Monday, January 31, 2011

My Dearest Grandma!!!!

This picture was taken of my grandmother a little over a year ago...she was so full of life and humor!! Just look at her "Go ahead and take it" smile!! Now she is bedridden and needs someone to take care of all her needs...and i mean "all"!!
You see...she has alzheimers. It has taken away her life. It has literally taken her.  
My mother took the job of taking care of her full time. My grandma lives in her own room at my mom's house. It is my job to go over there 3 times a week and give her a bath, get her in her wheelchair, and wash her hair. Oh the fun we see...she has become my best friend. Who beter to tell all your secrets than to someone who won't remember them 5 seconds from now!! LOL She makes me laugh..and sometimes cry! But most of all she teaches me. To be more patient, more honest, and most of all more loving. I have learned to live life.
Sometimes she thinks i am her nurse, sometimes just some random girl..more recently i am her sister...but to me she will always be my grandma!!

On a more lighter note...i love to craft!! I am always looking to make something new. Recently i saw a great pillow that great sayings stamped all over the front and then appliques sewn over that. Oh how beautiful it was...and i got to thinking!! I have to make one!! Does anyone out there know if there is a stamping ink that can be used on fabric....or can all ink be used on fabric?? I am going to try and make one of these as soon as i am done working on my latest rug. My newest passion is making old fashioned "toothbrush" rugs. They are so easy to make and last a lifetime.  
Here is a pic of the last one i made:
The woman who bought it is going to put it in her kitchen. She is going to love standing on it while doing her dishes or cooking her dinner. They are so soft and thick under your feet!!
Time to go...i'm working on another rug that needs to be finished in two days!! 

May God bless you in all you do!!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Eating Healthier!!

On my quest to eat healthier..i let my children each pick a new and different fruit to try today at the grocery store. Oh what fun that was! My daughter picked a mango which we all loved...and my son bought a coconut. (Do you think we are missing the warm weather here..notice the tropical feel??) 
After what seemed like hours and alot of whining from the little ones..i finally cracked that coconut! EWWWWW!! They are definitely not as tasty as the sugared coconut you buy in the bag!! LOL!! What do people do with these?? We ended up wasting most of it which really upsets me...but i guess you'll never know if you like something if you never try it!!

I went to the doctors office (finally!!) last week and found out that I have very high blood pressure...still waiting for all my bloodwork results. Doesn't look good though so i am trying to start watching what i put in my mouth and excercising more! This is so much harder than it should be i swear. 
I did find a very great website though which helps you track everything...from what you eat, to how much water you drink, and even how much you excercise!! Its called!! This is NOT an advertisement for them..i just thought that maybe some of you out there might like to see for yourselves. They have millions of good healthy recipes and even excercise videos!! If you are trying to live healthier like should give them a try...they are absolutely free!!!

Until tomorrow!!

May God bless you in all you do!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

This is SOOOOOO scary!!!

Hello!! My name is Tonia and i am very new to blogging!! To be honest, it scares me a little, but I can't wait to get started and make new friends! The idea of meeting new people and sharing my thoughts, dreams, adventures and maybe even creations gets me excited!!

Just to start, i want to share a bit about myself.
I have created a beautiful family with my husband of 17 yrs. We love eacother dearly...on most days...and I can't imagine spending my life with any other. We have three children...15, 9, and 5 and they keep me very busy. I have chosen to be a stay at home mom and its a decision i don't regret. I love to volunteer, read, craft and relax to good music and a glass of great wine. 
My biggest dream is to open my own craft stop in the country. That is one of the reasons for starting this i can reach out and meet new people and get over my fears. 

So come follow me on this great adventure that i am ready to embark on!!

God Bless you in all you do!!