Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Maggie Kate's First Birthday

It's so hard to believe my grandbaby is one year old!  Actually she's 13 months now ... where has the time flown???  Maggie Kate has grown up to be a big girl :)  She began walking at 10-1/2 months and has constantly been on the go!!
 
The birthday girl with my husband and me.  Can you tell we adore her :)  She's pretty fond of Nonna and Poppy too!
 
I have lots of pics I would love to share on my blog but I have mixed feelings.  Should I post pics of Maggie Kate?  I read a few blogs that post their children all the time, however I just don't want her "out there" in this big internet world.  I haven't asked her mommy about it so today I'll just post this one pic.  Share your opinion with me on this issue!

A professional photographer was hired by a precious friend to take pictures of the party.  It was the best gift ever!!!  I didn't have to worry about taking pics myself and it was wonderful. 

The party was all "pink" and was decorated in a shabby chic theme.  Jennifer did a wonderful job with all the planning and had really cute ideas.  I made her pink tutu and embroidered her onesie with a "1".  Maggie Kate had a birthday fit for a princess!

On another note.  I met two bloggers in person last Friday and it was such a treat for me!  I'll share in my next post who these wonderful ladies are :)

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Hugs,
Donna
 

Friday, October 3, 2014

It's 2 a.m. and here I am writing a blog after two months!  Life has been so busy and it's all I can do some days just to check my email.  I just finished sewing an outfit for Maggie Kate about 12 tonight.  I love sewing and love having MK to make things for ... reminds me of my own girls when they were little :)

Maggie Kate is growing so quickly and can you believe she is one year old!!!  She had a 1st birthday party fit for a princess.  She has grown so much and is learning something new every day.  She began walking before she was 11 months old and keeps her Nonna busy when I keep her :)  She drags things out quicker than I can pick them up.  She is learning to pick her toys up and is now "helping" fold her clothes! :)

My summer consisted of canning vegetables from our garden and freezing apples from our apple tree.  I put up (as we say in the South) at least 12 quarts of veggie soup to enjoy this winter.  I also made several jars of salsa.  We've also enjoy meals with veggies right from the garden ... yum.

This weekend we are expecting cooler air and I am SO ready!! I love October, November and December!  My favorite time of the year!  I have been putting out some Fall décor in the house.  In the morning I am going to buy pumpkins to decorate the front porch.  I noticed today in the front yard that some leaves are changing on trees to gorgeous colors.

I have had a few health issues and finally got the boot off my foot from a stress fracture.  Much better than a cast but an annoyance I didn't need!

I have missed reading blogs as well and hopefully this weekend I can read a few!

It's late so I won't even look for a pic to post ... gotta get some sleep!  We are expecting storms and much needed rain here in the next few hours.  So for now ...

God Bless and Hugs,
Donna

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Five Years in Heaven

I don't intend to make anyone sad or cry with this post but just a reminder to cherish each moment with your loved ones.
 
I can't believe it has been five years since I held Amber's hand and kissed her sweet cheeks.  I don't know how I walked out of the hospital on that Friday night five years ago.  She was to be moved out of ICU after one night to a regular room that Friday afternoon.  We were at the hospital a little over 24 hours. She and I had just laughed and played a game a few hours before.  Never in a million years would I have thought we would be burying Amber a few days later.  She was ready to go Home and had just told me a few months before.  Amber did go Home.  Home to Heaven.  She knew the rare form of muscular dystrophy that had destroyed her body but never her mind had become too much for her to handle.  I cried when she told me this.  Her body was just tired.   She always had a smile on her face for others but I knew at times she was sad about how life "could have been".  She never asked "why me?" 
 
