“If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. ” ~Tolkien In searching for a perfect 'light' quote, I found the above Tolkien quote. Tears sprang to my eyes. I have felt that much stronger than ever before. My girl is vulnerable. I want to move into her apartment and sleep in her bed and touch her face in the night. But, we are being brave. Her friends are watching out for her. God bless them. Nonetheless, my heart aches. I want to be there. But my place is here. Here I hope. Here I wait. Here I count the days. It will get easier. With every day that passes and every brave step she takes. It will get easier. It has to be. XOXO Donna
I wanted to give you an update on how Emma is doing.
We went to the neurologist appointment.
She asked a ton of questions.
She did not answer ours.
She thinks Emma will do well on the medicine.
We are glad there is medicine that is effective.
But they don't know why.
My daughter in law Melinda said, even if Emma did not have
a grand mal seizure and they learned she had the little seizures (absence seizures) they would have put her on meds for those. ..the little ones....She said, they don't even want you to have those. Which I didn't really understand because they were so unnoticeable. But something is going on in her brain that should not be going on. So they like to calm it down with the drugs.
It made sense to me. Thank you nursing student Melinda for being able to explain something we asked three different ways to the neurologist.
Emma has been seizure free for eight days! She is almost to the full dose they want her on and she will be relieved to get there. The side effects are not terrible.
We are hoping and praying that the medicine works as expected.
Thank you all of the love and care and thoughts and prayers.
“Sometimes heroism is nothing more than patience, curiosity, and a refusal to panic.” ~Leif Enger
Emma said I could share a little more of what is going on.
In the last ten days Emma has had two seizures. Both of them included
ambulance rides to Emergency Rooms.
The first seizure was a shock as we had absolutely NO IDEA why this was happening.
She had it on the bus coming home and landed in Beloit Memorial Hospital for a few hours.
They did a cat scan and that looked clear.
The following day Emma had an EEG and it appears on first look that she has something called
Juvenile Absence Epilepsy.
But she was put on medicine and we thought...well...that was just a one time thing...
her absence seizures were so mild we did not even know she was having a seizure.
So she went back to Chicago.
Getting in to a neurologist is pretty impossible and nobody seems as concerned about this as we do...so I came back to Wis.
Then exactly on week later she had another. It was even more of a shock....and very hard on me as Emma was in Chicago.
Thankfully I had been in touch, just that day with my friend kathyb 'from the comments.'
Kathy lives close to the city and is a nurse.
She and her husband rushed to the hospital to be with Emma until I could get there.
What a comfort to know that Emma was not alone and with kind, loving friends.
I am thankful God gave us kathyb and her Fireman.
They released Emma that night saying she was good to go.
So I am sticking close to Em until she sees a neurologist tomorrow in Chicago.
She is taking off this week of work and classes and internship.
Yesterday she felt like running.
So I drove the car behind her.
We are hoping and praying she does well with the medicine and that her seizures can be controlled without much fuss.
We really don't know much and we are looking forward to meeting with a neruologist.
I found this pattern at the yarn store...they said to get it for free on Ravelry.
It is called Quick Bulky Mitten by Aimee Pelletier.
See that ribbing? That takes minutes to knit. The needles are so huge and the
yarn so fat!
You only cast on 20 stitches. So super simple.
We decided to try these as a learning project for Emma.
She finished one mitten really quickly and then we realized that the needles were too small...
8's and 10's. So I undid it and she will try again when she gets the bigger needles.
The pattern called for this exact yarn and those sizes...I don't know what could have gone so wrong.
But I've adjusted it to work out.
I knit this pair for Katie yesterday in an hour or two.
I will make some for myself next in Blue Sky Alpaca.
The above yarn is called Malabringo Rasta.
Perfect day to make mittens.
There is a chill in the air and drips falling from the sky.
Sorry I've been gone for so long.
I've been super busy and took an unexpected trip to Chicago on Sunday/Monday.
Emma came home for a wedding. The bride and groom are long time homeschooling friends.
Emma was especially close to the groom and his family; his sister is her best friend and his brother was in India with her.
I was Emma's plus one.
We saw so many old friends. It was really fantastic!
They included a song from The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings in the ceremony and this was a perfect, nerdy, fun touch :o)
So pretty, Emma.
Please pray extra hard for Emma. She is going thru a great deal of stress and has some new challenges.
Thank you very much.
We ate these yesterday morning. Oh gosh. Very delicious.
Em's new friends opened a great restaurant. It's called Baker. Miller.
4610 N. Western
Lincoln Square neighborhood.
They are creative. For breakfast you can have fabulous oatmeal and for lunch you can have grain bowls or plowman's lunches. Everything is healthy and natural and you know...all those things that are extra good for you.
We had to go out to buy a coat on Saturday. It was so cold and wearing a scarf/shawl was out of the question. Anyway a pea coat is totally classic and can be worn for years.
AND it looked fantastic with Katie's Classic French look.
It's so much fun dressing her up.
It's like Pinterest come to life :o)
This is a re-enactment. I turned around and the corsage was on....
So I made them do it again.
Here they are! Casey is also a freshman. They have been friends for a few years.
I like this picture because I have seen this face before.
I also like because they are posing for someone else.
Same picture. Different crop.
They went to the dance with two other couples.
As you can see...this is just one of the couples.
Katie loved meeting and spending time with the other couples.
No shoes were allowed on the gym floor...so things evened out at the dance.
I thought this would be funny.
Katie didn't really get it.
It's a little thrilling to be 14.
I'm so thankful for nice, sweet, boys and girls.
After two long years of living with a crumbling shower...Monday, the tile guy is coming...and so is the plumber. I will show before and after pictures when I can. We are overjoyed to be finally getting to this project.
It won't look as spectacular as these pictures....but it will be heavenly to us.
Have a great weekend!
Katie has another homecoming this weekend...this time with a BOY.
Come back Monday or Tuesday to see how she changed up her black tulle skirt!
Pines and Maples.
Crows and Geese.
Packers and Badgers.
Wool and Fleece.
October is here.
"O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all. The crows above the forest call; Tomorrow they may form and go. O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow. Make the day seem to us less brief. Hearts not averse to being beguiled, Beguile us in the way you know. Release one leaf at break of day; At noon release another leaf; One from our trees, one far away."- Robert Frost, October
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
It does not surprise me that George Clooney would plan the most glorious wedding I have seen since William and Catherine's wedding. I am guessing that George had a hand in the planning. He is a director after all and his wedding to the smart and stunning Human Rights attorney Amal Alamuddin was spectacacular. Mainly due to Venice, the water taxi's and Amal's elegant, perfect sense of style.
Upon her arrival in Venice.
The night before the wedding she partied in this bright dress.
Civil Ceremony required by Italy.
This morning the wedding dress is shared on People magazine! Oscar de la Renta. My favorite.
I was surprised by this dress. I thought she would wear something more structured or tailored. Traditional. Beautiful. Demure.
The guests of the wedding either got a copy of this picture or it was part of a slideshow...either way...it's so cute and fun to see.