Friday, March 18, 2016

UPDATES-UPDATES-UPDATES & Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day Pictures

Let me start on a happy note!
I am pretty much home-bound
when we are not at the cancer center.
John really can't stay alone at this point.
That has given me time to do some sorting projects
and also do some SEWING!  Yay!

Having Irish in my DNA means
that I believe in Leprechauns and all the 
hoopla that goes with St. Paddy's Day.
I don't want my kiddo's to get 
on St. Patrick's Day.
You DO KNOW about that tradition, don't you?
I made Big Boy E, CharlesInCharge, CJK,
(and CJK's friend, BOB) vests and ties.
I made sweet little BRIGHT EYES a dress
with matching pantaloons and a dress for her baby doll.
Poor BigBoyE had an earache so didn't have much fun at all.
This was a fun project and I made everything in a day's time.
Those represent some of the joys in life
(except for little E's earache).

There are also some not so good times.
A couple of times I asked for prayer for my friend, Laura,
HERE as she fought an aggressive form of cancer.
Earlier this week, 
Laura crossed The Great Divide.
I choose to believe she is in Heaven 
with those that have passed before her.
She was in SO MUCH PAIN and was SO SICK
that I think it is a blessing that God took her home.
Her hubby is going to be lost without her.
He was her primary caretaker and she was his life.
Please pray for him and their adult children.

I am waiting for a full update on Dr. Bob Wagner
but my understanding is that he came through surgery just fine.
I can give you more information after I talk to his wife.
There is an update today on
The Caring Bridge about John.
For those that don't visit there here is a copy
of that update.

Well, I wish I could tell you that John is doing really well and
 that he is recovering quickly----but that wouldn't be the truth.

The truth is that the recovery is as bad as the treatment-
maybe worse in a way.  Once treatment is finished you kind 
of feel like you have crossed that rickety bridge and should 
be  'home free'.  The reality is that you are a long way from 
home and the road to get there is full of potholes and hidden

This morning while I was packing our stuff up to spend a
 couple of hours at the cancer center for hydration, John
 passed out.  He 'thinks' he passed out three times in the
 bathroom.  He remembers sinking slowly and I am not sure
 if he hit his head on the wall or the counter but he has a
 large patch of missing skin on his head. 

I walked into the bedroom to remind him that we needed to
 go to find him sitting on the bed with a bloodied head and
 shaky. I am good in situations like this but it took me by total
 surprise.  When I told my son, Ryan, (he of the wacky humor) he said,
 "I hope you yelled at him and told him to clean up the blood off the wall."  
As you can see, I get a lot of sympathetic support from him.

 While John does not need stitches the wound is more than a surface scratch and, when we got to the cancer center, they bandaged it so that it does not get infected.They ran some blood work, while we waited for the hydration to be finished; to make sure his numbers are okay.  Everything is within 'normal range' for someone with cancer so is able to be at home.They assured me this is quite common with patients and that we should not be overly concerned.  
That, at least, is reassuring. 

We are looking forward to continued improvement by the end of next week.  These last two weeks have been hard; hard to endure and hard to watch.  I don't like that feeling of being 'helpless' to do anything to improve things for John but that is what it is and I just do the best I can at any given moment---even if it means biting my tongue sometimes...and y'all know how good I am at THAT! (not)

On a bright note- In the picture above you will see that I made vests for three of my little grandsons, Ethan, Charlie & Carlisle  and a dress for Anna Ireland.  I made a matching dress for Anna's doll and a matching vest for Carlisle's 'little buddy', BOB!  Poor Ethan had an earache and didn't enjoy the day - but you can see in the collage that the other kids all wore their outfits for the day. Noone is gonna pinch my little Irishkins on my watch!

Have a great weekend and watch for Leprechauns.  They don't really leave after St. Patrick's Day, you know.  They are in our house year round. We are hunkered in to watch some movies and mindless TV. ONE of us might doze off a bit here and there (and it is not me).  
 I want to thank you for all your prayers 
and the kindness you have shown us.
Many of you have sent cards and letters
and I apologize for not always sending you a personal
Thank You!

