Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Week At A Glance Catch-Up


My last "My Week At A Glance" told the story of how one phone call changed my week....little did I know that it would change my life!

I spent the next 2 weeks at a hospital with my mom and dad.  He entered the hospital after having fallen and breaking his hip.  After enduring hip replacement surgery it was discovered that his hip broke due to cancer and THEN he fell. And that cancer was throughout his body, which led me to write this short post and a few days later this one.

What we thought was going to be quick, turned into 10 days when I wrote this.  Since then I have been quiet.  So MUCH has happened, so many emotions that it's hard to even write about it.

Two weeks from the time the hip broke, dad entered a rehab.  The idea was to work with him to allow him to be as mobile as possible as his desire was to return to his home in Florida to spend his last days.  After 3 weeks, it was decided that it was time for him to be discharged and go to Florida.  So on Tuesday, October 18, I said 'see ya later' to my dad as I left him in my brother's care at the airport.  Yea, not the easiest day of my life :(

In the middle of all this, I spent a week with my oldest daughter in a different hospital.  Read that story here.

Now I am home trying to get back to a routine, normal life, quiet....we'll see how long that lasts :)  But I will take one day at a time, as I always should.  Thanking God for his plans and His preparing me for what is next. 

While I was 'elsewhere', life at home continued.  Hubby worked and got our firewood ready.  Julie-bug kept the house in order in my absence.  My Zekey-boy worked with his dad and finished the body work on his 1989 Ford F150. 

Nice ride!

A few days after I came home to stay, a neighbor asked if we'd be willing to watch his two girls, ages 3 & 4, for 4 hours-3 days a week. So now Julie-bug has herself a little job with me as the 'supervisor'.   She is even doing a little school with them every day.  What a great opportunity!

Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending a 97th birthday party for a neighbor.  It was nice seeing some town people that I don't see all that often.
Honestly, I don't care to live that long, I've a better place to be :)

This is what is seen when coming out of Canada from American customs....just so those Canadians aren't confused as to where Maine and Florida are!  I did a double take when I first saw this and had to take a picture!  Really???? 
located 1/2 mile from my house

I've been working on another quilt this week.  It is black and white. I'm liking how it is coming out.  Here are the 2 basic squares:
there will be 15 of each

After putting these together I wish I would have used the darker checked fabric on the 2nd square as the 'windmill' on the first square...but there's no turning back now!

I was able to complete my 10th Gabby Mom review this week.  It was for a great book by Lorrie Flem called "Welcome Home, Daddy".  I have enjoyed  working with Lorrie Flem, publisher of Eternal Encouragement magazine, this year and am looking forward in becoming even more involved in this ministry in 2012.

Now to end this My Week At a Glance Catch Up, here are some great foliage pictures I took during the many miles I traveled the past month:

What 'news' do you have?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Women's Bean Project Review & Giveaway

I have something very exciting to share with you just in time for your holiday gift-giving.  Not only will you bless the person you give the gift to, but you will also bless an organization that's purpose is to help women.  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

She said "YES"!

I have a couple of minutes (well not really!)  BUT I just had to post this from my Sampy-June:

"It was a Thursday, Sam had just finished a long day of work, tired but glad she was going to hang out with her boyfriend later that night.

As she started to drive out of the parking lot her phone rang. It was Jeremiah. She laughed to herself a bit as she picked up, thinking about how he had perfect timing. "Hey, I just got outta work." she started to say but was interupted by "Turn the car around!"

She looked around and there he was, pulling into the parking lot. He had come to surprise her at work. They chatted for a bit and then headed over to his house to relax.

As she drove back she started to think about how it was weird that he had come to see her in the middle of the week, he never did that. She asked him about it later and his face told her something was going on, but she couldn't figure out exactly what. She guessed everything from maybe she was going to get a kitten and he wanted to be there to see it, to he had come to pick up the engagment ring she knew he had been looking around to buy. He wouldn't tell her much, but she did manage to get out of him that he was going to ask her to marry him before Thanksgiving.

They had been dating almost six months and been talking about getting married about three months into the relationship. He was easily the best guy she had ever met and had the ability to understand her like no other. He was her perfect guy, the one she had always imagined. They both knew their relationship was incredibly blessed by God. Not only because of the love they felt from each other but also because everyone who saw them together knew it was meant to be.

They enjoyed the time they spent together that Thursday and continued on with their normal lives until the weekend.

That weekend they had planned to go out to eat with his family to celebrate his upcoming birthday. Sam's Mom was there visiting from Vermont and her sister, Mandie was going to join them as well. 

They all gathered in the Vorce's living room that Saturday night around six o'clock. Jeremiah's Dad started to list everything they were going out to celebrate "Mom's birthday, Jess's birthday, Jeremy's birthday, Sam's Mom's birthday and Sam and Jeremy's six month anniversary."

That Saturday marked six months of dating for the two of them.  As everyone stood to head out the door Jeremy stopped them all "Hold on a second everyone, there's something I want to say."

Sam was beside him, with her arm around his waist. She looked up, surprised. "Sam, these past six months have been incredible. We've had our ups and downs, especially when you got sick but I have been truly blessed by having you in my life. I know on facebook you said let's have 600 more months together but let's make it 6000."

He pulled a black box out of his pocket and got down on one knee."Sam, will you marry me?"

She was shocked, was he serious? He had pretended to ask her many times before, but that ring? It was beautiful, exactly what she wanted. It couldn't be one of his tricks.

