Thursday, April 23, 2015

THE BIRTH STORY OF CLAIRE ELISE....LOTS AND LOTS OF PICS


Well it's Thursday morning April 23rd and we are home....I honestly don't know if it's possible sometimes to contain all the joy that the Lord can bless us with.  Everything worked out soo well that it seems almost like it can't be true, but it really just did. (DEFINITELY all the prayers I am sure!)  I can't tell you how glad we were that we listened to the signs and decided to just pack up and GO when we did.  It would have been soo easy to miss the birth itself and not be able to be there to help out the way we did.  Not that they couldn't have done it without us of course, but you all know what I mean I am sure.  Her actual due date was May 12th, though they had unofficially changed it to May 8th (which is the one Mel and I went by, haha), so "technically" she was a little over 3 weeks early.  I am going to back up and TELL the story now, which I am not sure you are even interested in, "grin" (being how you all KNOW the end of the experience), but I've got to get this in my journal.  Sooo let's see.....Jeff and I left EARLY (4:00 AM) last Wednesday (has it only been a week and a day? lol) and drove straight through.  We pulled onto the dairy about 9:45 PM (New Mexico time) and visited a brief while with Mike and Mel before toppling into bed.  It is a LONG LONG LONG time to be in the car, but we are always glad when we finally get there, and as long as we are physically able to do so in one day we probably will. I had a little trouble falling asleep (believe it or not!) and popped up the minute I heard the boys in the morning.  We were soo happy to see them.  I could go on and ON and ON about how they've changed and grown, and how sweet they are, and how much older they seemed (especially Luke) but I would never finish this if I did, but trust me this grandma's heart was bursting.  They were BEYOND excited to see us.  Mike and Mel's dairy (I think I've told you this) is maybe one mile from the state line of Texas.  All 3 of their farms are on the Texas side.  Some of their doctors are on the Texas side, some on the New Mexico.  The hospital they had the baby at was on the Texas side.  The time in Texas is different then it is in New Mexico, soo this means a CONSTANT need to remember and keep track of where you are at as to what time it is.  Doesn't seem like a big deal, and they are VERY used to it, but this gal was confused and behind most of the time.  Mel had a doc appointment last Thursday morning so I went with her.  It was nice to see where she had been going and to meet her doc etc.  After examining her and finding out she was already dilated to 4 and 40 percent effaced, we knew it wouldn't be long.  Soo glad we didn't wait to hear that before we decided to leave (which was our original plan!) or we would have missed it.  Her doc told her to get in the car and get to the hospital with the first REAL contraction she felt as he knew she'd be quick.  They live about 45 minutes from the hospital, so I was kind of hysterical on the whole thing if I am being honest.  But Melody was only experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions at that point so we headed home. I honestly was secretly wishing they would have just admitted her and waited until it happened, but of course that couldn't be the case. Melody was miserable is about the only way to describe it.  All you mothers out there know that feeling, so I don't have to say more.  Plus she was concerned of course as she was NOT technically due for another 3 weeks, and even though the doctor felt the baby would be fine she was worried, and was wanting her to stay put as long as possible.  The hospital she was delivering at does not have an NICU, so if it were to be needed, the baby would have had to be airlifted to the closest one. All somewhat nerve wracking I can't lie. Melody spent the rest of the day off of her feet while grandpa and I worked those boys.  And oh the energy they have, lol. How on earth Melody keeps up with it all I can't be sure.  I guess to be 28 again, would help out a lot!  lol. We went to bed EARLY that night (thank goodness, as I was REALLY feeling the lack of sleep at this point!) but Melody woke us at 2:00 am and was ready to go.  I jumped out of bed and quickly got dressed and headed out the door behind them.  Hubby stayed with the boys who were of course in bed.  Now I have to describe the drive to the hospital.  Mike and Melody have a large Suburban, but with 3 car seats sat up in the back seat, there really was no room for me, and NO time to take them out and rearrange etc, (plus it was raining) so I just followed them in my own car.  Now you have to understand they are in the country (which this city gal is soooo not used to!) and it is SOOO dark out there with no street lights etc., and many of the roads are unmarked and tiny, I was somewhat terrified I'd get lost and never found again, lol.  To top it off it was raining and the lightening and thunder were soo extreme I felt somewhat like I was in a horror movie or something as we speed down the street.  