feel that.

I have said all of that not, for you to feel sorry for my family but to let you know that I have to take care of my family right now and to be honest my crafting mojo has completely left me.  I would also like to ask that when you think about it, please remember him in your prayers.  He will be having a full body bone scan this week. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Christmas Trees, Holly & Rain

It seems no matter how hard I try there are days that my pictures just don't turn out good and today is one of those days.  These really do look much prettier in real life
When my sister was home at the beginning of the month I gave her all the Christmas Cards that I had made last year and didn't use, plus some that I had made this year.  Now I am starting to make mine..I have a long way to go... I am opting for way SIMPLE this year. 
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations  #80 Christmas in September


This next card I made using the left overs from the first card.  I just love it when I can use all my scraps. Also shows that I used all the same elements and stamps to make two completely different cards. 
This fits the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge   T is for tree
IC Sketches  sketch

This next card, I truly fell in love with but the picture turned out so dark for some reason.  I love holly.  It is one of my favorite Christmas time foliages. 
I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
Paper Play Challenges  Hidden extra  (I added an envelope with a sentiement inside)
Lil Red Wagon  Make your own embellishments... ( I made the envelope, note card and snowflakes)
ABC-Challenge  E is for easel
Our Daily Bread   Movement (I made a pop up inside the little card in the envelope and I used an ODB stamp on the back of the small card inside of the envelope.



although it is not required by Our Daily Bread Designs to use there I stamps.. I did use this one from their "light of the world" collection that says "stamped  for you by".  I really hate to admit it but I only have one stamp set from them, but dearly love their stamps. 


I colored this image a couple months ago with distress inks and prisma pencils
It fits the challenge for:
Cutie Sunday   Rainy Days