"Are you serious?" She had to ask. He nodded and as she looked in his eyes she saw it was really true! He was asking her to marry him. "YES!" she said as he stood up and placed the ring on her finger. She hugged him and kissed him and laughed all at once.

Everyone else gathered around, the Mom's crying, offering hugs and congratulations. Then the phone calls started, everyone needed to know the big news!!!

Sam later on found out the reason he had been acting so weird on Thursday was because he had driven halfway between Vermont and New Hampshire to meet with her Dad to get his blessing before he asked. He had had the ring for about a month and was just waiting for the final piece of the puzzle to fit in, asking her Dad. He had given his blessing on Thursday and Jeremy was going to wait until next weekend to ask, on his birthday but couldn't wait. Which was a good thing, because if he had tried to do some crazy romantic thing, Sam would have definitely guessed what he was doing and it was important to him that she be surprised.

God had His hand in the little details, getting Sam's Mom there, Sam not having a clue, the ring being perfect, the sweet heartfelt proposal, the joy of the moment shared with family and friends.

Jeremy and Sam are currently starting to plan a wedding planned for early fall of 2012."

Here they are literally the next day...planning :)

I am thrilled beyond words that I was able to witness this very special moment in my daughter's life!  

Let's just say this was just what I needed to brighten up a not very enjoyable month/week I've been experiencing around here.....but THAT is another story!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Frustration 101

Although this is NOT a picture of me, it sure does represent how I felt last week.....

Here's why:

 I had been home for only 4 days after spending 3 weeks at a hospital with my mom and dad due to my dad's cancer deteriorating his hip causing him to require hip replacement.   Thinking my life was going to resume a semblance of normal until I received a phone call from my oldest daughter:

"Mom?  This is Sam....I'm in the hospital.  We think I am going to have my appendix removed today.  I've been in a lot of pain,  but on pain meds right now and I'm scared"

Ok, mom...what would your reaction be to such a phone call?  

Mine was:  Beam me up, Scotty...I HAVE to be there....and 3 hours later, driving at high rates of speed, I was there.  

And my frustration began immediately.  She had been in the hospital for 6 1/2 hours by the time I made it there. I figured she'd either be IN surgery or on her way.  Nope, not the case at all.  The only doctor she had seen was the ER one who "thought" it was appendix due to a  high white blood count and the symptoms.   He had her on morphine for the pain and had contacted the surgeon.

Morphine was prescribed for every 2 hours. It was NEEDED every 2 hours, but the nurse didn't  show up until every 2 1/2 - 3 hours at which time Sampy-June was crying in pain.  More times than I can count, Sampy-June's boyfriend, Jerm or her sister or myself would 'kindly' suggest to the nurse that it was time for her to pay attention to her patient and give her the scheduled pain meds.  Let me tell you, it is very difficult to watch your grown daughter cry in pain and be unable to take it away!

I had been there a couple of hours and still a no-show surgeon.  Once again, I 'kindly' talked with the nurse asking ever so gently what the hold up was.  Were they waiting for an emergency situation?  Is this the ONLY doctor in this hospital that can order a CT scan?  What kind of a Mickey Mouse place is this anyway?  I didn't actually say THAT, but I certainly wanted to!

Finally after TEN HOURS, she is taken for a CT scan.  Results:  kidney infection probably caused by a kidney stone.  A stay in the hospital, with fluids, more pain meds and antibiotics.  

She ended up staying 3 days. I have so many more stories to tell about the incompetency of this medical facility, but honestly, I am just happy she made it out alive!

The last ridiculous event was when she was discharged and I tried to fill her prescriptions.  The pharmacists refused to fill one prescription.  She stated that it would be "unethical" for her to do so.  REALLY???  Are you serious???  Unethical, yet I have been given this prescription by a medical doctor!  This is when I began to seriously question  when Disney started to hand out medical licenses.
For those of you  who have been wondering how my dad is doing...he is holding his own.  
Although he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, the current doctor says that other than the cancer and his rehab for his hip replacement, he's doing well.   He could continue this way for another 6-12 months.  My parents are planning to return to Florida within the next few weeks after dad is finished his rehab.  

Hopefully I can get back to a good schedule with my blog.  Thanks to so many who have checked in to see how I'm doing.  

The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Study by Starr Meade review

Well, here's a picture of the book....

not the one you're supposed to study, but the one that will help you study the most important one to study.....

Do you know what that is?  
The most important thing to study?  

Cuz if you don't, then let me tell you that you are missing out on something very fact, you are missing out on the most important thing to study that there is!

As Starr Meade points out in the introduction, students spend much time studying important topics:  math, science, grammar, languages, history and such.  But many miss the most important of all.  A book from the creator of the universe!  Yea, it's THAT important. 

I can hear the "duhs" ;)

I love the title of this series:  The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Study.  To the point! and true!  And Starr Meade continues with a to the point and true survey of the entire Bible for teens.  

Using a narrative and fill in the blank format, Starr Meade uses 4 volumes (the fifth is the answer key) to take you and your teens through a chronological study of the Bible.  While reading through the Bible, this study guide helps to keep the focus on God as the main character while major themes and topics are emphasized.  After completing all 4 books, any student will have a good overview of the entire Bible.  

This is another great resource provided by Crossway books.  To get more information about Crossway and all they have to offer, please visit their blog at  

*I received a complimentary copy of The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Study from Crossway Books as part of their blogging program in exchange for my honest review.