Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mom met Jesus on Christmas Eve

Posted by PicasaMommy met Jesus tonight (Christmas Eve).  ALL so clearly orchestrated by God - as you could see from Christine's perspective HERE.  I'm the sister in Texas that Christine was coming to visit from Wisconsin.  There are sooo many more "coincidences" that I could add, but, if you have read this far in my blog - including Christine's - you don't need my perspective to see God's hand in ALL of this.

I am not usually one to spread news like this - in fact YOU are the first one I've told other than family.  But, this is a story that needs to be told - especially to those who need the reminder and/or assurance that God is sovereign and that he cares about the smallest details of our lives, and that Jesus is preparing a place for those who love him.  My prayer for you, is that you are HIS. 

Leila was with Mom when she went to meet Jesus.  Leila & her husband - just recently left their jobs, son and friends in Wichita, Kansas to be near their 1st grandchild in Michigan.  So Leila was within 3 hours of Mom, instead of 12 hours.  That is a whole nother story of how God orchestrates and guides our lives - far beyond what we understand, if we allow Him to. 

Another important note is that DAD has Alzheimer's - and has been in a nursing home for 5 years - and Mom has visited him everyday, although we sometime questioned WHY - he didn't seem to even know who she was or that she was even there.  If you knew my Mom you'd believe as we all do - that it was just her stubbornness and need to control EVERYTHING :)! 

Here are Leila's comments: 

I've modified the obit some more--Mom didn't die, she went to be with Jesus, because "whoever believes in Me will never die."

I had recited John 14 to Mom when she was on the ventilator, reminding her that Jesus must have her place prepared, because he was coming to get her. I figure she's probably giving Him advice now about Dad's place, and all of ours--to be sure they're done right. (Maybe that's what I'll share at the service.)

I tried to comment on your blog, Christine, but I don't have time to set up an account--don't really understand how, so I'm attaching my "response blog." Once I got started, I didn't know where to stop--like talking. I wanted all of you to know this about my visit with Dad, too.

Just a clarification--because that's one of my "gifts"--Mom was also with us at Thanksgiving. Another gift from God was the fact that Mom recovered on her own from "fatal V-Tach arrhythmia," as the ICU Nurse, Rachel, so aptly explained to us. The ICU Staff were all "mesmerized" by her medical process. I learned later that she had "awakened" on her own after the original episode. Our son-in-law, who is a PA in ICU states that he's never seen anyone with any brain function after that length of V-tach episodes, because during those, there is no blood flowing to the brain.

I could/should write my own blog--or at least journal for my own wellness; I have had the experience of witnessing "end-of-life" episodes with several families over the past 14 years. Never have I witnessed anyone becoming lucid and being able to communicate at the end. It was like a TV Christmas movie--very unrealistic, but ever precious. I thank God that He prepared me for this experience; placed me within reach geographically to be there with Mom, and that I could get her answer, "Yes" when I asked if she was ready to leave this life.

I went to see Dad at noon after Mom had gone to Jesus; I felt it was important that he be informed whether he understood or not. He looked at me when I sat down next to him, and then closed his eyes (I think this is his way of hiding when he doesn’t know how to deal with what’s happening around him.) I told the CNA who was getting people ready for lunch about Mom’s passing. She, of course, was shocked and expressed her condolences—then she evidently ran to pass the word to the rest of the staff. Another staff member who had been in the activity room returned and said across the room, “Rita? You said Rita died?” When Dad heard Mom’s name, his eyes popped open wide and he looked toward the lady who had said this. While he was engaged, I told him, “Mom went to be with Jesus. She won’t be able to come visit you anymore.” He didn’t show any indication of understanding what I had said, which didn’t surprise me. As we sat there, he began to hum, so I reminded him that it was Christmas Eve, and that he used to hold Christmas Eve candlelight services and we always sang Silent Night. I began to sing, as much as my tears would allow, and he hummed with me. I’ve tried singing to him before in an effort to connect, and he has never before responded. As we sat there, a radio was playing Christmas music, and “Rudolph” played. I started singing along, and Dad again engaged and nodded his head in time with the music, smiling. I helped him eat lunch, and then Mike and I took him for a walk down the hall. We “caroled” a little as we went. Dad seemed to enjoy that.