I knew I HAD to keep up with them, or I'd be lost for sure, and Mike warned me he was going to go as fast as he could so as to not be delivering a baby in the car.  I prayed the WHOLE way let me tell you.  We made it to the hospital in what I am sure was record time and Melody was quickly admitted and it began.  They called the anesthesiologist immediately so she could get her epidural.  Here is where the only thing that went a little wrong, did. Melody is a small woman and I honestly think they just gave her TOO much medication.  (though of course they were going by her weight, but still!) Within a few minutes of receiving the shot her blood pressure went SOO low everyone was scrambling and Melody was on the verge of passing out. I think at one point it was actually only 54 over 38.  It was scary I can't lie but I kept my mouth shut and prayed and tried hard not to burst into hysterical tears and terrify her. They quickly got it back up to a more normal range and she felt better and things moved along.  Melody's blood pressure runs on the low side normally, so to ME they should have taken that into consideration when drugging her, but then again she had NO problem when delivering Sam and Luke so who knows.  A little while later her pressure dropped again and one of her legs was COMPLETELY numb, so they just discontinued the epidural altogether.  I was secretly dancing a jig.  I didn't want her so drugged.  The baby was born an hour after they discontinued it, and she was STILL not feeling anything anyway.  It only took 3 pushes and she was born!  There is honestly nothing quite like viewing the birth of a baby.  Especially the birth of one of your grandchildren, and even more so when it is your own daughter giving birth.  I was just in awe.  And in tears, and beyond happy that God had worked out all the details that made it possible. How grateful we all were that little Claire Elise was just perfect.  She did not need ANY assistance with her early arrival, and still weighed a good six pounds 7 ounces and was 19 inches long.  Her coloring was great, and her lungs nice and lusty as she cried her protest at leaving her nice warm environment.  The rest of our days there were a blur of sweet moments with the baby, and fun times with those boys.  Melody recovers SOO fast.  I don't remember being soo perky and strong after giving birth, but honestly she just seems to pop back so fast and I am totally grateful.  She is going to be a busy, busy mama for quite a while.  We did manage to get the nursery completely finished up (with the exception of a coral colored bookcase which hasn't arrived yet!) which included grandpa doing a little detail painting.  I LOVE the way it can out, though honestly the pictures I took were not very good.  I did bring our good camera, but never did end up using it.  My hands were always busy with something else to tell you the truth.  We made sure all of her laundry was totally caught up, and her pantry stocked, and she has a cleaning woman who comes every Friday which is a wonderful help. Hubby needed to get back to work, and she has more family from Mike's side coming soon, so we went ahead and headed home.  I will have to try VERY VERY hard not to overload you all on pics of this beautiful new little girl, but remember I don't print pictures anymore as I print out my blog books and have to put my favorites on here.  The problem is they are ALL my favorites, lol.  I am soo glad too btw, that all of the little legging pants I made fit her perfectly as do her nightgowns etc.  The bloomers are a little big, but should be fine in a few weeks come summer and the warmer weather which is better anyway.  Her little headbands fit her perfectly too, and Melody and I both had to restrain ourselves from just changing her clothes and dressing her up.  She looks SOOO much like Melody it is almost funny.  I LOVE it of course, and she will be a lucky little girl if she does.  All in all it was A WONDERFUL WONDERFUL time, and I will be forever grateful that I was on it all.  It still feels pretty good to be home though I just can't lie.  My own bed last night was just soo comfortable and familiar and I slept like a log.  I have a feeling I am going to need a few days to catch up.  I felt pretty good the whole time I was there with the exception of somewhat of a stiff neck which I got on the last day.  It did make me grateful too that those nasty shingles are behind me. Though I am still feeling an occasional tingle and pain from them but I understand that's pretty normal.  I know this is WAY too long, but I hope I didn't forget to document anything here.  Now for all the pics.  lol.  I was not able to do any visiting while there as there just wasn't time, plus their wifi is VERY SLOW so therefore kind of frustrating.  But I will get around in the next couple of days to catch up with all of you.  I appreciate all the prayers you offered, and thank you for the congratulations.  Hope you all had a good week!  Blessings, Debbie

