Monday, October 20, 2014

Joseph is Returning to the Streets

Okay, so I am having a major anxiety attack right now, chest pain, hard to breathe, so please say some prayers for me. I just got a call from my son Joseph's uncle and spoke with Joseph. He is sober, however they released him this morning and while he can stay with his aunt and uncle while waiting for the bed in a rehab facility, he has told all of us, he is NOT going, all he wants is his dog back and to go back on the streets. I know he believes he can do this and remain safe and sober and attend meetings on his own, but I am having a very hard time with this right now. So please pray for Joseph and pray for me, because the strength everyone thinks I have has seemed this morning to turn into tears!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Latest Update on My Son Joseph

Update on my son Joseph from the detox center:

He is detoxing well, he is now able to stand up and walk without falling (he couldn't stand without passing out), he has been able to eat and drink a bit more today and will remain where he is for 3-5 more days. 

Here is where I need everyone to storm Heavens gate with prayers. When he is done, he can chose to go into a rehab facility and program, but at issue will be if there will be a bed available. If not, it could be a week - a month or longer and he will have to work his program. 

The problem is, he has no vehicle and no place to go that I am aware of. Pray that a bed will open when he is released and he can go into a program right away. I was told there are several in the area, so he can choose which one but once released he will be on his own again!

Update on Joseph's Detox

Thank you so much to all of you who have sent me warm thoughts and prayers for Joseph.

I got word last night that the first night was pretty rough and they had to take him to the emergency room due to seizures from the alcohol withdrawals.

They treated him with IV's and an anti-seizure medications and called his brother who went to sit with him.  The following morning they released him to his brother and he returned to the detox facility with his anti-seizure medication in case he needs it.

This is a HUGE step for Joseph as in the past he would have checked himself out of the ER and gone and found a bottle and drank the seizures away.

I know his return to the facility tells me this time he is serious about getting better and that all of you praying for him is truly helping him get through this.

Bless you all!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pray For My Son

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This is my son Joseph who many of you know is mentally ill and an alcoholic and who has lived on the streets for many years in his small hometown in central California.

The pictures were taken in April when we went to California at a local restaurant and he was as sober as he could be because he knew we were coming.

Joseph has an amazing aunt and uncle who have been there for him and prayed over him, taken him food, clean clothes, prayed with him and never once judged him.

A few days ago his uncle took him to the doctor who said he could do nothing to help him, but his uncle didn't give up, working with mental health he kept looking and found a detox/rehab/mental health center that said if he wanted the help, they would take him when a bed opened.

Yesterday, a bed opened and his uncle went down to the streets and picked Joseph up and said lets go, the bed is waiting and they have someone who is taking care of his dog.

Please, pray this time he remains in a place that can take him through this horrible ordeal of dextoxing, DT's and alcohol related seizures. They told his uncle if it gets to bad, they will take him to the hospital for medical detox and bring him back.

The amazing thing is during this time when the alcohol clears his system he will get the mental health help he needs. 

Please lift him up in prayers!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Two Finishes, A New Eating Plan and a Garden Gleaning, A Great Week!



Carlton Complex Fire Quilt


These are the two quilts I completed this week. I was so happy after several months of not finishing things to finally be able to put some finishing touches on these and feel accomplished.

The top one being shown off by my two wonderful granddaughters is for a victim of the Carlton Complex Fire in eastern Washington and we will be leaving first week of November I hope to make a delivery.

The bottom one is for our granddaughter who moved in with us over the summer. She has been a champ sleeping on the floor on her sisters biscuit quilt and a sleeping bag. Tonight she got her very own Hot Pink flip bed and her own quilt.  She just stood shocked!

If we had known we were going to take her in, we would have purchased a 4 bedroom home when we purchased ours because as it stands, we cannot build onto this home.

My turkey/veggie burgers

Cucumbers in vinegar and pepper


I am obese. I am not going to hide it, I am at a very deadly weight and I have for the last 8 years made excuses as to why I can't get healthy but the bottom line was until I decided I was worth the money spent, worth the time to got to physical therapy, worth the money to have a massage when I hurt and worth the money for Shakeo I wasn't healthy.