This is what one of the staff members posted for Christine in response to her blog about the whole experience:
Beautiful Blog Christine . I will miss your mother coming up to see Andy everyday . I can tell you all Andy kept saying Rita is gone . My heart ached for him. I told him she will be watching over you in heaven. He said " yes she will." He was fine with that comment. My heart goes out to you and your families. She will be missed at Rock Haven. She was a wonderful lady, she was like 2nd family to most of us at Rock Haven. She would kiss him goodnight and always say "going home see you tomorrow I love you ." Andy would always smile back at her.
Mom knows God's amazing love in a clear way now, whereas, with all the counting of blessings that we're doing, we only "see through a glass, dimly." God is good--ALL THE TIME! Praise His holy Name!

All this to just say! 

God is Good! 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Posted by PicasaWow this week has gone fast.  No scrappin' done in the asylum this week.  Although I did do some cleaning - not that you can tell by the top of my table. 

When I went in there to take the picture - I was barefoot.  I thought I had walked on to the beach.  It looked like sand all over the floor?  Then I realized it was cocoa mix - Niko had used my scrapbooking scissors to open the plastic bag on some cocoa mix.  I guess he had cut it a little deep!  I thought about taking the picture under the desk instead - but by that point I had already swept it into a pile. 

Hope to get some scrapping done over Christmas with my sister!  Will have to do some more cleaning in the asylum before that will happen!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday

Posted by PicasaHere it is again!  Still a mess - but I did actually complete some layouts this week:

Finished Let's Go to the Hop - 2 pages
Maddy @ Crowe's Nest 09
The Kids @ Crowe's Nest 08
Blow - Niko in 06
Say Cheese - Embrys at Crowe's Nest 09
Together - Maddy & Mommy & Daddy - Crowe's Nest 09

I'm now at about 20 pages from Crowe's Nest 09.  YIKES!  And of course there's Crowe's Nest 2010 pictures!

Friday, December 10, 2010

White Christmas Cartoon Song

Let's Go to the HOP

Posted by PicasaMy version of the Pagerize This #4 Challenge at Scrap Our Stash .  I really wanted to go with the whole doodling and strip journaling ideas in order to Pagerize Dawn, but instead just went with the Song Title Theme.  I also did the 3 pictures - but that's about as far as the pagerizing goes.  I also made mine a 2 page layout.  
These are pictures of the Sock Hop at Niko's school in March of 2009 - Jonathan & Madeline really got into the whole 50's theme.  More to come later.
It's not too late to get your Pagerize This Challenge entered at SOS.  See all the details in the Pagerize This #4 post at SOS (link above).  You could become our next Pagerizer!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday!

Here is what the Asylum looks like right now - It would have actually had a 2 page layout laid out - but I packed it up to take to work for scrapbooking at lunch today. Believe it or not it has been better and worse this week.
Since last Wednesday I have completed: Patch Pose, Bubble Fun and started a 2 pager of Jonathan at the Sock Hop (2 years ago).

Note my new addiction - DIET Cherry Limeade = 1 point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas!

And to think I cleaned the kitchen up today for THIS!
Our annual cookie baking! The fact that all three of the kids are a year older made quite a difference this year. They all three stayed on task until the very end! Maddie would still be rolling the play dogh - or frosting and re-frosting her cookies.  The only way we could get her to stop was for her to eat the cookies! 

Posted by PicasaIt was a lot of fun - but what a mess!  I love traditions and this time of year!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Straight No Chaser - Carol of the Bells

Just had to share!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday

Posted by PicasaA quick picture of my work table - just as it is!  A fun new challenge I found HERE .  I plan to keep up with this.  It will be interesting to see if it changes from week to week.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas

Posted by PicasaIt's about time for me to update my blog - I don't have any recent layouts photographed so, I decided this one of Niko at 2 would work.  He is soooo into Christmas.  So un-like his daddy.  He went to bed thinking about the candy he's going to get from the Advent Calendar tomorrow morning - now if I can only find it in all the Christmas stuff that is yet to be unpacked...

