Monday, April 27, 2009

Cancer Ribbons

For Aunt June who battled breast cancer over 20 years ago. We miss you!

It states that light blue is for childhood cancer. There is a young girl who has breast cancer. Her name is Hannah and she's ten years old. Go check out her parents blog here. When I started stitching this I just wanted to stitch one ornament for every cancer. I think we can dedicate this ribbon to Hannah. Purple is for pancreatic cancer which I believe is what Aunt Becky was diagnosed with eight years ago. Her cancer was so advanced that they opened her up in surgery, they had to close her right back up. She passed away a couple months later.
The finish for Peace, Love and a Cure; just need to finish it into a flatfold. I found some pretty material at Wal-mart last week. I have everything I need to finish it except for time but I'll find that soon! LOL

For Grandpa Moreland who was diagnosed with leukemia when I was fifteen. He went in to have bypass surgery when I was flying from Conneticut to Arkansas to spend the summer. Due to engine trouble, I got stuck in St. Louis and didn't get to Little Rock until a day later. While I was out of the loop, they got the diagnosis. That was the last summer I spent with him and we had a great time visiting and driving my Grandmother crazy.

For Grandma West. She's gone now but was a breast cancer survivor.

I plan on doing as many of the colors that I can get done between now and the time Donna raffles off the tree. It surprised me how many family members and friends I've lost to cancer. I've never sat down and thought about it until Donna mentioned that she'd like the story behind our ribbons as she's thinking about writing a book about her experience.

Friday, April 24, 2009


If you're interested in doing a SAL why not join us at Oakhaven Designs? It's called Love Grows, there are only four colors involved and it won't take long to complete.

If you are interested, please go here quickly as Monday is the day to e-mail Tonya. If you don't get it done that day you will miss out on an awesome SAL. If you want to check out the other SAL that we just completed check out my post from March 30th as my completed SAL is pictured first. Hope to see you there!

P.S. I will post more later but I just realized that we don't have a lot of time left to get into the group for this new SAL and I didn't want anyone to miss out!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

An Award

Kelly gave me this award, so a HUGE thank you goes out to her!

"This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. "

The rules call for you to pass this on to eight people. Although I feel that a lot of people deserve this award, I can't list everyone so I will randomly pick a few that I love and here they are:

Donna - who is doing something pretty special for the American Cancer Society. Check that out at Stiching for a Cure

Tanya check out her new site for all her awesome patterns at The Sampler Girl


Cindy - check out her new exchange blog here!


Ms. Bookworm ;)



Monday, April 13, 2009

OMG! What a way to spend Spring Break!

A quick update before I call the pharmacy again. It turns out poor Logan isn't just suffering from allergies but has strep throat too. He didn't communicate that he was in pain until late yesterday afternoon. Today, we were able to get him into see the local doctor. DH had to go see if he was going to be picked for jury duty so all the kids came with us. Katie came down with what I thought was just a head cold. Ryan started back up with the cough and runny nose this morning. The doctor took a look at all of them and then proceeded to check them all out. Yep, you guessed it! They ALL have strep throat!

I'm waiting on the pharmacy to fill their prescriptions for antibiotics so I can start them ASAP. He said they'll all no longer be contagious 24 hours after the first dose so we should be able to still head to Ryan's neurologist's appointment tomorrow. My children (the one's that have had to have them) and antibiotics don't get along. They kill all the good stuff along with the bad stuff so I have to fight twice as much junk the entire ten days. I just left a message for hubby to stop by Publix for some diaper doublers and some yogurt for those children that can have dairy. For Logan, I get to start him on some other supplements as soon as the antibiotics are done in ten days. I've never had all four kids sick at the same time before so this should be interesting. LOL Please say a prayer that I survive this week and still have my sanity by the time the three go back to school on Monday.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

End of week update

Stitching for a Cure ornaments

I was able to finish one ornament for Stitching for a Cure and start on another but then life got in the way this week. Ryan was still running a little fever on Monday and his cough sounded like a frog so he stayed home on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday Logan just didn't want to move at all which is totally unlike him. He stayed home that day but was fine by the time we got back from dropping Ryan off at school. I think he was just tired as he woke up at 2:00 in the morning and didn't get back to sleep for an hour or so.

He has been having issues in school due to the change in teacher. We've been trying different techniques for calming him down and I think we finally found "the ONE". A nice warm bubble bath does wonders for his moods. Yesterday he had a meltdown before the bus came so I decided to just drop him at school when I took Ryan. Well..... it didn't quite work out the way I planned and he ended up just staying home with us. LOL It was the last day of school before Spring Break so I just gave in and let him stay home and be babied.

On top of having both boys home at different times this week, I've been dealing with the school regarding the teacher they want to put either in his class or in another Autism class next year. One of the parents mentioned that this teacher had been disciplined for abuse. There was more than one person who witnessed this episode and another episode that wasn't reported. To make a long story short, we contacted the school board. Keeping fingers and toes crossed that things are settled at the meeting we have to schedule for after spring break.

I'm not sure how much I will be doing this next week with all the kids home. The weather is supposed to be absolutely beautiful; sunny and in the 80's. We have one day of running around but the rest of the time is free to play. Lots of outside time, movies, painting and games are on the schedule at this point. Hopefully I will find some time to sit and stitch as I really want to get some more ornaments done. I looked up the different ribbon colors for the different cancers (site provided on a link on Donna's site) so I'm thinking I can do a couple different colors just not sure which patterns I want to try. Loved the heart with the blackwork so may do a few more of those. I will post pictures when I can but if you don't see a post next week, you'll know why.

Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Something to think about

I've been following Donna and her stitching for a cure tree for a while now. I'm also following her personal stitching blog too. She's got a great idea for raising money for cancer. She's doing a stitching tree. She has links in her sidebar for all the free patterns that can be used to make ornaments for this tree. In November the tree will be raffled off and the proceeds will be given to the Amercan Cancer Society.

I recently finished LizzieKate's Peace, Love and a Cure and although it isn't what she needs for the tree I've told her I want to donate it to her cause. I'm also going to stop what I'm currently stitching and pick one of those free patterns and stitch up something for her tree. I've lost several family members to various cancers over the years and I need to do something to help. If I can help by doing something I love, like cross stitching then I say GO FOR IT!

How 'bout it? Is anyone else out there up to the challenge? Can you take a couple hours of your time and make a beautiful ornament for her tree so we can help fight the good fight?! I dare you, no, I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU to pick up the gauntlet and run with this. Who's with me?!?!?

Oh and I forgot to mention the absolutely awesome finishing website that she has in her link on there too. She has everything you need to start the ornament except the floss, needle and cloth.

One more thing; it's a favor that I'm asking of all that read my blog. If you could possibly take a minute or two and just put something on your blog that directs people to Donna's Stitching for a Cure site so they can read what it's all about. The more people who see this, perhaps will mean more people willing to stitch an ornament for her and the American Cancer Society. Thanks!!!