This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Slice of Life: January Life

Here are just a few extra things that have happened here at our home in the month of January. I came home from work for my lunch hour and was pleasantly surprised to see my oldest son, Mackenzie, there working on his truck.
He had to change his oil and he doesn't have the tools/supplies at his house, so he dropped by to do it. I LOVE it when I get to see my kids when I didn't expect to!
My fun little local thrift store went out of business. i was so sad when I drove by and saw it all shut down and empty. Boo-hoo! I hope a new one will come into town soon. I have found so many wonderful treasures at this tiny store, click here  here to read a post about some of my amazing goodies I have found there before. Kathy, the lady who owned it was so nice and she had a shop kitty that was always in the store assisting her. Why do things have to change. :0(
i had a fun breakfast and thrift store shopping day with my girlfriend Shannon.
Eric had to take some on-line courses for his logging business. In order to keep his insurance, he is required to have continuing education.
He's not real savvy on the computer, so he's kind of fun to watch! heehee!
Grayson and Rhochelle got up real early one Saturday and headed to the coast with the quads.
I love this picture!
They are so cute together!
They are going to have a fun day!
Hayden decided to go to the Winter Formal. He forgot how to tie a tie, so he took a little lesson from a Youtube video! He was cracking me up!
He sure looks sharp though! He didn't want to take a date this time, so he went alone and he had a great time with his friends.
Silly Blondie! What have you been up to?
Look at that dirty face!
I'm pretty sure she was digging in a very muddy hole out in our garden. She cracks me up! 
There's never a dull moment around The Rose of Sharon Garden!

"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ!" Romans 5:1

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, January 28, 2011

He made his mess, now he must lie in it....

This is a funny story about my son, Grayson. This is Grayson's bedroom and the story is about what's under his pillow there on his bed....

My boys each have dish nights at our house and it was Grayson's turn to do the dishes. He started getting busy cleaning up the kitchen and I saw a 13x9 Pyrex dish soaking in the sink. I reminded him that he needs to hand wash it, not put it in the dishwasher. I feel like they get cleaner and you get all that brown dried on stuff better if you hand wash them rather than put them in the dishwasher. Anyway, he teased back at me saying that's it's been soaking, so he could put it in the dishwasher. I teased him back and told him that if he puts it in the dishwasher, I was going to take it out of there and put it under his pillow.
Well, the next morning, I looked in the dishwasher and  I found the 13x9 stacked nicely against the dinner plates. 
I bet you can imagine what happened next!
You guessed it! I took the dish out of the dishwasher, along with two spoons that were quite dirty that he should have rinsed first, and placed them all under his pillow!
I made sure they were not completely gross and I barely laid the pillow on them so the pillow would not get dirty.
When Grayson got home that night I said, "There a little present under your pillow." He just looked at me and grinned from ear to ear. He said he washed it and then put it in the dishwasher for me to find there just to mess with me! I thought that it looked awfully clean! Haha!

I just love that boy!

"You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I had to go to the hospital again, this time for my dear mother-in-law, Alice.
As you know, she has vascular dementia and her health is declining. She was over here at Christmastime and was able to walk on her own with a cane, but her balance was not good at all. Well, this past weekend she was staying at a resort with her husband, Jim, and their daughter Stacey and her husband Jim. Alice lost her balance and fell and hit her head very hard on the cement fireplace. She hit the side of her head, ear and her temple. They tended to her, but for some reason chose not to take her to get medical care. In retrospect, I really wish they would have.
She hit her head so hard that she had swelling, complained of severe pain, and she became very lethargic. Two days later, when they got back home, Jim took her to the emergency room because she her face became crooked from paralysis, she had continued head pain and was lethargic. The ER doctors wanted her to have a CT scan and see the neurologist the next morning.
I met them for the appointment and I was heartbroken to see her in this condition.
She was lethargic and complained of head/ear pain.
She could not walk, so Jim pushed her throughout the building in her walker/wheelchair.
I was so saddened to see that her pretty face was drooping on one side.  When she first saw me she was not her usual smiley, sunny self. She was very slow with her reactions. I was happy that she did recognize me though.
We saw the neurologist and after he looked at her CT scan he did not feel that she had another stroke, but he thinks she has a severe case of Bell's palsy. Wikipedia says:

"Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis resulting from a dysfunction of the cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) that results in the inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. Bell's palsy is defined as an idiopathic unilateral facial nerve paralysis, usually self-limiting. Most people recover spontaneously and achieve near-normal to normal functions." 
The doctor said that she could show signs of improvement up to ten days, but most recover within three weeks up to six months.
He also told us that by looking at her CT scan he can see that she has had more mini strokes when he compares it to the one she had three years ago, meaning that her vascular dementia is getting worse and the prognosis is that she will continue to decline.
So the good news is that she did not have brain damage from the fall or even a concussion, and also, that the paralysis is not from a major stroke, but temporary Bell's palsy. The bad news is that her vascular dementia is steadily getting worse. We have many things to ponder including getting her the proper care she needs.
Right now Jim has been her sole caregiver and he takes very good care of her. I was watching him as he was helping her get in the car and he was very sweet and gentle with her. As a family we know that Jim cannot do this forever, so we need to start thinking about some alternative solutions. For now we will take it a day at a time.
As I left the hospital, I was very saddened and heavy hearted.
I don't like this. I admit it. I just don't like it. My mother-in-law has been a wonderful asset in my life. She has helped me so much and she has been so fun and so supportive. I miss the way things were.
I love her so much and I am so sorry to see her in pain and discomfort. I know God has a plan for all of us and aging is a part of our life here on earth, but it's so hard when you are going through things like this. I know I need to trust God.
I went over to visit her and she looked so much better!
Her face is still a little lopsided, but much improved. She was more alert and more like her usual happy self. I am so thankful to God for helping her. Her balance is still off and she needs to be in the wheelchair. Things are better for now and we will continue to take things one day at a time, but we know that soon we will be faced with some large issues. Until then, we will enjoy every moment we have!

"He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; He offers yeah strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will fall give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:29-31

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, January 24, 2011

Megan's birthday dinner!

It's Megan's birthday! She my son Cameron's girlfriend and she's a doll.
We are having a big family dinner in her honor. I set the table with Eric's grandmother's beautiful Rose Chintz china!
She gets to eat on the special plate!
I made a big turkey dinner with all the works for her!
It was a great dinner!
Cameron and Megan.
Mackenzie being a nut!
Mackenzie and Brittany.
Hayden and me.
Grayson and Rachelle.
We had such a nice meal and a great visit.
Time for cake! Megan loved the upside down pineapple cake I made her even though it flopped instead of flipped! This was my first attempt at this cake and it wasn't half bad! Click here here for the recipe.
Happy birthday to you Megan!
Make a wish!
Then she opened her gifts!
She got nice things from everyone!
She later told Cameron that she was very touched that our family did that much for her for her birthday.
I was so happy to do it, we all were. She's a sweet girl!
Happy birthday Megan!!! Wishing you the best year ever!

"The Lord has done great things for us! We are glad!" Psalm 126:3

Hugs, Sharon
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