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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

What Have I learned in 2010?

Me and Santa Baby!
I have learned that:

1.  Breaking your leg really hurts, but not as much as a close brother-in-law dying.

2.  Fun can be had even with a cast on! 

3.  As always, "and it came to pass, it didn't come to stay!"

4.  One can almost burst with pride when their only son graduates from college!  Especially if he comes from a blue-collar family!

5.  Florida is beautiful no matter what time of the year!

6.  I gamble way too much.

7.  I don't really want to diet....I want instant slimness with cookies on the side!

8.  Friends and family stick by you even when you are a jerk.  (I'm sure I had moments of jerkiness)

9.  Work doesn't define who I am.

10. My happiness doesn't depend on others.

What have YOU learned?

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

I found this quote:  "No matter what got done and what didn't, let it go.  Enjoy your family and keep the next few days focused on Christ's birth."  Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Favorite Christmas Memories Cont'd

My sister Wendy and I got Barbies one year.  I got the one with the brunette pony tail and she had short blond curly hair.  They both had the black and white swimsuits so were some of the originals.  Later, they were given away, along with many of our old toys.  Too bad, my Barbie was mint and she'd be worth some bucks!  We had the case too and I liked to make clothes for them.  I would save my allowance for outfits for my Barbie.

In 1965 my sister gave birth on Christmas Eve, right before the Christmas Program.  I remember Dad coming down to tell us at the church.

Christmas Eve changed with the passing away of my Grandma.  We were on our own now.  Dad and Mom changed our gift exchange to Christmas Eve so my sister and her family could have Christmas morning with their little boy.  My brother in law helped my Dad get stuff down while I kept my little sister occupied in the pantry with cookies and candy.  She heard Santa's reindeer and bells!  I got a desk that year (I was very studious).  I also remember getting a tape recorder, although don't know if it was the same year.  Just remember taping The Monkees TV show.

Christmas of 1979.  For some reason I woke up Christmas Morning in Jim's bed!  Anyway, he surprised me with a string of pearls (I was allergic to jewelry at the time), and a proposal of marriage!  My mother was so overjoyed!  At the ripe old age of 27 I think she had given up on me.  The rest is history....we've been married over 30 years.

Christmas of 1985.  Two weeks before Christmas we got the call from the adoption agency that they had a baby boy for us.  We could pick him up on the 18th!  We rushed to get the nursery done.  Tempers flared.  Nerves were frazzled as I shopped for Christmas gifts and baby clothes.  Broke down in the store not knowing where to start.  My sister, Wendy took control.  Thank God.  What a blessed Christmas with a new baby to show off!

The years have flown by.  Daddy died in 1972.  Wendy passed away in 1988 from breast cancer.  My brother in law passed away this year.  Every year we get so much older and life changes.  Our little ones are great nephews and nieces.  There are no more surprises under the tree.  My mom is still with us at 91 and doing quite well so that is a blessing.

So, where does that leave me?  With the baby, Jesus.  With the fact that "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son."  John 3:13  With the peace of mind that we are all saved because of His grace.  That is what it's about, right?  The cookies, the presents, the tree, are all diversions.  It doesn't matter if my floor is scrubbed, if the presents are surprises or not.  It matters that I come to worship the King of Kings and remember how He humbled himself to come to us as a baby.

May your Christmas be filled with joy, peace and love!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Memories

I stole this idea from Tracey, but my memories are significant to me so I thought I would share them. 

We always hung our stockings on St Nick. (December 5th)  We took the longest of my Dad's hunting socks and they would really stretch with the weight of oranges, apples and nuts.  Oh, they had some candy in too, but it ended up all tasting like salted shell peanuts.  Is that why I like my salt and sweet?  Wonder what today's kids would say about a stocking filled with fruit and nuts?

On Christmas Eve we had our Christmas program at church and then traveled to Grandma's.  I loved to look at the lights on the houses on the way.  I loved to see my cousin again (the one who now lives in Florida).  There were a few Christmas Eve's where I got sick.  Just like clockwork, I would get the stomach flu.  (The same thing happened to my son when he was small.  Must be the excitement that adds to the bug.)  I loved Grandma's.  She gave every family a box of food, and the kids each got a book of Lifesavers candy (and we liked it!).  I remember Aunt Caroline's salmon salad sandwiches.  We just had cold cuts, salads and bars but those were simpler times.  The kids were limited to the bedroom and the family room.  The adults were busy playing cards and we were not to disturb them.  Good thing my other cousins had some toys to play with. 