That Friday night I never could have left the hospital without God walking along beside me and my family.  It's all kind of a blur because I couldn't believe that I had just lost a child of my own.  I am thankful that I held her in my arms surrounded by Jennifer and my husband as she left this earth.  It's still unreal to me at times that Amber is no longer here.  Her room is just the same as it was before we rushed her to the hospital ... except for the curio that we gave to Maggie Kate for her nursery.  It's what Amber would have wanted.  The book she was reading is still bookmarked and untouched as she left it. Jennifer and I made her bed after the funeral (after we smelled her sweet scent) crying our eyes out.  The bed has not been slept in since.  I walk by her bedroom a hundred times a day wishing she was there just to give me a hug. She always asked for hugs :)  I'm often asked (as any mother is) how many children I have.  I say two ... a daughter in Heaven and a daughter here on earth.  People often look shocked after they ask but I say it's ok ...I love to talk about both my daughters. 
 
I once thought I could never survive the passing of a child but I get up each morning and put one foot in front of the other and go about my day.  A piece of my heart went to Heaven that Friday night five years ago but I do know God is with me and Amber is in Heaven walking again.  I often wonder how tall she is now that she no longer needs a wheelchair?   I do know she is waiting one day to be reunited with us all and oh what a day that will be!!
 
God Bless!
Hugs,
Donna

Friday, July 11, 2014

Toes in the Sand ...

Bet you know who these little feet and toes belong to :)
 
and yes they have been in the sand.  We have been to the beach! It was a couple of weeks ago when we were there.  The weather was gorgeous.
 
I hope you are ready for picture cuteness!!!
 
Maggie Kate is always this happy!!  People talk about what a happy baby she is.
She loved the ocean wind blowing her hair :)  (Her hair is so blonde it doesn't show up well.  It has really grown since this pic.)  This swim suit was one of several she wore.  Look at all the ruffles :)
 
She's making "faces" at her Poppy (my husband).  She adores him and of course he adores her.  Maggie Kate has Poppy wrapped tight around her little finger.  In other words whatever she wants she gets :).  That's what grandparents are for isn't it? lol
 
Walking on the white sugary sand to the clear blue ocean with her mommy and daddy.  I adored the little pink beach cover up with the printed swim panties.  And of course her hat to keep her protected from the sun.  Her mommy thought of everything.  How times have changed since we took our girls to the beach when they were little.  All the cute things they have for babies these days.  Makes me feel really old!
 
She had a fun time playing in the sand and the swimming pool. I took several hundred pics on this trip.  After all it was her first beach trip!
 
We had a wonderful time with Maggie Kate.
 
I hope to get back to regular blogging.  This was the fifth attempt to write this post.  There's not enough time in my days anymore!  I have been sewing and making outfits for Maggie Kate.  I've also been trying to keep my flowers in my garden alive with the hot dry days we've had here.
 
Thank you for visiting!
God Bless
 
Hugs,
Donna

Friday, May 30, 2014

Labor of Love

Maggie Kate's Easter dress was a labor of love!  I enjoyed making it so much for my precious little grandbaby ;)
I took classes for heirloom sewing last summer before Maggie Kate was born.  I already knew how to smock ... I learned when my girls were little.  I added lace insertion in the yoke and on the sleeves.  The sleeves have lace insertion with a pink ribbon that matched the dress woven through it.  Heirloom sewing is not difficult it's just very time consuming with all the little stitches.  The lace insertion, laces and fine cotton material for heirloom sewing can be rather pricey.  I will just make Maggie Kate heirloom dresses on special occasions.
 
For the Easter dress I combined heirloom sewing and smocking. The smocking was quick and easy to do.  I used white embroidery thread for the smocking.  It was a design included with the pattern.  I made a slip and ruffled bloomers to wear with it :)
 
The Easter bunny brought Maggie Kate all kinds of things.  One was this little pink chair.  She brought her pink chair from Mr. Bunny to our house.  We decided it would look cute with her in it swinging her foot :)  She had to have those bare feet swinging :)  She has the sweetest personality!
 My azaleas were in full bloom in the backyard so we sat her in front of them and I took over a hundred pics!  I loved the mischievous look on her face :)  Her mommy took just as many pics.  She loves having her pic made!
 