I'm so excited my baby sister and her family are planning on coming to Texas for Christmas.  It will be so much fun to share Christmas and Austin with them. 

Better get busy unpacking those boxes!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Genuine Sweetie

This is Madeline, my Genuine Sweetie (or as Niko says - well almost).  This was a picture of her at Crowe's Nest farm last year.  I completed it for the Pagerize This Challenge at Scrap Our Stash.  I wanted to keep with the circle and the scallop idea Christy had going on her page - and I just happened to have this scalloped circle paper!  Thanks Christy for the inspiration.

It's not too late for you to take the Pagerize This Challenge.  See how you can submit your page and be eligible to be chosen as the next Pagerizer in the Pagerize This Challenge at Scrap Our Stash (link above).

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My weight loss in Watermelon

Posted by PicasaNot only did I want to share my layout - which I am very proud of... I also wanted to share the story behind it. 

I started dieting on March 21st - and then 10 days later joined Weight Watchers.  On May 2, 2010 I had lost 14 pounds.  Niko and I were at the grocery store - and he wanted to buy a watermelon.  When I picked this one up - I noted how heavy it was.  Niko suggested we weight it.  It weighted 14 pounds.  There was no way I couldn't buy that one at that point.  As a true scrappinpsycho - I was already thinking this would make a great layout. 

Of course when we got the watermelon home - I had to have Niko take a picture of me with the watermelon - and I also had everyone who came in contact with the watermelon - pick it up and see how heavy it was!

My next leighout (get it) - is me with my youngest grandson - I've now lost my weight in Jonathan. 

This was my Show N' Tell Sunday at Scrap our Stash. Check out all the details on how you can share a Show N' Tell at SOS.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

My favorite Halloween Joke!

I only have about 2 jokes I can ever remember - and this is one of them.  It still makes me laugh everytime I hear it. 

Why don't warlocks have babies? 

Because they have HALLOWEENIES!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I Always Want 2 Remember

For Scrap Our Stash the October Challenge was to do THAT project.  This was the layout I had in mind when I came up with the challenge.  This had been a page I had been wanting to do, knowing I needed to do, but not really knowing how to do it.  I thought long and hard - made several attempts at the journaling - and then I was finally able to come up with this layout.  It is about a special time my sisters and I spent with my dad before his Alzheimers took him from us (not physically). The pictures are not very good - but the most important part was the journaling. I'm not big into journaling - but knew that this was important to capture my memories of that special time.

Posted by PicasaDo you have a THAT project that you have been putting off?  Well maybe you need to take the challenge. Hurry over to Scrap Our Stash (link above) and check out the October Challenge.   The challenge ends at 6 PM on October 31st.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We got our miracle!

LeAnn had her surgery on Tuesday - but once they were inside - they could not find a hole!  I believe that we rec'd our miracle.  I'm sure some will look at this as a medical error - but anyway you look at it - she has a healthy heart - praise God!

Now she continues to face the blood disorder - and is a long time from delivery - but God is good.  

Thanks so much for your prayers - Please continue to pray!

Monday, October 25, 2010

We need a miracle

 My 32 year old daughter, mother of my 3 and 4 year old grandkids,  is facing some major medical issues, and could really use some prayer.  She has experienced what is now finally being diagnosed as mini strokes.  Praise God, through a conversation with a Dr. at my son in law's clinic - it was determined that it would be a good idea for her to see a cardiologist and a neurologist.  Today, after having a sonogram of her heart - the cardiologist informed her, that she has a hole in her heart - and that her husband insisting that she see a cardiologist, probably saved her life.  The good news would be - that this is what is causing the problem and that it can be addressed - but that is not all of it.  The battery of blood work that the neurologist ordered, indicated that she has a blood disorder - in which her body is building up antibodies that can cause blood clots, stroke, and miscarriage.  She has already suffered two miscarriages over the past 2 years.  