I have been on this plan for just over a week now and I am eating 99.9% healthier (I had a tiny piece of cake tonight and a fat free no whip Pumpkin Spice Latte Friday). Aside from that our fridge is loaded with healthy veggies, fruits, snacks and none of them have sugar.

I was worried about the shakes, thought they would taste gross, thought I would starve, thought I would go through sugar and white flour withdrawals, but I haven't.  I feel a bit clearer of mind, am less grumpy, drinking more water and making healthy choices.

I am worth the money I spent for this program and I am so worth going to Physical Therapy as scheduled without making excuses for why I can't go. 

While I feel clearer mentally, I am still having physical pain but PT is working on this and my exercise level is minimal with the exception of several walks to the mail box each day.

Matter of fact as a quilter, I have to set a timer and get up or I get stuck and can't move. I want to walk a mile, 3 miles, 5 miles, I want to run,  I want to buy a bike and go hiking...but I also know I can't and I must listen to the words of wisdom by my Physical Therapist who tells me..'Don't let your ego get in the way of your healing.'
I would say that was a spanking because she says she knows I am wanting to do more than my body is capable of.

Carrots and Potatoes, Yummy stew this week!

Fresh Squash


Garden Fresh Peppers and Tomatoes
My Go To Drink 
I went to pick up a cake from an amazing lady my grandson actually won one from awhile back and now she is our only cake person...cake lady Penny.

Penny lives on an amazing farm and when we got there, her husband was outside near the barns and without asking...off ran the 4 grands to talk about cows and to play with their two beautiful dogs.

That gave us time to get the cake in the van without our granddaughter we took in over the summer seeing it. It said, 'Welcome to your new home, we love you!'

Once in the car we were talking my paltry garden versus hers and she invited the kids to come in and glean...the dug potatoes with their bare hands, they pulled fresh carrots and wiped off the dirt and ate them, they ate tomatoes like apples, Raspberries, picked peppers and a few squash.

We will have fresh Salsa this week and it will be healthy.

I will get healthy, I will lose the weight and while it won't be over night, that is okay because it didn't come on over night either!

 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Quilts and a Road Trip





These 5 quilts have come in over the past week and a half from Washington state and New Jersey and I am so thankful to receive them for the first responders and unseen heroes and families of the Carlton Complex fire in eastern Washington.

Next week-end, I will head up to Burien to the Town Square Fabric and Yarn Shop and my trip will serve two purposes.  The first is to pick up the quilts that Cynthia and Christina have been collecting for us since the Oso landslide and then they began collecting for the Washington Wildfire families.

The second is to take a pillowcase making class with them. You see, I have never taken a sewing or quilting class and since they have this one being offered, I thought what an amazing time to go up, take a class, spend some time with some amazing women and who knows maybe a few men (I don't want to sound sexist and leave them out) and learn how to do this the right way.

I cannot wait!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It Feels Amazing!

It feels amazing to have my home back to myself during the day. Oh forgive me for saying that, but at 58 years old and raising our grandchildren and having a pretty chaotic summer and trying to home school one who did NOT want to be here, did NOT want to miss friends, it was a rough beginning.

To recap our summer, you know my hubby and I have been raising 3 grandchildren since basically their birth. We have asked for prayers for the 4th sibling and prayed they would be united.

Well, on July 11th this little girl was put on a plane in Phoenix to show up to Seattle with the clothes on her back, a bag of stinky moldy clothes, a small bag of books, crayons and a metaphorically speaking huge trunk of baggage!

Since being here, she has stolen money out of my purse and lied about it. Stole a pack of gum from a local store and in her words, ' because she wanted it.'  She has told one lie after the other and even her teacher states she can tell when she is lying. 

At this point in time we are seeking counseling for her, but she has no remorse at all. She has no emotion when she gets caught she just continues to lie and lie some more. This in turn upsets the others because they weren't raised this way.

So, home school child went back to public school and he is very happy about it. Which leaves me home during the day alone and today I have even managed to get some quilting done. 

This old lady needed a break and time to think! So happy to be quilting again and to have a quiet house!