Oh!  Cousin Shirley and I did the  Can-can dance in front of the mirror and my cousin Jeffrey was hiding and laughing as we showed our underwear under our crinolines!

Favorite Christmas Days....  My brother and sister were much older, so not much in my memory, but my younger sister, Wendy and I loved Christmas morning.  One morning we awoke to a table and chair set, dishes and we each got a beautiful doll and snow coaster (invented and made at Mirro in Manitowoc, WI).  That year my mom had to borrow from a friend to take our toys off lay-away....Daddy had gambled his money away.  (Is that where I get my addiction from?)  Who knew that we almost didn't have Christmas?

To be continued....

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snow, Cold and Christmas Greetings

I have yet to take a picture of my poor little tree on the porch.  When the storm came, the tree bit the dust, er....snow, and the lights went out permanently.  It is way too cold to restring them now.  There is still snow on it's wee little branches.  One of my handmade cards.  You can't tell, but the white card stock is embossed with little poinsettias.

I promised some pics from the storm. Here you go: Looks peaceful here, but the winds were wicked the day before and it was frigid outside to say the least!

Makes me want to stay inside, but it isn't so bad anymore.  The highway crew has most of the roads scraped down.  They were rather bumpy for the most part as the ice underneath froze in clumps.  Fun driving weather!

I made a few cards and as I receive them, I send them out.  I picked out my Christmas outfit (to be shown after Christmas).  I have wrapping and cleaning and decorating yet to do!  How about you?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How's it Going?

My attempt at decorating my porch was met with blizzard conditions, so my red throw and little tree are snow covered.  I may put my snowman out there yet.  Cannot brave the cold to take pictures yet!

I made 13 cards when the power was out.  I would post one here, but a certain someone would see her card then!  There was enough sunlight to make cards (not to clean....lol)

I have cleaning and decorating to do.  Also have to wrap.  How about you?  I am getting more in the spirit of things now.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blizzard of 2010

My husband made it home before 3 pm.  He said he drove for about 100 miles in terrible weather and then it wasn't so bad.  He out drove the storm, so to speak.  I had to work till 6:30pm.  When I left, the weather was beginning to be horrid.  I was so glad to make it home.  Around 9pm or so, our power went out.  No TV, no computer, phones (except cell), no heat!  Yikes!  May as well sleep.  Got our power back this morning after 12 hours.   Yeah!!!!  I didn't make it into work today.  The street hasn't been plowed yet.  The winds are high and the weather is frigid.  We have icey snow everywhere.  Will take pics if I ever warm up again.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Early Morning Worries

I can't help it.  I am worried.  We had snow yesterday, and I am unable to shovel it all.  Another snowstorm is on it's way....this one more severe covering the whole state.  I have no one to snow blow me out!  I am supposed to work tonite.  My husband is stranded on the other side of the state and doesn't know if he'll be able to drive home.  I hate to have to call people and ask for help.  I hate to go to work in a storm and afraid I will be stuck there!  Oh Lord, hear my prayer!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How to Get Into Christmas

Okay, I did it to myself.  I applied for a second job to be done over the holidays, leaving me no time to relax, enjoy, or have the kind of Christmas I had hoped for.  I have tears in my eyes for the disappointment.  I must regroup.

I wanted to make Christmas cards.  I have all the stuff together.  Maybe I can make a few in the evening hours.

I wanted my house cleaned and decorated beautifully.  Maybe I will settle for a little clean and a Christmas tree.

I have to lower my expectations or I will drive myself crazy.  Christmas is only 15 days away!

I have off today.  My back is absolutely killing me from working at the store yesterday.  I work Thursday and Friday at the clinic.  I work Saturday and Sunday at the store!

Calgon take me away!  (Calgon is a bubble bath)

I wish you Peace for this Holiday Season.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Wee Hours

I love to get up early and on my days off, I even wake up early.  I sit in my robe, drink coffee, eat cookies and read my email.  I blog and contemplate my life.  It is my quiet time, even though I am listening to the morning news in the background.

I work today and it will go fast.  I think I will stop at the store after work and look for shirts for my son.
He is so small and slim, it is a challenge finding him dress clothes for his job.

Do you send Christmas Cards?  I am turning into a Grinch.  I think, why send cards to those I see all the time, and why send cards to those who I only hear from once a year?  What do you do?  Postage is getting so high, and time so short.  With phones and email, cards have lost their lustre although it is nice to get something in the mail other than bills!  People might get New Year's cards and letters.

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?  I have nothing but some shopping done.  Hopefully, will get some outside decorating done tomorrow, and maybe on Sunday can do some more inside.

Happy Day!