Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
here is my art lottery pc. i chose 5 numbers and then sharon sent the techniques that represent each number. origami, couching, organic, large item and straight, thin line. this was so fun. i'm doing another one. can't resist the challenge.
hubby is away on a golf trip with his best bud, so i have plenty of time to do what i want. well, not exactly but i have a little more time with art endeavors. looking forward to the New Year.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
my frustration level with the medical world seems to be growing. Big Pharma gives large sums of money to doctor's hospitals for them to train students not to question their train of thought, just do as taught. But when one does begin to question they are black-balled or even worse made to look like charlatans.
wouldn't you really like to hear the truth just once. i've learned so much since receiving my diagnosis.
well the biggest thing - take time to research info for yourself. then make your decisions based on fact not scare tactics.
here's an interesting read. i was very concerned about my son taking this stuff and i'm so glad he was not able to get it.
i sound radical but really i'm not; just trying to educate myself on all the info out there.
Monday, December 21, 2009
i'm back home from our Caribbean "different crazy" anniversary cruise. Anyone for a little art lottery? waiting to see what techniques my selected numbers will bring. fun idea Sharon.
San Juan was great. we would love to take our sons to San Juan for a week. we arrived a day early and stayed on the 14th floor of the Marriot overlooking the pool and ocean. great view.
on way home we took shore excursions to the fort and ole' San Juan - i was able to go back to "The Poet" gallery. one true desire i had on this trip.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
i just splurged on a chicken salad sandwich and chocolate truffle. two things on my not-2-eat list. i must do better.
Friday, December 11, 2009
well this is part of what he's gawking at. UU's page was so fun to make.
i'm off tomorrow morning early for another anniversary cruise.
See you when i return on my actual anniversary.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
yesterday was a wonderful get-up and out of bed day. i arose from bed listening to this wonderful music - the birds were chirping and singing their happy songs. even my dog enjoyed listening - he was so cute to watch as each new sound arose in the air from outside my window.
i stepped out on my deck to watch and listen - a large group of robins were in the yard. one particular little robin was on my split rail fence bopping along and as he came to a leaf he would stop, pick it up with his beak and drop it to the ground full of leaves. he did that all way down the rail fence and then turned around and came back to where he started. wonder what that was all about!! i used my word for 2010 - wonder. the earth is full of God's wonders.
Friday, November 27, 2009
but just as loving and adorable.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
here is a little tree my hubby bought me at the end of summer when the first Christmas decorations came out. it was going outside but i like it right where it is. handmade decorations of white on this little tree with my homemade snowman family. daddy, mommy and baby.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
70% off. i had given up finding any this late in the year. Yahoo, hip,hip,hurray!!! This goodies box will be mailed out tomorrow. thank you so much terri for the opportunity to give back to the servicemen and women around the world as they continue to give of themselves for us.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Leilani's 5-Day Blind Challenge
Art Quilt Results
after the last step of sewing sides
in unusual ways it became my iron cover.
i truly love it.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
the little pin she made has a charm that reads "girlfriends".
there is so much detail in this little lady. she hangs on a chandelier in my dining room,
don't you think that is appropriate?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
back of page front page closed front page open
my last page assignment was for gretchen but UU will actually be the last. i have something big i want to do with hers, hopefully. Gretchen mentioned visiting Switzerland and other countries in her college days. Her memories were a little faded. So half the page is the face with different women in the background representing her memories of the trip. When you open the page the equestrian rider and horse lay across her forhead perfectly like a little cap. they are all muted colors to represent fading. Her back page is her jardinet with her little blossoms (children) growing in the pots. I used a little torn book page, a piece of colored lace, ribbon for stem, a fabric flower and brad in the center to finish the back page. stretched after Donna Downey's class.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
eyewear and i caught Bill off-guard. They are so adorable. and love how they work together.
here are two of my canvas scrapbook pages from Donna Downey's new "Fabric" Fredericksburg class. She has so much to teach and the class was so much fun. lots and lots of gooey fingers.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
leilani is having a FAT Five Day challenge. I don't think this is the blind leading the blind but i sure feel lost. Each day we are given instructions to follow in making our art quilt. Oh the challenge in that alone. but i am being taken out of my comfort zone - that's a good thing.
Jilliene has challenged us in the month of November to follow along with her in seven days of gratitude posting on our blogs. So here goes:
1 - for my next breath 2 - my hubby's great paying job
3 - my doc appt was interesting 4 - my doc's openness in listening to me
5 - everyday i get up 6 - i was able to cook a good meal for family
7 - i can laugh 8 - i have great friends online to stick w/ me
9 - i have great artist friends 10 - the rain feels great to walk in
11- i'm wet from walking in rain 12 - my son is doing great in college
13- i enjoy the small lit tree in my dr 14- for jilliene challenging me
15- i can read my Bible 16- God loves ME
17- i can leave my burdens w/ God 18- a warm home
19- we can pay our bills 20- opportunity to enjoy this day
Again thanks jilliene for making us aware of our attitude of gratitude. Be blessed today.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
this week hubby is off and we are enjoying spending time together. the weather is getting cold, fall has arrived and my doggie is loving it.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
It was great seeing cousins, aunties and friends i have not seen for years. At one point my diagnosis came up. My nephew brought it up and we talked in depth about it all.
