Saturday, November 25, 2017

On the Road Again ~

Hello to you, my lovely friends and faithful followers!
Have I got a special surprise for you!
Today it would have been my dear dad's 81st Birthday.
Two and a half years ago many of you spent precious time
on your knees before the thrown of God in prayer for dad
 and our family as dad went through a time of illness, 
hospital stays and then his open heart surgery
which resulted in complications and God calling dad home to glory. 
Just before dad was wheeled into surgery,
his last words were, "I'll be returning with a new heart"
but God had other plans for dad.

~~~♡♡ ~~~

Months before dad passed away, he and mom went through an Estate Sale
with nearly everything selling, including the restored vehicles dad
put his time and heart into during his living years. 
One of dad's restored treasures was a '56 Ford pick up with the name "Cherry Delight".
My husband and I were fortunate enough to purchase dad's dream.
Of all the restored vehicles dad put his time into,
 Cherry Delight has a story behind her and she was dad's dream. 
After purchasing Cherry Delight I asked my dad to write out for me
why he wanted a '56 Ford pickup and these were his words. 

In 1955 just prior to graduation I purchased a new 1955 Ford pickup
with the help of my mom and dad. The plain Baby Blue pickup was customized
including a flame paint job, custom upholstery, fender skirts,
full hubcaps even '49 Mercury taillights fitted into the rear fenders. 
But then in 1956 Ford made a dramatic change adding a wrap around
windshield making it the best looking pickup on the road, 
or at least I thought so, oh if I had only waited another year. 
A year actually turned into 21 years.  Now living in East Vail
in a new home we had built for ourselves I decided it was time 
to find me a '56 project pickup ~ time to make my dream come true. 
My friends were trying to help me out but to no avail, 
couldn't find the one I thought was right. 
Then in early May Mike Bice told me of a red '56 he had seen in Red Cliff, 
he had spoken to the owner John Martinez, who wasn't 
interested in selling, but I decided to go see him for myself.
After meeting with him, within an hour or so I convinced him the pickup
should be mine ~ and the fun was about to begin.
Forty years later my daughter Debby has decided she wants
the pickup, I'm both excited and concerned for her. 
The pickup has been sitting in a garage for approximately 30 years. 
The brakes are down and the tires are shot, and that's to be expected, 
hopefully mechanically the rest is still sound. 
I wish her nothing but the "BEST" and I'm anxious to see her
driving and enjoying it within the next couple of years. 
 Love Dad ~
Looking back, not knowing dad would not be with us much longer 
I am so very thankful for this hand written letter. 

Before dad passed away he told me to talk around
and see if I couldn't find a "back yard mechanic" who would be willing
to tinker with Cherry Delight. 
So, I did as dad asked, talked around, even went to the High School
thinking maybe they would like to work on her as their automotive project. 
Finally, with a handful of options I laid them all before the Lord in prayer.
 Soon after, God clearly directed me to this amazing and talented mechanic,
who offers custom rebuilding and does restoration on any automotive.

For the past two and a half years Cherry Delight has been at the garage
under the loving care of our mechanic,who by the way, is a Christian.  
I truly believe this man was sent from God. 
It all started with putting in fuel injection, which led to
Cherry Delight receiving a new engine, (her new heart) which led to 
numerous changes taking out the old and putting in the new.
God knew that Cherry Delight would be in the best of care
when He directed me to this man.
If dad were here today, I just know he would be very pleased with God's choice.

Cherry Delight is on the road again after being stored for so many years.
Oh how I wish my dad were here to see his dream is alive
and sit in the passenger seat beside of me
while the two of us Cruz down the road together.
Dad was full of life and known for his story telling,
so now as I drive along in his dream pickup
I can hear that awesome voice of his as he shares of his many interesting stories.
In spirit, my dad will always be there by my side
as I enjoy something that was once his,
something that meant a lot to him and something that was restored with his own hands.
Right now before winter sets in I'm having the time of my life!
She will be garaged over the winter month's in this vintage garage
that both dad and I discussed before he passed away.
The paneling is from an old milking barn that was on dad's property.
I'll save that story and photos for another time.
