Wednesday, March 18, 2009

You're Amazing!


And I mean it! Your sweet words have meant so much to me. It has been one long week and we are finally starting to feel like our lives are back to normal...if you can call it that! I apologize for being gone so long! I can't believe it has been over a week since I have posted anything!

For those of you who are interested, the trip to Iowa and the funeral went well but we have received some more horrible news since. While we were there, Nick's aunt (who has been suffering from breast cancer) started having trouble breaking so they took her to the ER. They did some tests and found out that the cancer has taken over her bones, lungs, and stomach. She has 2 kids and a loving husband. I know that this is a really tough time for them so if you could say a little prayer or two for their family, I know they would appreciate it. Also, Nick's grandpa (the husband to his grandma who died) was having pains in his side and so the family decided to take him in to the hospital as well. After lots of testing and CAT scans they discovered that he too has cancer and it has spread throughout his body. He has it all over and does not want to receive treatment due to the fact that he knows he has Alzheimers and he misses his wife dearly. We know that he will be in pain as he waits out this long process but this is what he wants. If you could say a prayer for him as well, I know it would help. What this family needs the most right now is God's comfort and love. They are all hurting so much and I just hate seeing them struggle, my husband especially.

Anyway, this is a card I made forever ago but I wanted to share it with you. I used one of Jen del Muro's old Sketch For You To Try challenges. I also pulled out the adorable "Whatever Floats Your Boat" set from Gina K. I stamped the turtle, colored him in with my SU! markers, cut him out, and added some crystal effects for added dimension. I then popped him up on an oval cut with my nesties. I popped the entire oval up over the rest of the card and added my sentiment!

Well, again, I am not sure how often I will be able to post this next week because we are headed to the Dominican Republic on a missions trip. We are excited, yet very stressed about it. We are already feeling very behind and this trip is definitely not helping us much! :) I will try to schedule some posts but I am not sure how much I will be able to get finished! Either way, I hope you have a great week and I will post again when I get back!

18 comments:

Jen Tapler said...

Oh, Steph I'm so sorry for the difficult times Nick's family is going through. When it rains, it pours sometimes, huh? I'll be thinking of you guys. Big big {{hugs}}!!

Makiko Jones said...

Steph, I'm so sorry to hear that Nick's family is going through a tough time right now. I get very emotional when I hear about people who are fighting with cancer because both of my parents died with it... I still hope the miracle happens to them, but in the mean time, I hope Nick's family can spend a special time with them as much as they can.
I'm praying for Nick's family.

Joanne said...

wishing you, Nick, and your families all the strength needed to face the coming days.....sometimes life just throws too much at ya at once.....prayers and thoughts are coming your way

Allison said...

I am SO sorry for all of this news. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

So glad you are back but sad that your family is dealing with this all. We will keep you all in our prayers. --LaCee

Jekka said...

Steph I am SO sorry for the trials that Nick's family is facing. I will keep them in my prayers and ask that God just embrace them in a Heavenly hug. Remember to take care of yourself through all of this. Nick will need for you to be strong and you won't be able to do that if you are sick. May God's blessings rain on you during your missions trip.

Juanita said...

When it rains it pours. God has a plan, I know sometimes it does not seem that way to us, he sees the universal picture. Your faith will give you strength and your strenght is a testamony to many that know you in real life and through your blog.
My prayers go to you and Nick and his family.

neverenoughrubberstamps said...

Fantabulous card for a boy!

Thank you for sharing!

Cheers,

Dorothy

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that your family is going through such a hard time. I will be thinking and praying for you and those closest to you!
dana baier

Elaine M said...

Steph and Nick - we're so saddened by this. Please know that we have added your whole family to our prayer chain and will carry you in our hearts during this difficult time. God bless you dear ones.

Silke said...

Oh Stephanie - I'm soooo sorry that your family has to go thru these very challenging times!!!

My thoughts and prayers are with you!!! Big hugs ~Silke~

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh Steph....sigh...I just wanna hug you for all that you're going though. Nick's aunt will be in my thoughts and prayers for sure...breast cancer is a monster of a disease and I hope she beats it!!

Christi said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about Nick's family and will definitely keep the family in my prayers. I am here for you if you need anything! {{HUGS}} my friend.

Maria Gurnsey said...

Steph, I'm so sorry to hear about all the bad news on your trip. I'm sure you are physically and mentally drained. You have been missed but take care of yourself first :)
love ya girl {{HUGS}}

Carolina said...

Oh Steph I'm so very sorry for all the losses and hardship you and Nick have had to go through. My heart just breaks reading your last week.

Hugs & Smiles to you!!!

Tasha said...

Oh Steph i am so sorry to hear the difficult time that you and Nick are experencing, i too have had death and illness in the family so my thoughts and prayers are so with you at this tough time.
love tasha xx

jen del muro (iheart2stamp.com) said...

Sending hugs to you and your hubby!!
Your card is wonderful! Hugs_jd

Sheila said...

Steph, I'm thankful you had a safe trip to Iowa and back but so sorry to hear about Nick's aunt and grandpa. You'll definitely all be in my thoughts and prayers - I've recently been through my 4th round with cancer and know it's not an easy route. I'll also be praying for a safe and productive missions trip for you. Take care.
Hugs & Prayers