Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!

I hope everyone had a joyous holiday surrounded by the ones they love!!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008


This is the true story of a 5-yr old Lititz girl, Hannah Garman, who was diagnosed with glioblastom a multiform, a rare and incurable brain tumor. She has been given 12 weeks to live and is currently in her 7th week. She was going to be the flower girl at a wedding in May, but was diagnosed a week after we asked her to be the flower girl. This is especially sad because her mother died 2 yrs ago from breast cancer. Right now she has lost most of her motor skills. She is confined to bed and cannot really do anything or play with the gifts she is getting from people, but she LOVES getting cards - she has gotten so many from people she does not know and just loves to have grandma read about the people who send them and see their pictures and is so proud of all her cards. Her room is just filled with cards. When asked what she wants for Christmas she said she wants to see how many Chri st mas cards she can get. Many people have passed this wish along to their churches, prayer groups, friends and family. There are school groups where children are making her cards. People are including pictures so she can see who it is that is sending her the card. If you would like to help with her wish, you can send a card to her at:

Hannah Garman
704 Orchard Rd
Lititz, PA 17543

THANKS! Feel free to pass this along to your own prayer group, church, school, etc. Let's see if we can have the cards coming in big postal bags for her this Christmas, since it will be her last holiday.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Well we are all kinda-sorta feeling better. Thank goodness! I feel like its been forever since i posted anything. We went to North Carolina for Thanksgiving and had a great time. It was so nice seeing family that I hadn't seen in years.

This is a pic of my granddaddy and grandma and all his grandchildren. He is such an amazing man. Talk about the true southern gentleman! He owned his own furniture company which made the most beautiful handcrafted pieces. He is a collector of musical instruments and actually has quite a few in museums. Some of the pieces he has are 100s of years old. My best memories are of going to his house and hearing him talk about and play all of the instruments. Sadly he is not doing well this year and we are all praying that we get to keep him til after the holidays.

Little Ean loved my mothers farm. Especially chasing the cats!

I finally got around to decorating for Christmas. I am WAY behind this year. I usually do it the day after Thanksgiving. I made the stockings 2 years ago and added little Eans last year. If you click on the pic you will see that I embroidered our initials on them. When we had our 2nd son, our first pointed out that our names were the alphabet.....Austin, Brogan, Christina and Daryl. So of course with the 3rd we had to continue that, thus Ean got his name. And yes if we have more we will keep!
this Christmas has me feeling more nostalgic. Maybe its the impending loss of my grandaddy or just how fast time flies. I find that the older I get the more appreciative I get of traits that I can claim I got from my ancestors.
Like sewing. My mother and grandmother both were sewers. I remember my mother making me some beautiful little jumpers when I was little and being so proud to wear them. I think this is why my favorite song is "Coat of many colors" by Dolly Parton. I love sewing. Not just bags....ANYTHING!!!! I made the star wall hanging that's in the pic above, and I made quite a few of these quilted wall hangings below.

I also love painting. I think I get that from my dad. I remember when I was younger he would always have these elaborate pencils pictures that he had colored. I still have one that I would love to get framed some day. This is a snowman painting that I did a few years ago. I absolutely love how it turned out. The stars were aligned that night!

I would love to hear from you.....what are you most grateful for from your family?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Missing in action

So I've been MIA for seems sick season has hit our house.....2 with strep throat, one with pink eye and for the others the stomach flu! I have tons of pics to post and things to say and gifts to send and I hope to get it all done this weekend! Wish me luck!