Until then... I'll be out driving ~ 

 Mom continues to make progress with her rehab
gaining strength with each new day.
The goal is for mom to be strong enough to have Christmas
with one of my sisters who lives in Wyoming.
Wyoming is a lower altitude than here, something mom needs with her heart. 
Once again, thank you so very much for your continued prayers. 
God bless you!
Love & Hugs

In Loving Memory ~ Dad, this ones for you! 😗

Monday, November 6, 2017

Stephanie's Tea Cup/ Mug Reveal Party ~

Once again it is time to celebrate with Stephanie over at ~
The Enchanting Rose

as she holds her 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal Party.
This is something that I know is a favorite of many, including myself.
I wait with anticipation of just who my dear Stephanie
is going to match me up with so that I can put together a gift package
in hopes that I may bless my recipient's heart
and this exchange was just as wonderful as all the past exchanges.
I had the opportunity of giving a tea cup and a mug
with both ladies being extremely easy and enjoyable to shop for.
My tea cup lady was Lea who has a lovely blog
that I happily follow and now look forward to becoming friends with.
Lea has been a real blessing through her comments on my posts
during this time of illness that mom is going through.
Thank you, Lea, for being a lovely "Southern Belle" with a sweet spirit. 
This was my gift for Lea ~

For my mug I had the opportunity of meeting a lady with a blog
whom I have never had the opportunity of "meeting"
here in our wonderful community of Blogging.
Dee has a lovely blog that you would enjoy visiting, I'm sure.
I had a wonderful time gathering treasures for Dee using one of her favorite colors,
it seemed as though her color ~ mint green ~ was abounding in every store.
Here is the gift I sent out to Dee ~

With everything going on with my mom I nearly passed this exchange by.
The dates were going to conflict with my travel times while taking mom to Arizona
and I didn't want to disappoint my sender should I not respond right away.
But God ~
Not knowing that my travels were going to change due to mom's health,
I listened to that still small voice believing God was 
directing me to sign up and trust Him for the outcome
and sure enough, the outcome was wonderful!
My heart was richly blessed when I received both my teacup 
and mug just one day apart.
I do not  usually sign up for a mug, but I'm so happy that I did
because I had recently broke one of my favorite large mugs that I very much
enjoy using for both coffee as well as my Lipton's cup-a-soup.
You need to have a good size mug for a cup of soup. 😉
Anne, who does not have a blog so graciously
packaged up the most delightful gift box for me,
 I felt spoiled!
These are the items Anne filled my gift box with ~
Note cards in a keepsake box shaped like a book,
a book on friendship, a frame with Scripture,
chocolates, a cookie cutter in the shape of a mug,
 some caramel cafe' escapes to die for!!
I shall never have to go to Star Bucks again. HA!
Anne, thank you so kindly for your gracious love towards me. ♡

The beauty of a rose ~
Laura  from Decor To Adore
was just the sweetest as she so graciously packaged up a {{PINK}} 
box of delightful treasures for my enjoyment.
My gorgeous tea cup/saucer with a matching plate
is Redoul'e Roses by Roy Kirkham ~ fine bone China from England.
Isn't it fancy?! I will certainly enjoy gracing my china cabinet with this set.
I was spoiled twice over from these two precious ladies.
These are the items Laura filled my gift box with ~
Rooibos cinnamon vanilla tea in a lovey tin, shortbread cookies ~ my ultimate favorite!
A tea cozy that I just know was made by her hands,
a darling little note pad that will go into my purse, chocolate
and a beautiful hand made pop-up card.
Laura, once again, thank you for the beautiful tea cup and pink treasures. ♡


Stephanie, once again, THANK YOU, for the many hours that you pour into
your lovely exchange!
Being your mother, I have the blessed opportunity of hearing
through you, the many stories of these ladies experiences 
and the friendships made all around the globe.
 I too, have been blessed with lasting friendships made over a tea cup and or a mug.
As you pray over each name Stephanie, and allow God to direct you
in matching ladies up, you have no idea how God is using you
and how lives will be touched through this ministry of yours.
