May 10, 2011

Hanging in there....

Hi everyone. I know I've been absent from my usual blogging. Just wanted to pop in and say hi. As for most everyone, this time of year is extremely busy for our family. Last week I was busy preparing for Josey's graduation party. We had family in town for 3-4 days and it was a great time. This week is even busier and a little hectic for me. But we do what we have to do as parents to take care of our family. Found this quote online...definitely true for us right now.
I will be back later this week with this month's Papertrey release projects. The rest of the week has been/or will be filled with family happenings. So far this week we've had a death in the family + a small family gathering/funeral. Our dear distant cousin Myrtle was laid to rest at 103! What a full and wonderful life she had. The girls and I will miss our wonderful visits with her.

Yesterday we had a track meet with 100 degree temps. Jordan is suffering from allergies/asthma and barely made it through. Josey has been suffering from dizzy spells and headaches that we can't figure out so I am making appointments to figure out what's happening with her as well. We've been in contact with neurologists and heart doctors to get us started. It's a long and emotional process when your child is sick.

And then there's the usual end of school year activities. Josey graduates this Friday and we wrap up school at the end of next week. Lots of decorating, field trips and plans to make for summer activities and sports.

In addition to our little family happenings, my mother-in-law was just diagnosed with breast cancer. We're waiting to hear what her treatment options will be after these first initial doctor's appointments. Our summer may include helping her to and from appointments and doing whatever else we need to do to help out.

With all that said.....life is busy. We live for the moment around here and enjoy it all, however hectic and busy it gets. Life is good and we feel blessed. I may have to focus a little more on family this summer so my blog posts may be fewer. Who knows.
Just wanted to say thank you for always stopping by and for leaving nice comments. Our paper crafting community is a wonderful thing and it's nice to have good friends like you! See ya later this week, my friends.

68 comments:

Simply Sandy said...

God Bless you and your family! I will keep you all in my prayers.

Wendy ten Hove said...

Thinking of you in your busy and hectic times. So sorry for your mother-in-law and hope she will be okay and that the kids will also be all well and happy soon! All the best to you!
Hugs, Wendy

Anonymous said...

Hello Mish - Life gets in the way when you're making other plans - You will get through ALL this. Hold your loved ones close - You are blessed to have so many to love and that love you.

Barbara in Bellflower

cleenor said...

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Ellie A. said...

BIG HUGS love! I am on a fast moving Life train as well, I think its time for some brownies;) Either that or I'm gonna sit in the middle of my living room and scream :) Know you are in my thoughts and prayers sweetheart.

Patti J said...

Hi Michelle, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. The end of a school year is hectic enough without adding in everything else you have had on your plate! Will be praying for your dear MIL, and for all of you and the loss you just faced. Hugs, my friend! We'll be here when you get back! (some of us mostly lurking...lol)

Kim H. said...

Thinking of you during this challenging time. Prayers are with your Mother in law. And I hope all is OK with your daughter. God bless you all.

Dianne said...

So sorry to hear about all that's going on with your family. As much as I enjoy my daily visits to your blog, I will certainly understand if you are MIA for awhile. I'll just go back through your archived blog posts for inspiration! My thoughts will be with you.....

nancy jane said...

A prayer has already been sent for you and your family. I hope you'll be able to catch your breath and enjoy a moment or two throughout the organized chaos.

DeeDee said...

So, so sorry to hear all this bad stuff happening to your little sweet family. I am keeping you in my prayers.....He only gives us what we can handle girlie! Keep smiling! HUGS! :)

Judy Miller said...

will be praying, my sister had breast cancer and has been clear for 19 years now! God bless you and all you do:)

dkirby said...

Hi Michelle, Just wanted to leave a little note to let you know that I will be thinking about you and your family. So sorry for your loss. Know that your mother in law will be in my prayers. And I hope your own children are well and healthy. Take Care, Dana

mamajulie said...

Praying for you and all your family. They are doing wonderful things now for breast cancer--many survivors. Stamp some images and take your Copic markers with you to the dr's offices. Take all the time you need for your family. We'll still be here when you get back. Love and prayers to you

Debbi said...

Your family is in my prayers.

Eveline said...

Take care.
Eveline.

rebecca said...

My prayers for you and your family during these trying times. May you all find comfort and strength in your love for each other.
Hugs,
Rebecca

MamatoOne said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as your travel this busy and stressful time@

cjgusloff57 said...

So sorry about the health concerns facing your family right now. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Corrine Ann

justsomestuffimade said...

Sometimes I think that someone up there - or wherever - decides to crank up the speed on the treadmill of our lives. Makes the running harder work than usual give us quite the test.
Sounds like this just happened to you and your beloveds. Hope everything turns out ok for you all... thinking of you.
Take all the time you need. Life and its family priorities are more important! Big hugs, Ruth S

Nola T. said...

