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Gonna start 2014 right

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

There is an old Welsh new year tradition called First Footing. It calls for the first person to enter your home in the new year to be a dark-haired man, to whom you immediately offer a drink. It is supposed to ensure good luck for the coming year.

I have been First Footing the house every year for a decade. What I do, immediately after midnight, is to collar a dark-haired guest and send him out the back door of the house. He walks around to the front door, knocks, and I let him in, drink to offer in hand, while the rest of the guests laugh and cheer.

Except last year. Right after midnight on Jan. 1, 2013, a female couple arrived and entered the house before I could get my dark-haired man out the back door.

"Oh, well," I thought. "It's just a silly superstition. It doesn't really mean anything."

And then, we had 2013. A year filled with health crises and deaths. It was terrible.

So tonight, you can be certain that I will have a dark-haired guest's shirt clutched in my grasp as we count down the last 10 seconds. He will be *flung* out that back door, and greeted with great gusto when he reaches the front.

Between that and burning 2013 in effigy, I'm hoping to bring in a much better year!

  
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NANHBH 1/1/2014 5:30PM

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How did it go? Did you find your dark-haired man to "fling" out the back door?

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DOGLADY13 1/1/2014 4:23PM

    I have a couple of Spark Friends who have had "A Year." I pray that your dark haired man came through at midnight.

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SOKKERNUT 1/1/2014 12:49PM

    Very cool tradition. Hope you got your man! emoticon

Happy New Year!

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NATPLUMMER 1/1/2014 9:14AM

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LISA579 12/31/2013 6:32PM

    I hope it works

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TATTER3 12/31/2013 3:37PM

    My dark haired men are all gray now...lol...no luck here!

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HAPPYMENOW58 12/31/2013 12:51PM

    Best wishes for the new Year! And thanks for sharing!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/31/2013 12:40PM

    May this year be better for you! I know I wish it to be for all of us!

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ALICIA214 12/31/2013 12:22PM

 

The First Footing I am familiar with is the first person to cross your threshold at
midnight carries some salt and a piece of coal...


Happy New Year...

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BATCHICK 12/31/2013 11:59AM

    2013 was rough for me and mine as well, i'm glad for a fresh start!

wishing you a happy new year!

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Tired of stress: have some gingerbread

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Yesterday we visited the Cleveland Botanical Gardens because they had up their annual display of gingerbread houses. Here are some of the highlights.

This church won the grand prize:


Check out the stained glass detail:


There was a paddlewheeler, and a lighthouse to keep it safe:



The fantasy world was represented by Hobbiton, Hogwarts, and a dragon:




And houses from two of my favorite movies. The house from UP, complete with balloons:


And the house from "A Christmas Story," complete with leg lamp:



These were just some of the highlights of an amazing collection. Hope you enjoy!

  
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NANHBH 1/1/2014 5:38PM

    How cool! Wish this were closer to me. I'd love to see it in person, but thanks for the photos.
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GARDENQE2 12/31/2013 12:01PM

    Beautiful! Such talent and imagination!
In Prescott Arizona, they have a huge gingerbread house display as well.
I never miss it, even though I'm afraid I gain weight just from breathing the sugar-filled air!
Best wishes!

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MANDYLOVE_76 12/31/2013 10:20AM

    cute.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/30/2013 1:48PM

    Pretty!

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TATTER3 12/29/2013 10:17PM

    Love this!! I got a kit to finish with GS of a rice crispie train and a ginger bread train. He loves Thomas so this will be up his alley. thanks for sharing! Too fun.

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JANETRIS 12/29/2013 6:56PM

    Such fun! I love gingerbread houses. Thanks for the great pics! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/29/2013 6:38PM

    Cool!

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LISA579 12/29/2013 4:19PM

    Wow that mmust have taken alot of time...how beautiful and ymumy looking

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STEVIEBEE569 12/29/2013 3:54PM

    Very creative

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.DUSTY. 12/29/2013 3:01PM

    Unbelievable the talent! Thanks for the photos!

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OURELEE1 12/29/2013 2:56PM

  Thanks may I ask where the display is located at

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Prayers answered!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Yesterday afternoon Brianna's eyes were locked to the right and unresponsive to light. She had no reflex reactions. The signs were all incredibly bad. We were beginning to discuss what to do if the EEG showed that she was in a persistent vegetative state, a situation no family, and most certainly no parent of a 6-year-old, should have to face.

Then yesterday evening Brianna opened her eyes and started voices. She was still really sleepy, but when she could open her eyes she was looking around and didn't look "hollow." When her mom said "I love you," B puckered up and made little kisses!

They tested B's urine and said the seizure meds that they used the first night are still in her system and that is what's keeping her so sleepy. They didn't look at that initially because it should have worn off long ago, but if any family is going to have a weird reaction to drugs, it's my sister's.

It should keep wearing off. She hasn't spoken yet, but she is responsive to light, voices and movement, and is moving her limbs and even grasping things.

I am weak with relief, and convinced that the massive, international prayer chain that has gone out from here, from Facebook, doubling and redoubling as friends of friends asked their friends to pray, has brought us a Christmas miracle.

Thank you all, each and every one, for your prayers.

  
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RACHELBUGSMAMA 1/1/2014 8:01PM

    I'm so glad to hear this!! I'll keep praying for her continued improvement and emoticon to you and all her family!


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LISA579 12/31/2013 6:34PM

    God does answer yes sometimes....i am so happy

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APPLESBANANAS 12/30/2013 9:55PM

    So great to hear! I haven't been on sparkpeople for about a month but out of the blue thought of you and came here to see how things have been going with her. So glad to hear she's improving!

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CTUPTON 12/29/2013 12:44PM

    And yes I said two thank you prayers just now. And yes I have tears in my eyes!

chris

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TATTER3 12/28/2013 8:35PM

    It will continue...blessings to the little one.

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LILYDOG11 12/28/2013 6:15PM

    So glad you got your Christmas miracle !!

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NATPLUMMER 12/28/2013 5:52PM

    Yay!

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MARILYNROBERT 12/28/2013 1:48PM

    Wonderful! May she continue to improve until she's as good as new. emoticon

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JANETRIS 12/28/2013 1:36PM

    I'm thanking God for answered prayers! emoticon emoticon

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MCCC75 12/28/2013 11:02AM

    Praying for you and your family during this most difficult time.

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OURELEE1 12/28/2013 10:38AM

  Prayers always help

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This is our baby. Please keep up the prayers

Friday, December 27, 2013

This is Brianna, dressed for her Christmas concert on December 16. She was so excited for the concert; just look at that grin.



Now she is lying in a hospital bed, still intubated, still unresponsive. She is scheduled for an EEG today, but my doctor friends here have warned me that, because of her last of reflex responses and other symptoms, there is a possibility that she may be brain dead.

Miracles do happen, and children do sometimes have unexpected reactions. But I am barely able to breathe, waiting to hear the results. I have tried to gently brace my sister and niece for the possibility, but I really there is no point is stealing hope.

And perhaps she will be fine. Perhaps it will all be fine. I just keep praying.

  
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NANA2PRINCESSES 12/28/2013 9:29AM

    Prayers for Brianna and your whole family that the healing power of Christ will enfold you all.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/28/2013 7:56AM

    At times like this, prayer is the medicine that is needed.

Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

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.DUSTY. 12/27/2013 10:07PM

    Oh Miss G, BIG emoticon

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MOTHERBEAR4 12/27/2013 9:39PM

    Praying also for a miracle for your gran-niece! And that angels enfold their wings around your family to protect them.

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CTUPTON 12/27/2013 8:08PM

    Of course, prayers are being sent... chris

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GLC2009 12/27/2013 7:33PM

    how terrible. prayers from me that that adorable little girl will be alright. emoticon

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LOSER05 12/27/2013 6:36PM

    I'm soo sorry, prayers emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 12/27/2013 4:59PM

    Continuing the prayers. emoticon

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LJCANNON 12/27/2013 4:37PM

    emoticon Praying with you and your whole family.

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WRITER_GURL81 12/27/2013 4:23PM

    I am praying for your beautiful Brianna

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DOTTIEJANE1 12/27/2013 4:16PM

    Sending hugs and prayers .

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LKWQUILTER 12/27/2013 2:20PM

    Praying for Brianna and the rest of the family. I cannot imagine what everyone is going through. emoticon emoticon

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RACHELBUGSMAMA 12/27/2013 2:08PM

    Sending hugs and prayers!!


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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/27/2013 2:05PM

    Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way!

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HANOVERLADY 12/27/2013 1:50PM

    Sending thoughts and hopes for a miracle.

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JANETRIS 12/27/2013 1:43PM

    emoticon to you and the family. We now rely on the power of prayer. emoticon

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POOH97015 12/27/2013 1:12PM

    I will continue to pray for miracles. God works in mysterious ways. I hope that she is not brain dead. That would be just cruel and unusual punishment. There has to be some hope!! We're all with you, Miss G. emoticon

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LISA579 12/27/2013 1:06PM

    What a horrible thing to go through. I am praying for miracle

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MAGGIEVAN 12/27/2013 12:32PM

    I am so sad to hear this. I am praying with you for a miracle.

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Still needing prayers

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Brianna spent all of Christmas day intubated and unconscious. They attempted to bring her up out of the sedation in the afternoon, but she didn't wake up. They resedated her for the night so that her mom--who is still recovering from her recent hospital stay--could get some sleep. They are starting to try and wake her up again today. This day is when we find out if she's going to be okay.

  
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CTUPTON 12/27/2013 8:13PM

    emoticon Hoping and praying for your family's strength peace of mind at this stressful time. And of course saying prayers for quick healing.


chris

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TAMMYAND 12/27/2013 12:21AM

    Still praying for all of you! emoticon

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RACHELBUGSMAMA 12/26/2013 9:40PM

    Sending prayers and hugs!!


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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/26/2013 9:19PM

    I'm praying for you all MissG!

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TATTER3 12/26/2013 7:48PM

    Bless your heart. thoughts are with you.


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MARILYNROBERT 12/26/2013 6:42PM

    Sending prayers for her and your family. emoticon

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POOH97015 12/26/2013 5:32PM

    May God and his Angels surround all of them and bring Brianna out of her sleep and wake her to life again. I will be praying for all of them. Miss G thank you for keeping us posted on your family and the happenings!

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MOM2ACAT 12/26/2013 4:42PM

    Sending up prayers. emoticon

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RHOOK20047 12/26/2013 4:19PM

    Prayers for you and Brianna! May God's healing hands hold her tightly in HIs arms while she is going through this.

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BECKYBRN 12/26/2013 1:59PM

    Praying for your family and that you be granted healing and strength to get through this trying time.
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LISA579 12/26/2013 12:34PM

    I am so sorry this is happening i am praying all works out

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SMARTIN77 12/26/2013 12:27PM

    Praying, MissG for peace, strength, comfort and JOY. Asking for God's healing touch and ministering angels to fill the hospital room. Much love!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/26/2013 12:01PM

    I hope the doctors figure out what's wrong and that it's something that can be dealt with. Thinking of you. emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 12/26/2013 12:00PM

  Thanks for sharing

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