MOMENTS AFTER BIRTH...LOOK AT HOW PINK SHE WAS!  I HAVE A SIMILAR PICTURE OF MELODY WHICH I SHOULD DIG OUT AND SHOW YOU HOW MUCH ALIKE THEY LOOKED WHEN THEY WERE BORN!

MEETING MOM FOR THE FIRST TIME!

MIKE CAPTURED THIS PICTURE AND IT WAS PERFECT!

MEETING GRANDPA

AND GRANDMA

AND SAM....HE WAS JUST ADORABLE ON THIS WHOLE THING.  HE WAS SOO EXCITED.  HE WAS POSITIVELY GIDDY, LOL 

LUKE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LITTLE MORE INTERESTED IN HIS DADDY'S PHONE, LOL

LUKE WASN'T QUITE SURE WHAT TO THINK, BUT HE FOLLOWED BIG BROTHER SAM'S OPINION

SAM, LUKE, AND CLAIRE.  THEY ALL LOOKED PRETTY SIMILAR
SOO SWEET!

LOVED THIS!

SHE'S DEFINITELY GOT MAMA'S LONG FINGERS AND TOES, LOL


GETTING DRESSED TO COME HOME

ALL READY.  HER GLITTER SHOES FIT SOO WELL!

HAPPIER ALL WRAPPED UP

FIRST FAMILY PHOTO!
THE BOYS ALL READY TO GO MEET THEIR LITTLE SISTER FOR THE FIRST TIME WEARING THE SHIRTS GRANDMA MADE...BIG BROTHER 1 AND 2, LOL

SAM IS GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL HELPER I THINK

A LOOK AT HER BIG  BLUE EYES

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER....LOVE THIS!

SOOO SWEET

YOU GET A FEEL FOR HOW LITTLE SHE IS HERE NEXT TO MY HAND!
PRETTY IN PINK....THE LITTLE DRESSES ARE GOING TO FIT FOR A WHILE TOO, LOL

SHOWING OFF THE RAG QUILT GRANDMA MADE


SHE TOOK MANY NAPS WITH GRANDMA...

SOO SLEEPY

LOVE IT!

HER ROSEBUD NIGHTIE AND BOTTIES

PRETTY IN LAVENDER TOO....

HE CAN'T BELIEVE HE GETS TO HOLD HER, LOL

FIRST TRIP TO THE DOCS SPORTING HER PINEAPPLE ENSEMBLE

LUKE WEARING HIS HORSEY PJ'S.  DON'T THINK I EVER GOT ONE OF THEM IN THEIR FOX ONES

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Feeling blessed!!

Just had to post pic of her in her hoodie and glitter shoes.  Don't know who is having more fun....grandma or mama.  Lol.  Feeling soo blessed to be here.  All is going well.  I can't seem to work my lap top very well here.  It's so slow.  So I am not getting any visiting done.  But I'll catch up when I get back. 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Claire Elise has arrived

She's here!   Praising God for a safe arrival.  6 pounds 7 ounces. 19 in.  3 full weeks early and doing sooo well.  Mama and baby will be home tomorrow.  Thank you for your prayers.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

HELLO FROM NEW MEXICO!