The service was wonderful, watching my hubby go forward for prayer and healing was wonderful. The worship time was so sweet; you feel like you are in the heavenlies. I hate to see the "crazy kiwi" leave after Sunday and so does my hubby. My hubby has been like a moth drawn to light.
Friday, October 02, 2009
When are are going to wake up!!!! read more about a young 14 yr old who died from the first vaccination she was given but it was her fault. http://www.naturalnews.com:80/027151_cancer_cervical_cancer_Natalie_Morton.html
why won't we read and learn for ourselves instead of being lazy and wanting everybody else to do it for us????!!!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
God is up to something and i'm going there. I never told you about the insurance company's letter last week. They sent a letter explaining they were denying my surgery bc the doc had not sent in enough clinicals. i had to laugh with God and ask what's up with that?! really i did laugh and laugh all the way to packing my bags and pulling out of the driveway to head to the mtns for a visit with family.
In quietness and confidence will be your peace. gotta run, get ready for the day.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The greatest miracle in all of this - restored relationships with my mom, sis and brothers. The most amazing of all, my next-to-youngest bro, and his life now sold out to God. He calls me everyday to share Christ-happenings. Here's one for you to ponder:
he shared with me that his friends, a couple and the man's mother have lots of land, little money; want to build a sports complex for youth on this land to advance the Kingdom of God. Yesterday my brother told me he was going up on the mtn to spend time with God and seek His Face. Where we live "going up the mtn means timber roads and no people or homes around". On his way close to the top he ran into a man, who he stopped to ask if he could help him, did he need a ride or anything. After exchanging pleasantries my brother went on his way. He stopped short of where he was headed, bc he really didn't know how to find the place and ahead was nothing but a mud hole. He knew if he got stuck there was no way to naturally get unstuck. Right after turning around he ran into the same man again. This time the man wanted to talk to my brother bc of his kind words to him about Jesus Christ.
After talking for quite a while and the man introducing himself to my bro (he was wealthy and an inventor; i checked him out on the web he is for real) the man told my bro if he ever needed anything, anything at all, to call him and he would help him. My brother told the man although he made very little he wanted for nothing bc of Jesus in his life. But he told him of the sports complex desire of the couple. The man told him once they had all their plans laid out to call him and he would donate money in my brother's name. My brother said, "when you donate do it in Jesus' name not mine."
How is that for a God-divine appointment? Personally i believe God is doing that for all that are willing to step out an share Jesus with the world.
hope you don't mind my sharing this story with you online. This is one of many my brother has shared with me. He has me in tears of laughter everyday when i talk to him bc of what Jesus is doing in his life. He is now a soft-touch for Jesus, pliable and supple in the Master's hand. He openly weeps before people and his heart is so tender to things of God.
my brother desires to know the King of Kings personally by his name "Majestic Glory"
Sunday, September 27, 2009
In scripture there is a verse that says,
"even the rocks will cry out if we don't for the Lord"; my paraphrase.My hubby loves venturing up the mountain to Sky Line drive to see this formation of rocks. They are so huge and he realizes the expansion and bigness of God standing atop this grouping of rock art from God. Creativity began with God and that is where it will end but somewhere in between the created must need create too.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
While stopped at the overlook my hubby pointed out this beautiful butterfly on a thistle bush. It was as if the butterfly decided to do an exhibition so i could take its picture. Don't you just love the color? It was such a wonderful get-away. So much so that he is thinking of taking me back today when he gets off from work. Then i will attempt to see mom and another brother. My mom will be 80 this coming month and my sister is attempting a big party over at the Monacan's site.
I'll get to hear the next part of the pastor's sermon if i go. Seems the Lord is working in me "that godly sorrow" the pastor was talking about last Sunday. And this Sunday he is going to extend the series to broken relationships. Both my brother and i are looking forward to hearing that. He and i know how broken our family has been for years. So my "healing" will come in more ways than one. Only God could use a diagnosis to heal the broken hearted. For that my brother and i are both grateful.
i think i hear the tune from John Denver in my head "take me home, mountain momma". ah nostalgia.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
i think the page might have had more impact if i kept with black, soft whites and gray. any suggestions?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
he called me but hung up w/o leaving a messasge. So when i called him back this is what he shared. As he was sharing i began to laugh, this is something God does for me, i laugh when the enemy comes in and tries to snatch something. He said "I hesitate to share something like this with you but i figured you would respond just the way you did." i can't emphasize enough we need to communicate all our feelings to one another.
