5.06.2008

Orange You Glad I'm Not Broken


This morning I got a call just before eight to find out my SIL had been in an accident in our car. She's fine, she says. The other car barely even had a scratch on it (she had rear ended them), the other girl was fine, and Paul already talked to the insurance and they were going to cover most of it. We only have one car and don't exactly have the means to get another one right now. Needless to say I started crying.

If it had been just the accident I might have been fine but this whole past month or so has been a really rough ride, well the year in general. And this last week really has been extra hard. We had spent $800 on repairs to the car, from fixing the AC to getting a cracked rim replaced, to new brakes, all just this last month. In addition to that, Paul's new 360 died this week, the one he got for Christmas that is also our DVD player. It's still under warranty so hopefully they will fix the problem with no charge to us. This last Friday, the week that Caitie's toe got hurt, she came home from school and then that night was really sick, was up until 1 while we tried to get the fever down, and then woke up again at 5. I took her to the walk in at 9 since it was Sat. and found out she had an ear infection. Sunday it became a cough and runny nose, and yesterday Audrey started with the ultra sniffles and some coughing too.

I've had minimal sleep with sick kids being up through out the night, what sleep I have gotten has been restless so I've been hanging by a thread all this past week. The time at Kay and Julie's really helped but I was still exhausted (btw the doctor had told me that Caitie didn't seem to have anything that was contagious, otherwise we would have stayed at home). That call this morning broke the damn and suddenly I felt as if everything was going wrong, that things just won't get better. I try to believe they will. Things break, kids get sick, we don't have any money but then again we rarely do, lol. It's not the end of the world, though while I was crying I couldn't help but to wonder how we'll manage, even though we somehow always do.

Add to that, that the MRI Paul got up north today says he has a new lesion in his brain. It's not active but they want him to come up again soon for some spinal tests since they think his spine might be degenerating now too. Paul says it's going to be okay, so I'm trusting him that it will be okay. Because by myself I can't believe it will be, but I have to trust that if he says it's alright, it will be alright. Without him I'd completely break down.

Anyway, what in the world does this have to do with the card, lol? Well, this was the sentiment I was thinking of after trying to help console my SIL on the phone. Life is how you bake it. Creating is truly therapy. I stamped a bunch of images for the girls to color so they could color while I made this card for the sketch challenge. I've tried to be happier throughout the rest of the day, because no matter what happens the only thing I have control over is myself. And I want to be happy. Even if things don't turn out right, I want to be happy about something. Paul won't be home for a while still, so I fed the girls noodles for dinner and baked myself orange rolls. Because on days like this, there should only be dessert.



This was the other card I made for last weeks sketch challenge. I used the same color palette just changing out the pink carnation for ocean. Oh by the way the colors in the cards are Orange, Sunflower, Pink Carnation (for the top), and Ocean (for this one). Mostly just scraps used on both cards. The top card's sentiment was printed with my computer and this card's sentiment is from the Totally Chic stamp set. Both bellas colored with CTMH markers and highlighted with my gel pen as usual. There was a bit of orange in both these cards, hence the title along with the fact that yes, I'm still running. Despite all that's happened I'm still able to create and am not broken... yet, lol. I really hope everyone's having a better week than I have been! Thanks for stopping by ^_~

20 comments:

Laurel said...

Sorry to hear about how things have been going. It is awful when it just doesn't seem to end. I am thinking about you and hope things get better soon.

Your cards are wonderful!

scrapnstamphappy said...

Goodness, sometimes when it rains, it pours doesn't it? I hope you see your rainbow soon. I'm sorry you're going through so much at once. In the meantime, keep on creating. It's such great therapy. Your cards are fabulous and the bright colors are cheery. Those oranges and yellows are just the sunshine you need this week. -Kim

Chef Mama said...

I'm so sorry to hear how difficult things have been this year. I popped over here when I saw your cards on SCS. They are SO cute! I'm glad you had something therapeutic to do after the news today. Glad no one is hurt, but I'm still so sorry for all your other hurts. Hugs!

sparkplug17 said...

I'm sending you big hugs! I'm sorry that everything had to happen all at omce. But I'm glad that you're all safe and no one's hurt.

Your cards are super awesome though and I'm so glad you're not broken! I hope you have a better day my dear. Love, Sparks

Kariberry said...

I'm glad everyone is ok. Marjorie your spirit is strong & won't be broken, it shows in your work. It's beautiful, like yoU!! :)

Sue said...

{{{Marjorie}}} Hoping things get better for you soon.

Stacy said...

Gosh, you'd never know from your fabulous creations that you were having some rough times! Hope things get better soon.

catt871 said...

Your cards are gorgeous! I hope things start to look up soon!! Sending hugs your way!!

scrappin' happy said...

Marjorie, So sorry your month has been like this. Your cards are beautiful. You are an inspiration for your chin up attitude. I will be thinking of you and your family and hope everything gets better.

Shannon
Fellow ctmh sister

Jenn said...

Hey Marjorie-
Glad to hear that your SIL and the other driver are OK! Sorry to hear everthing is happening at once. Sometimes it doesn't seem like it will end, but it does and you will come out stronger!!!! I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and sending big cyber {{{hugs}}} your way!!! Your cards are gorgeous and I am always truly inspired when I visit your blog. Please take care and keep creating!!!

P.S...here is the link to my card for your color challenge!
http://stampsandallthatjazz.blogspot.com/2008/05/stylin.html#links

Lori said...

Marjorie,
I'm so sorry that you are going through so much. I know that feeling when just can't take any more. I have been there. But, rest assured because things will get better. They always do. Hang in there sweety.
Hugs,
Lori

Jena said...

Oh wow, sorry to hear how things have been - here's a big hug for you!

I LOVE your cards - I keep 'shopping' on the bella site but never finish as my cart gets too expensive and I have a hard time deciding what NOT to get ;-) I enjoy seeing the results of your stamping therapy - I do that too.

Hope you have a better day!

Kathi Carlson said...

Your cards are wonderful, and I'm very glad you're not broken. You're also not alone. Life keeps knocking me down these days, too - one thing after another. About all we can do is get back up, dust ourselves off, and keep on goin'. Stamping is the ultimate escape. I love all that you do!! TFS.

Littlekel90 said...

Ohh, Marjorie. I am so sorry to hear you are having some tough times right now, but God only sends us things we can handle to make us stronger people. I know it doesn't seem like that right now, but in a few months or so you will look back and see that it all worked out. {{hugs}} your way. I am glad your SIL is okay, and I will be thinking of you, your family and especially Paul. Take care of you. Your cards, as usual are gorgeous, and they are GREAT therapy. Keep on stampin' girl. :) Kel

Mommy Poulsen said...

So sorry to hear about your rough week! Hope things get better for you soon! Your cards look beautiful! TFS!

kisha said...

((((HUGS)))
big hugs to you marjorie. i hope you have a better thursday.
take one minute at a time! i say that because taking one day at a time can often be overwhelming.
hugs again - kisha

~KRISTY~ said...

WHAT A PERFECT SENTIMENT MARJORIE!!! KEEP SMILING..BIG HUGS:-)

Carrie said...

OH MY! I hope your week ends better than it began:) That sentiment is so true... Life is how you bake (take) it! Well on a happier note your cards are wonderful:) Thanks for sharing.

Marcia said...

Marjorie, sounds like you have taken a hit lately ... you poor thing! Keep your chin up, you will come through this fine.

Deb said...

Oh Marjorie hon, I so feel for you, what you and your family have just had to go through! I so hope things improve for you very soon!

Your cards are so wonderful, it is truly a blessing to have something that can take you away from it all even if only a short while!