It Has Been Too Long….

I am happy to say….I am back!

It has been a tough 1-1/2 years, but I am finally feeling so much better.  With each new day I can sing praises to my God and rejoice in the fact that I am one step closer to being healthy again.

I have been dealing with Leukemia, Von Wildebrand Blood Disorder and most recently cancer of the thyroid.  I think I am almost finished!!  My next step is (currently) eating a iodine free diet which will prepare me to spend some time in isolation with radio-active chemo (to make sure all of the thyroid cancer is gone).  And then, I hope to be done for 3 years or more (before the need for Leukemia chemotherapy returns).  My family has been so amazing through this time.  Their love and support has been overwhelming.  Especially, our oldest son, Michael, who was determined that I would not sit through a chemotherapy session alone – no matter how exhausted he was or how long the treatment lasted.

Since I have written on my web page, I have become a Grandmother.  And he is the most adorable little guy in all of China!

Xavier at birth

Xavier at birth

Xavier June 2016

Xavier June 2016

He lives in China – so far away – but our son, Steven and his beautiful wife, Jiaxuan are wonderful at sending us pictures and videos every few days.  We also get to video-chat with them so Xavier knows who we are and recognizes us.  Xavier actually called me “Grandma” for the first time….but he used the Chinese term for “Grandma” which is the other Grandmother.  He will be bi-lingual, so is still trying to get the correct words with the right language.  But I am not complaining!!  I loved that he recognized me as his Grandma, even if the language was the incorrect one!

They will be coming to Kennewick, WA from China in December 2016 for 3 weeks.  We can’t wait!  And our other 3 children and their spouses will be joining us for as many days as their schedules allow.  I am so excited!!  Could Christmas vacation be any better?  I don’t think so!  I am already trying to think of everything I need to do and plan for!

This past week I held my first card class in over a year!  What a day!  There are so many creative and talented people in Kennewick, Washington!  I prepared the cards, cut the paper and got ready the supplies – but I don’t think there were two cards the same by time each person put their own personal touches on.  What a blessing to see your own ideas turn into something even greater!

Here is my favorite card of the bunch.  My girlfriend, and also a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Illinois, Deb Kramer, made me a card similar to this in the past year.  It became my motto and quickly became one of my favorite stamp sets.

You've Got This

The stamp set is called, You’ve Got This #139572 (wood-blocks) and #139575 (clear-blocks) and can be found on my web-site.  I used Stampin’ Up!® Night of Navy cardstock #100867, Lost Lagoon cardstock (no longer available), Sahara Sand cardstock #121043 and Whisper White cardstock #100730.  The Stampin’ Up!® classic inks used are Night of Navy #125970, Sahara Sand #126976 and Archival Black #140931.  What a great card for anyone who is struggling!

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