Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Renewal, Meeting a Blogger Friend and Recovering

Spring is probably one of the prettiest seasons of all.  Everything is coming to life...renewal...rebirth...hope...reawakening.  A time to
cultivate, plant new beginnings and strengthen belief in ourselves.
  
Maybe somewhere along the road of family illness, sadness and worry I lost myself and I'll never be the same again. Which turned out not to be such a bad thing because I also found out some new things about myself.
I've been shaking out the cobwebs and throwing open the windows to newness and fresh beginnings for me and my family.
I find myself rethinking my priorities and putting God and my family first.
I thought that I always had, but when you go through a difficult period in your life, you find yourself taking stock...you can either become bitter or choose to become stronger and better.

When you are in "worry" mode, you forget everything else.  So, I'm trying to find things that make me smile.  Like my love for collecting brown transferware.  This might seem like a trivial thing and unimportant, but it's important for mental health to do what makes you happy.
 My little shop space was put on the back burner too.  But now, I'm slowly getting it back together.

I even managed to go to the Vintage Market Days of Charleston a few weeks ago with my Sister and our friend Sarah.
Sarah has RA and needs a little help in her wheelchair, but it sure didn't stop her from shopping!  They are both a joy and a delight and I'm so glad to have them in my life.
(don't know about that crazy photo bomber in the background)
 And,  I got to meet, none other than, Donna, the famous blogger and creator of www.distresseddonnadownhome.blogspot.com.  This gal can take any piece of junk and make you want it!!!!  And she is a sweet little Southern Belle.  If you haven't visited her blog, then I suggest you do.  You'll love her!

So, this is me picking up some of the pieces and moving on.
Remember...
Nothing is promised to us and bad things don't always just happen to other people.
So hug someone you love today and give them a compliment.
You just might make their day.

Happy Spring!!

~~hugs~~
Sissie


Monday, April 17, 2017

The Loss of a Son.

"So there is this boy.  He stole my heart.  He calls me Mom..."

Today I am asking all you prayer warriors to pray for Ginger who lost her son, Jeremy just this past week.  Many of you remember Ginger from her blog called Glitter and Roses.  


Jeremy Becker.  January 22, 1978 - April 11, 2017
I can't even begin to imagine what she is going through right now.  I just can't.  But I can ask for your thoughts and prayers that you might reach out to her and offer some comfort.

Her son, Jeremy has been sick for a long time.  He suffered with UC.  Ginger told me that his illness was severe and he had not been responding to treatments.  Ginger and I truly connected as Moms with sons suffering from UC/Crohn's.  We both know the pain of not being able to help them and the constant worry that never goes away.  Ginger told Jeremy about my son and I told Jeff about Jeremy.  Both of them truly understood the other's struggles. Both of them so young.

Here is Ginger's tribute to her son Jeremy... 

A Celebration of Life for Jeremy Douglas Becker, age 39, of Waukomis, is 1:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017 at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Abraham Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Waukomis Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. 
Jeremy Douglas Becker, was born in Enid, OK., January 22, 1978 to Ginger (Goodwin) Becker Engler and Doug Becker, and passed away April 11, 2017 after a long illness. Jeremy attended Waukomis Schools and was active in band as a drummer, played baseball, football and basketball. He was always joking and making us laugh. Jeremy was a very loving, considerate person and had a heart for helping others. He loved protecting our environment and had a love for all animals. He loved family holidays, Christmas being his favorite as we gathered together. He always made sure to have that special gift for each person.


Jeremy was baptized at the age of 11 at Waukomis Christian Church and was a child of God.

HE ADORED HIS SISTER Tammy and loved his mom and stepdad Bob with an unending love.
He never missed sending his Mom a heartfelt card or gift for each holiday which melted her heart.

Jeremy was an avid OU football fan and enjoyed watching each game but his biggest enjoyment was traveling to big concerts of his favorite bands. He enjoyed drawing, painting and photography, and excelled in it. 

He had advanced skills in electronics but due to his illness was unable to put his skills to work in the business world.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Glen Goodwin, and paternal grandmother Wanda Becker.

Jeremy is survived by his mom Ginger Engler, and stepdad, Bob Engler; of Enid; dad Doug Becker, of Waukomis; sister Tammy Neal and husband James, of Enid; maternal grandmother Mary Donaldson of Enid; paternal grandfather Arthur Becker, of Enid; as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins and nieces. 

In lieu of flowers, Jeremy expressed that he would like for donations in his memory to be made to a struggling Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis patient. Memorials may be made to Diana Wise % Jeffrey Wise, a patient of Crohn’s Disease, with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds. 
Condolences may be made and services viewed online at www.ladusauevans.com


Please join me in sending love and condolences to Ginger and her family.  She needs to know that she and her son are not forgotten and that we all feel her sorrow.  
You can leave your comments here and I'll make sure that she gets them.  You will also find her on FB.


                                          Thank you.
                                           ~~hugs~~
                                            Sissie


Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Things...

Well hello there.  I'm so glad you stopped by to see me today.  Don't you just love this time of year when everywhere you look you see touches of green grass, budding trees and blooming flowers.  The shops are full of bunnies, spring bouquets, lovely wreaths, baby chicks, sheep and little lambs, all enticing you to make something pretty.  Then there are the garden centers with new
flowers, plants, trees and shrubs beckoning you to get your hands in some dirt and start planting flowers and herbs.  Ahhh...Spring!

So here's a few Spring Vignettes that I've created and I can't wait to see what all of you are showing on your blogs.

I've had this old wooden box forevvaah... It's falling apart but I just keep filling it with stuff and making it purdee. Sometimes just simple greenery will do.


I don't know about you but I love faux flowers and this time of the year has me putting together arrangements all over the house.

I share a love for little sheep and lambs with Debra creator of the blog, Common Ground.  Go over to her blog and check out her Spring Decor.

This little guy prompted me to create a Springtime vignette for the kitchen table.  


Of course he had to bring his friends along...


Nothing goes better with little sheep than brown transfer ware.

Of course it wouldn't be Spring without a chicken and some eggs...
 And a bird cage full of flowers and a nest...
For those of you that have asked about my son Jeff, he's doing a little better.  He's on his new medicine and we are hoping and praying it will keep the Crohns under control.  Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers and support.

Okay, that's it for now.  I hope to not be so long between posts so until next time....

                                            ~~hugs~~
                                             Sissie

My favorite stuff

  • Donuts
  • Iced Vanilla Coffee
  • Finding Junk and making it beautiful
  • Spending Time with my Sister
  • Holidays with my family
  • Poirot movies
  • reading murder mysteries
  • searching shabby chic stuff on ebay
  • writing stories and blogging
  • snuggling with my husband and my kitty kats
  • comfortable pajamas
  • slot machines
  • yard sales
  • hunting through estate sales and thrift shops
  • going to antique shops
  • eating out with my sister
  • having lunch with my husband
  • having lunch with my son
  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • pedicures and pink toenail polish
  • Lavender scented soaps and body wash
  • Good makeup