We had a year like that, and it was so hectic, however we made it, and were better for it. Bless you and yours.

Beansieleigh said...

Wishing you and your family well.. ~tina

Anne-Marie said...

Seems so very hard when we get times like this...but you WILL be stronger.....I'm a 4 year breast cancer survivor and still feel a kick in the stomach when I hear of one more woman getting that diagnosis...the strength, faith, and love of your family will get her through....prayers and blessings to you all. x

Donna K said...

thanks for the update and allowing us into your life. so many, many things good and bad happening all at once. I know you will be OK and maybe your papercrafting will help a little too. don't worry about us but please hurry back. in the meantime, lots of prayers going your way.

David said...

Dear Mish,
We've had pretty much the same stuff going on in our life as you have in yours, so hang in there (and prayer really does work). That said, my son had the headaches/dizzy spells too & the first doctor we went to said 'brain tumor', so we went for a 2nd opinion. We found out that he just needed glasses! If you haven't checked that out yet, give it a shot. And I'm adding y'all to my prayer list.

Shar

Noreen said...

So sorry for what you've been going through. I hope things will soon be much better and your Mother-in-Law and girls will be fine.

I'm Renee said...

You know...
as busy as my life may seem...
and sometimes it's not as perfect as I may want...
after today's post it makes me realize that my cares are so few that I'm a horrible person for ever complaining when something isn't going just as I had hoped.
Your aunt lived a long and I'm sure quite wonderful life...
to be given that much time with the ones we love...
and I can only imagine the stories that she could tell...
I know you will miss her though so my condolences to you and your family.
I will remember to say a prayer for your MIL and your family in what will be a challenge for all of you in the coming months.
And I hope your daughter is soon on the mend...
there is nothing worse than being a mother and having a child sick and we're not able to make it all better...
we're Mom's.
That's what we do.
So thoughts and prayers for you and your family being sent.

Pam said...

Big hugs going out to you and yours Mish.
Take care girl.

Lynn said...

Thinking of you Mish...in particular your sweet Josey and your mother in law. Sending prayers your way.

Anonymous said...

All hearts are with you Mish. Family always comes first. Gill

Cynde said...

Mish You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope Jordans asthma clears up. Josey and her dizzy spells get better. It is always so scarey when it's your kids. I can deal with most anything as long as I know my kids are safe and healthy. I know your always busy when your so involved in your kids lives. I was the same way. They were always into sports , leadership classes, volunteering, and on and on. Kept them out of trouble, and they always made honor roll. So know it was best thing to do for mine. Anyway I do hope your mother-in-law has been diagnosed early as they have such good treatments now.
Your in my thoughts. Take of of YOU too, without you healthy they won't have there Rock.
Super Hugs,
Cynde

Anonymous said...

Sending hugs

Cindy Lyles said...

Mish, So very sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. My SIL was just diagnosed last month and is in her first round of chemo. Thinking of you and your family and hoping they can solve the issues with Josey - that is very worrisome. Keeping you in my thoughts, Cindy

Denise G said...

Hang in there. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Are you doing anything special for the graduate? I am at a loss as to what to do for ours. It just seems so hard to decide on something.

Take care.

karen said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope for a speedy recovery for everyone. You are missed!!!!

Sallie said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Mish. You certainly have a lot on your plate!

Anne said...

Thinking about your and all your tough issues! God Bless with it all!

malissa32 said...

Your fmaily is in my thoughts. As always you are so graceful in dealing with life and so positive. You are an inspiration.

Jessie said...

Sending thoughts and prayers for all of you!

Shelley said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless You. Hugs to your daughter and mother-in-law!

~L said...

You are busy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love checking out your blog, but have never left a message before. Hope all turns out well for you.

Anonymous said...

Hoping all turns out well for you. I love checking out your blog, but have never left a message before. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~L said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love checking out your blog, but have never left a message before. Best of all.

Vicki Bray said...

Mish- I will say a little prayer for you and your family. Goodness you have a lot going on and a good portion of it not so good! Sending you loads of hugs to help you get thru this time.

LittleSurferGirl said...

Thinking of you and hoping everything smooths out quickly. Don't worry about us...we'll all be here! Don't feel badly about "neglecting" the blog to take care of your family! That is what makes you a great mom and wife!

Lisa said...

You and yours are in my prayers. Take care of your precious family and remember to take care of yourself as well; we moms sometimes forget to do that. Sending a big hug ~ Lisa

Kristin said...

praying for your mother-in-law and definitely for Josey!

cards by cara said...

Sending you and your family, immediate and extended, best wishes and hugs. Take care of yourselves and know you are in our thoughts.

mickymunchkin's corner said...