God has placed ladies in my own life through your exchanges 
who have encouraged my heart many times over
not knowing that I was in need of some encouragement.
May your heart and life be blessed abundantly
for all that you joyfully do for our enjoyment
through your loveliness.

~ Debbie ~

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Returning to Rehab ~

How can I express to you, dear friends, my overflowing heart
of gratitude for your visits and most comforting messages?
There are no words to describe what I feel within my heart.
You may never know just how sweetly you have touched my life
during this difficult time that I am going through with the health of mom.
I keep thinking that I will soon be back to writing regular posts
and be finished with so many up-dates on mom, but I'm just not sure
when that is going happen.
Of course I will be posting and sharing with my dear Stephanie as we share in her
Tea Cup/Mug Exchange~Reveal Party next week ~ Woohoo!!
So many of you have shared encouraging messages
and for the life of me I just can't get around to replying back to you, I'm so sorry!
Please, except my heart felt gratitude as I thank you here on my blog.
Last week I spent pretty much of my week in the hospital with mom,
and the hospital is two hours away, so that meant staying over a few nights.
This particular hospital has a Hospitality House that God so graciously 
led me to through a Christian nurse looking after mom.
A lovely place where you can find rest for your weary soul.
During the week when mom was in the hospital recovering from her brain surgery
I found myself deep in the Scriptures bathing myself in
 verses that pertained to God as my Rock.
God has truly been my Rock, whom I have held tightly to each and every day.


"I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength."
~ Psalm 18:1~
Oh, how I love the Lord my God, Who is my strength!
"The Lord is my Rock,  and my fortress, and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation,
and my high tower."
~ Psalm 18:2 ~
My "buckler" meaning my shield.
What more could I ask for?
"In my distress I called upon the Lord,
and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple,
and my cry came before him, even unto his ears."
~ Psalm 18:6 ~
 I will call upon my Lord, who is worthy to be praised!
"It is God that girdeth me with strength,
and maketh my way perfect."
~ Psalm 18:32 ~
To gird, to equip ~ with God as my Rock, I know that I can have the confidence 
in preparing myself to meet each new day, knowing,
I must meet it with strength and endurance finding joy in everything.


Mom's surgery went well, the surgeon is pleased and mom is in the healing process.
Mom returned back to Rehab just five days after her fall!
I'm amazed at how quickly patient's are released from the hospital,
even brain surgery patients. It's crazy!!
Mom has a long road with therapy, with now new conditions to deal with.
She has been remarkable!
Our trust is in God, our Great Physician and Healer.
 With one day and one step at a time, mom will reach her goals and cross her finish line
with an amazing victory and story to share with others
as God receives all the glory and praise.
Once again, thank you so very much for your love, care and prayers.

"As for God, His way is perfect"

~ Debbie ~

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

From a Fall to Brain Surgery ~ Mom

The morning was cool and crisp with our gorgeous Colorado blue skies
as I headed down the road early Saturday morning making my way with Donatella
to see mom at the Rehab Center when I received the call
from the nurse stating that mom had fallen, or slipped, off the side of her bed
as she was getting up to brush her teeth.
Again, mom's legs became like jelly giving out on her,
down she went hitting the side of her face leaving her with quite a shinier.
An hour after the fall and after monitoring her, an ambulance was called 
with concern that she had a concussion, when in-fact, she had bleeding on the brain.
Once again, mom was taken "flight for life" to a hospital two hours away
where there was a Neuro surgeon on staff.
Mom had a very large bleed that was pressing on her brain
and there was concern that she would hemorrhage and die.
With mom's heart condition she is taking two blood thinners
and bleed out is always a concern, so it was important for the doctors 
in making sure her platelets were where they should be 
in order to perform brain surgery.
After a blood transfusion and some testing mom was given the green light
and brain surgery took place Sunday morning.
All went well and the surgeon accomplished all that he had hoped for.


Once again, God's abundant love, grace and mercy
was evident in this whole situation.
As I look back at this past weekend that came and went so very quickly
I stand amazed, once again, at the Greatness of our God.
A simple fall that turned into brain surgery.
It almost seems unreal to me.
It is very evident that God has His loving arms wrapped around mom.