This was a draft of a post that I started  about about 8 weeks ago.  We are now at the point that LeAnn will have heart surgery tomorrow morning.  This will lesson the risk of stoke by a small percent - but must be done - despite the fact that she is 14 weeks pregnant. She will remain on the blood thinners throughout the pregnancy - and for at least 6 weeks after the baby is born.  She will have to be induced at least 2 weeks early in order to be able to take her off the blood thinners before the birth. 

So, like I said, We need a miracle.  Please lift LeAnn and her family up in prayer at this difficult time. 


Sunday, October 17, 2010

First Scrap Book Page

Posted by PicasaGuess who did his first scrapbook page?  If you guessed Niko - you were right.  He did it all by himself - including the title.  He's very proud of himself!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Madeline at Sweet Berry Farm

Posted by PicasaHere is my feable attempt at "pagerizing" Joni from Scrap Our Stash.  I loved the idea of using the white paint to soften an otherwise busy paper.  But didn't feel real successful.  This is definately not what I was going for - although when I look at it now, I like it a little bit better than I did when I was working on it.  In the future I plan to soften a paper that I have already chosen - trying to find the right paper to soften was crazy!  I actually stamped the title - which I don't usually (never) do - but I was so not liking the page that I didn't want to waste any more time on it by cutting a title.  Joni's is a great layout - mine is a cheap copy!:D

Do you want to play?  The Pagerize This Challenge ends tonight at midnight.  Follow the SOS link above - and submit yours.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It's Official

Here is the Scrap A Little Design Team announcement.  Wow! What a talented bunch - I'm honored to be included - even if it was kinda by default!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guess I'm not totally CRAZY!

I got word this AM that I was selected for the GDT at Scrap A Little!  I just love Helen's sketches - I'm very excited!  More later!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Am I crazy or what?

I decided I just didn't have enough to do - so I'm submitting these layouts to Scrap A Little for their Design Team Search.   Link on over and you'll see what I mean.  I doubt whether I have a chance, they have such a talented bunch over there - but decided to give it a try - seems how I love Helen's sketches and need a little more motivation in my life.  So cross your fingers!  You never know - stranger things than this have happened before. 

Posted by PicasaHow can I miss when I have such great subjects to scrap? 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ready 4 Summer

Posted by PicasaThis is my layout for the September Border Punch Challenge at Scrap Our Stash.  I used the Fiskar's Wave Punch to create this layout of Niko.  It was actually a lift from the Two Peas in a Bucket Gallery! 

Now it's your turn to take the border challenge.  So head on over to Scrap Our Stash and see all the details in the September Challenge post. And don't forget the other 2 challenges that are also going on right now at SOS - the Pagerize This Challenge and the Frugal Friday Tip Challenge. - Come play along.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Link to a Great Blog Give Away ...

and interesting tutorial re:  products from Elmer's Glue!  Check it out HERE.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I'm Tops!

Just got word that I was chosen as one of the top 3 at Frosted Designs.   Whoo Hoo!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Frosted Design Quote Blog Challenge

Family runs deeper than anything else.

Posted by PicasaWhen I saw that Frosted Designs was having a quote challenge - I thought no problem there - I use a lot of quotes (it's easier than journaling).  I loved the simple clean look of this layout by  Erica from the Frosted Design Team.  So, I just combined the quote challenge, lifted her page, and used the faux stitching tip from a Scrap Our Stash Frugal Friday Tip by Pinky and this great picture of Ryan and Niko.  

This was a very simple page, but I really like how it turned out.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

My Submission for the Pagerize This Challenge

Niko's 1st Day of First Grade 

Posted by PicasaI did something I don't usually do - I Pagerized Myself!  I really like this layout - so decided why not create it again with First Grade.  The only problem is - the big letters are Foam Thickers - which I do not have enough of to spell out the word grade... So, I can either leave it without the word grade - or I can buy new thickers (not) or I can use a different font - and just cut out the letters.  Not sure which to do.  What do you think?

This is for the Pagerize This Challenge at Scrap Our Stash.  The challenge ends at midnight tomorrow!  So be sure to get your layout in.  I will be announcing the winner on the 13th.  See all the details in Pagerize This Challenge at Scrap Our Stash.