Just know that we read them all and John has them
by his chair and goes through them every few days.
He is still in disbelief that 
"that Nana Blog thing" 
would create friendships where people 
about someone they have never met.

I just kind of throw his preacher stuff back at him...
Oh, Ye of little faith.
Cuz that's just the way I am!!

Have a wonderful, blessed weekend!
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GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

The little Irish leprechauns in their darling outfits look so cute. You are quite an amazing woman, Diana!

Cranberry Morning said...

You know that I tend to get a little flippant, but the truth is, you guys are on our hearts and minds and we pray for God's blessing on you. Much love, the Masruds.

Tete said...

The outfits all came out so cute and look really nice on the kids. Sorry Ethan had an earache. Those are miserable and hope he is up and about now.
John should know better than to underestimate you and your blog. LOL- hubby was so amazed when I was so bad after surgery and all the comments as he and Craig had to manage them for me when I couldn't.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Coming over from the sewed all of that in a day? That is amazing!! Bright Eyes looks like a little movie star in that picture.


Those are darling little outfits for your darling little grands:) and their dolls :) Thankful that your hubby didn't need is a long road and continued prayers for you ALL!
Take care!

Susie said...

Diana, I am not done praying for all of you. I am glad some things are good now and know that you are staying strong for everyone...cause that's how you really are. LOL Those little Irish outfits are truly adorable, as are the little ones wearing them. Poor "E" , he's a sweetheart. Hugs to all of you and blessings, xoxo, love you guys, Susie

Melanie said...

Your sewing is remarkable! Your grandkids look so adorable.
Thank you for the update on your hubby. I'm so sorry to hear he fell. I'm also sorry to hear about your friend, Laura's passing.
I've been keeping you guys in my prayers, as well as Dr Bob. Hope he gets good news from his surgery.

Nellie said...

Sweet, sweet grands! They are well-loved by their Nana! Just precious! Prayers continue from here! - xo Nellie

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Please give John a hug from me and then ask him to share the hug with you. You have the sweetest grands and they look beyond cute in their St. Patrick's Grandma made greens. Sending you LOVE too.

S H Elliott said...

And I pray for you too! Caregivers need special prayers for strength and good health too! It is wonderful the social circle we bloggers and readers have developed. In my humble opinion I think women are more social anyway and just know how to support each other. Ha! Gold bless your whole bunch! Sheila

Cranberry Morning said...

You know that I tend to get a little flippant, but the truth is, you guys are on our hearts and minds and we pray for God's blessing on you. Much love, the Masruds.

Chatty Crone said...

We bloggers are a group to be reckoned with aren't we? The kids are just beautiful as well as their outfits - I should not be surprised at what a great seamstress you are, yet I am. I remember your friend Laura and I am glad she is out of pain. I am glad your dentist seems to be doing well. And thank God John is okay today. It is really all anyone has. We must love and appreciate it. Take care and try to do one fun thing this weekend. Love, sandie

Vee said...

So sorry to read this news about your friend Laura. Very sad times for her friends and her family.

God love you both. I am in awe of you people and praying that things get better sooner...a lot sooner.

The outfits are adorable. I really like the vests. Sweet dress for your granddaughter. What a thoughtful great-grandmother you are! ; > I hope that I can run faster than you. Doubtful, but I'm scooting now!

Pam Kessler said...

Glad the "preacher stuff" comes in handy every now and then :) The kiddos look adorable in their outfits. I hope you made a dress in your size!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

You are quite crafty when it comes to sewing. Amazing you whip those up in a day. Hope yourHero feels better soon and is able to hold his own with you. Sounds like your son is a chip off the old (Mama), didn't mean to say old!

This N That said...

Better pictures here of your craftiness..Really cute outfits Diana...

Debby said...

The Irish outfits are so cute. They look pretty festive.
So sorry that The Hero is having after affects. I wish they would just go away. He has been through so much. You too. Maybe the fainting was from being dehydrated. Thinking and praying for both of you.
So sorry about your friend. I certainly know that pain. It's going to be so hard on their hubby's.
Hugs my friend.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the updates. The Schafer Family Thinks of him often, and he will pull through. Best Well Wishes!