Her face hurts me just to look at it, yet, she has not complained once of any pain.
How can that be? Only GOD!
Mom is alert, answers questions perfectly and is in good spirits,
though she is extremely tired.
I am a firm believer that rest is the best healer,
and God is making sure that she sleeps so her body can heal.
As a family, we have many decisions that must be made on mom's behalf,
we have little bridges to cross, one at a time, as God leads the way.


While I sat in mom's hospital room Saturday night I could hear helicopters 
coming and going and one of the nurses said that the ER was full with trauma patients.
On Sunday during mom's surgery two of my sister's and I sat 
in the ICU waiting room with two other groups who
were waiting for a loved one who was also undergoing surgery.
It was evident that their loved one was in critical condition.
Thoughts ran through my mind wondering if they had the Hope and Promise
of an Eternal home in heaven through Jesus Christ?
When we have that Hope, we have a peace that passes all understanding 
and difficult times don't seem so difficult.
During these times we can be of good courage knowing God will strengthen our heart.
"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
all he that hope in the Lord."
~ PSALM 31:24 ~   
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord,
and whose hope the Lord is."
~ Jeremiah 17:7 ~

Prayers matter ~ thank you, once again, for yours!

Glory to God!
~ Debbie ~

Friday, October 13, 2017

YIKES! Winter is a comin'

~The road leading to our home ~

Autumn is still showing forth her beauty
but we have already had two incredible snow storms
here in the Rocky Mountains.
Our first storm started with rain and thunder
and then through out the night it turned into a heavy and wet snow fall
bringing down a number of the aspen trees around our yard.
What a shock when I looked out of our bedroom window
that over looks our back yard! 
I could hear in the night some noises 
that I thought may have been thunder in the distance
and then rustling on the back deck that I figured was just the bear. 
All those noises were trees snapping and falling to the ground.
What a sad sight...
We are still cleaning up the mess, all the while hoping that those trees that are leaning
will pop back up with time.
Just like that, our grounds were changed without warning.
Nothing stays the same, does it?


God has His ways of keeping us from getting too comfortable with life.
One of my daily prayers is that I never become complacent in life
 or in my walk with the Lord.
I pray that God, through the Holy Spirit, will help me to learn 
what His Word says, what it means, and what it means for my own life.
James compared the Bible to a mirror (James 1:22).
As we gaze into the Word of God, we see ourselves reflected in it.
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves."
I pray that I will never walk away from God's mirror without making
the needed changes through the help of the Holy Spirit.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,
and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in His deed."
(James 1:25)
Is God's Word written on your heart in such a way
that you have fallen in love with Scripture?


Well my dear friends, life has certainly had its changes here with mom.
Mom was working diligently with her physical therapy
and pressing forward towards the day when her and I would leave for Arizona,
only to find herself  at "ground zero" and back in rehab.
Mom was given the flu shot and 12 hours later thought she was experiencing 
flu symptoms only to find out that she had urosepsis, an infection
that spreads from the urinary tract to the blood stream, causing a systemic
infection that circulates through the body through the bloodstream.
Her blood pressure dropped and is still low, and I believe she was in septic shock
when her legs became like jelly giving out on her, 
as well as her confused mind.
How grateful I am that help arrives quickly through calling 911.
Over the past four weeks with mom's illness she has become very weak and frail.
Arizona, mom's winter home, still awaits her.
"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry" By Robert Burns
No matter what our expected plans may be, something can still go wrong.
Once again I had to fall back my own words,
"Trust in the Lord, and rest in that trust."
God is in complete control of our lives no matter what our expected plans may be,
and life is all the sweeter when we give Him control.
You have been so faithful in holding mom and our family up in prayer
over these past three months and with a grateful heart
I want to express to you how very thankful I am.
God in His grace and mercy touches the hearts of His people
and moves them to their knees on behalf of others.
I may never meet you face to face this side of Eternity,
but our spirits are joined together through the power of God 
and the working of the Holy Spirit.
Because of Christ ~ life is beautiful!
Sending you all my love and {{hugs}} 

~ Debbie ~

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