Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Why am I Really Doing This?

Hi all, it's been a long time since my last post I know. I was substitute teaching a lot and I don't balance work and home as well as others. I thought I might just delete my blog if I am not able to keep it up regularly, but for now I have decided to leave it - sporadically updated and all.

Georgia also has had a rough few weeks - pneumonia and another virus - but she is doing better now. I realize that things could be much worse. Another dear cancer mom lost her 4 year old daughter to leukemia last week. Last year at this time, my friend Tiffany lost her daughter to a rare tumor. Another family from Siloam Springs is hoping for a miracle for their baby boy also struck by leukemia. These are just the ones I know. There are many others I follow through caringbridge that I have never met but battle just the same. Childhood cancer is an beast that must be stopped! But how? I was talking to one of the nurses at Arkansas Children's Hospital yesterday and she was relaying to me that they are seeing a large increase in oncology patients. Why is this happening? Logically, I care more about this issue because I have a huge stake in it, but shouldn't everyone care about a disease striking our children?

The survival rate for childhood cancer is about 8 in 10. Sounds pretty good doesn't it? But what if your child is one of the 2? The kind of cancer that Georgia had, has a survival rate of somewhere in the 90%. That's awesome especially when you consider that it was 0% only 15 years ago. A cure is awesome, amazing, wonderful, but I would love to see more focus on prevention! The medicines that Georgia and other leukemia patients take are wonderful and horrible at the same time. Yesterday the nurse and I were discussing the drug that Georgia was receiving through her port - as she does every month. The drug is called Vincristine - and I thank God for it. However, one dose of it in the tissue or spine - rather than a vein causes immediate death! That is sobering. Prevention would be so much less dangerous and painful.

That brings me to my title today. Why am I blogging? Why am I blogging about home decorating of all things? I am reminded daily of how trivial most things are. How the things that really matter are usually the things that get put aside. Yet here I sit typing away the precious minutes. I guess I do this because it is an escape. I used to tell myself that I was making a wonderful home for my family. But we all know that a home is made by love and dedication, not chalkboard plates or refinished chairs. So I have come to the conclusion that I decorate and blog about it as a means to escape the realities of life and sometimes to think about them while I am crafting.

So I hope that I have not brought you down, but reminded you that the family inside the home is more important than the home itself. BUT decorating and crafting are a fun way to get away from it all. I will keep decorating and rambling about a cure!

So here are a few of my Christmas projects:

Here is the wreath that I made per Kimba at A Soft Place to Land. See the link on the right of my blog.

Here is sign I made by simply painting over an ugly one I found for $2.

Here is a little display on a cabinet in the dining room. Simple candle in a jar with fresh greenery from the yard, add a wreath I already had and VIOLA!

I found this "ready to paint" sign at HobLob for 1/2 price, of course. I painted it red and then covered the bottom. I then splattered the top with white paint to create the snowed on look.

These are my favorites, but of course there is more- such as my burlap table runner. If I find time I will post more pictures. I leave you with a picture of me under our Christmas tree - literally! It fell on me while I was steadying the base. I wasn't hurt but could not get up - it is a real tree and HEAVY. The kids were too busy laughing like mad and taking pics to help me. Merry Christmas!


Rhonda said...

Oh my goodness! What a great post Lela. I'm so sad Georgia has been sick. I pray there will be a cure! I hate cancer, especially children with it. It breaks my heart.

I would not delete your blog. It's okay to get to it when you get to it. It is a great release. We all need that once in a while. It will be a treasure to look back on one day too.

I love your sign! LOVE it! That is the cutest Christmas sign I've ever seen...honest. Is that using that one type of paper you've mentioned before? How did you do that?

Oh my goodness, I had to snicker when I saw the tree picture. That is too funny they were snapping pictures away and left you under that tree! Ouch! That will be something they remember for a long time!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

The Old Geezer said...

I love your blog title
God bless you