Good Morning from New Mexico!  Yes. all of our carefully laid plans didn't mean a thing...lol.  As it turned out Melody had a couple of things happen which made it seem like labor was right around the corner, so hubby and I packed up and drove out yesterday!  We left the house about 5:30 am and arrived around 9:30 pm.  Yes, a long, LONG day of driving but we are here.  We still don't know how long it might be until little Miss Claire makes her arrival, but grandma is here now until she has.  I managed to squeeze everything I had to finish into one day, but honestly I am soo grateful that I was as ready as I was so you will never know.  Nothing to do now but wait and enjoy loving on Sam and Luke.  I will be around when I can (which I honestly don't know how much will happen, lol.  Maybe I'll read as much as I can, but not alot of commenting.  We will see.  But you know I will be letting you know when she has arrived that's for sure.  I covet all of your prayers!  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie



Monday, April 13, 2015

WWEEK-END WRAP UP

Well it's early afternoon on Mon April 13th and I am officially FINALLY done with all my projects!  lol  How many months have I been at it I wonder?  Can't say of course that I didn't enjoy every single minute of it because of course I did.  I have a feeling I will be sewing for this little girl for a few more years at least Lord willing.  This morning I finally embroidered the boys Big Brother shirts. I have not looked forward to doing it as I have somewhat of a problem when I am using the same designs on shirts, and yet they need to be adjusted for size.  I want them to look identical (have I mentioned I am a little bit OCD? lol) and it is much harder then you might think.  I want them to be the same distance from the pockets that are on the shirts, and the same distance from the neck band, and not look TOO much different in size even though of course the font has to be set differently to fit on the smaller one etc.  I did Sam's first.  And honestly it came out SOOO perfectly in terms of where I wanted it on the shirt, the size of the entire design etc., I knew in advance that there was just not going to be any way that Luke's would be as perfect.  And it wasn't.  lol.  But it was good enough and over all I am as pleased as I can be on the way they turned out.  Now truthfully I LOOKED AND LOOKED AND LOOKED for shirts for the boys that were GREY like the onesie is for Claire but they simply weren't to be found in the right sizes (even online!).  So I had to settle for navy blue.  I did do the designs in the same color of thread that I used on hers, and so it matches good enough.  Let me show you, though let me mention in advance that there is NO way these pictures do them justice. I did not get out my good camera so these are phone ones, but you will get the idea.


THE LIGHTING IS NOT VERY GOOD HERE I KNOW...

A BETTER LOOK AT THE ONESIE IF YOU MISSED THIS BEFORE


CLOSE UP OF SAM'S THOUGH THE LIGHTING IS SO BAD IT IS HARD TO SEE THE COLORS.  TRUST ME THEY ARE IDENTICAL TO THE ONESIE ABOVE.   
Our week-end was good even though it was busy.  We spent pretty much the whole day on Sat. cleaning house.  It looks good now and I am glad we did it but I did do just a tiny bit of whining at the time.  I just don't like to spend hubby's day's off doing things like this...it goes soo against my grain and against how I spent years and years of my life.  I was blessed with never having to work outside of the home so I made a point of having things done during the week so week-ends were spent relaxing and just enjoying family.  But I need his help and it is what it is.  Sunday we went down to church but did not go over to our son's house afterwards as a couple of the kids were sick and I can't risk picking up anything else before it's time to go to Melody's.  So were home by 2 and spent the rest of the day and evening relaxing.  It was nice.

I'd put myself at 95 percent over the Shingles.  I still have a little bit of pain occasionally, but honestly it is sooo nothing compared to what I had it is no big deal.  I also have one shingle that was HUGE on my arm not completely gone.  It was kind of weird in the first place.  But it is SOOO much better as well, and doesn't bother much, and I am sure that it too is almost on a wrap.  I will be glad when it is totally gone though I am not going to lie.

Here is the decision hubby came up with as to when we will go to Melody's and how we will handle it, and honestly I think it is about as good as it gets.  My daughter will go to the docs on Thursday and be examined.  DEPENDING on what is happening will determine what we will do.  If it looks like not much has happened we will wait until Wed. April 22 to leave, and we will stay until Sat or Sun May 2 or 3rd.  If she has not had the baby while we are there, or has just had the baby a couple of days earlier or something, hubby will leave me and go home and come back after the baby is born and I have been there a few days.  Lot's of driving for him (personally I don't know if I could bear that...but he is SOO good about things like that) so I am hoping that doesn't happen.  However, IF she hears on Thursday that it looks like she is very close to going into labor we will head out on this Friday. Soo who knows?  Meanwhile of course all of these plans could still change in a blink if she were to go into labor.  But I have an appointment to do my hair tomorrow, my nails on Wednesday, and a little clothes shopping on Thursday, so I am hoping (for a lot more reasons then these of course!) that little Miss Claire decides to stay put for a while.  Any old way you look at it though it is getting close and this grandma is getting excited.  Not much else is as exciting as the coming of a new life.

