Words can’t expressed how much I’ve appreciated your support over these past two weeks. I’ve felt your love and I know Heavenly Father has heard your prayers in behalf of my dad. Here’s an update:
Thankfully my dad is still with us but continues to fight the hardest battle of his life. He lost the ability to walk and is having to start over from scratch doing the simple things in life. He’s been moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation center near their home. Yesterday I sat by his side for several hours and he kept saying how much he loved me and wanted to hold my hand. I asked how he was feeling (he had a very rough day) and he said “I’m dying.” When he says that, our family’s standard answer is “We all are!” I continue to be buoyed up by my wonderful mother and the unique relationship she and my dad share. She is by his side 24/7. She slept at the hospital on a very uncomfortable recliner and continues to stay with him at the center. It’s a very difficult situation but she handles it so courageously. Thanks again for all your messages of hope and cheer. I’ll keep you posted! During this ordeal I’ve still been able to find joy in the journey. Here are a few happy thoughts on this dismal November day:
Happy Thought #1. While going through this tough ordeal, my pal, Hilary Weeks, gave me a sneak peak of a song on her new album. You MUST watch this video now called Beautiful Heartbreak! It’s simply amazing and will make you cry. If I were in the video, I’d be holding up a sign that says “Aging “Parents.” Watch the video and you’ll know what I mean. It can be purchased here on iTunes and is from the album Every Step.
Happy Thought #2: I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to make it my own. Brecken has a big space on the wall under her vaulted ceiling and this is what we did this week:
It was super fun and easy to do! I simply gathered 12 old frames I had around the house (the more eclectic the better) and choose 12 pieces of patterned paper that matched her room. (Most of the paper is from the American Craft’s Crate Paper line.) I cut the paper to fit each frame, then placed American Craft’s sticker numbers over the top of the glass. The next step was to hang the frames in a circle, then place the clock movement in the center. The tricky part for you will be to find a clock movement. You could remove the hands from an old clock or I can try to talk my pal, Angie Sheffer, into selling some to my blog readers. Angie is the owner and creator of For All Time Clocks (see “Happy Thought Number 5″ below!). Let me know if you’re interested in buying a stand-along clock movement and I’ll see what I can do.
Happy Thought #3: I LOVE the American Crafts sale each November and December. If you live in Utah or a nearby state, it’s definitely worth the time to stop by! As you know, Crate Paper is one of my favorite lines of paper.
Happy Thought #4: Collin’s football team remains undefeated. Today is the 5A championship for the state of Utah. It’s televised live at 2:30 p.m. on KJazz. Be sure to tune in and cheer the Knights on to victory. Collin is #51 Defensive End.
Happy Thought #5: If you’re looking for an affordable, unique, amazing gift, be sure to check out this deal on beautiful personalized clocks from For All Time Clocks. This clock is front and center of my home and I always get so many compliments on it:
I’ve given many of these as gifts:
Go here to place an order for a clock. Be sure to put LISAB25 into the discount code–this will give you 25% off all 18″ and 25″ clocks. This is a great deal for a great present. All orders must be place by December 1st to ensure Christmas delivery.
Well, I’m off to the football game! I’ll let you know the results. Hope you’re having a great Friday and staying warm!