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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.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Last Sunday my friend, Linda and I  left for Ellsworth, MN, about 40 miles east of Sioux Falls, SD.  (On the way, we stopped in Berlin, WI.  On the way we picked up another friend, Debbie J.  We got off our route a couple of times, but it wasn't too bad.  We enjoyed the conversation and the scenery, especially near the Mississippi, where there were many hills and rock formations.
We arrived in Ellsworth, population 463, about 7:30, just in time to eat!  Our hostess, Judy, had made a ham and cheesy potatoes.   We started crafting Monday and the crafting went on almost non stop!
(We did take breaks to sleep, eat and drink wine!)
We had met through an online craft group and have stayed in touch over the years.  This was my first play week with them.
Judy, Linda J, Debbie J, Linda/Tex, Wendy, Martha and myself.


These are just some of the things that were made!

We left early on Friday, and made it home around 8:30.  Thanks to Linda J who likes to drive!



What a fun time you had! It's always nice to create with friends.

NanaDiana said...

What fun, Deb. I love that you were able to do this. Just think if you were working that wouldn't have happened- xo Diana

Carolee said...

Awesome projects! What a fun vacation!

Linda said...

A good week, good friends, good food and it's good to be home!!!

Gert said...

Oh what fun it looks like you must have had!

Craftnique said...

Looks like you had a fun time. One of these days I would like to attend with my friends from the CHAC group! Glad you enjoyed it!