I don't have much else to tell so I guess I will get off of here and clean up my last sewing mess for a while at least, lol.   I did want to share a couple of pictures with you though.  Melody's sister in law Brooke got married last Oct as some of you may recall, and she and her hubby and little Sam were all in the wedding.  Well the professional pictures are FINALLY here and I have managed to steal sneak take borrow get a couple of them for you to see.  They are all sooo good!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE THIS ONE OF MELODY AND SAM!!

COMING UP THE AISLE...ARE THEY ADORABLE OR WHAT?
AND COMING BACK DOWN...HE DID SOO GOOD.  HE HAD JUST TURNED 3!  THAT'S MY HEAD STICKING OUT BEHIND THE LADY IN THE LAVENDER DRESS...WITH THE SUN GLASSES ON, LOL.  I GOT A PRETTY GOOD SEAT!
Hope you all have a good week!  I will post again (I think) before we leave.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

Friday, April 10, 2015

WHEN SHOULD I GO?

Well it's early afternoon on Friday, and this week has just flown by!  I am happy to report that I am VERY near my old self.  I am still having occasional pain but it is SOO much better that I don't really even count it, lol.  I imagine that this could continue on for a while (which I am praying it doesn't I am not going to lie!) but if it doesn't get any worse then this I am good to go.  What a good feeling it is to have that little affliction behind me.

I have been busy trying to wrap up the last of my sewing projects so that I can spend next week getting other things done before our trip...My hair, my nails, laundry, cleaning the house (I hate to come home to a dirty house!) etc. etc.  I tell you I don't ever remember a time in my life where I have gone back and forth soo much on what we are doing.  Because of Melody's unique physical condition it is VERY hard to know how long she will actually carry this baby.  Most pregnancies are of course 40 weeks.  And most pregnant women without any problems will carry the babies somewhere between 39 and half and 40 and half weeks.  I pretty much always fell into that category with the exception of my third son who came a little early.  Probably because he weighed a whopping 10 pounds.  But anyway, Melody carried Sam 37 weeks and 2 days, and Luke 37 weeks and 5 days. Now both of these were great, and considered "term" but technically a little early compared to the average 40 weeks.  Anyway, it would seem that we could count on this baby coming in that 37th week somewhere.  However, (without going into detail...which I know makes it hard to understand) things are different with this pregnancy and so therefore her past pregnancies don't mean much.  She could actually have this baby anywhere from any day now to going the full 40 weeks.  Her doc's educated opinion is he doubts greatly she will go the full 40 weeks.  But one thing I have learned over the years, he is only really guessing too, lol.  Sooo thus my dilemma.  WHEN should I go?  Personally, I would like to arrive a day or two BEFORE she delivers,  and stay close to a full week afterwards.  That is what happened when she had Luke and it was just about perfect.  But that was a "God thing" that He worked out for both of us.  Don't know if He has that in mind again, lol.  Here are my couple of choices I have narrowed it to that we are considering.  Oh, guess I should mention one of the problems is I DON'T fly.  Not to mention, in addition to not flying, because of where she lives in the country, there are NO airports close, NO direct flights, and so therefore it require a full day of traveling as well anyway.  It's one of the reasons I have to talk her into visits more now when she is coming without her hubby but with her kids.  It is a LONG LONG day.  But back to my plan.  My youngest son James told me that he is willing to drive me out on Monday April 20th in my car (which will be loaded to the brim), stay a couple of days and then fly home leaving me there of course.  We would be arriving as she is 37 weeks and 3 days.  Then my hubby would fly out that Friday (38 weeks) and stay for a week to a week and half and SURELY during that time if she hasn't already had the baby she will.  But of course "technically" she would not yet be quite 40 weeks before my hubby has to be back, meaning while I have had a nice two week visit, she may not have even had the baby yet!  Now truthfully that is unlikely.  But it could happen.  (are you following all this?  I know it's hard...lol) Plan 2 would be that my son stays home and hubby and I drive out together on Friday April 24th and stay about 10 days.  This would eliminate the expense of an airplane flight, in addition to gas back and forth as well.  But there are a few flaws to that plan.  First, she would be 38 weeks before we ever arrive and she might have already had that baby.  And second, her brother would really like to visit too and now hes been eliminated (his sister is paying for his airline flight so it's a free trip for him, lol), and then 3rd, she might not have even had the baby at all before we leave.  Sooo I guess there is really 3 plan possibilities.  The third plan would be to just wait until she is in labor and head out.  That's what we did with Sam.  But!!  the problem with this plan is that hubby HAS to be here on the 6th and the 14th and the 19th of May for work, meaning IF she should go close to 40 weeks we would not be able to get there until after the baby was born by 2 or 3 weeks.  I don't know if I could bear waiting that long, and Melody honestly kind of needs me before that.  She is going to have her hands pretty full.  Now, of course hubby could just leave me there when he leaves on the 5th, but he would have to come back and get me eventually, lol, and that would mean I would have been at Melody's way over a month, not to mention he is making that long long drive twice in a few weeks of time.  I wish I could say I would LOVE to stay at Melody's that long, but honestly I don't.  I am not as comfortable in the bed I sleep in there and so therefore don't sleep as well, and honestly I think their little family needs to settle into their new feel without me there long before that.  Sooooo, how's that for not knowing? lol  And of course, meanwhile there is EVERY possibility she will have the baby before (like this week-end!) in which case I hope we can just head out but I can't remember all of hubby's work appointments that he can't miss.  So I guess we will just have to pick a plan and then pray it all works out, lol.  I have absolutely NO idea why I tried to type this all out here other then to hope maybe something would occur to me that I haven't thought of yet.  But no such luck, lol.

