Friday, July 17, 2009

Thank YOU

to all who prayed, sent well wishes, and groovy vibes on behalf of my friend Val. She went to the surgeon yesterday and he believes it may be only a 1% chance that it is a cancer. He will be doing a biopsy, but he thinks it is not cancer. He's also decided to stop the MRIs every three months. Amen for that. They have been doing them due to the nonhodgkins leukemia that she has, but the surgeon seems to feel that they will always find something questionable and to put her thru this every three months is not a good thing. I agree with that. They will wait until there is a problem and then do the MRI. I can't imagine the stress that she must feel when she's told every three months that she has another lump. Then the waiting to see the surgeon has to just be devastating. She's the strongest person I have ever known, but how much can one woman take? So....I do believe in the power of prayer and again, thank you all for sending those to God. I hope He knows how much I need her in my life.

I haven't got much of anything done since my last post. I have one of those families that puts the "fun in dysfunctional". One phone call, and I've been a wreck for two days. All the reasons don't really matter, but suffice it to say that I have for several years refused to participate in the nonsense. Well, I blew that and unloaded on someone. The someone being my Mother. Yep, years of sucking it all up came pouring out. And her response? "Well, why don't you and Garry and Cindy come out for dinner?" Huh? My husband won't even speak to you. He's the most passive man on the face of the earth and you've even alienated him. Oh well....time to put it all away and live my life the way my Bible tells me too. I struggling with the forgivness part. I feel that I have to find a way to do that, in order to not lose my relationship with God. Man.....He sure knows how to make it hard to be a good Christian. For all my faults, that's my biggest worry. I'm sure at some point, I'll find a way to forgive, but any words of wisdom about how to forgive would be appreciated. So....on to something else more fun.

I got so many responses to my last post. So....yes, I must be insane to do 1/4" quilting. I'm hoping that when it's finished, it will be worth all the time and thread it's taking to do it. The last picture I posted with the blues, tans, and reds are from a pattern Amy posted back in March, I believe. I made the kit up for retreat and couldn't for the life of me remember where I got it from. Then Amy was so tickled with the pattern and it hit me that it was from her. She's too funny! And...if you haven't visited her blog, run there now. She puts me to shame with how much she manages to accomplish. She just finished a Double Wedding Ring, king size I think, and WOW!

Tomorrow is craft day at our church building so I need to be there by 9:30 to unlock the building. Val is having a euchre (it's a card game) party tonight, so I'll be there trying to smoke the rest of them. It's a lot of fun and Val is the hostess extroidenaire! There is nothing that woman can't do and do better than most.

I want to publicly thank my friend, Patti. During my meltdown, she's been there, calling me, stopping by and even brought me chocolate and fat quarters. Now who doesn't need an amazing friend like that? It'll help to me that I get to spend the day with Patti and Val tomorrow....and we'll be sewing at the church building. If that doesn't heal my spirit, I must be a lost cause!

Sew....I'm off....I think I'll go put some blocks together, or do some quarter inch quilting.....

Here's hoping to a great weekend for one and all! Thanks again to all of you .......

9 comments:

Jen said...

Great news about Val! I'm so happy about all the changes that they're making for her.

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

Regina--may we all learn from your life-lessons :0) Thank you for sharing the real-life goings-on and know that just about everyone has them; they just simply don't blog about them all the time. :0)

Thanks for the shout-out, and I went ahead and added your layout to the bottom of the "Shades of Green" tutorial. You flatter me...

Have a SUPER day tomorrow and good luck at kickin' butt at Euchre tonight.

CatQuilter said...

Smoke the rest of them? Surely that means no ciggies, right????

Sure, being a Christian is tough at times, but the rewards are so great!

Wonderful news about your friend. Prayers work!

Hugs, my friend!
Love,
Cathy

Beth said...

Dont beat yourself up over a meltdown..what are friends for anyway??? I have had those childish incidences happen to me too. It has taken me over a year to get a handle on how I was treated by a treasured friend. Prayer helps! I have been urged to "make up' to her. I"m not sure I have THAT good of a handle on it! HA! I will keep praying for her...and me...and YOU! I love reading your blog...

piecesofpatti said...

Hey, what are friends for!!!!! Love you!

Piwacket said...

First of all, thank you for sharing this with your readers. I believe that God draws us together whether for a little while or for eternity, and we never know in advance what kind of relationship that will be. Whenever we include others in our stories, we are giving a gift to an individual that says "You are not alone."

I'm grateful that you have Patti and other friends who can not only lift you in prayer, but hold you in person when you need it.

Are we sisters with different mothers? I thought that I was the one who put "fun" into dysfunctional. So many of us carry those burdens, and yes, forgiveness is a challenge but such a fabulous blessing to God and ourselves when it's finally mastered.

Regina, your sense of humor and your everlasting faith will see you through. I sometimes think that those are the two greatest gifts that the Lord has given me, and it's obvious He's chosen to share them with you as well.

Love and hugs,
Linda

Jen said...

Lose your relationship with God? What are you worrying about that for? Our relationships with God are kind of like going on a diet - sometimes we are so focussed and do everything right and sometimes we have complete and utter break downs and fall completely off the wagon. Then there are the days when we know we should be more dedicated - but the chocolate cake is always better than carrots - kind of like sleeping in is usually more enticing than Sunday morning services. In the back of our mind - the diet issue is usually always there - just like God. Even priests need vacations from God - they call them sabaticals. Ease up on yourself - we are our own worst critics. As Bobby McFerron sang, "Don't worry - be happy" - Jen V

Brenda said...

Hope things in your life are going better, you are in my prayers.

Carin said...

Hugs for you about the blow up with mom! What a sweet friend to send you bring you chocolate and fabric.