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Monday, April 26, 2010

Challenge - Here it comes

Hello,


Having a family and getting things done can be challenging.... but when you have a chronic illness or a handicap it can be even more challenging as well as debilitating (not just physically but mentally as well).  I have had 2 TIA's (strokes) and have SLE/Lupus and Hashimoto's (thyroid disease).  There are also signs of MS but ruling it out for now.  They are all auto-immune related and so it might just be 1 thing in the end.  I am also a USMC veteran so it is also called GWS (Gulf War Syndrome if symptoms are not actually diagnosed)

Today and over the weekend is just one of those times when I really see how challenging it can be....not just to work on my craft and being a Mom & wife but just to function doing daily tasks.  From nausea to muscle weakness and cramps from headache to full blown migraine and vomiting--extreme pain--purple fingers--hair loss--stomach pain--swelling--vertigo--dysphasia--insomnia-tremors and on and on and on.  It can be so belittling and heart breaking when i have to rely on my husband to feed the kids or me.  Trying to create something out of these crappy times is not even on my mind but...at times I use those moments just to lay in bed with my family and enjoy a good movie and snacks.  Or I'll just sit there and color with my 4 year old.  

That is when the magic happens and I get a vision (no not a crazy vision-like I see dead people-that is another blog LOL) and i create something with them or through those moments.  Even if i have to ask my pre-schooler to hold the pliers for me ..... it no longer makes me feel small but like I am teaching him a craft that one day he might teach his children.  Even just the notion of being with Mom and helping out eventually makes him a better man......then I have done my job.

Share your challenges big or small and always know that there is meaning in it.
Anna

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My FAV QUOTE of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY! via FACEBOOK

"Excellence doesn't just happen. It must be forged, tested and used. It must be passed down... and woven into the very fabric of our souls - until it becomes .....our nature." 

~ General Charles C. Krulak ~ 

31st Commandment of the Marine Corps (he put on my chevrons for my meritorious mast & promotion-not as Commandant)

SEMPER FI!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

help on blog


Ok this is my 1st blog via blogger - how am i doing--hmmm not sure since i don' know what this will look like
I create a blog in word press and after an upgrade - it basically vanished
Yippee for me

now checking if links work
so ARTIBILITY & ARTIBILITY STYLES
and FACEBOOK & TWITTER

MY ETSY