And of course I had to embroider a "My 1st Easter" bib.  She was about to go to sleep in her Poppy's arms in this pic. She loves her Poppy and oh how my husband loves her!
 
I have plenty of rompers and dresses in progress for summer time for this sweetie.  I had forgotten how much fun sewing for a little girl can be.  I wouldn't have it any other way :)
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Spring has Sprung!

 I don't know where the time goes some days but I've definitely neglected my blog.   I have taken pics and intend to blog but things just happen.  Appointments, housework, trying to organize my sewing room, sewing and attempting to put together a few flowering baskets for my backyard has kept me busy.  Between back pain and thyroid issues I've been a mental mess too!  The most important thing I do is keep my precious little grandbaby :) a couple of days a week.  She brings me so much joy!  In fact I finished a couple of little outfits for her.  I haven't posted her Easter dress either.  I have been busy ... I promise :)
 
 Now to a few things blooming in my backyard ...
My purple clematis I planted in memory of Amber a couple of years ago.  Purple was her favorite color :)
 
I purchased these butterfly impatiens (notice the little pink center is a butterfly) and potted them for the back yard that is shady most of the day.  I had never seen this type impatien before.
 
All types of blooming flowers I bought to fill baskets.  We have a privacy wall on one side of our yard where I place hanging baskets for color.  I have matching baskets that I fill each year.
 
My snowball bush has huge white blooms this year.

It is so full it is drooping but gorgeous!  I wonder if they can be dried like hydrangeas?  I'll have to research that.
 
And more assorted plants for color in the yard.  I think the plant on the left is called Jacob's Ladder. I love this time of year but I hope all the pollen is gone!  It has been miserable this year.  Maybe it was the colder than normal winter for us.
 
To me there is something therapeutic about digging in the dirt and watching flowers grow and blossom.  I hope to plant my sunflowers and zinnias this evening if I don't get distracted! 
 
Thanks for visiting!
 
Hugs,
Donna

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Little Easter Decor

Life has been so busy lately that I just haven't taken the time to post.  I finally grabbed my camera today and took a few pics of some Easter décor in the kitchen and dining room.
 
In the kitchen I brought out the brightly colored eggs and bunnies :)  I bought the glass canister at Cracker Barrel last year after Easter for a few dollars.  I like to shop at CB after holidays although I don't eat there much I do like to shop.  The white bunnies are from PB last year.  I had the faux cupcake from Pier One.  These are just things I had or bought on sale.  I really don't need any more Easter decorations ... I have decided! 

On the dining room table I used bright colors too.  I made the carrot table runner a few years ago.  I brought out Mr. Bunny, the little chick and eggs.  I did purchase the carrot basket this year.  I saw it and loved it. It's the little things that make me happy :)  I know Maggie Kate will love the brightly colored decorations this year.

 Colored eggs and carrots in the carrot basket.

Sweet little chick on the carrot runner.
 
My Butler's Pantry plates along with a Bordallo plate at each setting.  We won't eat Easter lunch at this table ... it's just for looks.  We will eat lunch at the kitchen table which I have yet to set.
 
We will have a delicious Easter meal and Maggie Kate will be here to celebrate with us ;)  I made her Easter dress this year and I will be sure to take pictures. 
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Friday, March 14, 2014

1/2 Year Old!

Maggie Kate was 1/2 year old on Saturday the 8th.  My how time has flown since this little bundle of preciousness came into our lives :)
I kiss those little feet all the time!
 
I embroidered the 1/2 birthday bib and we had to buy her a Princess balloon to celebrate!  You are only sixth months once in your life!
 
 Her mommy had to come our way for a friends baby shower so we celebrated with her.  Her Poppy (my husband) had her giggling up a storm.  Maggie Kate is such a happy baby!  You can't tell from the pics but she has the bluest eyes like her Aunt Amber :)
 
 My two loves!  I love these two girls so much.  Maggie Kate looks just like her mommy when she was this age.  It just seems like yesterday her mommy was this age.  How time flies by! 
 