Julia said...

Wow, you work fast... You are quite the seamstress and your little granddaughter is just adorable with her pursed lips. Cutest leprechaun ever. And where is your green dress?

I'm so sorry you lost your good friend. It's a blessing that her suffering is finally over but bittersweet just the same.
I'm glad John didn't need stitches and hopefully he will start to feel better soon. Happy belated St Patrick Day

Thanks for the update.

Rose L said...

You sew clothes, too?!! I have a hard time just taking in my clothes so my pants won't keep sagging. Haven't done it yet but keep saying I will. You made adorable clothes.

Mimi said...

Those outfits are just too cute! I can't believe you did all that in a day! I would have had to have started right after Halloween to even have a chance to get all that done. (Sewing tends to make me say bad words.) Are you sure you didn't have little Leprechaun helpers? Ha!

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Laura. I will definitely keep her husband and family in my prayers.

Hopefully this upcoming Holy Week will be a good one for Your Hero. Well wishes and prayers sent your way!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Diana, I just left a note at Caringbridge but wanted to tell you again how cute the kids are and hope John doesn't have any more incidents. So sorry to hear about your friend. Sounds like your dentist is recovering well..Have a good week..xxo Judy

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Diana what adorable little outfits you created for your Grands. Oh all must wear Green on St. Patty's day. Sorry John's recovery from treatment is unfairly difficult, I keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Diana my heart feels so many emotions when I read your updates at the Caringbridge and sometimes do not leave a message but say a prayer instead.

Vee said...

Ohhhh...a great-grandmother twice!

Cecilia said...

Your grandchildren are so adorable...sorry E is sick and didn't enjoy the day. Hope he is better soon. I'm sorry about your friend. Knowing they're not suffering anymore comforts some but doesn't ease the heartache of loss. Glad your dentist's surgery went well, hope he continues to improve. And for John, I'm praying he will soon start to feel better...yikes on the passing out and banging up his head. May each day bring strength, comfort, and continued healing.
God's peace,

Kim said...

Diana, those babies look so sweet decked out in their green. I hope that the earache is gone and he has been able to join the festivities. I am sorry to hear about John's slow go and your friend's passing. I hope that John recovers his strength soon and all these tough spots are a distant memory in short order. xoxo

Shelia said...

Hi Diana! Poor John! I'm so sorry this it so bad. You may have to chain him down to the bed! ;) Now aren't you the smartest one! What adorable St. Paddy's Day clothes for the little ones and a doll dress! And you made them all in a day? You're fast too. Continued prayers for John that he will be feeling more like himself really fast. Take care of yourself too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Gypsy Heart said...

I recommend bumper guards for John! I'm so sorry he fell and I'm sure it's disconcerting for both of you. Perhaps he was dehydrated? I really believe it's time for him to have an easier road in this too! Both of you remain in my prayers!

How in the world did you do all that sewing in one day? Each garment is adorable and the grands are so cute dressed in them. So sorry E had an earache...I have that pretty often and it's very painful. Kids shouldn't have pain! I'm so sorry about your friend. The loss will feel immense to her husband so he really needs our prayers. Hope Dr Wagner is doing well and improves daily!

Take care of you in all this, ok?

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

You make me feel so guilty!!!! I didn't have anything ready for Ky to wear to school....finally rounded up some multi colored socks with green mixed in! Those outfits are so cute and I can't believe how quick you whipped them out! You are in my daily prayers...sometimes I say extra.....hugs...

Nonnie said...

You're pretty wonderful. Seems a little bit of reaping what you sow. You have sowed much kindness and love and fun. You are bringing in a big harvest of love.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Thank you for the continued updates. I am so sorry about Laura's passing. It's difficult to know what to say.
No more pain and suffering. Your cute little littles are darlinb. You have quite the skills Diana. Continued prayers for John and your family. It does take it's toll on the family as well. xoxo

Kirby Carespodi said...

Sending you and all your little (and one large) leprechauns all the best!!

Unknown said...

I continue to be in awe of you, your energy is beyond inspiring! Y'all will continue to be in my prayers!