I finished up the rag quilt.  And while it is definitely cute, I wish I had NOT used the plain lavender flannel on the backing.  I forgot that solid colors of flannel tend to pick up lint badly on those rag quilts, and so I have spent A LOT of time trying to get it all off.  Minky doesn't pick up lint like that. I did get a picture of it, but it's not a good one.  You can't really see it that well, and it looks WAY better in person.  And then I got the boys's decorative pillows done and the matching valance for their room. She moved Luke in with Sam a couple of weeks ago and put Luke in a big boy bed (though he is still napping in the crib....she couldn't get him to stay in the bed very well for a nap! lol) and bought them new comforters from Target.  I really wanted to make them quilts but Melody felt like I have already done way too much and for boys that are that little she couldn't see the time and expense. Maybe when they get a little older.  But I did make them pillows with their names on to match, and the curtain valance for the window as well.  Let me show you now....

IT IS VERY SOFT AND COMFY...

I DO LOVE HOW THE LAVENDER BACKING COMES UP IN THE FLUFF OF THE RAG FRINGE

CLOSER LOOK STILL

THE STARS ON THE PILLOWS I CUT OUT OF A OF A PILLOW SHAM I BOUGHT AT TARGET THAT IS THE SAME AS THE QUILTS.  IT NOT ONLY HELPED ME MATCH THE FABRICS PERFECTLY, BUT THEN I USED PIECES OF IT TO MAKE THE STARS I APPLIQUED ON AS WELL.  I HAD PLENTY OF RED FABRIC THAT I USED FOR BINDINGS ON THESE PILLOWS, SO I ADDED A STRIPE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE VALANCES TOO.  IT THINK IT TIED IT TOGETHER REALLY WELL.

