Saturday, December 22, 2007

'Nother Update

Little update on Little Sophia. Sheynah and her husband Mike were able to hold Sophie yesterday. She's still on an IV for food but was able to keep some breast milk down. The doctors are almost ready to move her to Level II, which is an improvement in her condition. She's also put on a little weight. She still has a ways to go, but she's heading in the right direction.

Blessings to Report

Just checked on my fellow blogger Bob and found out he's home already! God truly does work miracles through his angels and he's living proof. I'm so glad he's home and can spend Christmas with his family.

In his blog, Bob speaks of the many willing angels God called forth to help him in his time of need. It's a special privledge to be one of those angels...I know, because I was one of those angels--more than once--when my sister was in need.

I'm glad you're home, Bob and here's to many more Christmases at home with your family.

Also, I want to report that little Sophia is improving. She's now able to breathe on her own. She still can't eat yet, but that's okay. She has her own personal staff of angels looking after her. I know she won't be 100% healthy has to come little by little, one baby step at a time but it will come. I can't wait to see what she looks like! Hopefully my sister will have a picture of Sophie soon. Sophie won't be home for Christmas this year, but I hope Sheynah will have a special Christmas gift...the opportunity to hold her daughter in her arms by then. That's my prayer for her.

Time to stop blogging and start making the cookies...

Friday, December 21, 2007

Are you ready yet?

For Christmas, that is?

My shopping is done (yay!) but I've only wrapped one present, because it had to be sent to my nephew in Montana. Everything else is stashed away in my super-secret hiding place. It's mostly gift cards, so don't get too excited. I'm being a little clever this year with the cards. It's always so obvious when you give a gift that it's a gift card. Like years ago when you gave someone an album, it was obvious that it was an album because of it's shape. Same with cassettes and CDs. This year, I collected several small boxes from work. I'll shred old wrapping paper and use it as filler, and put the card in the box and wrap that. Since I always give gift cards to my niece and nephews, they'll know what they're getting, but just for that moment of time, they'll think they got something else.

I started my baking last night. Meant to do it last weekend, but time kinda got away from me. Plus I was trying desperately to finish my writing assignment...due today and put in the mail yesterday. Thank goodness! Now I can enjoy the madness of the holiday without worrying about my writing. Oh, and I still have about a dozen Christmas cards to get out...hopefully they'll be in the mail today. So they may get to some people the day after's the thought, right?

A few days ago, on the 18th, my step-niece gave birth to a little girl, Sophia Marie. I get to call my sister Grandma now! Well, just once in a while to tease her, and technically, she's step-grandma. But it's not all great news...Sophia was born about five weeks too soon and she's in NICU at the hospital. She has a good birth weight for a premie, just over five pounds, but as of right now, she's not eating or breathing on her own. Her mom still hasn't been able to hold her yet. The doctors expect her to improve over the next week and upgrade her status and she should be able to go home on her expected due date, which is in late January. I've prayed over Sophia, and have asked a couple prayer chains I know of to pray for her as well.

And I just found out this morning that one of my favorite bloggers, Bob, is in the hospital, recovering from a heart attack. I know what his family is going through and I have sent prayers for his do the same, okay?

If I don't post before then, have a Merry Christmas, everyone!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Christmas Meme

Found this on another blog and I shamelessly copied it.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bag? Wrapping paper. Gift bags are nice for odd-shaped items but it's more fun watching them unwrap something--especially since I use a lot of tape.

2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial with a can of pine scented spray. I have a pre-lit tree and it saves hours of time.

3. When do you put up your tree? Usually by the 10th of December.

4. When do you take down your tree? New Year's Day.

5. Do you like eggnog? Bleah! We had it every year for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I drank it when I was younger because everyone else was. Once I realized I could voice my own opinions (about 13years old), I said "no more" and haven't had a drop since.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My Snoopy dog. I still have it.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Somewhere.

8. Hardest person to buy for? Any adult male in my family.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My sister MB.

10. Worst Christmas gift you've ever received? Cotton flanel Zodiac imprinted sheets. I would have liked them when I was a teen, but not in my mid-
30s. Took them back to W**-M*** and traded them for a set of hand weights. I still use them.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. I'm still old-fasioned that way.

12. Favorite Christmas movie? Meet Me in St. Louis.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I start thinking about it in October and start shopping in mid-November.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes. A gift from inside the family to someone outside the family.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Chocolate and Vanilla Pinwheel Cookies!

16. White or colored lights? White lights on the tree, colored lights everywhere else.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells. Any classic carol sung by a choir.

18. Traveling for Christmas or stay home? Staying home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, Rudolph and Olive (Olive the other reindeer...)

20. Angel or Star on top of tree? Home tree has a star, office tree has an both!

21. Open presents Christmas Eve or Morning? Christmas Morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Commercialization of Christmas, "gimmie, gimmie, gimmie", radio stations that play non-stop Christmas songs from the middle of November (one or two an hour is okay, but not non-stop!) and sappy, predictable "new" Christmas movies.

23. What I love most about Christmas? Being with family.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How Much is Your Blog Worth?

A lot more than I thought!

My blog is worth $564.54.
How much is your blog worth?

I was almost afraid to try this thinking I would wind up owing it money.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Slowly Recovering

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but after that marathon month of typing, I needed a little break. Plus, my workload had increased and I'm exhausted by the time I get home, I don't want to face a keyboard.

Anyway, I saw this at one of my blogs and had to post it. These kids are awesome!