Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Back to work!

I've been back to work in my amazing craft room this week, these are the items I got finished up.  There are five more adorable dollies just waiting for there hair to be sewn on.  A friend of mine is coming by this morning to purchase this wallet, don't you love the spring feel of this fabric! 
It's been exciting to get back on track and get something finished this week I hope I can keep the ball rolling.  The weather here in central MN is gorgeous, it was in the low 70's yesterday and is supposed to be in the low 70's again today and tomorrow, which is unreal for us in MN to have these warm days already the end of March.  I'm hoping to put flip flops and capris on today and enjoy it! 
Have a GREAT day wherever you are!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


These are our new baby calves born this month so far.  Aren't they adorable!  So cute and fun to watch.  We have four born now and three more on the way in the next few weeks.  We've had a warm dry month which is helpful for the little guys.
My Dad is doing good he is getting his strength back after having brain surgery to remove a tumor.  He has Anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III) brain cancer.  He will start treatment next month which will include chemo and radiation.  He is being so brave and strong through it all.  It's been hard for the family to deal with this my Dad has never been sick and hasn't ever been on medication until now.  He's the most wonderful and loving man and best father anyone could ask for. 
My father-in-law had surgery last week to open his arotic valve.  The surgery went well and now he is on a waiting list for minimal evasive valve replacement.  The doctor said it will probably be the first of the year before they can do that.  In the meantime he will probably have to have the balloon surgery again to open the valve.  He is doing well. 
I still haven't been able to get back to my crafting but I plan to in the next few days.  I haven't been feeling the best the last few days, partly flu and partly exhaustion.  I hope to be sharing pictures of some sweet new dollies soon.  Hugs to you all!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

One hurdle

We have one hurdle behind us now.  My Dad had brain surgery on Friday, so far all is going well and he may be able to go home tomorrow.  We are at St Mary's Hospital which is part of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN.  We are at the best place possible for this.  He has a wonderful neurosurgeon, Dr Parney.  We don't have the biopsy results back yet but the doctor think it is a malignant tumor.  We will take it one day at a time.  Thank you for all of your sweet comments and prayers, please keep them coming it is helping.  Hugs!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

It's been a VERY difficult three weeks!

On February 13th my Mom called from Florida saying my Dad was just sitting there unable to speak or respond.  I told her to call 911.  We called her back 10 min. later and Gordy talked to her to calm her until the ambulance arrived.  I immediately called my brother David that lives close by them in Florida and my other siblings, then started packing to go to Florida. My son Luke start looking online for plane tickets for myself, my brother Al, my brother Bruce and my sister Renee to fly there on the next flight out to Florida.  The first flight we could arrange was for the next morning.  They took my Dad to the hospital by helecopter, the closest hospital was 30 miles away.  It was a VERY scarey roller coaster night for my Mom, my brother David and the rest of the family we were communicating nonstop over our cell phones.  It wasn't certain whether my Dad would still be with us by the time we arrived on Sun. afternoon.  My sister Cathy,she lives in Colorado she also got the first flight out and arrived in Florida a few hours after we did.  My Mom was so happy to see us, all six of her children together for the first time in 11 years.  For a week we didn't know what caused him to be there in the first place was it a stroke, his heart or brain?  It was such a scarey time.  Four of the days he was on a ventilator so drugged up we didn't know if he would know us when he came out of it or not.  On the forth day they took him out of the coma and were able to remove the ventilator.  I have never seen so much pure LOVE in someone's eyes when he saw my Mom his bride for 55 years, he was a wonderful thing.  We were so happy he was with us again. He was in ICU for a week then he stayed in the hospital for another week until he was strong enough to make the trip back to Minnesota. His primary doctor in Minnesota got him an appointment at the Mayo clinic in Rochester Minnesota for March 5th. My Florida cousins, uncles and aunts were so wonderful to us, thank you so much to them for everything you did while we were there!  My brother Al drove my parents motorhome with my Mom and Dad, sister Cathy and I back her to Minnesota. Thirty miles out we had two rear tires blow which damaged some other things.  We called Good Sams road assistance, they sent out a repair truck with a super nice guy who changed the tires right on a major highway and got us on the road again.  We arrived back here to Minnesota late evening on  March 2nd.  We took my Dad to the Mayo clinic last Friday for his first visit and now we have another appointment on Monday.  So far we know that he has a brain tumor but not sure of all the details yet.  Please send prayers, positive energy whatever you believe in our way.  He is the most amazing husband, father and grandfather and we love him so much words can't even say.    My father in law who is  a very amazing man that I love VERY much is also doctoring at the Mayo clinic for replacement of a heart valve.  He will be having a ballon placed in his valve March 17th then hopefully in May they will do a non evasive valve replacement.  What a nightmare to have two Dads to worry about!
I have been unable to work on my dolls or even think of it right now so I'm not sure how long it will be but I have other more important priorities now.  I'm not sure when I'll be able to post again but I will when I can.  Take care, hugs!