Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Good morning and welcome to the week of Christmas. I can't believe we are 4 days away from Christmas. So much to do, so little time.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Good morning and happy Friday!!!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
It would have been a very snowy drive for Peter and Angela this morning. I know they planned to leave at 4AM to arrive on time and I really hope they did as the drive likely took them a lot longer with the road conditions. Especially considering they are even further north than I am.
I ask once again that you will say a prayer for them, the surgeons and of course baby Jude that all may be well.
This will be a very long day for them as the surgery will take at least 5 hours.
Thank you for your prayers for all of them.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Some of you already know her through my Stampers 10 club but may not be aware of her baby's story.
My dear friend Angela found out about early summer that her unborn baby had only one kidney. As time passed the doctor's felt comfortable enough allowing her to have the baby in the hospital in her hometown rather than making the 2+ hour journey to the hospital in London. Peter and Angela's fourth child, baby Jude, finally made his arrival on October 4th weighing 9lbs 10oz. Although he arrived safely, he was born without a hole in his bum. After 12 short hours in our world baby Jude underwent surgery. I am a bit fuzzy on all the details and facts so I do apologize to Angela and family if I provide some incorrect details. I do believe this surgery was to provide him with the necessary hole.
Over the past two months there have been some hiccups and some complications but Jude has been getting bigger each day.
This week though, on Thursday, Jude will be undergoing a 5 hour surgery with two senior surgeons to correct his issues. Although the surgeons are very confident that all will go well, with Jude being such a young baby for starters and then the fact that he only has one kidney, one of the great concerns is the anesthetic. Babies are so small and it is hard to keep them under anesthetic without doing damage. The other thing is, the kidneys filter the anesthetic and if Jude's one kidney can't handle it, he doesn't have the backup of a second kidney.
Angela and Peter are very humble people and their faith in God is very strong. Normally Angela, even in the most difficult times, will not outright, ask for prayers but rather ask how things are with you and then keep you in her prayers. However, at this time, they have set aside their pride as they understand the great need for prayer to get Jude and them through all this.
All your prayers and well wishes are needed very much for baby Jude and his family. Please remember them each day and pray that God will give the surgeons the knowledge, skill and guidance they need to complete the surgery safely. Please pray that God will provide the family strength. I read Angela's blog and found that she has a list of prayers she would really appreciate people making for them. Please take a moment of your time to do this. I truly believe prayer works and I am very thankful to all of you for praying for them.
Here is Angela's prayer request:
1. Safe travel back and forth to London during the next several weeks.
2. Health for our whole family as we enter this busy season
3. Jude's surgery on Dec.10th from 8am-1pm
Please pray for - good health going into the surgery
- Dr.Butter and Dr. Merrit, who will be performing the surgery.
That they will see everything they need to clearly and that God will
guide them through this difficult procedure.
Update: After speaking with the anesthesiologist, we are praying that
the surgeons will be able to accomplish the entire surgery laparoscopically. This will shorten the length of the surgery (and the time Jude is under anesthetic) and make his recovery much easier on him. If they are unable to do everything laparoscopically, the surgery will be much longer and harder on Jude. Also, the anesthetic itself is more dangerous because Jude only has one kidney to filter it out. Please pray that Jude's body will be able to handle the anesthetic and for the
shortest surgery time possible.
- that God will carry Jude successfully through the whole operation
- that Jude won't have a bad reaction to the anesthetic
- that God will use Jude's life, and our presence in the hospital,
to bring Him glory! Update: We were originally told that I would be able
to stay overnight with Jude in his room. Unfortunately, we found out
yesterday that I might not be able to. If there are no private rooms
available, it's hospital policy that parents (even nursing mothers) cannot
stay overnight in the room. There are visiting lounges where parents can
sleep on the chairs or couches. I'm hoping to stay in the lounge so I can
continue to nurse Jude during the night but if they are full as well I would
have to stay at the Ronald McDonald house. Please pray that I would be able, as much as possible, to stay with Jude and feed him myself. We know that God has a plan - pray that I would rest in it and trust Him.
4. For Gracie Jo, Silas and Levi as they go to our parents while I'm in the hospital with Jude
5. For John & Nancy (Peter's parents) and John & Grace (my parents) as they care for the kids - lots of energy!! :)
6. For Peter, as he continues to work and travel back and forth to the hospital to visit.
So there you have it, folks!! Thank you for hanging in there with us and standing in the gap!
We are thankful beyond measure to know our family is being covered in your prayers.
If you would like to read more on Angela and her family and what a wonderful and strong person she is, click here.Again, thank you to everyone who is prayer for them.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
You may be wondering where I disappeared to. One day I'm here and all is good and then poof, you don't hear from me for almost a week. That's because I ended up in emerg last week Tuesday and back to the hospital Wednesday for tests and home the rest of the week working on getting better. Let me tell you that was the worst birthday gift ever. It really bites when you are going through triage and they ask your date of birth and then say "oh, happy birthday" Yeah, not really cause if it was happy and good I wouldn't be there. Though, I've now returned and feel almost back to my old self.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Two of these five designs I got from Splitcoaststampers. The Joy card I CASE'd from user cmfwells on Splitcoast and the card showcasing two ornaments from the Tree Trimmings set I CASE'd from user maryloves2stamp on Splitcoast. The only thing I did different on this card is that I added a strip of Old Olive Cardstock and used my Scallop Border punch on the one edge.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Well, I cannot believe Christmas is just around the corner. I haven't even began shopping yet. Yikes. At least I have started working on some Christmas cards.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
It was interesting cleaning my stamping room last weekend. I finally came upon my overloaded cabinet with old swaps from upline events, regionals and convention. Although I haven't had a chance to go through all those boxes yet, there were some loose card fronts sitting in some open topped containers that I had made while debating what would be my final choice for my swaps. These poor card fronts were tossed aside as not good enough and left, lonely and forgotten. While browsing through them, I thought to myself that some of them were actually better than I remembered. LOL One of them I am sure I made and at the same time, I'm not 100% certain that I made it. Being as it was separate from my main box of swaps I believe it is mine but I think I CASED the idea of the card from elsewhere, which is probably why I'm confused. Perhaps one day I will share it with you.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I just ordered in some large grommets and was a bit leary on getting the holes through my paper. I pulled out my Mat Pack and was trying to sort out my placement when what do you know happened, the prongs went right through all my layers of paper. I was tickled pink. All I had to do was fold over the prongs with my bone folder, easy peasy. :)
Monday, November 9, 2009
"On Oct. 4th, 4 teenagers armed with knives broke into a home in a small town in New Hampshire. Alone and sleeping inside were a mother and her 11 year old daughter. These 4 boys broke into this home with the intent to rob and kill anyone inside. They stabbed the mom, Kimberly Cates, to death and left her daughter, Jaimie, for dead in their driveway. It was a completely random act, their home was chosen only due to its secluded surroundings."
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I have one young boy coming to the class so the card for him is slightly different so it is more suited for him.
Remember, today is the last day to sign up for this class and there is only one more spot available, so if you haven't already signed up, now would be a great time to do so.