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Friday, August 15, 2014

God bless the makers in the world! For they are the true record keepers of our lives!


A lot of this going on.... 5 hour drive to Birmingham, AL
 from our little town of Summit, MS..... but worth it! 
Great medical staff and facility!

First, I can't believe it has been so long since my last post!
We will start with .... my health.  My RA hasn't 
gotten much better.  We are now at UAB in 
Birmingham.  My husband researched and found
the best RA group (closest) to us that he could 
find and got all of my records sent to UAB... it took
us about 7  months to get an appointment...but I
began this journey 4 weeks ago.  After ultrasounds
on my hands and Xrays on my neck, shoulders, feet,
ankles and wrists.... we learned that the bones
in my feet, toes, hands, fingers, wrists and neck
have begun fusing.  I will begin Rituxin infusion 
treatments in the near future and will be going
for my first visit with Dr. Sesser on Sept. 29. She 
is my new Pain Management doctor.  The staff at
UAB have been cRazy attentive, and methodically
thorough. We have been amazed at how effective
they are and how quickly they have gotten this
entire journey moving forward.  God's hand has
definitely been in this trek!!  THIS MAN..... is my rock!

I got to reconnect with a HOMETOWN friend from childhood
 after my first appointment and anticipate more time with 
her during our journey with UAB.
Isn't it neat how God
 can lead you on new journeys
 INSIDE another journey.... 
He is INDEED amazing!! 
Tiffany and I after 20+ years.... felt like it was yesterday!!


AS LONG AS MY HANDS CAN CREATE,
 RA WILL NOT STOP ME!!! 
I FIND THE MOST JOY WHEN I AM MAKING
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR OTHERS
 or HELPING OTHERS CREATE 
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL!! 
I have this disease, it does NOT have me!
I am determined to use my hands until
 I can not use them any longer.
I do know that this disease is a waiting game...
as it fuses my bones and twists my joints, 
eventually the journey will lead to deformation...
BUT this just makes me MORE determined
 than EVER to get going NOW!
I am STILL loving the art of creating ANYTHING by
hand....the legacy leaving is very important to me.  I take
pride in seeing my sweet daughter, now 21, sharing her love
of art with her little 7 year old sister.  It is truly a breathtaking
sight to behold.  This world has become so "fast paced" so
"click a button and send a message", so "phone in hand at all
times, therefore NO time to MAKE time for CREATING 
together while connecting and growing lasting bonds" and
this is so very sad to me.  I'm hoping to make a change in 
our small community by starting Stamp N Chats at our home
again. Our first meeting will be on August 21 and I'm EXCITED!
At this first meeting of Stamp N Chat we are going
to do a few cards with this RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING
Stampin' Up! stamp set..... AND do our Paper Pumpkins
together........ if you live close and want to join....
YOU KNOW YOU ARE WELCOME TO!

 AND I will be showing you guys the Digital Scrapbooking 
Studio.... I am JUST learning this...but I LOVE how I 
can sit at my computer and upload my photos... of course
getting together and cutting and gluing and chatting and chewing
and loving and learning with other women is MY FIRST
SCRAPBOOKING LOVE..... but, this is a new and
neat way to do a few projects quickly, artfully and beautifully!
Since last November there have been 
other changes in our home, as well...
we have a new addition to the family!
Our empty nest isn't so empty anymore.... Frappe
now has a sister. Lexie, our Golden Doodle, was 
born in Tupelo, MS on January 10, 2014. She is
now 7 months old.  This puppy is HUGE....
but she thinks she is still a tiny PUP! It is so 
incredibly hilarious to watch her try to squeeze 
through little spots she was once, not so long
ago, able to get through with ease.  She has
brought so much joy into our lives....oh how
much I have loved our fur babies during this
new season at home.  I am smitten with her.
Here are a few pictures of our Lil Miss Stinkin Cute!
Lexie....
....and of course I have to add an updated picture
of our little guy, Frappe...
He is MY FIRST FURBABY LOVE!!
I can NOT end my update without letting you know
 how my HUMAN babies are doing.  Robbie graduated
 from MSU in December of 2013. He is now living in 
Cleveland, MS and is a Biological Engineer for Baxter
Medical.  He has purchased five acres and will 
begin his journey building his first home this year.  
It is SO incredibly amazing to watch your children
soar..... I miss him every waking moment of my life....
but I am super proud of him.  He is quite good at 
texting, calling and visiting too... PRAISE GOD!! 
LeeAnna accepted a practicum for her Child Life Specialist major at
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital this summer in Memphis, TN.  We 
were blessed that a friend took her in their home for her two weeks
there AND she got to spend time with my sister, who also lives in 
the Memphis area.  She is starting her senior year at MSU and will
be a Child Life Specialist before we know it.  I never imagined 
that this "growing up" stuff would happen so quickly..... 
WHY DID I BLINK?!



She had a great time with her Aunt Jamie "junkin" and eating at THE BEST BBQ PLACE IN
MEMPHIS.... GRIDLEY'S!! If you have never been....YOU SHOULD!!! 





My sister and brother-n-law are THE best at showing
TRUE SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY. 
Gridley's Bar-B-Q
6842 Stage Rd
Bartlett, TN 38134
901-377-8055

                                                      




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