Laurie said...

Sweet Diana, I just love that you are able to keep your humor during John's treatment and recovery. I will continually pray for y'all. He probably passed out from dehydration. I'm glad his head wound was not more serious. Bless him, Lord!

The kids outfits were adorable. Y'all sure do know how to celebrate. Happy weekend!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I have been through many illnesses and traumas with my husband (you name the organ, he has had a problem), and it has been a roller coaster of emotions. I think that is why we women are made so strong. Bless you, dear Diana, I know how hard it is.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow you can sew really well. Those are the cutest outfits you whipped up! Sorry for the loss of your friend and so sorry hubby fell and hit his head. Praying he gets past this bad stage soon!

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

Oh gosh Diana! You never know what's going to happen next in your world!! Thank goodness John basically came out okay from his fall - how frightening for both of you. Sending prayers that recovery starts treating him more kindly. On a happy note, those are some mighty cute clothes you stitched up in your spare time. Lucky kiddos! Jane

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So sorry to hear about John's glad it was not worse! I hope he will begin to feel better soon...sending prayers!
Diana, those outfits are adorable...and you really do have such beautiful grandchildren!

Consider It All Joy said...

You are continually in my prayers! So sorry about John's fall - scary, but glad he's healing! Love the sweet, sweet outfits you made for your littles, so cute! Sending hugs, prayers and love from Arizona! Cindy xoxo

Linda said...

Continued love and prayers for you and John!! In the blogger world, you are FAMILY!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Oh Diana I was truly hoping and praying that things were getting easier for you both at this point but you sure had a rough time of it this week - keeping you and your hero in my prayers and stay strong, sweet Diana xoxo

Preppy Empty Nester said...

You are so talented Diana!!! I love those cute little outfits. Sounds like your friend John has a long road ahead of him. I will continue to keep him in my prayers along with you and your hero. Have a relaxing weekend.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

How wonderful to have the time to spread some joy during this tough time! Those outfits are just plain precious! So much love and joy and then sorrow. So sorry to hear about your friend Laura passing. I hope the little one is better soon from his earache...those are painful! I will be watching for more updates on John and Dr. Bob. You amaze me!! xoxo

camp and cottage living said...

I pray this next week is a better one for John. I can only imagine how helpless you must feel..
You whipped all that cuteness up in one day? It would probably take me at least two, maybe more!
The grands look so happy and proud in their garb. You and John are in our thoughts and prayer, Diana.

Musingsofjudgejudyjudy..... said...

This is my first time on your blog Nana, you had left a comment on Launna's blog that resonated with me so I thought to visit.
Firstly, your sewing is totally flawless- I wish I had that skill....
Secondly, I'm just impressed to see how you go out of your way to pray for others, God bless you and yours!
Lastly, I'll be scrolling through to read more posts!

bj said...

the little outfits for the kids are so adorable and you are so talented to be able to sew all that in only one day
glad to hear your dentist came thru surgery well...
so sorry john is going thru this...i am praying for a full recovery...and sorry you lost your friend but she's not hurting or sick any longer....
life gets so hard sometimes.....

a writing place said...

Love those little outfits. And love that you have this sewing ability, to help give you a little respite.

Gentle hugs,

Donna said...

The grands and their little friend look fabulous in their St Paddy's Day finery. I am impressed with your sewing skills! Hugs and prayers all around for you and John and your sweet dentist. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Diana, your Grands are adorable! You made the cutest outfits! They are beautiful children that could model!
I'm so sorry about Laura. She fought a good fight and is now cancer free. I know she will be missed by so many. I know the hole in the heart the loss of a loved on leaves.
So glad Dr. Wagner came though his surgery well too!
I'm sorry this has been such a difficult few weeks for John and you. Praying for John's strength, comfort and recovery! Praying for you too, dear friend! Take care of our precious Nana Diana too!

Simply LKJ said...

