Thursday, April 15, 2010

I think I'm back.....

Wow...The last two weeks have flown by, and I think somewhere I blinked, and all that happened kind of went into fast forward, and here I sit. And I know that it was real. It was very stretching...mentally and emotionally and physically.

To put it all in a nutshell, my mom's 12 radiation treatments for the two brain cancer tumors are now finished. She has come through it like a trooper. She is definitely losing her hair, but she is taking it in stride. We will now watch and wait to see what the treatments have done accumulatively to the tumors.

My dad came through his hernia surgery with flying colors, and also was a trooper. I know it was a strain for him with everything he has facing him, but he never complains...ever. He has healed quickly enough like he usually does. He is in good health, and we are thankful for that.

I am spending less time over there now, and giving them back some of their time alone to recover and adapt. Praising God for their healing and recovery.

I thank all of you, dear and sweet bloggy friends who stayed in contact and prayed and those of you just thinking about me. It is so encouraging to the heart at times like this where the world seems like it is closing in and the sky sometimes seems like it may be falling.

Just posting a few things on this Friday as I rejoin the bloggy world that I would call old and some new "favorites" that I came across over the past two weeks in my time on the road running to the hospital or doing errands.
Hooking up with Cindy over at "My Romantic Home."

New lovely swan planter from Craig's List (brought me into contact with the lady who was my children's nurse years ago at their pediatrician....small world!!) The flowers are dahlias in the lovely red and yellow Marine Corp it any wonder I got them?

This little flower wreathed girl is getting old and chippy, but I just can't let her go. She is one of my favorites that sits in what I call the Fairy Garden where the larger hostas and ferns are. (And Kobe loves to come and dig in here for chippys...grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!)

Here is the bird watching/feeding station out front right outside the dining room window. I LOVE to watch the birds fluttering out here early in the morning.

My sweet mama gave me this bird watcher plaque because she is trying to clean out a bit, and I hung it on an old shutter on the deck. So lovely...I'm grateful!

This is quite a large print I found at a Goodwill last weekend. It is the popular vintage poster of "Rosie the Riveter" from the World War II era. I've never seen one framed before. I was very excited to find it, and in such a nice frame. It fits the colors of the kitchen and of course the eclectic taste of this crazy woman.

***Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II, many of whom worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and material. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military. The character is considered a feminist icon in the U.S.***

I don't usually go much for artificial flowers, but both of these silk bouquets were at the thrift and added up to a dollar, and they looked real enough to entice me to get them for the I now have some flowers for year round when the real ones quit blooming.

I'm pretty sure I have shown this froggy lamp earlier in a post as one of my favorites, but it had a plain shade on it, and I have been waiting and looking for a toile shade in that sage color to top it. FINALLY, at the Goodwill down the road this past week, this was brought out while I was there. $1.99! I grabbed it so fast, the store shook! I was thrilled to find it after holding out for so long. Just had to share the perfect match I waited for...

And this beautiful cutwork blue and white hanger was .99 at GW and I got it for the little vintage slip in the LR.

Love thrifting. It is fun and fits the tight budget.... It makes me smile.

Now for Friday Favorites, I saved the best for Last!!
We got a call from Justin our Marine, though it was bittersweet. It was a very bad connection, The first call lasted less than 2 minutes, and the second attempt probably didn't hit 30 seconds. No more calls.... yeah..this mama cried... He said he had gotten 3 of his packages so far, and he had written 5 letters. (where are they??????!!) He said he was fine.

Today we got this in the mail!

Oh how sweet... At least we did get some news since we didn't get to talk. I just thanked the Lord for this double at least hear his voice and then get some news. OOO-RAH!

Thanks to all of you continuing to pray for ALL of our military over there. They are truly in danger as they are seeking to carry out the missions laid out to do what they must do. It scares this mom, but I trust God's keeping care over my he belongs to HIM.

Good to be back. Looking forward to catching up with every one of you!!!!!
Hugs and Blessings.


Dianna said...

