Hello friends! Wow! I feel like I've been on a roller coaster ride and it finally slowed down enough for me to get off! To catch you up on what's been going on in my life I'll just briefly recap the past 8 days. Last Thurs. morning, I was sick with a flu bug and about to call my Dr. to make an appointment when my husband called terribly out of breath, and said he couldn't breath and was being taken to the hospital near where he works, which is about an hour and a half from here. Since he also had been sick, we though most likely it was pneumonia. I called my daughter and she immediately started the 2 hour trip from TN, and we went down to the hospital. After hours of testing, he was admitted to ICU with multiple large pulmonary embolisms in both lungs. He was critical at that time, but he was started on blood thinning meds and the next day, an ultrasound found a large blood clot in his leg, and it was determined that is where these other ones came from. Of course we were very concerned! I was sick with the flu at that time and had developed multiple secondary infections and was in desperate need of antibiotics too, but I was able to get a script called in and started on them right away. There's so much that went on over the course of the next 4 days in ICU, but long story short.... he is doing well now, and although he was sent home with his INR PT levels far from where they had said they should be before sending him home, our visit with the Dr yesterday did find his levels are now just where they should be. He will be monitored biweekly for a while, and then monthly when everything settles out, but he will be on these blood thinners for life. He has some more CT scans to make sure this event was not caused by a tumor in the abdomen, but more than likely we will never know what really caused this to happen when it did. While he does travel with his job, he had not done so recently, so it is rather strange. However, he had been scheduled to leave this Sat. for an extensive trip to Germany and France, and we are soooo thankful this did not happen while in flight or over seas! We have seen and felt God's protective hand in so many ways throughout this time, and I give Him all thanks and glory for pulling my husband through this! Yesterday our own Dr saw him and went through the case, and he told us this was "a very critical event" and could have very easily killed him, but we are thanking the Lord for answered prayers and His loving mercy upon us! So many of YOU were praying and I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart! So... with more visits from family, and our grand kids just leaving this morning, I now find the house quiet and I'm ready to de-stress with some creative time!
First, I do want to mention that Rick, Kelley and Josh are exhibiting at the CHA trade show in Anaheim, California this week! Please note that no orders will ship out during this time but they will resume shipping on Friday, January 18, 2013.
While they are away you can save 20% on all Stamps Sets and Singles! *Please note that this sale does not include Stamp Bundles. This limited time sale starts today, January 10, 2013 and runs through Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Midnight EST.
Click here to shop via the website and be sure to enter code CHA20 at checkout!
Then I thought I'd share a card I made for an Inspiration challenge on SCS before all this happened, and I had never had the chance to share the card here!
I made this card for IC369, the inspiration for which was taken from a site called Wedding Bells. I found these Table number cards and knew exactly what I wanted to do.
The stamps used are Our Daily Bread designs: All Occasion Sentiments and Antique Labels Designs, both designed by Michelle Laycock. I also used the custom die made by Spellbinders for ODBD, Antique Labels & Border Dies.
I used dp from an older Making Memories pack, Black Tie Affair, a scrap of Old Olive and a vanilla base. My label is stamped with ColorBox pigment ink and clear embossed, and the sentiment is stamped with VersaFine and heat embossed. Wrinkled ribbon is May Arts. The flowers are ZVA Creative. Thank you for stopping by and reading my long post today! I have more to share with you shortly, but time is pressed right now.
Have a blessed weekend my friends! Be sure you make each moment count, and be ready, because we don't ever know what moment could be our last! Life can be going along smoothly and we might be lulled in to a sense of false security... we need to be sure that we know that things are settled with our Lord and we are ready to face Him, because one day, we will breath our last breath, and time to "get ready" will be over! If you are not sure of your future after this life is over, please... email me at the address in the side bar so I can help you to know!
Hugs & Blessings,