How lucky are your sweet grandkids to have a grandmother who sews so beautifully. I know, because mine did too and I sure to miss her and her talent!! Will be praying for Laura's family. Glad she is no longer suffering. Will continue to keep Dr. W in prayer as well. And as always, praying for you and John.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

You are an incredible seamstress Diana! Just love the precious outfits you crafted for your gorgeous grandkids, such cute pictures their mother sent you too! Love them all! Poor John.. and poor you too, having to see him suffer so. I'm so sorry to hear about Laura's passing, but do pray she is at peace now with the Lord. And I will certainly be in prayer for your dentist friend too.. so much suffering in the world isn't there, but so thankful for our hope in the Lord that does help and ease the difficulties we face. Praying that this rickety bridge and pot-holed road smoothes out for you very soon, and that peace and healing come quickly. Much love to you today dear Diana!

Art and Sand said...

You have had so many "not happy" moments lately, but your upbeat attitude remains. I love your spirit and I know that it keeps John going.

NanaNor's said...

My dear Irish friend, Yes the little people stay at our house year round-which is why I so often lose things😘. Girl you are so talented in your seamstress skills-kid love to have just a little bit of that.mlove all the green items you made-the vest and dress was darling. So from one Irish lass to another-may your days be blessed. Praying John gets stronger each day; have the checked his potassium levels(my sister had many occurances and they blamed it on that). So sorry about the loss of your friend. Love dear crazy lady.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love those cute outfits you made for St. Patrick's Day Diana as you did a great job. I am so sorry for your loss of your friend. I continue to pray for your husbands recovery and for you too. It must be such a tough time right now for you all.
Hugs, Julie

Launna said...

Diana you are so talented... I used to sew but nothing like what you have done here... mine was very basic xox

I am sorry to hear John fell and hurt himself, as if he doesn't have enough going on... I hope that heals soon and that he will finally start feeling better xox

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

So sorry to hear John still isn't feeling well. Hopefully soon, this will all be a very distant memory and he'll be back to normal. I'm saddened by the loss of your friend too. Many hugs going out to you today. Boy, you sure can sew up a storm! I'm so impressed with your skills! Love how sweet those grands look in their St. Patrick's day finest. :)

Red Rose Alley said...

These are the cutest outfits, Diana. Sweet Cheeks looks adorable. Oh, ear aches are awful, poor little guy. And I'm so sorry to hear that your friend passed away. Thanks, again, for the St. Paddy's Day e-card. I still have it and look at it often. :)

love, ~Sheri

sweetbriardreams said...

Diana, John is always in my prayers and I do hope their will be some welcome improvements soon (did he clear up the blood? - I'm joking!). I am so sorry to read about your friend. Cancer makes me so angry. Your wonderful outfits are brilliant and perfect for St Pat's day! xx

Lorrie said...

Diana, thank you for these updates. I'm not surprised that John is feeling worse after the radiation. My daughter's father-in-law has cancer and had radiation just before Christmas (esophagus) and really suffered for a couple of weeks afterwards. But now he has been able to eat again, has gained back all of his weight, and has energy. I'm praying that John's experience will be very similar. Hang in there.

Stacey said...

Hang in there Diana. Our thoughts are always with you.

Janet said...

Hi Diana, I'm sorry that it has been so hard on John and pray for him to feel better soon. I am also sorry that it has been so hard on you. I understand that.
Your little ones look so cute. :)
Isn't it amazing...this blog thing? Everyone I have met here is so sweet and I know they really do care. It is great, its like having another family. :)
Take care, Janet W HUGS

R's Rue said...


Lucille said...

