Thursday, October 04, 2007

Lots going on....

I haven't been doing a good job here on my blog and their are reasons. I've thought and thought about it.. should I share what's been going on or not. Well I've come to the decision to open up because that's who I am and if I'm not me well then I can't come up with things to say...

Our family has been going through much in the last seven weeks... everyone of us has dealt with a death of a close friend and it's been hard. My daughter Katie lost two of her friends in a car accident while we were on our vacation in August at Catholic Familyland. Then on first Saturday of last month she lost another very close friend from falling off a cliff and drowning. She is doing better but went through so much so we returned to Catholic Familyland and she was able to get some support and some answers. That girl is so amazing she is working two jobs and putting herself through college.

As we went through the month of August more tragedy struck my sons best friends baby passed away she was one year and six days old. Back in March she had fluid filling her brain and the hospital misdiagnosed her condition. She went into a coma and when she came out she was blind and in need of a feeding tube the effects of the coma shut down parts of her brain. Last month her father and mother married and little Heidi was doing so well then suddenly while napping she passed away.

Then last Friday my little girls, Julie and Lorelei (my granddaughter) were spending the night at Lorelei's grandfathers house and had planned a full day with Pete then to our house for a barbecue. On Saturday morning I received a phone call that Pete had a heart attack when I arrived to get the girls we got a phone call that he to had passed away.

As we mourn the deaths of our friends our family is drawing very close together! Which is such a blessing! We always new that our life here is a gift and that we must treat it so and that life is precious. But all of this has made it more clear that we must love and give of our selves because we don't know when we will be called home. We are being called to count our blessings to be thankful for the time we have with family and friends.

It has been a real challenge for me to try to come up with things to say here on my blog. So I would share pictures a layout here or there and maybe a contest just to keep things going. I know that very soon these days will pass and I feel the prayers of many of my friends and co-workers! I've been able to continue creating files I find it so therapeutic where I can think, pray and design as I work through my emotions. I've some what neglected my classes but soon will have the final lessons. I have two new creative team members and am awaiting to announce them.

I hope you don't mind that I shared with you what has been going on.... I'm not much different then you. We all have hopes, dreams and losses... I want you to know life isn't always wonderful for me but I have so much to be thankful for that it keeps me going....

Thank you for listening and visiting my blog...I hope to have some great things coming up soon... just need time to get through these difficult days.



Anonymous said...


I'm not sure what to say that could bring you and your family any comfort--all words seem sort-of empty when you have suffered such losses. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers!


Anonymous said...

Your family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hold tightly to your faith and know we will all be praying for you.

DebbiB said...

May the Lord give you and yours comfort and aid during these trying times. God's blessings await you...

Carrie Schwartz said...

Thank you... Nikki, Karin & Deb,

It is so kind of you to pray for us and comforting to know that you would give us such a great gift in offering your prayers.