Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oh the weather outside is frightful..

Ok, so it isn't time to "Let it snow", but Christmas is definately in the air at my house! I have 10 trees up and 1 more to go..They are all decorated but 2, and no, I didn't do them myself. I have very talented friends who turn into elves that come to my house and decorate when Tony isn't He can't stand all the mess and dissarray that goes along with the decorating, but he sure loves the holiday celebrations we have when it's all done..It helps them with Christmas spending money, and it lets me keep enjoying all the decorating that i've always loved to do but not able to so much anymore. Of course since they've started doing all the work, I don't get tired and keep adding more and more! At some point, the garage will no longer hold all the tubs that I store the deco's I gotta stop...NOT..ha ha We love Christmas around here that's for sure. Slick, Crystal and the kids came to see us tonight, and Crimsyn was loving all the trees and by the time they left, he was covered in glitter..ha ha..I think they all were probably.
I'm very excited for Thanksgiving too. This year we're taking all the kids and grandkids to Gaylord Opryland Hotel for Thanksgiving. We have a lot of fun things planned to do there. Going to see the Rockettes, ICE, have a character breakfast with Shrek and the Madagascar gang. Some sort of treasure hunt and dinner at a great restuarant. Not your traditional Thanksgiving gathering, but we love going on family trips and I kept getting emails from Gaylord about their upcoming packages and the kids were all for it, so hey, why not? We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our extended family Sunday, so we'll still have our turkey.
On the flipside of things...I had surgery this past Sunday. We were supposed to go to Disney with Janice, Duane, Stanley and Carol Sanders. Had this trip planned for at least 6 mo. Tony was leaving, with Stanley and Carol following him, on Friday afternoon. Me, Janice and Duane were flying down on Sat. Well, on Wed morning I woke up feeling fine. But within an hour I started hurting in my stomach..not too bad at first, but as the day wore on, the pain became more severe. By late that afternoon it was almost unbearable. I had them meet at the church to pray and I got relief, came home and slept all night.I had a regular dr appt the next day for routine bloodwork results and they came back that my liver enzymes were extremely elevated. I explained what had happened the day before and she said if that happens again, go straight to the ER. But the rest of the day Thurs I felt fine, til around 4pm. The pain got worse this time. Tony was delivering metal, he was over an hour away, so I had Slick take me to the ER. I was in agonizing pain I tell you..never hurt that bad that I can remember..long story short, I wound up having gb surgery on Sun morning. I hate that we had to cancel our trip, but would have hated for this to have happened while we were on it and be down there and not able to get home..the Lord sees about us when we don't even know we need seeing to..He's a wonderful God. Ever since the surgery, when i've prayed, i've not been able to ask the Lord for one thing. All I can feel right in saying is "Thank you Lord". I've thanked Him for seeing to me, helping me thru the surgery, allowing them to find out what was wrong, cause at one point they thought it might be something else...I've just prayed from a thankful heart. I still have one more hurdle to get over. During the surgery he found a spot on my liver. He biopsied it. They really don't think it's anything, but i'll know next Tues..i'd appreciate it if you could think of me during your prayers...
Our trip is rescheduled for Feb..during Valentine's week. Stanley and Carol will be celebrating their 36th anniversary on Valentines Day. They went to Disney on their honeymoon, so I think it's cool that they'll be back again to celebrate an anniversary...I guess as long as we can stay healthly, our next trip will be to Hawaii with Donna and Chad in Jan...we'll see!


  1. Glad you are ok, Sis Joyce!

    And I'm glad I'm not the only one that's so crazy about Christmas! I'm putting up 7 trees this year (3 up already), but I have almost no help....the kids try, but they aren't really helping, just making the mess bigger, and Lee...well, he helps put the big trees UP, but fluffing and decorating are my jobs!

  2. I glad you are getting better. I actually looked at your blog yesterday to see if I could email you somehow because I wanted to talk to you about a puppy, so when you are feeling better and can talk just email me if you don't mind and if have any ppuppies for sale. Thanks

  3. Bless your heart!!!! I'm so glad everything has gone as smoothly as it has - so sorry about the pain - OH ME!!! God is SO good to take care of us. If I had known I would have prayed - obviously you didn't need me. He can handle it. (LOL) Praying for all to be well on that biopsy. And I think your Christmas spirit is very healthy, generous and Christian!!!! (Not that it matters what I think - HA!)