Hi Diana! Sorry to read that Laura passed away but as you say she was in so much pain. I had said a novena for her but of course, leaving it all in the hands of our Lord. I believe any prayer we say helps even if the Lord does not always heal through them. I believe they somehow, in some way, benefit the person we pray for. This life is not all there is. I do believe Laura is at peace with the Lord. I have said a prayer for her husband and her family. I also prayed for your dentist. I hope all will go well for him. I pray for John every day and you also, Diana, because you have a heavy burden to carry and you need the Lord's strength in you. It's such a good thing that you can maintain this amazing sense of humour you have. This is not something I possess. I have always been a very serious person which is why I so admire your sense of humour. I don't know how you managed to sow all those cute outfits in just one day. The children all look so cute in them! You are certainly very talented with a sewing machine. Wish I had that talent. When I sew, it's very slow going and often have to undo and sew over again. Needless to say, I do not have much experience with a sewing machine. It's horrible what John is going through and I admire his courage but I feel very sad that he can be in so much pain and so weak. We are so blessed, Diana, to have the Lord in our life. Without Him, what would we do in times of such distress. Take it one day at a time and just keep going. This too shall pass, Diana! You are such a courageous woman and I admire you tremendously. You are such a good model to all of us who read your blog. Take care!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Wow! So much going on with you! First, I am so sorry that John's recovery has not been as easy as we'd all hoped. I pray that it will get easier soon! How frightening for both of you that he passed out! I am glad that he didn't injure himself worse than he did! The kids look adorable in the outfits you made them! I am way impressed! Hope the ear ache has gone away! I am really sorry to hear of the passing of your friend. I am sure that she is in Heaven now, free from pain. Prayers for her husband and family. I am glad to hear that your doctor is recovering well from his surgery! Gosh, have I left anything out? LOL! Prayers for John are continuing - don't y'all get discouraged. Sometimes the answers to our prayers take a while to arrive, but they do come! Love to all, Leena

Linda said...

Always a pleasure to read your posts. You and your hubby and family are in my thoughts. Hugs for you and yours, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Wild Oak Designs said...

So much going on! I am sorry about your friend....and especially her husband....
I hope your dentist is ok...and gets well soon.
And your wonderful Hubby, I hope that he feels better...really soon...that he rebounds quickly.
Love the outfits you made....such talent! See, I can't do much with patterns anymore...they frustrate me...(but a quilt, now we're talking)
Hugs for the week and for Easter....may it be bright....

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I'm sorry to hear you lost your friend. That must be especially difficult considering what you are both going through right now. Those outfits that you made are amazing. You are one talented seamstress! -Jenn

Carla from The River said...

I am sending a hug.
A dear fiend of mine lost her husband on Tuesday. It was sudden.
Your sense of humor reminds me, we need to enjoy each day.
Thank you friend!

Kay G. said...

Oh Diana, honey, I am also sending you a big hug. Tell your hubby you have so many friends all OVER who care about you and your family! Praying for your friend's husband in the loss of his beautiful wife. xx

Patty Antle said...

Well, I'm caught up, Diana. I'm so sorry for all you and your hero have been through. I'm so glad the treatments are complete. Your grandchildren sure are adorable. Thank you for sharing your story. It is inspirational for others. You are amazing and have a great sense of humor. {{{HUGS}}}

Anonymous said...

Just a little note to say my husband and I are still holding you up in prayer. May recovery start to come faster in the next days. We are standing with you!

And we are praying for Dr. Bob, too.

Blessings upon you both and your family.


Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

It looks like you are making good use of your time at home. The outfits you made are so cute. So sorry for the Big Boy E and the earache. I had plenty of those as a kid so I have a lot of sympathy. I'm so sorry that John passed out and hit his head. Thank goodness it wasn't worse. You two are in such an upward battle but together you are fighting this with as much courage as anyone can. Praying for continual recovery and gaining strength. Keep your humor- it's a good thing to have! Love and hugs, Liz

Unknown said...

God is so good. May your humor stay active.

Elizabeth said...

I am checking in to see how you and John are doing! Yes, blogging friends are real friends and such a blessing! Love and prayers to you both!

Elizabeth said...

I am checking in to see how you and John are doing! Yes, blogging friends are real friends and such a blessing! Love and prayers to you both!

Down On The Farm said...

My husband is the same about this "blog thing." Just last week I finally MET in REAL LIFE a lady that I consider a very good friend of mine. We have followed each other's blogs for years. We have spoken on the phone a few times, we have exchanged cards. And last week SHE CAME TO MY HOUSE!! I truly believe it is a friendship made in heaven for this time in our lives. I am so blessed by her. And as only God could do . . . .she is actually moving and going to live about 30 minutes from me. Only God!!! I am praying for John and for you. Hang in there. I can only imagine how difficult this is, but I am believing for complete healing in Jesus name. What a testimony you will have. All glory and honor to Jesus!!! Blessings my sweet friend :)!! I hope one day you and I meet in real life . . . if not, then in heaven :)! What a day of rejoicing that will be . . . .

