cheaper than therapy

Friday, November 28, 2008



Can you tell that Peter really enjoyed his turkey dinner last night? Mom and Dad did not want to drive ( I don't blame them) and we did not want to subject Peter to lots of holiday commotion, so we decided to do turkey day by ourselves this year. It has been such a whirlwind, and Peter cannot really handle lots of excitement these days. It really was nice to have just the 4 of us, enjoying time together and talking. Peter actually got pretty silly...and I don't want to see him spike into mania!
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Wishes

WOW, it is hard to believe that it is already Thanksgiving 2008! It seems like we were just celebrating 4th of July. This has been a whirlwind of a year so far. Gary and I have been talking about all the things that we are thankful for. First of all, we are thankful that we are all in good health. With all of the stress around here, healthy people are a must! We are thankful for all the members of our family that we keep connected to. Even with Dave out in California, he is part of our everyday conversations and stuff. We are thankful that we have wonderful friends who support us while undergoing our daily struggles and successes...we are thankful that we can be supportive of our friends and family as they undergo struggles and successes too. In these crazy times of economic woe, we are thankful that we both have steady jobs, without having to worry about getting laid off or cut back.
Although it is a daily struggle, I am thankful for our struggle with bi-polar disorder. Peter used to ask about why G-d cursed him with this. Our answer was pretty much, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". In the beginning, that was just regurgitation of words, hoping to keep us positive. After the past 3 years, it has become more than that. I truly believe that our family has been made stronger as we fight to live with the challenges we face due to this nonsense. We have done lots of soul searching and goal setting...and Peter is once again happy and stable. He is doing things much differently than any of us expected, but he is a survivor. His insights into life's struggles, and into people is kind of spooky at times. His work with my students has given him an appreciation of the fact that he is not alone with being "different" than others. He knows that he has been given the gift of patience, tolerance, and even compassion. You cannot imagine how good it is for him to be working with my little ones! It has given him a new sense of purpose. He has a job now and he takes it very seriously.
As you celebrate this holiday season, surrounded by loved ones, and thinking of those in our lives that we are not able to see on a regular basis...take time to tell people how thankful you are for having them in your life.
I am so very thankful to my family, my friends, and especially for all of my cyber-pals, who share my passion for crafting...which is truly just as good a therapy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stampin Up Holiday Extravaganza

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cropping for Hope

Here is the group photo taken of the women who joined me this past weekend raising money for research into Multiple Sclerosis. I am a proud sponsor and supporter for all of my friends and family who are affected by this disorder. HUGS to all!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Relaxing on the Front Porch

After a long afternoon of wonderful classes, Jules, Kelcey and I had a relaxing chat on the rockers in front of the hotel. We were treated to a fantastic sunset over the lake. It can't get much better than this!


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My weekend retreat started with a wonderful lunch with 6 of my bestest scrappy friends at a little yellow restaurant, sitting outside by the lake, with happy hour and salads! Kelcey and I had a fantastic drive down to Sebring, in Lola with the top down all the way. It was days like this when I love living in Florida! We stopped at Scraps, Paper, Scissors for a little shopping and then headed off to meet the girls at the Kenilworth. Once there, we picked up some pals and headed off for a relaxing lunch. Most of the gals enjoyed frozen margaritas, but I had their special Frozen Strawberry Mudslide. Thomas, our favorite waiter, told me that it was like a frozen chocolate covered strawberry--only better! He is right! This was the best start to a weekend with the girls that I can remember in a long time. More to come...stay tuned!
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