Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Please stop by and visit this family......

This family's story has really pulled at my heart strings. Please go by and read what has happened and if you can spare a few minutes, please post to the "Extreme Home Makeover" request by their friend.


Friday, January 16, 2009

I have very few heroes in life but one contacted me the other day, me personally and made a request. HELEN BALDWIN contacted me about my blog the other day and I want to pass along a request to sign a very important petition to help cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy-the number one killer of children under the age of 2!!! Before my nephew was diagnosed I had never even heard of it.

I've been such a bad blogger! I have ideas in my head but they slip through the crevices and then I get busy and don't post.

I just want to save some things that have happened. Elizabeth and I are starting a new tradition of a once a month "escape". I won't go into details but I'm sure most of you can figure out what happens once a month and why it might be good to escape----good for everyone :) We do a little shopping, a lot of talking and we eat something yummy.

John and Josh are preparing to begin their Eagle project. I am so proud!!! And Randy and I are going to be the leaders of a Venture Crew which is for teens. We'll hike (I will hopefully be able to hike some), camp, and teach/learn life skills. It's part of boy scouts but it is for girls and boys!

Lindsey is taking a lot of classes and hopes to graduate in May! She is planning to go straight to grad school! There again---I am so proud!!

Emily is at the uncomfortable part of her pregnancy with my granddaughter and I am so looking forward to holding that baby girl!!!! Liz is making her a blanket and I am cross stitching a picture for her. Emily is still working at present.

Oh how I miss Lindsey, Emily and Mark!!! I try to see them once a week. Lindsey drives right by here so she stops from time to time. I get Mark to come home by offering him driving practice!

Cute things Rachel said this week: "Mommy, here is your sew" as she hands me a cross stitch thread :)

She also set the table last night and when we wondered why we each had two forks she informed us that it was in case we dropped one on the floor, so we wouldn't have to get another :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Brutal Killer of Children - Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I

My nephew, David, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I (also known as Werdnig-Hoffmann disease) at the age of four months and passed away at nine and a half months. Most everyone who knows me knows that. Tonight I want to attempt to raise awareness by sharing about it.

SMA basically causes muscles to waste away and robs people of their ability to move and eventually, breathe. Their minds are just as strong as ever, but their bodies fail. THERE IS NO CURE. It is best defined by going to this site: http://www.mda.org/publications/fa-sma-qa.html

Tonight I want to pay tribute to another little boy who passed away yesterday of SMA. Here is a link to his caring bridge page:


Please think of and pray for this family as they grieve. Please ask that they are enveloped with a peace that passes all understanding.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Not Me Monday Fun!

More fun sharing things I would NOT do! Right?!

I did not drag my husband (making him drive) to six Targets in a two day period in several separate cities looking for tablecloths on clearance for $2.71. I did not sew aforementioned tablecloths into curtains for my dining room, front and back foyers (side panels to doors), and two living rooms! I am not that cheap!

I certainly did not lose track of how many tablecloths I purchased and am now making throw pillows, too!

I did not feel sad about Christmas being over and have postponed putting away all of the signs of Christmas until today---except this blog of course...not?

I did NOT have a super humongous margarita on New Year's eve!

And I did NOT check on Stellan and another sweet baby several times this week, waiting for blog updates and worrying!