Friday, April 29, 2011

Flower Girl Fatigue :-)

We are those crazy Californian's that woke up at 3:00 a.m. to watch
The Royal Wedding. That's the time it started here on the west coast.
I must admit I didn't stay awake long enough to see "The Kiss". 
I'm thinking this sweet photo will follow this little girl the rest of her life though :-)
When I was a little girl, I was a flower girl in a wedding.
At the reception, a man came up to me and told me I'd stolen the show.
 I didn't understand what he meant at the time,
and went crying to my mom, thinking I'd ruined the wedding.
I couldn't help but think of this when I saw this photo.
Isn't she precious?

We're having a yard sale tomorrow with several other families
on our block. It's nice to clear out the clutter,
but I realize that many have lost so much this week.
Please be praying for them.

*Jordan Update* Jordan is to be transported to Balboa Naval Medical Center here in
California this weekend. I'll let you know when I get a new address for him.
We're thrilled that he'll be closer to home.
 Blessings to all of you,
*photo credit Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Colors...

Apron strings can be a good thing, especially vintage ones....
 in happy Spring colors
for Joyce's  *Friday Pretties*  party :-)

Tricia at *A Rosy Note* has also started a wonderful blog party
called "Photo Feature Friday". 
The theme this week is "Pink".
 It's a color that's "Springing Up" all over the place around here,
inside and out...
You know how I love details :-)
and also this sweet Spring quote:

"It's Spring fever. That's what the name of it is. 
And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't 
quite know what it is you do want, but it just
fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"
Mark Twain 

Wishing you much Sunshine , a little Spring Fever,
and beautiful Spring colors, my friends.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Great News,,,

I spoke to Jordan today :-) It was wonderful to hear his voice.
He sounded so good, and although I wanted to be 
encouraging to him, instead it was Jordan who encouraged me.
He said that he is supposed to be transferred to California
in a week or two. We are thrilled that we'll be able to go see him 
when he is able to have more visitors. My parents are both 85,
and don't get out much, but they want to see him as soon as they can.

Please continue to pray for him. He had skin graft surgery this week, 
and he told me it went well (did I tell you how good he sounded ?) :-)
However, I know there is a lot of pain with this, and he has
many more surgeries to undergo.

He also has a friend named Patrick who is there with similar injuries.
Patrick helped save Jordan's life, applying one of his tourniquets; 
and then later the same day,  
stepped on an IED himself, and was severely injured.
Jordan was able to get into a wheelchair and go and visit him this week. 
I know that this was an encouragement to Patrick.
Please pray for him too.

Jordan told me that he'd received lots of cards and notes 
from so many of you. He appreciates them all.
Thank you so much my friends :-)
Have a wonderful week.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Blessings....

and then
The Glorious Resurrection !!

  Jesus is the Light in the darkness

If you get a chance, watch and see why "He Chose The Nails"...
*but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, 
Christ died for us.*  
Romans 5:8

Have a wonderful Easter my friends :-)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Wonderful Week...

 A week of vacation was mostly spent at home, and on 
day trips here in Southern California.
 We visited my brother and sister-in-law's cabin up in Twin Peaks,
 then made a stop to visit our son Randy at the camp 
he works at all week. 
Thank you for that sweet smile Micaela I just loved this mountain path, 
and this pretty mountain chapel.
 It was beautiful up in the mountains.
 We even found a little snow.....that was promptly used for snowballs :-)
 He doesn't look guilty at all, does he? 

I was also blessed to win several giveaways over the past couple of weeks.
A wonderful package arrived in the mail from
Melissa at Miss Sew & So.
 She is so sweet, and included some goodies for my kids,
along with a couple of lovely Union Jack items from the UK.
This beautiful bag was made by Melissa,
lightweight, and lined, I'm enjoying using it!
 The sugar-free butterscotch candies were To Die For!!!

The next wonderful item arrived in person!
Janet, at Cottage Blessings doesn't live far away,
so she and her beautiful daughter delivered this adorable lamp,
and we were finally able to meet!!
 She is so sweet, and just a beautiful lady inside and out.
Her daughter Jaclyn was just as sweet and kind as her mommy :-)
My girls just fell in love with her, Janet!
  Thank you both for these wonderful gifts
 I love them!
I'm sharing them with all the other Friday Pretties at I Love Pretty Little Things!
You all will enjoy visiting all of these lovely ladies...
{Quite a long post, I know:-) }
P.S. Thank you all for your birthday wishes, cards and prayers for Jordan!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

♥ A Daddy's Love --- Happy Birthday Jordan ♥

Siblings and son arriving to see Jordan...
A Daddy's Love
 The best medicine :-)

