Sunday, April 17, 2011

A New Beginning

It has been almost two years since my husband had gastric bypass surgery.  Over the past two years he has worked so very hard to make this surgery a success.  He truly has made a total life style change.  To date he has lost 225.  He wakes every morning at 5:00am to go for a jog at the gym and just recently he has been taking our beagle for a run at the local park.  One of his goals after surgery was to be able to participate in a 5K race.  I am so proud to say that this weekend was his first.   We woke early to find that the weather was not going to cooperate  It was a cold and rainy morning but it could not dampen our excitement.
We arrived early at the race site.  Alex checked in and received his number.
Number 125----As we were pinning it to his jacket, he said "What do you think 125 means"  I thought a minute and quickly added the numbers in my head... 8    He said the number 8 means New Beginnings---how perfect for his first race. 

The race site could not have been more perfect either.  Alex chose this race because he liked the name.  It is a beautiful site with lots of Pittsburgh history.  If you would like to read more about it just click the links below.
The race was to start at 9:00am.  All the participants gathered at the start line to receive some last minute instructions.

And then they were off.........

I headed off to the finish line to await my runner.   It only took Alex 33 minutes 12 seconds to complete the race which placed him in 4th place in his age catagory. An overall finish of 56 out of 125 participants.  Words can't express the pride I have in him.   

It was a perfect Saturday morning.  A wonderful way to celebrate Alex's NEW BEGINNING

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

An update on our friend Joyce

I know that so many of you have been thinking of and praying for our friend Joyce.(Scrap for Joy)   I wanted to give you all an update as soon as I could.  Joyce was taken for surgery on Monday at about 3pm and David called me around 9:30pm.  He said the surgery went really well.  The surgeons report was good and he said it could not have gone any better.  David expected her to be back in her room around 11:00pm.  I have not been in contact with her yet as I am giving her time to rest and recover---I told her to call me when she was up for a visit.  I should hopefully be talking with her soon and will have more to share with you all.  Thank you all so much for keeping Joyce in your prayers.  I know she is really thankful for you all and appreciates  your  love, thoughts and prayers.  I will be sure to give further updates as soon as I learn more.
Have a wonderful day.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Birds, Bitty Bugs and Beatrice

I know this is a silly title for a blog post but it sums up my total post for today. 
For several weeks now I have been watching a little Morning Dove sit on a nest right outside of my patio door.  She would sit there through wind, rain, hail and snow.  I could not imagine that she had already laid eggs---it has been so cold here.  But to my surprise this morning, I looked at the nest and look what I saw.  Not only had she laid eggs, but they already hatched and had grown into the sweetest baby birds.  I love nature and all the little miracles that it shares with us.

What is a bitty bug you may be asking??? Well  it is another fun doll I created using a bit of whimsy pattern. I loved making this doll so much that I made a little boy bitty bug....... 
and a little girl bitty bug.........

Don't they make the perfect pair :)

Lastly I would like to introduce you all to Beatrice.  I know I know another doll----I just can't help myself.

Since my last doll had blond hair and blue eyes, I thought it would be fun to create a little brown hair--brown eye princess.  When I saw this fabric in the quilt shop I just had to have a little piece.  It reminds me of the house dresses my Grandma used to wear. 
With her polka dot shoes and vintage buttons she just makes me smile.
Thanks for stopping in for a visit with me today.  I love sharing my creations with you.  Wishing everyone a Happy Week :)
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