CLOSER LOOK AT SAM'S   I USED A RED BLANKET STITCH TO STITCH THE STARS ON WITH, AND I REALLY LOVED THE FONT FOR THE EMBROIDERED LETTERING  I FOUND.   I WASN'T SURE HOW IT WOULD COME OUT MAKING THE LETTERING AS LARGE AS I DID, BUT IT WORKED JUST FINE!
I JUST HAD TO SHOW YOU THIS....I WAS LOOKING FOR BIG BROTHER EMBROIDERY DESIGNS ON GOOGLE AND OF COURSE A BUNCH OF IMAGES CAME UP TO CHOSE ONE FROM...INCLUDING! THE ONE I DID FOR THE NEW BABY CLAIRE!!  I HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT GOT ON THERE, BUT I THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY FUNNY.  TOLD MEL I AM FAMOUS!  LOL
Well guess that's it for now.  Hope you all had a good week!  I am praying diligently about our decision as is hubby.  I think I am just going to let him make the call, and do then do whatever he thinks WITHOUT fretting and complaint.  Think I will pull that off?  What do you all think I should do?  Enjoy your week-ends...blessings to you all!  Debbie




Monday, April 6, 2015

WEEKEND WRAP UP...A NEW QUILT AND EASTER CELEBRATIONS


I haven't posted in a full week and I have LOTS to post about, and very little time to get it done, lol, so I will have to be quick.  And most of you know I don't do that very well with these, but I am going to try.

First of all, I am doing MUCH better!  Yay!  Not gone (how'd I love to say it was!) but soo much more workable.  The pain is definitely very manageable now and I am very grateful.  Let me just say this...I have had several surgeries over the last several years, and I live with arthritis every day pretty much everywhere in my body with two knees that I was told to replace 5 years ago, and yet I have never been in as much pain as I was with these Shingles.  It was just kind of a nightmare.  Perhaps if I had taken the nerve pain medication he told me too, or even a stronger regular pain med I wouldn't have suffered so, but I've told you why I didn't.  All I can say is I live in horror of a repeat of this as I understand some people DO get it again.  I am taking an immune booster supplement right now along with my regular supplements, and hopefully that will do the trick.  In the meantime, I am getting a little better (pretty slowly, but still!) everyday, and I am very grateful for that.   It will be 4 weeks in a couple of days, and enough is enough, lol.

We had a pretty busy week-end.  Saturday hubby ran me by a couple of fabric stores as I am in the middle of making a rag quilt for the new baby, and needed a couple of things.  I went back and forth as to rather or not I should, but I REALLY wanted to.  I love the rag quilts for babies, and they make SUCH nice play quilts for them for quite a while.  And since this was my gift to her I was free to make it any way I wanted to and in any color I wanted to as well.  Well, that might have been TOO much freedom as honestly I had such a hard time deciding on what I wanted you wouldn't believe it. I debated on size, colors, style, size of blocks and on and on, lol.  I knew I wanted to do some embroidery on it too.  So after I finally settled on my colors and fabrics, I started there.  I started with the embroidery blocks I was going to do at 8 x 8 inches, and then trimmed them down to 6 and half by 6 and a half when I was finished.  All the other squares I cut at 6 and half from the start.  First I decided to spell out her name.  Don't know if I mentioned that they have FINALLY named her.  She will be Claire.  I LOVE it.  They are not 100 percent on the middle name yet, but pretty sure it will be Elise.  Anyway, I embroidered a letter on a square and trimmed them to size.  Then I decided to add on some other embroidered squares and designed and made them up as well.  Looking back I wish I had started with 10 by 10 and trimmed them to 8 x 8, but I was not about to start over so it is what it is now, lol.  The other two fabrics that make up the quilt are a pretty pink and lavender and aqua type blue print, and a kitten fabric.  I fussy cut all of the kitten fabric so pretty much all the squares had the same 3 kittens on them, and I loved the way it came out.  Let me show you all of this....(by the way, ALL of the fabrics are soft flannels)

THE HEART DESIGN IS ONE MY MACHINE ALREADY HAS AND I THOUGHT IT LOOKED PRETTY HERE WHEN I ADDED TO JESUS LOVE ME.  I DID ALL OF THE DESIGNS IN A WHITE THREAD, THOUGH TRUST ME I DEBATED ALL OVER THE PLACE AS TO RATHER OR NOT I SHOULD HAVE USED MORE COLOR, LOL

THOUGH THIS IS JUST PART OF A SCRIPTURE OF COURSE I LOVE THIS.  I DECIDED AGAINST THE SCRIPTURE REFERENCES AS WELL,  AS THERE REALLY WAS JUST NOT ENOUGH ROOM

LOVE THIS!

