Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas debacle 2012!

Last year at Christmas this happened:
This year at Christmas this happened:

Same guy different scenario!  Nick ( my daughter's boyfriend) cut his finger to the bone.   I wonder what he will do next year ???  Much love, Cheri


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mary, Did You Know?

I have always loved this Christmas song and I love this version by Mark Lowery who wrote the song. It can stir up such emotion in me when I listen to it. I always wonder about the feelings of Mary, knowing she was carrying a baby that was so special. Did God give her the revelation of what was coming and what He would go through? Did she have to live with that knowledge His entire life? When she had to watch Him suffer, did she know that it was for you and me? Or was she just a mom who loved her son and was having to watch him die in torment. 

                                Much love, Cheri

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Around our town 2012

I love my town and I could not imagine living anywhere else.  Everyone knows everyone (sometimes not a great thing) but people care.  Dennis and I like to drive around our town during Christmas and see what the Christmas lights look like.  I think our downtown looks beautiful at night.  Here are some of the ones we liked.  Of course, we loved the Farm Bureau building.  Our friend Kaiser put blowing snow in the window and it is my favorite.  He worked long and hard at this project and it was awesome.
We loved this house and I believe it won first place this year.  The lights in the drive way twinkle.
 this was the side fence.  The white snowflakes blink on and off.
Then there was Mike's house which is just out of this world.  I couldn't even get this all in a picture.  There is a little trailer house in the back and Santa opens the door and peeks out.
But this is always my favorite.  Simple and says it all.
Much love, Cheri


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Vintage Weekly

I haven't posted any pictures on the Vintage Weekly blog for a while now, so I thought this was as good a time as any.  These are a couple of pictures I took when we went to Arles, France.  I will say I did not have enough time in this town and would love to go back and visit some day.  It was one of those places that you can never get enough of.  This photo is the town and that is the Rhone River.

Much love, Cheri 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pressure sores 2

A while back I did a post on Dennis's pressure sores.  This post was almost 12 months ago and we are still fighting the pressure sores.  That's why it's so important when you see any bruising to start taking care of business.  They told us at the rehab center that a ink pin dot on the surface could be 3 inches wide underneath the surface.  Once again this is not for the faint of heart.  I haven't posted anything on caregiving on a while and figured I needed to post something so I thought I would show the progress of the pressure sores.  It is a very, very slow progress but progress nonetheless.  Here is what it  looked like 12 months ago.

 This is what it looked like about 6 months ago.
This is what it looks like right now.
Slowly but surely. ..and I do mean slowly.  This came on so fast because Dennis had lost a lot of weight when he had his stomach issues.  We look him over very good now and have learned a lot in this process but the main thing we have learned is "pressure sores suck"!

Much love, Cheri


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Home for the Holidays

We have some guests for the holidays! One is in our new house and the other two are in the hotel.  Dennis loves watching them out our patio windows. 

They have a variety of nuts to snack on thanks to my mother but, there are two things that are making them feel unwelcome. 

                                             Who us???????????????????????
                Much love, Cheri


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Things I love at Christmastime

Dennis's Grandma lives across the street from us and one of the things I love about Christmas is looking over there and seeing this view.  It warms my heart at Christmastime.  This was last year.

This year some very awesome kids from our school got together and put up lights for people who couldn't.  My niece Karley is in that group.
  Now when I look across the street at Grandma's it looks like this and it still warms my heart for different reasons.

 One, that Grandma is still here celebrating with us and two, people cared enough to spend an hour to put up her lights.  Much love, Cheri


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Friends on Facebook

A lot of people are really not supportive of Facebook and I will admit I am a Facebook addict.  But my blogger friend Dana Ritter decided she would start a group on Facebook for caregivers and their spouses.  Within 5 hours there were 60 members and right now there are 101 members.  We introduced ourselves, told our story and you don't even have to do that.  But what it does do is remind us that we are not alone in this spinal cord journey.  It gives us a sense of community and lets us talk about and help others with similar problems.  These people that have joined are inspiring and have also overcome and are still overcoming great obstacles in their lives and are trying to have a normal and joyful life in the process.  I am so thankful Dana started this group, I know I have made lifelong friends and I know that if I need support or someone to just listen I can get on Facebook and someone is there with similar problems that I have.  I would never trade my friends here but sometimes a friend  knows that sometimes you need a friend that understand the feelings you have, like if you don't want to get up and help your spouse when you are in bed or someone to understand that you want to cry sometimes for no reason . They understand because they have those same feelings  .  I will ever be grateful to Dana for starting this group and her blog is if you want to check her out.  Much love, Cheri