I'll keep the fingers crossed that everything will work out fine with your family, and I'm sorry that Myrtle has gone... My smallest daughter has asthma, too, and that alone makes me feel pretty helpless sometimes, I can imagine what a rollercoaster you might be in right now.... However busy those next months might be, try and remember that you need to have some space in this too, don't forget yourself in this all....
big hugs from me,
micky

Andrea said...

Mish ~ My prayers are with you and your family. Busy times and hard times you will get through. I know what would be hardest for me is dealing with Josey and Jordan's allergy and health issues. I hope that you can get to the bottom of the dizziness etc so that mama can rest easy again!

KAREN said...

So sorry to hear about your family. I will add them to my prayer list. I hope your mother-in-law will be OK. as well as your girls. Hang in there, that's really all I can say. That and that I am keeping you in my heart. (((Hugs)))

Anonymous said...

I have read your blog over the last few years...just lurking & being inspired by you! When I read your post this morning I felt that I had to tell you what an amazing, inspiring & blessed person you are:) I will keep you all in my prayers & just want to send out big (((HUGS))) to you all. Thank you sooo much for sharing all you do:) Dawn H.

Toni K said...

Hugs to you and your family! That's a lot to deal with all at once. Saying prayers!

Jane said...

Thoughts and Prayers are being sent your way! I will always be a follower of your blog...
God Bless you and your family.
Hugs Jane in Utah...

Dana said...

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

Pamela said...

What's the saying that you don't get more than you can handle - but don't you sometime have to question that? I can say that I have missed you, you're a bright part of my day. I hope that all is well soon, enjoy your kids and family, the rest can wait. The best to you and yours. Heartfelt hugs.

Anonymous said...

Your sweet blog always inspires me!! Thanks for all you do and now Bless and encourage your girls and your family!!
Irene

Diana F. said...

Oh my goodness, you have alot on your plate and as the way it seems to be in life, some good on the plate some bad.
Please take whatever time you need to be fully in life. I love this blog and will always be here checking in on you, your wonderful family and amazing creations.

Dinahsoar said...

Sorry that so much hard stuff is upon you right now. Hope you figure out what is wrong with your daughter. And I hope you mil will be fine. I am a breast cancer survivor so I know how scary and overwhelming it can be. It's a lot right now, but hopefully it will all turn out well and be in the rear view mirror soon with a bright horizon ahead.

BennBooCreations said...

So much going on, and so many to pray for, of which I promise to do.
Psalm 34:17, 37:3-5, 46:1-3, 91:14-16

Victoria Hassink said...

I will be thinking of your family and hope for the best possible outcome for your MIL. This is why I have joined thousands and will be walking 39.3 miles in October in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Charlotte NC as well as the 5k Susan Komen run in June. We need to stop this disease! For my grandmother, mother, friends, and millions of other women, and men.
Be strong and know you have a lot of support.

Kathy said...

Thinking of you. I love your positive attitude.

Judy said...

Thinking of you at this challenging time in your life. Remember to take a deep breath or two every day, and think about 2 positive things to keep you grounded. It really works. I promise to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I had a magic wand that I could pass on that will make this all go away, however, we gain strength from meeting life's challenges. Even though we don't know one another, it's obvious that you have lots of love in your heart by the way you express yourself and your creativity. Be true to yourself and keep positive. Wishing you all life's best!

Debbi said...

I'm sorry about your Aunt Myrtle Mish!! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!!

delisa said...

I'll be praying for you & your family, and sending good thoughts for all of you! When life sometimes gets very hard & complicated just know that you are loved by all of us that you share with & have inspired in so many ways. Good wishes & good luck to you friend.

Teri said...

Oh Melissa, I hope everything will fall into place soon for you and your family. Your place is with them now... your friends will still be here when you are able to return!!! I will pray for you and your daughter, scary!! And of course, for your mother-in-law, we are battling fallopian tube cancer with my sister and it truly affects the entire family! Bless all of you and try to take care of yourself during all this as well!
Hugs,
Teri

Anne said...

You and your family will be in my prayers for the coming moths. Life has a way of ganging up on us and it would be easy to cave in and feel sorry for yourself. You don't seem like that kind of person to me. You have such a positive outlook on life and I know God will be guiding the hands of the doctors and professionals who care for your liffle red and yout mother in law. Take care, breathe deep and know that God is near.

ginalovesdave said...

Aww, I hope you will find some peace amidst all the storms in your life right now!

Kari D said...

Mish-trying to catch up on my bloggers tonight and spent some time ooooo-ing and ahhhhhhh-ing over your PTI fruit fusion cards and projects and then got to this post. Just wanted you to know I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I love to see what you come up with in your creative process and touch base as often as I can. While I will miss your (almost) daily posts, I TOTALLY understand family comes first. Your focus on family and your ability to make each and everyone close to you feel important are just a couple of the reasons I LOVE your posts. I so admire your talent, and honor the values you demonstrate every day. Blessings to you and your family.

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