Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hello Friends!

Hello my sweet bloggy friends~

I know its been a bit longer then expected for me to stop in and say hello. But I am here with an update on my health. After many different tests recently, EMG's, MRI's, CTScans--the doctors have been able to give me updates and all have been bad news. =(

In just one year's time, my degenerative disk disease in my back has progressed very rapidly. 3 more disks have slipped completely and are out of place. My bones in my spine are all decaying and rotting and this is causing my disks to slip with no support, causing me to be crippled. My doctor also found that I have a new pinched nerve in my back. I already have one in my neck. My lumbar radiculathopy shows 40% progression. The EMG tests show that my nerves in the left side of my body are completely shot, so to speak. My left leg has the most nerve damage. Unfortunately at this point, surgery is not an option due to the severity of the procedure. The surgeons would have to rebuild my entire spine and with the amount of nerve damage already, doctors feel this type of surgery is way to risky to perform. The surgery itself would be an 18 hr surgery leaving me with a 70% chance of being paralyzed from my neck down. =(

My doctor has put an order in for a powerchair wheelchair for me but my insurance denied it. Due to my pain levels and my limited mobility, my depression has set in on high and it has caused me to not take interest in anything. I have not done anything craft related in so long, I miss it so much!! I spend most of my time between 4 walls in my bed with a TV, my kindle fire & a laptop. Most days, I don't even want to get on the computer. I have no desire to do the things I love. My doctor has put me on a higher dose of depression medication and its making me very angry. I know that sounds kinda funny i'm sure, but it's true. I'm stressed to the max. Most days, I don't even want to socialize with the family.

So my friends, that is what is going on in my life at the moment. I appreciate all the email that has come in expressing love and concern for me. It means a lot!!! If i did not get back to your email yet, please know that I am just not ready yet. I ask for you all to keep me in your prayers and pray that my doctors can keep me comfortable and that I get the tools necessary to get me up and mobile again. 

The Funday Friday challenges will be resuming again October 10th. I hope to see many of you back for the challenges each week. I hope you are all staying crafty and getting in enough craft time for the both of us!! Be patient with me. I will be visiting your blogs again very soon. Much love to you all.

Until next time, Enjoy life's blessings~~

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Completely Touched~


Hello my lovely friends.
I am extremely grateful to have such wonderful friends here in the blog world. I must say that my heart is warm and touched by the outpour of email from many of you expressing your concern, love, encouragement to me and kind words. Lately, I have been depressed and wondering why this is all happening to me? Did I do something so wrong in a past life? LOL. But in any case, you all have lifted my spirits and have given me the support that I have needed to get through the days and nights.
So thank you! I really mean that from the bottom of my heart.
 
Now I have had many requests for my address as many of you have expressed to me that you want to send me cards and such. So I figured I would put my address in this post for all of you, that way if you lose it you can always refer back my blog. =)
 
If you want to send a little card or something, I'll be ever so thankful and appreciative of your kindness and thoughtfulness. Here is my mailing address:
Jo Williams
9709 Monmouth Avenue #C3
Margate City, NJ. 08402
 
I appreciate all your concern and support. Thank you so much.
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Health news, a baby boy & last of FFC Winners~

 
Hello my friends...
I want to start this post with saying thank you to all of you who have been praying for me and emailing me with your kind words and love. I would have loved to get on here sooner but my health and time did not allow. I have been through a rough couple of weeks and my body is taking a beating, literally. What I do know as of right now is that my diabetes has grown a little more out of control, my body has been more tired then normal and I'm starting to bruise in various spots of my body. Mainly my legs. I'm saddened to say that I am in the middle of ordering myself my first wheelchair. That time has come. I have dreaded this time coming but I no longer can prevent the inevitable. My DDD is showing rapid progression and while I still have my mobility and the ability to walk, it is very limited. So now I am working toward acceptance of my health issues and staying positive to find a way to move forward and make the best of each day. So again, I thank you for your prayers and your continuous support, love and patience.

I also wanted to announce that I'm an aunt again!!! My sister gave me a little nephew!
Please meet Gavin Joseph!
 
Gavin was born on 7/16/14 at 2:47am weighing 7lbs, 9oz. He will be 2 weeks old tomorrow! His big sister Alaina Rose is super excited! I cannot wait to meet this cutie pie next week!

Now we have some winners from our last two Funday Friday challenges and I'm so sorry that it has taken longer then I had anticipated to get these winners announced.  =( 
Without keeping you all waiting any further, let's see who the lucky winners are!

We have the Top 3's and winners from Fun-day Friday challenge
 #55 & #56  posted below! Are you a winner???

 
Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #55 "Summer Fun":

#9-----> Katya Bess
#31------>  Stacy Rogers
#44------>      Min Hobbyverden
 
 And now our winner of the 5 pack of digis from StampArt Designs is...
 



 
------> 14. Deonna B       
 

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #56 "In the Garden":

#4-----> Rebecca Billard
#9------>  Cass
#21------> Judith W. 
 
 And now our winner of the 3 pack of digis from the Stamping Chef is...
 


 
 
  
 And now our winner of the 7 pack of digis from Bugaboo Stamps is...


 
The Funday Friday challenges will resume again in the Fall! 
  

Congratulations to all of the winners!
All Winners & Top 3 winners Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!
 
