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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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stamping, Pain, Vacation and More!

As you have already surmised, I am quite impestuous.  At the crop last weekend, I signed up with
Close to My Heart.  That link takes you right to my website where you can order!
I don't really want to have crops or huge card classes.  That just isn't me.  My dream would to grow a virtual customer base and earn enough to keep me in stamps.  My next order of business is to watch training videos and create a card.
Next weekend I am going with my friends, Carolee and Gwen to the Sayner Stampede.  We have our little stops along the way.  Carolee and Gwen will be working at the Round Robin (where people go "round" and make six different cards).  I will be in the motel room resting.  On Saturday we visit the  used stamp sale.  I still have to price my things for the sale!  The Sayner Lioness takes care of this sale and does a wonderful job!  For their work, they get to keep 20% of the profits.  We also go visit the vendor booths and make the "make and take" cards.  My main interest this year is to do the make and takes and have fun.  I certainly don't need to shop unless I find something that I HAVE to have!
My tummy continues to be a source of pain and irritation (no pun intended).  Thankfully, my new medical supplies came in the mail yesterday and hopefully will resolve my problems.  If not, I am determined to call Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for an appointment.
I had a bad cough this week so I couldn't see Linda or take her to the clinic.  Her breathing was becoming more labored, even after they did another thoracentesis (to drain the fluid around her lungs) last week.
Carolee took her to the doctor Thursday and after more tests, they decided that she needs surgery and a permanent tube to drain the fluid around her lungs.  At least she will be able to breathe better!  I have felt so bad that I could not see her.  I don't know what to say to her.  What can I say?  Tomorrow I will see her and Monday she will have her surgery.  Kevin has been at her side.
Vacation Continued
The next morning we got up early to board the train that would take us to the Grand Canyon, but first, we watched the "Wild West" show.  It was quite entertaining and wonderful, especially for the kids!
We then boarded the train.  Jim and I were on a luxury dome car.  I had a Virgin Mary and we could help ourselves to the breakfast bar of yogurt, fruit and pastries.

Breakfast of Champions!

No, this isn't my husband!
This isn't him either!

The Grand Canyon National Park!

 As you can see, pictures don't do it justice!
Bible Journaling
I have been trying my hand at drawing and Bible journaling.  This is for 1 Peter 5:8
"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."  ESV
It is kind of a skinny lion...maybe that is why he's seeking someone to devour!

1 comment:

Oliva Ohlson said...

I love your AZ pictures! The Grand Canyon is absolutely breath taking, and pictures really don't do any justice. Take care and I hope you feel much better soon! Hugs