June 8, 2013

Loving Aqua lately...kids where away...so the mom could play :)

 PapertreyInc Delightful Dahlia was inspired by a Stamp TV Bold Blooms technique video I watched recently (skip the ad).
 Should have done the Imagine in white but it's clear...kinda ironic :)
Ellie like Zebra and I am not a fan so I played with it a little.
 the picture came out dark...sorry...this is with Rosie Posie from PapertreyInc and the Rosie Posie Step 2 set to match it
This was done with Wildflower Garden stamp set by Papertreyinc with a technique of using the die markers then spritz the stamp with water before you press it onto the paper.

June 3, 2013

Card making fun

 Birthday...Dunkin' Donuts color theme for my coffee drinking bestie!
LOVE LOVE LOVE PTI Dies and colors!!!  And the stamps too!
I used this Sketched Shapes
Die for the Banners
And this Cover plate circles Die for the circles
Actually submitted this one for the Make it Monday Challenge!
 twins!
 Make a bunch and give as a gift...have baby/bridal shower guests fill out their addresses for the new mom/bride to help her get them out and lessen the burden :)
 PTI Hexagon Happy :)

April 1, 2013

Blessed

Hope your Easter was filled with Blessings...beyond measure!
These cards were made with the help of Papertrey Ink :)  a new guilty pleasure.

February 27, 2013

Art Therapy research to seek medical changes in the Brain



Yes, Virginia, There Is Some Art Therapy Research

There is more evidence on art therapy than you think. 
Check out this article by Cathy Malchiodi from Psychology Today
 
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-healing-arts/201302/yes-virginia-there-is-some-art-therapy-research

Sanguine today



Marvel in delight at the light....how blessed we are to be on this earth and have each other...is there anything better?

February 10, 2013

Crafty Valentine's 2013

Crafty session with the girls...had to make this even though it's not exactly for Valentine's Day.  Papertrey Inc die cut and screw eyelets to adhere it to a black background.  3 philip's head and one flat head...ha ha
this Cat card is Ellie's creation...I taught her how to do a mask technique...she liked it :)  she loves cats these days :)


This one is slated for someone this year...but not exactly sure if he is my Valentine or not...we shall see.

Go get crafty!
Create from within!

November 18, 2012

Love attending craft fairs...wish I was still doing them ...but stumbled upon this one yesterday...it just made me happy!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all...stay healthy and happy...hug your kids and appreciate what you have today...we always want more...but when you have your health, you have EVERYTHING!!!

Peace to you all.

August 11, 2012

It's out of my hands



Just when I start liking what I see
There you go changing my scenery

I am well, healthy, kids are good...new job on the horizon...sadly a relationship has ended...I surrender to Him and he will lead me to where I need to be.  I am blessed today. Peace to you, Jodi

May 2, 2012

May

It's May and life is still strumming along, climbing more mountains...more in love and all check ups are good.  Still go every 3 months to keep me in menopause with the medication Zoladex and I get Zometa every 6 months and take Exemastane daily.  My annual mammogram on my right side was yesterday...kinda brought up some sadness as this is how it all started...but it's all good...one foot in front of the other :)

This year we will camp with a camper...a pop-up really...but it's going to be a fun summer!  The kids and I appreciate you all and hope to inspire if only a few people through their own journey and the struggles they face.

Blessings are everywhere!  Jodi

January 31, 2012

LIfe is there for the taking...these days!


Almost 4 years later after being diagnosed (3/08)...

I suppose 4 years ago, my mammogram was done and they wanted me to do a repeat and check out a few things...I was without insurance and didn't see the big deal in waiting...oh I had no idea what was in store for me?!

But that was then.

Amazing things are happening to me, now...to my life...for the girls...I can not thank the Lord enough..thanks aren't what He wants though...but to be glorified...as without Him...none of this wonderful life could be taking place. I have an amazing job, coming up on my year anniversary (2/14/11)...a wonderful man has entered my life with his children and together we make 7...time will tell what the future holds...but for today I will soak it up and breathe it all in!!!!



These days I say, "my life is full of Love, Prosperity and Abundance!"

April 10, 2011

The Secret is out...spring has sprung!

A beautiful day on tap today...took a wonderful walk with my daughter #2 and enjoyed listening to the wind talk to the trees. I am facing a new chapter this year and am loving so many parts of it. We got out yesterday and hit the driving range for opening day at the golf course. It's so nice to be the "customer" now!We definitely had a ton of snow this year with a foot or so falling on April 1st!But it allowed us to ski and skate this year, and I must say the kids did amazingly well! They had never done either sport before and em and el are confident enough on skis to travel all the way to the summit, providing they only follow the green circle trails. We were able to travel to Rangely, ME and went to Saddleback Mountain too...it was a blast as we were able to visit with cousins.

I began a new job back in February which has brought me so much pride. I get to be a community liaison for a health care company which is similar to what I did in my past life before kids and cancer. I am still in my first 90 days and hopefully they keep me ;) It is year round work with benefits and I was able to afford to buy a car of my own for the first time in my life! Past cars were either hand-me-downs from family or company cars. It was very empowering going to negotiate for the "deal" by myself, no man in sight!

