Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Catch up Time

 I am still working diligently on Kara's scrapbook when I can find the time, oh so close to being done :)
 Tater Tot did his part yesterday by taking a nice morning nap so Nanny could whip up a whole lot more scrapbook pages
 Friday night was a very short trip to the fair with the family. Problem #1 a huge storm was rolling in, problem #2 Tyler came down with a stomach bug :( We were all BLOWN AWAY by how many families were wearing their Prayers for Elijah shirts!!!What a wonderful, community and world we live in that so many people have taken this little guy in their hearts and prayers
 Weekend baking with Kara, gotta restock the freezer you know.
 Sunday football season started
This face should say it all. We are crazy happy our Papaw is home :)
WooHoo chicken went on sale this week :)

I am beginning to wonder now days what normal is, sigh. Our new normal seems to be hit the floor running, hold on tight, it's gonna be a bumpy, messy road. The days of having a plan and working that plan....Them days seem to be long gone :)

This crazy, sticky, messy time shall pass (I hope) Now that our sweet Elijah is on the road to recovery, Papaw is home for a good long time (fingers crossed) and last I checked no one is prego things should begin to settle down.

I really and truly would like to get back to some sort of schedule. I like my days, weeks, months planned. I'm not much a fly by the seat of your pants kinda gal. 

We have company coming in today, the house was...a wreck, hubby was under foot. I sat him up a play date for Monday night football, delivered him to the destination and got busy. I'm not much of a houseworker at 11:00PM at night but you gotta do what you gotta do right? Along with company later today we have DD#3's kiddo's and...Our weekend in the mountains begins on Friday.

It's a crazy BLESSED life we have going on right now!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Praise God Almighty

After 12 hours of surgery, (maybe more, I lost count) the Doctors have removed ALL of the tumor in Elijah's neck and spine. We are over the moon relived he did so well!!! There is no doubt in our minds and hearts Gods hands were in that operating room guiding the Doctors. Once Mommy, Aunt Julie, or GiGi gets some rest they will update his facebook page.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers. Elijah still has a hard road to go with recovery and possible follow up treatments but for today, right now, this very moment in time, that nasty stuff is out of this sweet boy's body!!!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our Hearts, Minds, and Prayers for Sweet Elijah

I would like to ask each of you to take a little time today to read the recent post on Elijah's face book page. Such a beautiful post from a family who's hearts are broken but with Gods help, a team of incredible Doctors, and the prayer of family, friends, and a world full of strangers who have heard his story our sweet Elijah will beat this nasty stuff. He just has to :(

Today we are all staying busy. None of us can just sit. Even a 5 minute break from the action and we fall apart in tears for the enormous trial Elijah and his family are facing tomorrow. Our God is good, he can do this, we can only pray.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elijah Update

 Make A Wish foundation had ask Elijah what he would most like to do in the whole world before his BIG surgery coming up this Friday. WW wrestling some such thing was his first, the second was to swim with dolphins. Due to time restraints they were not going to be able to grant his wish but......His Pappy and GiGi saw to it he got to swim with the dolphins!!! We old geezers are good for a few things :)

Elijah's first surgery took twice as long as was expected yesterday but still he did great. You can read about it here
 On the home front I have been working on restocking our freezers as things go on sale. DD#3 was out of work for 10 weeks after having Tater Tot. Nanny and Papaws freezer and pantry took a pretty hard hit during her recovery :) Full pork loins was the meat sale of the week, sale price $2.99 regular price is $5.79 for boneless pork chops. Our butcher at the grocery does a wonderful job of cutting up these babies into just the right size chops and roasts to suite our needs.
 Tucked way in the back of the pork shelf in the freezer are 27 packages of pork chops along with 8 pork roasts. Total savings of $68.32. Sure hope chicken will go on sale soon as we are OUT!!! DD#3 family hit the chicken hard :)
Between working on the domestic front and helping hubby in the yard a bit I am still doing pages for Kara's album. Karsyn is waiting for me to get started on hers, there is not time to waste.

