I'm trying to keep some normalcy in the house while we continue to wait for changes with Chris's mom. When we returned home later over the weekend, the girls and I set up their bedroom Christmas trees.
Every year, the girls have received special ornaments from various family members. After 13 years, Emma has quite the collection for her hot pink tree.
As you've seen on other posts, Josie's ornament collection tends to be Asian-themed.
She informed me that she wants some "regular" ornaments too.
Josie wants to thank you for her "new" VW Bug ornament, Mom!
It's Josie's favorite car (aside from the Bat Mobile)
With all the stress over the last 48 hours, we are ALL ready for some Christmas cheer. If I can't be home decorating, I can at least give my blog a makeover!!
The new blog banner is a picture I took last Christmas. Aren't those pink miniature trees delightful? They were part of a table center piece at my Mom and Dad's house. In case you're interested, you can find those Santa straws again this year at the Dollar Tree. They look rather festive with Shirley Temple drinks.
Update I want to thank you for all your continued prayers and words of encouragement regarding my MIL. Unfortunately, the neurology team has confirmed that there isn't a chance for a full recovery. The stroke has done too much damage. As you can imagine, this is difficult news to comprehend. It feels like a blessing that the girls were able to share a few hours of happy conversation with their Nana Wednesday night before everything would change.
I want to thank each and every one of YOU for all of your prayers. It's been a difficult 24 hours. My mother in law continues to remain in ICU where they are running more tests to assess the damage from the latest stroke Thursday morning. It's heart breaking to experience such a major setback after such a good night at the nursing home with her Wednesday night.
Maybe there was a reason we were across the state this year for Thanksgiving...
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for all your words of encouragement and prayers.
This has been an emotional Thanksgiving. I normally don't share personal family struggles, but my mother in law had a massive stroke this morning which has left her with paralysis on her right side and she is currently unresponsive. We traveled across the state yesterday to visit her at her nursing home and joked about her day pass for our Thanksgiving dinner celebration. It feels like a blessing that we were able to share a few hours of happy conversation before everything would change.
Please remember my father in law and mother in law in your prayers. It has been a difficult three years and I'm praying for Gods will and for his strength for them both. It's moments like this, that I am reminded that family & friends are the greatest blessing.
Before Emma was born and we were living in a different city, I often visited a special antique store with my Mom and sister. On one special occasion, I picked up this Christmas in Fairyland book.
I remember thinking at the time (15+ plus years ago) that $5 seemed like a lot of money to spend on a vintage book. It's now worth quite a bit more.
Produced in the 1950s, it includes an activity book and several pop-ups.
The graphics are just delightful.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the board game that is on the last page of the book. Feel free to click on the image to enjoy your own game. I color copied this page and then laminated it onto a larger piece of construction paper.
Miniature ornaments, trees or tiny packages would make great game pieces.
In 2008, we traveled to China to adopt a toddler who needed
heart surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot and hand surgery to remove an extra thumb. I'm always happy to share our experience with SN adoption. When I'm not at work, you might find me at an thrift/antique store or estate sale. I also love to sneak in a craft project and decorate our multiple dollhouses with my girls.
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In 2008, we went to the Jiangxi Province to adopt a little girl who needed open-heart surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot and hand surgery to remove an extra thumb. I'm always happy to share our experience with a SN adoption with others.
When I'm home from work, I love to sneak in a weekly craft project or a trip to my favorite antique/thrift stores. Come play with me!