 Thank you to everyone who has sent cards to Jordan this week.
He's started receiving them, and has been greatly encouraged by your 
outpouring of love. If you'd still like to write a note to him, you can find the address here.
He received a Purple Heart earlier this week.

copied from Jordan's facebook page today:
"Jordan's son, Jay, and brother's, Nate and Levi, and sister, Chelsea, arrived in Maryland last night. Jordan was nervous and anxious to see them.  We were all a little nervous about how Jay would receive his Dad, but he was warm, gentle and just a little shy. Today Jay was at his Dad's bedside all day, standing on a chair next to the bed or laying on the bed. His wife, brothers and sister went shopping for Jordan's birthday that they will gratefully be celebrating tomorrow. Jordan will be turning 27."

He has had more surgery this week, and his pain is severe.
Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers.
His birthday is a day of rejoicing!

We're so proud of you dear Jordan! We're praying for quick healing, peace for the pain,
and that you are comforted by all the cards and well wishes expressly for you.
You are our family's hero!
Happy Birthday Jordan!!! We love you :-)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

25 Years Ago Today....

We said I Do
 If you haven't read our story and you'd like to,
you can find it here. I wrote it last year on our anniversary. 
 We had a rough start, but God has blessed us beyond 
anything we could have imagined.
I'm so thankful for my wonderful husband,
he's put up with me a long time :-)
 I'll love you
"Always and Forever" dear Russ

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Pretties and Jordan's Birthday

 The beautiful lilacs and cherry blossoms were a gift from a friend's garden.
They have to be placed high on a shelf though...
 because a certain kitty around here thinks that flowers
were created for his consumption :-)
 The scent is ♥ wonderful ♥
I'm joining Joyce for her sweet Friday Pretties Party.

I have an address for Jordan and I thought I'd
let you all know that he has a birthday coming up in about a week. 
For anyone that would like to write him an encouraging word 
or send a birthday card, this is where you send it.
8901 Wisconsin Ave
Bldg. 10 Ward 5 East
Rm #17
Bethesda, Md. 20889-5601

If you want to, you can add Attn: Jordan M., although as long as you 
have the room number, it should get to him.
I'd love to see him overwhelmed with notes of encouragement, so thank you
to all of you who are considering writing him. We know it's a miracle
that he is able to celebrate this birthday.

Latest facebook update:
"Jordan is doing really good! He had a scheduled surgery this morning, no updates from that yet. But he had surgery Monday morning to cut away dead tissue from his left leg and drain fluids. They may work on his elbow a little today, they may not... He has a gaping wound on his elbow and his bone is exposed, his elbow is also fractured in several different places. So the doctors will be putting plates in his arm.

 Siblings and Jordan's son, Jay, will be going to Maryland SOON! Hopefully within the next week or so. Therapist said it would be best for Jay to be there with Jordan and the family to go through it with all of us."

Thank you again for your love and prayers for Jordan :-) 
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

♥ Young Love ♥

I asked my twins to help me gather rocks to surround our
newest little tree in our backyard.
This is what I came out to ♥ find ♥
 With all of the trouble 10yo twin boys can seem to get into,
they still know how to melt my heart :-)

We also have a bit of young love forming around here:
well actually, they're really bird watching :-)
It's just wishful thinking though...they're both big chickens outside :-)

I have good news about Jordan :-)  My brother sent me an email today:
He's doing really good, they gave him an epidural last night & it's taking care 
of his pain now. They did surgery on him this morning & started closing his 
right leg. The left leg is a little worse. They do surgery mon, wed & Friday  to 
wash his wounds. I'll get you the address tomorrow.
He shared an address on Jordan's facebook page today, 
but my brother thinks they may move him again
so I'll wait to get a more permanent one.

Special thanks to everyone who has posted Jordan's photo
on your sidebar, and thank you to Serena at The Farm Chicks
for helping to spread the word about Jordan both on facebook
and in blog land. 
You're prayers are all helping so much!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Joy :-)

Sharing our JOY with you because "A JOY shared is a JOY doubled" :-)

Jordan is in Maryland, and his wife and parents are by his side.
They went to Germany for two days, and then he passed his stress tests,
and they were all able to fly back to the U.S.
He will continue to have many surgeries (he was in surgery this morning) 
so please continue to keep him in your prayers.
Here is a photo of him, taken by my brother. I think he looks wonderful :-)
Jordan you are our Hero!
We love you
When I get an address to send cards and letters to him,
I'll share it with you.
I'd love to see him overwhelmed with notes of encouragement :-)

May your weekend be filled with ♥JOY♥ my friends!

*first photo taken by my daughter Micaela*