  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Health News & Funday Friday Challenge News



Hello my sweet friends~

My apologies to you all that last Friday's challenge did not post. There is a very good reason for this, my health. I have been struggling for months with my health and in the past two weeks, my health has been downhill and as a result, I was hospitalized and was just released yesterday. Due to the situation with my health and me not being able to give my 100% at this time, I am saddened to say that the Funday Friday challenges will be postponed and resume again in the Fall. I feel that this will be the best option right now for everyone. I am the kind of person that likes to be on top of things and give my all to everything that I do. I have not been able to do that recently and that is not fair to you. Also with summer being here, this frees up time for everyone to enjoy summer and time with family. My design team has been amazing and they could also use this time to kick back and enjoy summer without the worries of meeting deadlines and getting projects completed. I hope you all understand.

This is not goodbye to the challenges, they will be back. I am thinking sometime late September or early October. This will give me the time needed to get my health back on track and to devote myself completely to you again. I miss crafting too. It has been rough for me not to be able to join you all in the challenges and get crafty with ya. I will check in with you here on the blog and give you updates on my health from time to time and I will use this time off to also brainstorm and bring more fun things to you once we start back up. I know that my blog has suffered with my health and I feel like I have let you down. I am so sorry!!! You are so important to me and I want to be able to be well and give you everything that I can.. like I used to. So please be patient with me and say some prayers for me if you will?

I have not had a chance to go through any email yet so if you have personally sent me an email and have not heard back, I am not ignoring you! I promise to get back to you. I will also be announcing the last of the Funday Friday Challenge winners on Friday. If you have won a challenge in the past two weeks and have not heard from me, do not worry. You will get your prizes. I will be answering all emails all week as I go back into the hospital on Monday for tests.  Thank you so much for your support, love and concern. Much love back to you all. XOXO

Until next time~ Enjoy life's blessings~

Friday, June 27, 2014

LOTS OF WINNERS!!! FFC Winners Announced!!!

 
Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winners from Fun-day Friday challenge
 #52 & #53, & #54  posted below! Are you one of them lucky winners???

 
Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #52"HB2U":

#2-----> Lucy Patrick
#9------>  Guild Master Crystal
#56------>      Crafting with Creative M
 
 And now our winner of the $25 gift certificate to 3 Twenty Crafts is...
 
 
       
 

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #53"Anything Goes":

#48-----> AngelicBadGirl
#68------>  Sherrie Scraps with Passion
#100------> Gro Tjeltveit 
 
 And now our winner of the $25 gift certificate to the PND Store is...
 
 
----> 51. Vic
 
 
Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #54"I love you Dad":
 
#3-----> Beth F.
#18------>  NanaConnie
#25------> Pauline 
 
 And now our winner of the 7 pack of digis from Bugaboo Stamps is...
 
 
  

Congratulations to all of the winners!
All Winners & Top 3 winners Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!
 
  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


FFC # 56 "In the Garden"



Hello my bloggy friends!
 Welcome to another Funday Friday Challenge!
 
 
 This week's Challenge:
"In the Garden"
Create a card,layout or project
sharing your favorite Garden projects!
  

Our sponsors this week are:
 
 One lucky winner will receive  3 digis of their choice !! 
And  
 
 
One lucky winner will receive  7 digis of their choice !! 
 
 So make sure to play along this week~
 
  Starts: Friday, June 27th   12:00AM
Ends: Friday, July 4th       6:00PM
(Eastern time)
 
Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
  Well my friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what
 you can do for this challenge!
Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get entered into our monthly prize drawing.

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. 3 entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
 
You have until July 4th by 6:00Pm (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of July 7th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
 
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!




Friday, June 20, 2014

FFC# 55 "Summer Fun"



Hello my bloggy friends!
 Welcome to another Funday Friday Challenge!
 I am sorry that this is up late. I'm not doing well health wise but promise to get your winners up this weekend. Thanks for your patience my friends!
 
 This week's Challenge:
"Summer Fun"
Create a card,layout or project
for Summer!
  

Our sponsor this week is:


 One lucky winner will receive  5 digis of their choice !!  
 
 So make sure to play along this week~
 
  Starts: Friday, June 20th   12:00AM
Ends: Friday, June 27th      6:00PM
(Eastern time)
 
Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Well my friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what
 you can do for this challenge!
Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get entered into our monthly prize drawing.

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. 3 entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
 
You have until June 27th by 6:00Pm (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of July 4th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
 
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!




Friday, June 13, 2014

FFC #54 "I love you Dad"~



Hello my bloggy friends!
 Welcome to another Funday Friday Challenge!
 
 
 This week's Challenge:
"I love you Dad"
Create a card,layout or project for Father's Day!
  

Our sponsor this week is:



 One lucky winner will receive a 7 pack of Digis of their choice !!  
 
 So make sure to play along this week~
 
  Starts: Friday, June 13th 12:00AM
Ends: Friday, June 20th   6:00PM
(Eastern time)
 
Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Well my friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what
 you can do for this challenge!
Just link up using our link up tool at the bottom of this post for your chance to win top 3 and get entered into our monthly prize drawing.

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. 3 entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
 
You have until June 20th by 6:00Pm (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of June 23rd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
 
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!



 
 
 
 
 
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