THOUGHT THIS WAS CUTE TOO!

CLOSE LOOK AT ONE OF THE LETTERS OF HER NAME
THE PRINTED SQUARE




HERE IS THE KITTEN SQUARE.  SOO CUTE

Then it was onto how in the world to lay these block out for the quilt.  I played and played with it for quite a while I am not going to lie, lol.  I finally settled on the following, though I was short on the kitten squares and still needed to purchase some fabric for the backs of all the squares...Let me show you.


I THINK I AM REALLY GOING TO LIKE THIS!

JUST ANOTHER ANGLE.  YOU CAN SEE ALL THE BLANK SPOTS I NEEDED FOR MORE CAT FABRIC!
I also debated way too much on the backing for this quilt too.  I have 3 choices.  A light pink fleece I already had, or a soft lavender Minky (though it is the kind with the dots which I don't think will work as well with quilting these squares) and a plain lavender flannel.  I intend to make one square up of each before making my decision.  I also decided to use a white flannel for the center of these blocks instead of batting, as I like the extra "fluff" it will give the rag quilt.  And then, I think I might use a decorative stitch for quilting the squares together, but again I will try it out and decide.  Sooo this is what I should be doing right now, lol.

After our fabric shopping we went and saw the movie Woman in Gold.  It was nice to be on a relaxing time and we both LOVED the movie.  I would highly recommend it if you like that type of a movie.

Our Easter Sunday was just perfect!  We went down to San Diego to church and honestly the message was SOOO good it would be hard to describe.  He was definitely anointed by the Holy Spirit and several gave their lives to the Lord yesterday.  Seeing the young men who went forward moved many of us to tears.  This mama prayed for him all the way through as before service he told me he was sick.  He had a sore throat and felt achy and honestly by the end his voice was going.  But he made it and I am sure the Lord kept His hand on him.  After church we visited with them for a short while, but then we left.  They were having Easter dinner with Larissa's family and we headed over to Joe's house for ours.  My other son John and Jessica met us there as did my sister Diane and her family as well.  It was just SUCH a nice day.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect at 72 degrees and a wonderous cool breeze blowing.  It actually got a little chilly late in the day and we went indoors, but enjoyed a nice long time out in their huge backyard on the patio as the kids ran around and played, and the adults males all played some basketball.  Dinner was DELICIOUS! There was ham and pulled pork sandwhiches, chips, potato and macaroni salads, deviled eggs, and mac and cheese.  She also had some REALLY good cantaloupe as well.   And then we celebrated my little Jeffie's eleventh birthday which is today!  How I love this little guy and can't believe he is already 11 years old.

Tomorrow is my youngest son's 35th birthday!  Where in the world does time get to anymore?  This seems impossible.  I need to get off of here and get busy on that quilt as I think I am just going to head on out to Melody's in a couple of weeks, and I have MUCH to do before then.  I hope she makes it that long.  She is getting pretty miserable and has LOTS of braxton hicks contractions every day. How grateful I am for every day that she carry's that baby.  Hope you all have a GOOD week, and enjoyed your week-ends as much as I did.  Blessings to you all Debbie....Oh, have to leave you with a few pictures of my cuties...

LUKE AND SAM ON THE SATURDAY BEFORE EASTER...SOO CUTE.  CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM...IT'S BEEN TOO LONG!

JD AND VINNY,.  HOW CUTE ARE THEY?  VINNY HAD A NEW WOUND ON HIS NOSE, AND CUPCAKE ON HIS FACE AND HE IS STILL DARLING!

JD, DONATELLA, VINNY AND CAPRI.  ADORABLE!!

MY ADORABLE BIRTHDAY BOY!  HOW GRANDMA LOVES HIM!!