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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 18, 2014

'Twas the Week before Christmas

I got my cards out, and started to receive mine.
 
I tape them on my cabinets, and. I will clean the tape off later.
 
 
 
These are some of the ornaments that I made.
 

 
I was in an ornament exchange.  I had these hanging by my clock, but moved them over the sofa (wherever I have nails) so people could see them better
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Just one area of The Salvation Army distribution room.
 
Yesterday I went to work in the office at The Salvation Army. They asked me to help with the gift distribution instead.  They were swamped!  The day before was busier yet and nine volunteers didn't show up!  I only worked for about four hours.  My legs and feet were killing me from the concrete floors.  I don't know how some of the volunteers that are older than me do it all day!  Next year I will wear different shoes!  Each family gets a blanket and a certain amount of gifts per child.  They also get a bag of groceries for a Christmas Dinner.  There but for the grace of God go I.  Many have lost their jobs or can't find work.  Some have nicer cell phones than I do, but whatever, it is not for me to judge, but only for God.
 
 
The video I chose is too large, so you will have to enjoy this one!
 
 
 

My Godson is the guy with the Santa hat and red striped tie.  His brother has a royal blue shirt on and a b/w striped tie.
 
Merry Christmas!
 


4 comments:

Linda said...

Yes, it's almost here. Your tree looks nice.

NanaDiana said...

How cute. Deb. I really like all the ornaments you made and your tree looks great. For some reason I saw this picture of the boys before? And your Godson was upset because he didn't get a solo? Oh- I bet it was through Linda's blog!;>) Mystery solved. xo Diana

Linda said...

Lovely tree, and your ornaments are so creative. You are very talented.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love getting Christmas cards and enjoying them. Yours are beautiful and your ornaments! I hope you have a wonderful week my friend! Merry Christmas!