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The Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Shamefully, I'm really late for the party.  However, I have good excuses.  Instead of taking the time to introduce myself (yes, I'm breaking the rules) I'm going to introduce my two wonderful children:  Cameron and Cassandra.

I will admit one thing . . .  I hate Mondays.  I have always hated Mondays.  Now I know why.

Last Monday, my daughter woke from a two-hour nap (we didn't sleep most of the night because she was complaining of stomach pain and she was throwing up) screaming and doubled over in pain.  She pointed to her right side of her abdomen and that got me worried enough that we went to the local hospital.  We spent 8 hours waiting to be seen and getting tests (CAT scan, x-rays, and ultrasound) done.  The doctor sad it could be appendicitis but she has a cyst.  We were then transferred to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh by ambulance.  After some time in the emergency room there, they admitted her because of the cyst.  The cyst was a dermoid cyst and they would need to operate the next day.  Dermoid cysts don't usually occur in girls as young as 8, like my daughter, but usually of women of child bearing age.  It turns out the cyst was partially "human" and it was determined that it was her sibling.  While removing the cyst from her right ovary the doctors discovered that there was no right ovary and that part of the fallopian tube was rotted & dead.  As they remove the cyst and part of the fallopian tube, a tumor was found.  What started as a laproscopic surgery has now moved to a surgery similar to a hysterectomy.  They didn't want to break the cyst or tumor while they were within my daughter so the tiny incision in her belly button has now moved to a 5 inch incision closer to the pubic area. 

Thanks by the grace of God, my daughter is healing nicely.

Today, my son woke up screaming and crying.  He said his foot hurt.  Yesterday while at a friend's Easter Egg Hunt (having it the week after Easter saves a LOT of money), my son had a major fit and ran head first into a tree.  Somehow is head is fine (go figure) but his foot got twisted when he fell from the blow to the head; hence, the broken foot.  We spent 3 hours at the hospital getting x-rays done and being fitted with partial cast & crutches.  Tomorrow we see an orthopedic specialist. 

I'm not getting out of bed next Monday.  Unless someone gives me chocolate.  :)

As you can see, I need a break from the every day shenanigans, from the shroud of being a single mother.  I am ready to party.

My Blogs
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365 Days of Christmas
I want that special feeling to last all year long and that is the inspiration for this blog. I believe in Santa and the Christmas spirit. I love the excitement of decorating and the anticipation of waiting for Santa to arrive. I love the kinder hearts of people who are more generous and more forgiving during this time of year. I love the dazzle of the lights and the twinkle in the children's eyes. I love the merriment of parties and friendships. I love Christmas.

365 Days of Memories
365 Days of Memories is about cherishing our family and loved ones and getting those memories on paper. 365 Days of Memories is all about scrapbooking but also about wonderful friends. Scrapbooking is the focus but other paper crafts, journaling, and altered art will be shared as well.

365 Days of Organization
Get organized now! So much stuff, so little room. Stuff you need, such as food and toiletries. Stuff you collect, such as cookbooks and figurines. Stuff that seems to multiply overnight, such as bills and recyclables. Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions to help you store your stuff. Check out the blog for ideas, concepts, and tips to get you organized. YOU can get organized now!

365 Days of Photos
Follow my life via photographs . . . the good, the bad, the ugly, the ordinary, and the extraordinary . . . photographs of little things and important things . . . photographs of people important to me, photographs of my life.

All Things Cherished
I share my daily living and struggles as a single mother. I share a part of me and my family. I share my children, motherhood, being single in my 40s, Christianity, fibromyalgia & other health issues, advocacy, my passions, my hobbies, my love of reading, and my love of Christmas. I share what all is cherished in my life.

Cherished Memories
CHERISHED MEMORIES is about CHERISHing our family and loved ones and getting those MEMORIES on paper. CHERISHED MEMORIES is all about scrapbooking and paper crafting. CHERISHED MEMORIES is about loving family and wonderful friends. We also learn new and re-visit old techniques, share layouts, cards, and more.

Cherished Treasures
Our trash is your treasure! Come check out our online rummage sale. Jewelry, appliances, books, and so much more.

Free Music
Contemporary Christian Music by Alan Free.

There are a few other blogs too but I won't mention them here.

My Facebook profile can be found here.

Prizes will be announced throughout this week.  I apologize for not being better prepared.

10 cherished words:

Tiffany said...

Welcome to the UBP. Who cares if you're late!? Have fun.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I think I would stay in bed too. Too much time at the hospital. Stopping by from the party!

Trish said...

Wow, I wouldn't want to get out bed either!

I hope they both recover quickly. That's a great picture, by the way. It's nice to see what they look like now. :)

Angi said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I think I'd stay in bed next Monday, too. Hope the kids are healing well.

Angi from Tim and Angi's Family Blog

Carolee / Home4ever said...

Visiting from UBP.

Poor poor momma- so much going on with the kiddo's.

You need a Monday to yourself!

Stop on by my blog and say hello......

Have a great time blog-hopping!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love yoiur blog and looking forward to coming back and reading more...This is such a fun party and I have met some of the greatest bloggers... I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs. Stop by for a visit...just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET! I am going to draw Friday night.....

midwest mama said...

Ack! What an deserve a week's rest, at least. I hope you get lots of UBP love.

bigguysmama said...

That is so crazy about your daughter! Praise God it was caught and taken care of. Wow, we can never know what to expect from one moment to the next! Then your son's foot! Surprising he didn't give himeself a concussion! I hope both of the kids heal well. And if I could, I'd tempt you out of bed with chocolate. :) From one single mom to another!

~Mimi @ Woven by Words

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Jenilee said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm glad your kids are healing. Very scary! Hope you can come back for another visit to my blog. I do have a couple other blogs as well if you want to check them out.

All about Wesley

Take Care! Hope you had a great weekend!

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