Feral Turtle said...

Where do you find the time??? Those little outfits are not only precious but so thoughtful. No one wants to get pinched Nana!! No one. And yes those leprechauns are real....I know. My prayers are with your dear friends and for John, everyday! Hugs to you!!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Gentle hugs, Diana. I'm so glad you're getting love and support from so many bloggers. You certainly have given that to all of us. I'm sorry about the loss of your friend, and my heart goes out to her husband. ~ Nancy

Okio B Designs said...

I never knew you got pinched for not wearing green. Wow and I have Irish in my DNA too. Good to know for next year. So, sorry to hear about your friend. Still sending good vibes and prayers your way.


Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

It seems so sad and cruel that after everything John's going though the recovery is just as bad! He must be exhausted with everything he's gone through. You are such a pillar of strength for him and you must be exhausted too. Wishing healing comfort for both of you!

BeachGypsy said...

What adorable outfits! Almost as adorable as the sweet children wearing them! Just checking in with yall today to see how everyone is feeling. Hope its a good day your way my friend. You are in my thoughts for sure

Suzanne said...

You and your family have been on my prayer list, Diana. I hope all is improving. The St. Patrick's outfits are so cute! I am glad you have your creativity and gorge little ones to take your mind off your troubles. Please keep us updated on things. xo

Kelly said...

Hello Diana, you amaze me! With so much going on, you create such lovely outfits for your adorable grands! Its that Irish blood in you!!! Hold onto your feisty ways my friend! Know that I am keeping John and you in my heart and prayers! I am truly sorry about your dear friend Laura but I think our Lord needed her elsewhere and she suffers no more! I hope also, that your Dr. friend is recouping nicely! Keep strong in knowing that you are loved by many! I will keep checking in on you both! <3

Ana said...

Oh Diana,
How cute are those grand-babies of yours! So sweet. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. And praying for your hubby.


Cheryl @ TFD said...

I've been away for a few days, but I am still thinking of you and John and continue praying. You are an amazing woman to be able to get all that sewing done, you must have great stamina. I know you have great love for your family, that is evident. They are so very blessed to have you! The outfits are just so adorable as are your grands. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, Laura. Take care and I'm praying that better days are just ahead for John! Hugs, Cheryl

Terra said...

You have a bright spirit which shows through in these very difficult times. I smiled when I saw those cheerful green outfits, good for you for creating them, and I am praying for healing for John.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Sickness and loss; burdens only with the help of God we can understand and bear coming out stronger and wiser; with hope and a secure future. So sad to hear of your losses Diana and pray John will be on the road to recovery. Love and prayers.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

I don't know how I missed this post, Diana, but your sewing projects turned out darling and your 'models' are just too cute for words. I hope your little man with the ear-ache is feeling better now. I am sorry that you have lost your friend and it is so sad for her poor husband. It is good that she is no longer in pain and now in the arms of Jesus watching over those she loves. Caring for your beloved is not easy and sometimes can be frightening, I am sure. I am praying for you to have strength, as you move forward. Please remember to always take care of yourself and don't be afraid to ask for help so you don't get burned out. It's so hard....Sending you and John those prayers for strength. Hugs xo Karen

Candy S said...

On the good note, the children are precious in their Saint Patrick's Day finery. Little Bright Eyes and her bitty baby are totally adorable!

On the sad notes, my heart goes out to you. As John's primary caretaker you are carrying a huge burden. Both physically and mentally. My prayers and thoughts continue to be with you.

My heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your dear friend. I t hurts so much to lose the ones we love but it hurts so much more to watch them suffer.

Anonymous said...

Dear Diana, Sending love and prayers to you both this Easter. Thank you for the updates. I am sorry to read about the deaths of precious friends.
I love your sweet grandchildren and the cute clothes you have sewn.
I do not blog any longer - just wanted to say "thinking of you both."