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A Tree for Ziva

Monday, November 07, 2011

Our darling granddaughter is nearly two years old now. She started out in life with a fused skull that had to be cut to ribbons, spacers inserted and much remodeling work done when she was just 5 months old. Her eyes, nose and forehead were adjusted then as well, but she will need more surgery at some point to better align her mouth. Still, she is the happiest, most energetic and loving little girl. Her brothers are ages 7 and 8 and just adore her. They are amazing athletes - the oldest a past state champion in Tae Kwon Do. There is lots of jumping, kicking, running in that household. Ziva dances and sings, talks constantly and gives the most wonderful hugs and sloppy kisses. We decided to make a large Christmas tree to donate to the hospital's big Festival of Trees this year. When I took this on I had no idea just how big a project it would be. I'm making ornaments and other decorations every day now to meet the end of November deadline. Ziva's mom and dad are helping and I know it will be very beautiful. Ziva fell in love with dominoes when she was very small and so I decided that would be our theme - "Domino Dance". It will hopefully reflect the joy, the lightness and the enthusiasm with which this little one greets every day. We are so blessed to have her in our lives and we are eager to see just where the Lord leads her. We know her life was spared for a reason and for that we will be ever thankful. It seems so right to be doing this project at this season of Thanksgiving. Life is so good! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/7/2011 5:24PM

    What a wonderful act of love.

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Not sleeping so might as well...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Once or twice each week I'm unable to sleep. Sometimes I lay there thinking, praying, resting. Sometimes I just have to get up and and do something. This is one of those nights. It started with a memory of something I'd forgotten to do and I didn't want to stew about it in bed so I got up and wrote myself a reminder. Then I decided to just do what it was I needed to do. Then I got caught up in emails. Then I wandered to SP because of one of those emails. I received a goodie and was soon off and running. Now, I know that the real thing is better that this kind of off and running. But, I feel so much better now that I've actually accomplished some things with this unexpected time on my hands. But, alas, I can now hardly keep my eyes open so it's off to bed for me. The alarm will sound in about three hours. That's better than no sleep at all! Hope all of you are having a beautiful enthusiastic blessed night/day! emoticon


Brisk and Beautiful

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What a beautiful fall day! There's a touch of a breeze, a bit of coolness. It is the perfect day for an enthusiastic walk. I combined a couple of quick errands to a nearly two hour walk around town. The sidewalks were filled with people out and about on business, for pleasure and exercise or, like me, a combination of things. Soon the snow will fly and I'll chicken out on my outdoor walks. My balance is not what it might be and the ice and snow tend to keep me indoors. But, for now, for this week, I'm determined to drink in every bit of this time of year. I hope all of you are having a beautiful day, too! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 10/27/2011 10:48PM

    Good for you! emoticon

We had a horrid cold windy rainy day- luckily I was stuck at home with my grandkids.


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MJ7DM33 10/27/2011 8:49PM

  I really enjoy this time of year also! emoticon

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Down to Earth and Back on Track

Monday, October 24, 2011

I had the most amazing 5 weeks with our son's family, including now 3 year old Emily and now 5 month old Lucy. I got to care for Lucy for those first four weeks our daughter-in-law was back at work. When I returned home my arms felt quite empty. Still having 22 month old Ziva nearby helps a lot. Her big brothers, now 7 and 8 are not available to me quite as much. Since returning home we soon had overnight house guests twice and then we took a week long road trip across a couple of states to meet up with our son's family in San Francisco. It was a very fun trip and I got in a lot of exercise incidental to exploring downtown San Francisco. Though I grew up across the bay from there, my treks to the city were mostly to the Fisherman's Warf area and directly to the theater district. We stayed just a few steps from the theater district and explored Chinatown up the street. We hadn't been there since college. It was all so much fun. We also spent a few days near my mom-in-law in the San Jose area and I spent one night with my mom about 40 miles north of there. It was such a packed week. It's still hard for me to believe we did it all. Just a couple of years ago I couldn't have imagined having enough stamina or balance or strength. The ms is still an issue, but I've been blessed to do again many things that have been out of the picture for a long time. I managed to not gain weight during any of these adventures or having company here. But, I also didn't lose any. So, it's back to the work of paying better attention to tracking and keeping after the diet and exercise. I have another trip to CA planned for Christmas and it is my goal to lose at least 10 pounds between now and then. I know I can do it! ...... emoticon

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NURSNANA 10/25/2011 8:05PM

    Welcome Back, I have missed your blogs! Sounds like you have been doing GREAT my friend! I am so thankful you were able to enjoy doing Everything! ~hugs~ Nancy

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MEADSBAY 10/24/2011 9:07PM

    Wow- you have been a busy Grandmababa!
I'm so glad you are feeling so well.
Your trip sounds amazing.
Time to focus on YOU for a while.

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24 days gone 8 glorious ones to go!

Friday, September 02, 2011

For more than three weeks I've been so blessed to be with our son's family in beautiful Seattle. I'm here to take care of our new granddaughter, Lucy. But, I also get to spen some really special times with their almost three year old, Emily. She goes to daycare in an amazing facility in the building where our dil works. We've done some hiking, but mostly I've been babysitting most every day, including weekends. I ache everywhere, but it has been so worth it. I can recall how much exercise it took when I had two small children of my own. Of course I was much stronger then. The MS hadn't gotten as out of control yet and I definitely had youth on my side. I so appreciate being able to help our son. It is such a joy to watch this little family function. I will miss them so much when I return home. But, for now I intend to enjoy every moment or cuddles, kisses and exercising muscles I've not focused on in awhile. After next Saturday I will get back to my life and spending whatever time I can with our daughter's family that lives only about 40 minutes from us rather than two days away as this is. Every day brings new blessings, new opportunities to make more special memories. One day if I am again limited to wheels or have other issues that keep me down, I will have this time to bring smiles at every remembrance. Have a great weekend everyone!

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MEADSBAY 9/6/2011 7:23PM

    Glad you are feeling up to being a terrific Grandmababa and enjoying every minute of it!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/5/2011 4:37AM

    That is so special! Sometimes it seems like time does fly!

so happy that you have those precious moments to share, and I thank you for letting us share your joy! emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 9/3/2011 9:25AM

    Ahhh... the glory of being able to spend time with family, and especially grandchildren, is so special! And to be able to help with a newborn is such a beautiful experience. My DH is now helping our daughter with her 3-month old and he comes home everyday just beaming about the experience.

Enjoy, and savor, your final week-plus with your son and his fine family.

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