Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cancer, Crafts and Chalking...

This is a rambling post today...Lots on my mind...so hang in there with me through it.

Today is one of the saddest days in my life.  My Mom, a very strong person, is sick...very sick!  I never thought I'd see the day that she would be getting older and not be healthy.  Today...she is not healthy anymore.
Two weeks ago she went in to the doctor and found out she had stomach cancer.  They live in a small town in Arkansas, so they had to travel to Little Rock but had to wait two weeks for a PET scan to see how extensive the cancer was.  Yesterday, she had the scan and got the news and it is not good.  The cancer is a tumor where the esophagus meets the stomach, it is inoperable and radiation will not help it.  The only option is chemo and that will just keep it in check, not get rid of it.  It has spread to her lymph nodes as well so now it is just a waiting game to see how her body even reacts to the chemo.

I am numb from all this news and my heart is breaking for what she will have to go through as well as my Dad.  They have been married for 42 years this March and they do everything together.  Plus...they live 12 hours away with no family around them.

I'm struggling with all of this because I have been out of work from my surgery for a month and so money is tight right now.  To go down there will be tough...money wise, emotionally and work wise.  I want to see her before she gets too sick to enjoy the visit and I don't want my kids to see her sick and remember her like that.  I want them to see her as she always has been...that loving Grandma!

I ask that everyone please send prayers, thoughts, well wishes...whatever you feel like sending!


{Dealing with Sadness through my Creativity}

























The last couple days have been hard...very hard, trying, draining and sad.  But...my creativity is pulling me through all of it and letting me express some of my emotions.  My mom is an artist, painter to be exact.  I feel blessed that I inherited my creativity through both my Mom and Dad.  Mom, a painter and my Dad a painter, drawer and woodworker/ craftsman.  Here are a few things I've been working on.  Some are sneak peeks to projects still in the works.

My desk is a mess with all my projects but I am letting myself be scattered and just going with the flow of things.

I am also working on a wooden Mod Podge bird house covered with Chatterbox scrapbook paper.  It is in the process, so check back to see how it turns out!
A new flower chipboard album is also in the works!   Here is a sneak peek at how it is turning out.  Watch for future posts with both of these projects finished.   Thanks everyone for your support!   ~Jen









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12 comments:

  1. I will keep you and your family in my prayers each nite as I pray for all people.

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  2. I'm really sorry that the news came out like it did. I'll be hoping and praying with you that the chemo works magic for your mom.

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  3. i've just found your blog and have no idea what to say that might ease the confusion in your mind and heart right now. it's always hard to find out that a loved one, especially a parent or child, has to go through such pain and deal with such stress. i am always comforted in the thought that whatever the outcome may be, we are all children of God and will be eternally together in His kingdom one day. although that day may come sooner than any of us would like, it's inevitable. yet i find peace in my heart knowing that that person will be wrapped in His loving arms forever more with no feeling of pain, no worries and no stress or discomfort ever again. please accept my heartfelt prayers and healing energy vibes that will be sent for your mother & father, you, your children and the rest of the family & friends. i've always felt comfort in reading this, God is the comfort in my heart, the warmth in my mind, the love in my life.

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  4. Oh my dear, you and your family will be in my thoughts.

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  5. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

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  6. Many prayers and good thoughts headed your way

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  7. Jen,

    I'm so sorry, I can only imagine how hard it must be. I am praying for you and your mom & dad & whole family.

    A favorite scripture:


    "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."
    -Matthew 11:28-30

    I imagine you could use some "rest for your soul" right now, so just call on Him and He'll be there for you and your mom.

    Praying,

    Melissa~

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