OH...YAY AND DOUBLE YAY! SO wonderful to find you back in the world of blog! I know your parents both appreciate all you've been able to do for are a good daughter. It never occurred to me that you'd heard from Justin because it wasn't at the top of the list. HA! I should have known that you'd save the best for last! SO happy that you are hearing from him now...whether it be by phone or mail.

Welcome back, my bloggy sister! I've missed you.

GardenofDaisies said...

You have really had a lot to handle recently. Hope both of your parents continue to do well with their treatment and recovery. I'm so glad you heard from your son! Communication may be slow and phone calls may be short, but at least you got to hear his voice!
I have one nephew who is doing basic training with the army at the moment. His drill sergeant asked him the other day why he always had "such a sunny disposition" ? LOL!! I think he inherited it... we used to call his mother "Sunshine". Isn't that better than being sad or sullen?
I have another nephew who just enlisted with the Marines. As soon as he graduates from high school (next month) he will go to San Diego for training.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

so glad that both your mumsie & daddy dearest are doing great and on the road of recovery. btw I love your table lamp.. pretty!

Theresa said...

Oh I am so happy to see you! I missed you so much but you had a lot going on. You sure have some beauties to show today, the swan with the gorgeous hostas in the background:), pretty chippy girl, precious plaque from your Mom and that little froggy lamp... precious! Hugs to you dear Julie, prayers for Justin, your Mom and Dad and you! I know your heart is full, happy that you heard from Justin... letter and phone call! Hopefully he will call again soon! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS and prayers coming your way!

billypandnikkysmom said...

Oh!!!!! HI!!!! I've missed you &I didn't know how to get in touch with you via e-mail, so I just kept checking EVERY DAY!!!! I am so glad that your parents are gettign better, I will continue to pray for your mother & dad...and of course for you & your Sweet Marine! I am so glad you got to hear his voice :) & a letter ~ YAY!!!! Have a great day, enjoy & rest a bit :) ~ WELCOME BACK!!!

Cindy Lou said...

I am so glad that you are back and that things went well with your parents!! I am so glad hat you got a sorta phone call and a letter...those letters just rip my heart out when my Justin sends them!! I pray for each one of those serving and call out special names so many times a day!! I have told my Justin that through the Marine Corp and especially this deployment my prayer life has strengthened so much and I know that God has a reason for everything!! :)

Glad you are back!! Blessings from Georgia!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful swan planter...and you and me both...everything and anything Marine colors. Why even my car is scarlet red with gold interior.

My New Doll -my Show n Tell. I would really enjoy your company if you can drop by to visit me. Hope you're having a terrific Friday!!!

Anonymous said...

Your yard is stunning. I love it. All of your treasures are beautiful. My prayers go out to your parents and all those serving our country. God Bless them all.

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

So glad to have you back! Been praying and thinking about you. :-)

Janean said...

soooo glad you're home and that your sweet mom came through it all well and that your dad is doing better.

i want to make sure YOU'RE doing okay too. taking care of others in an intense setting can be hard on the caretaker's health.

jumped off my mother hen soapbox (LOL) and now want to praise your photos - that frog lamp is a HOOT! yay for mail too!

Mari said...

You were missed but we all knew you were going about what you were supposed to be doing...taking care of parents!
I'd chat more...but still not feeling good. Just wanted to say HI, I love you, and thank you for YOUR prayers for me today.

Anonymous said...

So much going on in your life and yet so much to be thankful. Such a blessing for your parents to have you around. That is the one huge thing that keeps me here in Michigan and not closer to my girls. My parents are here and I want to be here for them.

Love your yard! It's gorgeous! Hopefully ours will be looking better as the next couple of months unfold.

Have a blessed weekend!

CACHANILLA73 said...

Hi Julie, glad to hear from You again... I have been away too, I just came to check on you, very happy to know you hear from your Marine, I know that feeling very well. Take care...


Dianna said...

Just dropping in to say hello and that I've been thinking about you and your sweet family. Hope all is going well on that end.

The sun is shining here today!

love and hugs!