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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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Look, Mom! I'm a Scrapbooker!

Who would have thunk it?  I have become a scrapbooker.  I have tried to resist, but my trip to Washington DC demanded it.  So, I gave in and went to a scrapbooking retreat.  I have managed to get all my pictures in.  I do need to journal and maybe embellish some of the pages.  When I knew I was going to DC, I went a bit crazy with the DC stickers, etc., more than I need! 


Some people bring a lot of craft stuff!


This is the way to scrapbook!  We had our own 4'x8' table to spread out our stuff, could work in our pj's at our leisure, be that 6 am or 2 am.

The retreat center was beautiful!  It was in a remote area by a lake so we took many turns to get there, even though we later found out we could get there an easier way!



view from the deck

We didn't have to cook!  We didn't have to clean!  Just scrapbook, go for a walk in the woods, enjoy the scenery! 


Now for some sad news.   My Mom is in the hospital with pneumonia. She was admitted while I was off having fun.  Glad that I have my sister and brother to look after her too.
I think she will be okay, but she has to get her appetite back!  I would appreciate your prayers.

3 comments:

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Looks like a wonderful place to scrapbook and enjoy God's earth!
I haven't been to any of those weekends. Maybe I should go to one!
Said a prayer for your Mom...
Deb

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I actually am sad that I am not a scrap booker...I have friends who have left beautiful books for their children and grandchildren. I just never could get into it.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I have tried to scrapbook, but just can't get into it.

Saying a prayer for your Mother,

Gill in Canada