Hubby and I will once again do some man work in the yard this morning before the heat begins to build. Our concentration for now is the front yard, we still have 2 yards of wood chips piled on the driveway. Some of our front beds have been invaded with poison ivy and oak, until we can kill that off we can't move the mulch....so much work to do but so happy to have a buddy to do it with :)

Lots of many mini To Do's have been done! I now have a working light in the kitchen! The light fixture to the fan unit went out sometime over the summer, thankfully the breakfast light was still working so I made do. Our fan/lights are no longer sold in the stores if hubby couldn't fix it we would have had to replace the kitchen as well as breakfast room fixtures OUCH!! A man in a tool belt melts my butter.

It has been determined by me and everyone I know that I take TO MANY photo's!! Yesterday afternoon we were driven inside by a little rain storm, perfect time for me to download a few more of Kara's first year photo's and get them printed. Well don't you know I was able to find them in no time at all on our back up external drive....all 3,000 of them. Holy cow!! After sorting, sorting, and sorting some more I think I have it down to a manageable amount to be printed (I hope) Her album has turned into albums and still growing :)

I hear the shower running, that my signal it's soon time to eat. Before I sign off a huge THANK YOU for all who are thinking and praying for Elijah. This week is a BIG week on his road to kicking cancers butt, he needs us all! :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Prayers Please

This is a photo of Elijah (hat on) and some of his buddies from "Kick it to Cancer" a benefit put on by Jeff Gordon of NASCAR from this past Sunday. Our Tyler is the other little boy on the right.

Our To Do list for today is prayer....Elijah is having his first surgery to clamp off one of his arteries in preparation for his BIG surgery this Friday.

Enough said

Monday, September 8, 2014

End of the Challange

Wheeee, Yesterday was a LONG day!! While Hubby was on a memorial ride (5,000) bike strong) I spent the entire day working on Kara's album. Thirteen total layout's completed. A GF came over in the afternoon to get a hang of the Project Life scrapbooking system, she too is hooked, so much faster, easier, and cheaper :)

One of this weeks goals is to get in the yard. While the company we hire for the summer kept the yard up on a weekly basis the big stuff was put off once the heat of the summer kicked in. We will be having temps in the 70's and low 80's for most of the week, time to get something done!!

Another goal is to try out recipe's for Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are so easy to grow in the garden but we just don't like them :) I hope to change that this week :)

I have a quilt that must be quilted!! It's been hanging out here and there for weeks. The sewing room....it's one big HOT mess. I turned things upside down when I reorganized and downsized all the scrapbooking supplies. Maybe a nice rainy day at the end of the week...I can only hope.

We will stay SUPER busy this week!! We are not the only family in our circle of friends and family who is trying to fill the days FULL with things to do.

You see this week is Elijah's cancer surgery week. It's a big, scary, life changing surgery. God has blessed Elijah's family with a network of Prayer Warriors from around the country and world for that matter. I am sure some of you are apart of this wonderful prayerful group. We are all frightened for he and his family. We know prayer works, we know God has heard our prayers along with the thousands of others but we also know he has his own plan.....

Will you join us this week as we lift Elijah and his family in prayer? Here is the link to his FB page :)

Is this a Man Thing

 Not once but twice yesterday I walked in to a bathroom with an empty toilet paper roll.
 Hubby has been home a week today. I swear he used a full roll of paper towels in 48 hours. I did a private test on Thursday. I wanted to see how long a roll of paper towels would last with him around. Results 48 hours. I was right :)
 A few more of my pages for this weeks scrapbooking challenge. Hard to believe what a chunky monkey Kara was
 Even at this young age she had that "I am gonna give you a run for your money" twinkle in her eyes :)
 Sweet baby girl
I cheated some yesterday by using some blank layouts from classes, retreats, crops and such I use to teach. That's a double play in my book!! I am getting pages done and using up some oldies but goodies.

Today is the last day of the scrapbook challenge I am in. High hopes of lots of completed layouts. I have set a personal goal of finishing up all of Kara's photo's by the end of September. Karsyn is starting to loose patience with me that I have not gotten an album done for her. There is not time to waste :)

Hubby will be on a Memorial ride for most of today leaving me on my own with AJ the Beagle. Sunday dinner has been postponed until Monday evening. A full day to play!! What I really need to do is to finish some quit tops and quit a quilt that is ready to go. All in good time. I am going to try and focus on one big project at a time for now.