I said maybe we, out of our own struggles, need to give generously to help her with medical bills. and share about naturopathic treatments too. We should not become so self-centered we can not see other hurting people too. and most importantly we need to begin praying for her - find out her name. You know i believe he needed to hear this bc he needs to refocus.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
they evaluate you over three days - they meaning surgeon, oncologist, naturopathic, clinician and spiritual leader. wow! whole mind, body and soul.
i talked to my son's girlfriend and found out my son is really struggling with me having cancer. but my decisions at this time for no chemo, no radiation are what's troubling him more.
you see he is the one i share with and he shares with me - he's open to what the Lord is doing in his life. So we move on to the next spiritual level together and see where God is leading.
I'm fast-reading several books i received yesterday - Outsmart Your Cancer and Beating Cancer with Nutrition. i went to my naturopathic today. looks like the big guns are being pulled out for me to begin taking. i'm pretty sure i've arrived at the decision to stop working probably after next week.
my body is tired too much of the time and my mind seems to be shutting down at times - not good when working with money.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
my hubby was struggling on Sunday, could not say much without tearing up. We took a ride and listened to the music - titles being - Catching Snowflakes On Your Tongue and STille Nacht. what peace this music brought to us.
He knows what we have need of before we ever do. God knows how i desire His joy. The titles in the book: The Joy of Wonder, The Joy of a Family, The Joy of Friends, The Joy of Music, The Joy of Giving, The Joy of a Baby.
i asked my hubby to consider buying a guitar to play to me during this time.
i feel very much that his playing will bring healing to my soul in ways he would never realize. i look forward to being serenaded by him. looking forward and not behind.
wonder - awe; that's what this word leads me to. wonder-full, wondrous, wonderer, wonderland, wonderwork, wonderment, wonderfully, all i can say is i'm wonderstricken.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wow good thing i called while she's there bc my cousin extended the visit to me - room and board taken care of just buy my plane ticket. Um! wonder if i can fit this in before surgery. lol
what a treat that would be. My sis was so excited sharing about all she has seen so far and that my cousin was flying them over to the big island and they were visiting one more island too.
My cousin treated them to a dinner cruise on my sisters birthday. She so deserves this time away from all of her responsibilities. When she gets home i will tell her about my diagnosis.
But for now let her enjoy her break away from it all in peace and joy.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here is another "aha" moment with God. He was speaking to me last week about daisies and that little thing we do with "he-loves-me, he-loves-me-not" and had me focus on the words "He Loves Me".
Well today while shopping at Walmart i went into the Inspirational book section. A book titled, you guessed it, He Loves Me, caught my eye. Its by Wayne Jacobsen. Just in time,
God is always right on time.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Now my hubby was struggling when he went back to work with my diagnosis. He approached a young lady that works in their cafeteria and said, "You look like you are a prayer?" She replied that she was. So he shared our circumstances with her and ask her to pray for us. Her response, "You know my mother is the lady at women's imaging that everyone talks to when they find out they have cancer." Who knew - what a God wink for my hubby - that God would be so personal to him. He stood amazed. But i just laughed bc i know that is the kind of person God is.
Yesterday another gentleman he plays golf with sometimes ask him how his wife was. He said, "Oh you already heard?" The guys response, "I was just asking how she was from the ER visit. What are you talking about?" My husband shared the results at which time the guy responded back to hubby, "You know my wife had breast cancer and she has wig books, and she went through chemo and radiation and is fine. Except now she has come down with leukemia." Ok another God wink for my hubby and a boost of spiritual adrenaline for hubby - God is listening and encouraging my hubby to look to HIM. i just love it!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
i just love this aluminum power drink can postcard from janis.
I call it "peeping toms". i didn't notice the green eyes until i scanned it in.
isn't that the way in life
- we miss so much bc maybe we are "navel gazing"
instead of enjoyingthe life we have
right where we are within the circumstances at the present time?
i feel so saddened by the fact my news was delivered right
before my hubby's birthday.
it seems to suck the happiness of the occasion right out of us.
he has to work today, and i have to work tonight.
2 of my sons will take him to dinner and celebrate his life.
i am so thankful to him for the life i have had.
he has made all the difference in the world.
i love the sermon we heard on sunday.
appropriate for the news we were delivered.
our #2 most powerful force in the world - fear
our #1 most powerful force in the world - FAITH.
he explained 3 men born to be Kings -
Adam, Saul and Jeroboam
all allowed fear to rule them.
fear will make you hide, fear will make you lash out
at the ones you love the most and fear will
make you hold back.
David even in fear worked through it.
David understood his God was faithful.
live big - live deep
Go deep within field tested in fearful places of life.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
i was amazed at this beautiful ATC for more than one reason. The biggest reason the shape of the fiber and the color. Looks like breast cancer symbol to me! um, thank you God it had such a great impact on me when i opened it. and thank you Di for sending it with the extra fabric and this lovely fairies panel.