I have a great group of friends that come to my home on Mondays to knit and on Wednesdays our local library started a knitting group as well. It is still the best therapy for me and my anxiety! I am knitting a cardigan...it's been ripped out or "frogged" once already, so we will see if I can complete the project. Completion is a goal and I was able to complete many smaller projects for holiday gifts this year...and a few for myself :)
So no longer dating and feeling quite sad about the loss of a dear sweet person in my life...I am charting a new course and determined to keep chugging along and allow my heart to be open to what the Lord presents to me...in HIS time...HE will show me the way.

2011 is off to a great healthy, prosperous year! I have been exposed to the dvd/book "The Secret" and try to live the philosophy...so several years ago I was on the beer cart working Saturday mornings and chanted to myself each shift, "my life is full of prosperity and abundance". Well, I must say...it came true! I challenge you all to try it! Be well dear readers.

Blessings,
Jodi

December 27, 2010

2010 Was a VERY Good Year!

Hello...and let me say thank you to anyone that visits me and who puts up with my long absences. My new mission is to LIVE and not loose time anymore doing things that distract me from soaking up all the goodness that the good Lord has offered me. :)

I am well this 2010 as are all my family and friends. I have been disease free for just over 2 years now and still on the Femara, Zometa, and Zoladex. I am showing uncomfortable signs of joint pain...in my feet, hips, elbows and shoulders which gets me down but I take ibuprofen and it seems to help me manage it better. The mornings are the worst. I was able to get a spinal mri recently due to the back pain as Dr Kaufman wanted to make sure the cancer didn't spread to my bones...all they found was Degenerative Disc Disease...oh is that all? You can see how there is white in all the discs except the bottom ones...they are not filled with as much fluid anymore and that is what is causing the pain and the spasms when i twist or lift wrong or too much. I suppose being on my feet all day doesn't help much either. I love seeing what MRI's show...
This next picture was taken at a rugby game at NEC during homecoming weekend in October. It was a blast! One of the players actually landed at Emily's feet trying to catch the ball! I got to see a bunch of old friends and had the rare feeling of time travel as I felt like it was 25 years earlier.

The girls are getting so big and life is never boring...Ellie took archery this year and got a bow for Christmas (we got her a right handed one and still need to switch it to a lefty though). Em is now a "working girl" as she does "mother's helper" hours with my next door neighbor. It is such a win-win situation...emily loves feeling needed and the 2 little ones love having her attention. The mom loves being able to fix dinner without little one's distracting her and my other 2 like having some quiet time after school. I'm happy that she is developing positive self esteem and gaining confidence as she grows. I also remember that hard age and liking having other women (other than my mom) to talk to. You can never have too many female role models for young girls!
Ellie ran her first 5 k this year and as a matter of fact I participated in a 5k this year too...but walked most of it. We also climbed 2 mountains Kearsarge and Cardigan
(I still can't believe I did it!) and did some hiking near Lake Winnepasaukee too! with great friends :) This pic was taken with my phone using a panoramic setting...so cool!
I have to say that climbing isn't so much fun...but the view is spectacular! And after that spinal exam...the doctor told me I had to KEEP MOVING! So there you go...more mountains to climb!This one is at Attitash where we went on the alpine slides and the kids got to try rock climbing...even sara did a great job! I was so fortunate to meet up with my internet chemo buddy Sara and her family there and we were able to get to the top together...but then again we aready had. It was such a marvelous metaphor though...it made us both cry...who would have thought we could have been together there...at the top 2 years ago?!?!?! Certainly not us! She told me of her friend that led her to me (well my Etsy shop) that had suddenly passed away earlier that spring...it's hard to imagine the plan that God has for us...how we all touch eachother in ways we sometimes don't even know.

Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year! Blessings, Jodi

July 12, 2010

I'm still here...REALLY!

Wow...has it been since january since i last posted? I guess it's the ebb and flow of illness...i retreated to a solemn place...a place to let my brain catch up with the world and what became of my body. I nested with my kids all winter as I was laid off and could hold them again...what a joy it is to hold my (now 4 year old) baby!!! For 2 years she couldn't be picked up by me...and now she can...as long as i sit down real fast...she has gotten soooo big!

My weight dropped quite a bit this past winter, down to about 115...but it's July now and I've put 10 lbs back on :)

I'm back at work at the golf course...working over the grill...oh the heat...these 90 degree days are taking their toll. I have less energy but really don't mind too much...it makes me slow down and appreciated the kids more. Those days with sprinklers and slip 'n slide and friends to share them with.

I listen to Air1 quite a bit now...and my favorite singer these days is Francesca Battistelli.


I am attending Soulfest this year with friends...and I am soooooooooooooooo excited! I hope we can make it through the day to see kutless.

This song is awesome! (Find more info about the song and band here)
5. What Faith Can Do
Everybody falls sometimes
You gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you’re stronger, stronger than you know

And don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
You may decide to take that step
Out on the water
But it’ll be all right

Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

Overcome the odds
When you don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It will tell you that it can

(Repeat Chorus)


So knitting has slowed down a bit but I will get back to it as the days grow cold again. Now I'm trying to have fun being a craftysoul and practice my golf game.

I have been having an awful time with my elbow/arm (left side) and lower back pain. So Dr. Kaufman wants to run some bone scans and an MRI of my spine to rule out bone cancer. He x-rayed the elbow...wish it were something simple...cuz it really hurts...it wakes me up and the numbness does too...will sleep ever just be the wonderful slumber it used to be...ever???

My life is getting along...moving into the next phase of Survivorship...side effects...gratitude and moving on!

Blessings,
Jodi