Thank you to those who have checked in on me.  I am now on meds for my thyroid and hopefully feeling better soon! 
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Update and Answers

First I'll update .... we had more snow! 
This was taken in the back of our house of the bridge that leads to the back pasture.  Snow is so pretty but I'm so glad I live in the South where we don't have that much!  Actually since this snowfall we had more snow.  I hope this is it for the year.  Bring on Spring!!
 
I have been doing a little embroidery.  I made this for Jen for Valentine's day.  It's a sweatshirt with her initials.  It's actually a very large design.  I should have taken a pic of the entire sweatshirt.
I embroider things for MK all the time but forget to take pics :(   
 
On Valentine's Day my husband and I took MK to see her mommy at work.  One of Jen's coworkers took this pic with her phone.  It made her mommy's day to see MK!  At five months old this baby loves to stand and loves attention.  Can you tell? LOL
 
And for the "answers" in the blog post title.
I have felt just so tired the last few months.  Along with just feeling overwhelmed, irritable, sweating profusely (in the cold winter months for me is just not normal), trembling in my hands, heart racing, night sweats, etc.  I thought it was just from being on the "run" taking care of my sweet grandbaby.  After all I haven't taken care of a little one in years! 
 
However I began to suspect something when my neck began to swell and was so painful.  Now after seeing an ENT and having a CT scan and ultrasound I have thyroid issues.  I have thyroid nodules and I have hyperthyroidism.  My thyroid is working too well!  I'm finally getting answers.  I have more tests next week and I will be seeing an endocrinologist.  Hopefully soon I can begin meds to help with my issues.  On a side note I have regular checkups every sixth months with blood work and all has been fine in the past.
 
Normally I don't blog about my health issues but I wanted to share a little of what's been going on and why I haven't blogged as much.  Hopefully once I get my health issues resolved I will be back to my old self!  I haven't responded to comments but I read them all and thank you :)
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Adventures of Living in the South

Thank you for all the comments on my last post about the snow.  I did have to stay at Jennifer's house for two nights because there was no way I could make it home.  It was a huge mess for days.  Once I left Jennifer's I got on a super busy main highway and it was crazy.  There were so many cars just left parked like a parking lot.  Some facing the opposite direction of where they should be going.   I have never seen so many cars left parked ON the highways.  Once I made it to the Interstate it also looked like a parking lot where people left their cars parked.  People slept in their cars in the freezing cold.  I heard on the news that over 1100 students  spent the night at school.  I am sure the teachers were exhausted!!  It was just a crazy event for the South!  Snow is so rare for us and we are not equipped with salt trucks or snow plows.  It took me about and hour and forty-five minutes to get home.  My normal drive is about fifty minutes.
 
My sweet husband was so glad to see me :)  Actually he would have driven in his big four wheel drive truck to pick me up if I had asked him.  It was better for us to stay safe.  He really missed me!  He loves to talk and he had no one to talk to except our furbabies :)  He talked my ears off when I did get home!  Gotta love him :)
 
Today we had a few snow flurries and people began to get concerned!  I know this has to be amazing to people who live in the colder states but only in the South :) 
 
Tuesday was my birthday ... I am now fifty-five!  I guess that makes me a senior citizen!  I wonder if I get discounts now at the senior rate? LOL 
 
We went to Jennifer's (she had the day off) and went to lunch and birthday cake ...yum 
Maggie Kate so wanted to dig into the cake!  I finally let her put a finger in it  She's going to love her first birthday with a "smash" cake!!  This little girl is so much fun!  My birthday cake last year said I was going to be a Nonna :)  Now look at the precious little girl we have in our lives.  How our lives can change in just a year.  We all feel that if we had Amber here our lives would be complete.
 
I have a quilting project I began last year for Easter and I hope to share it soon.  It has only taken me a year to complete it!
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna