So…I’ve been gone from BC for awhile. It’s been an eventful while. One very bad thing happened and I ended up going home after 7 years.
Pull up a chair, this is gonna be a long one….
Backtracking a bit… Every year in the Spring we put back money (and try to use Tax Return money) for me and Than to “try” to get back to Texas to visit family/friends. It never works out. Why? Because every stinking Spring since we moved to Phoenix the price of gas goes thru the freaking roof. Seriously…it was 3.00 a gallon when we started saving and was nearly $4.00 a gallon when time came to go. Which rose airfare far too high and driving not feasible.
So, yet another opportunity passes us by and we can’t go. I usually get a consolation prize outta this each year (using the money we saved) and this year was no exception. This year I got a Kindle Fire. I love it with all that is in me. I play Words with Friends and Draw Something like my life depended on it. I read USAToday on it, download books with the intention of reading (something about holding a book in my hand is still far more appealing), and watch Netflix movies on it. I love my Kindle Fire like it’s a 2nd child. It’s currently being called “My Precious“. Every once in a while I let Than play Angry Birds on it, and sometimes I let G gaze on it from across the room.
Anyway, the decision had been made not to go back to Texas and the saved money was spent. I was supposed to go to the wedding of a very, very dear girl (she’s 37, but will always be a girl to me) that I was a nanny to (along with her sister and brother) when I was 19-20. Her mom is absolutely one of the best people I know and I consider the mom to be one of my best, dearest (pick an adjective that means really good things) people in my life. Ever. So not being able to go to this wedding was heartbreaking. No Kindle Fire or shopping trip was going to make me feel better about it at all.
Then a nightmare happens. I get a call at 3:30am on a Saturday morning from my mom telling me my cousin fell off the back of her Harley and was run over by a friend who was unable to stop in time. My cousin wasn’t expected to live. And I couldn’t get home. A lot of things happened (that I won’t go into) and a friend GIVES me the money to go. She, out of the blue, wrote me online asked if she could put the money in my bank acct so I could go home. God works in mysterious ways. You have no idea how much we are thankful for the friend who did this for us.
So Than and I packed up and went to Texas. We went to the hospital (Than had to stay in waiting room while I went into ICU) and I was able to see/pray/etc with my cousin. In.Tears. But the fact that she was still alive 2 weeks after that accident and her liver that was nearly in 2 had started repairing itself was a miracle. Lots of things happened – all miraculous, but this blog is not the time or place for all that occurred. Suffice it to say we were all able to witness a miracle. Shelly is alive. And she’s currently in a rehab, long term facility awake, knows who she is and who everyone else is and she can speak (around her trach for now), has just started to stand and take baby steps and is 100% herself. That accident was a horrible accident. The fact that she lived is all due to God’s intervention. So many lives have been touched by this horrible accident, you wouldn’t believe how many people are giving God the glory for all this. And He richly deserves it because only God could have saved her AND brought her out of this completely herself. One of these days I’ll start a seperate journal and share all that happened on this trip – it’s truly amazing.
We also got to go to the wedding. The best part was the Saturday before the wedding, my friend Linda and I set Colleen (the bride) up. Lin went to Coll’s house to help with wedding stuff and after Lin got there I parked down a bit and sent Than to the front door to see if Coll would “buy Cub Scout popcorn.” She apologized to him and said she couldn’t and I popped out around the corner and asked, “What about from me, could you buy some from me?” I think the neighbors heard that scream. She nearly choked me to death hugging me. It was awesome. Her wedding was so perfect, she was a beautiful bride and it was really good to see so many people from her family that I hadn’t seen in years. And Than and I spent two fantastic days out at Lin’s place and it was perfection.
The other days we were there we spent at my friend, Debbie’s (THANK YOU DEBBIE!) who handed me her house keys and said, “whatever you need.” (Than literally cried his eyes out when we left Debbies. They are going to be Skype buddies. He loves her sooo much! Me, too. I’ve been friends with her since I was 15). We also spent the last 4 days at my best friend, Suzanne’s. That was sooo much fun. Suz’ boy, Benji was born 20 days before Than but we moved away when they were 2. We had a great time staying at their house with Suz, her husband, daughter and Benji. Than wants to go back so he can hang with Benji. He actually wants to MOVE back but that’s not in the cards. LOL
Ok, about the Tooth Fairy ( I bet you’re wondering if I’d ever get to the crafting part of this crafting blog, eh?)…. So there’s a used curriculum/craft fair coming up and I bought a table to sell my wares at. My wares. Yeah. Me. Selling stuff I’VE made. Should be scary. I’ve decided to make a bunch of those tooth fairy pillows and sell them for $5.00 a pop. They’re small and I can normally make 1 an hour. Now if I only had an hour to make one.
It’s what I’ve been doing lately instead of typing on here. I told myself I needed 50 by the time the fair rolls around in mid-June. I currently have 20 made. I had more but I gave 1 to my niece and 1 to my nephew (the ones that live here), 1 to Than and I have 1 set aside for my friends son. OH and I have one that I’m going to send to Alaska for my friends little girl. But I also want to make her a flower baby felt doll. I’ll share those here after I get ‘em done.
For now, here’s some of the tooth fairy pillows:
When I make tooth fairy pillows to put on my Etsy shop, someone remind me to photograph them separately on a light background so you can see the colors better. You’ll do that for me, right?