Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sending or Selling?

Not Strictly for Etsy: 

Most of the time mom and I make cards strictly for our Etsy shop (check out the link to our shop at the top right corner of the blog and follow us here on TRC's blog via Google Friends Connect)!

Well, recently there have been several birthdays and a few engagement, baby, and wedding cards that I've wanted to make. But I have a hard time keeping up with everyday tasks, like getting to the coffee maker in the morning.  Ahh, that's probably the most important part of the day. Making cards, decorating, playing the piano and reading the Bible and articles has been very therapeutic. I'm seeing some progress with this new treatment plan! So, I'm able to read and write a lot better. Hallelujah!

I mentioned making cards earlier and that it's a challenge sometimes. Well, here are two of the cards I made that weren't sold but sent. These cards can be replicated if you'd like. Just go to our Etsy shop and send a custom order request. Leave a comment on this post if you have questions. 

For Grandpa Roop's Birthday: 

For this card I used the Cycle Celebration stamp set. All of our cards are made with fabulous products from Stampin Up! I just love this bicycle! 

For Courtney and Corey's Wedding Shower:

This card was soooo fun to make! I just love this music paper from Stampin Up! and the dahlia embellishments AND the big bow (so girly:). The sentiments are from the One in a Million stamp set. 

Our family has been friends with the Fraziers for as long as I can remember. Kristin and I are the same age and we're pretty tight :) Courtney helped me through a really rough time with my health when we were still in Greenville. So excited to go back to the Gassaway Mansion in January to see them get married! Mom and I couldn't make it to Courtney's scheduled shower but Ken and I went over to meet Corey (Courtney's fiancé) and Saddy (Justin's wife)

Pics from our visit!

Shine bright, 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Meeting Sydney and Health Update

I'm back from my unplanned blogging hiatus. Usually people go to Hawaii and can't blog. Yeah, it's not like that. :) Mom and I started crafting for Christmas and I thought, "why am I not blogging this?". Major props to the big time bloggers that are so consistent with their blog posts. I struggle just to get out of bed in the morning. Although it's tough to get things done, I was so thankful to be able to see my cousin's baby and to start a treatment plan that is based on new lyme research findings.

Meeting Baby Sydney:

Ken and I were blessed to be able to go to Lynchburg this Thanksgiving. Last year there was no way to make it because of my health. Loved seeing family, and especially my grandparents. This thanksgiving we finally got to meet my cousin's baby girl! She is such a happy baby and as you can see, a very cute and cuddly one too. Love my cousin and aunt so much. 

Four generations!

Sydney checking store specials

Aunt Mary and Sydney

New Treatment Plan:

At our last visit to Dr. P we got some new info on Lyme treatment for the 25% of Lyme patients who don't see improvement with regular treatment. I'm in that 25%. Bummer, I know. Friends and family know that I have improved since last year but haven't seen the progress we'd all hoped for by this time. 

Dr. P had just gotten back from a conference when we went to see him. I'm kind of his Guinea pig for this, I guess. I'm ok with that. I'll try anything at this point. Except skydiving. That's just not my thing. Anyway, we knew about biofilm early on in the process. Not only is the Lyme bacteria invasive and destructive, it is also intelligent. Biofilm is the protective covering the bacteria makes for itself over time. A covering that is hard to penetrate in some cases. 

I'm on a protocol that breaks down fat-soluble toxins such as biofilm, etc. There are no antibiotics involved but some fairly intense treatments. Praising the Lord for getting me through one of the toughest parts this weekend. The entire treatment plan is eight weeks long. It's too much to explain but I'm starting week 3 today and we are hopeful. I am still have violent pain attacks at least once a day that leave me exhausted and discouraged. Thank you to those who have been faithful to pray and show love. We are hoping to tear this biofilm to pieces so we can annihilate the bacteria!