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    Ladies,

    My life is not my own right now, really. We have a 23 yo special needs daughter living at home with us, I am her primary caregiver. I am so blessed to be able to be at home with her, however last week, our oldest married daughter, dislocated her knee while vacuuming out their van, fell and broke her elbow. Her right elbow, and she is......right handed. So I had our 2 yo old GS over the weekend, then Monday our Oldest DD called and needed me to come & get her b/c she couldn't do anything on her own, since she is right handed. So I went and got her, now I am helping 3 in & out of the tub, cutting u food for 2 of them, helping all 3 dress, getting bed...... I am thankful to The Lord that I am able to be home and truly care for our grown daughters and GS. Thank you, Lord for this blessing....in disguise.
    I am working on my boxes and will get them out ASAP!
    LaQuita (aka) - Yai-Yai to the most precious grandbaby around of course I'm partial! LOL

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    Wow that brush is pretty cool,you can just stick it in your pocket and go. I have long hair so it is always getting tangled from the wind.Thanks for the close up picture. Mary
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    I think the neatest think about what I received is the fact that it came from Scotland, where some of my ancestors came from and the brush has the flag of Scotland on it, besides all the other things that I got. I just love it all.

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    LAQUITA HUGS AND THOUGHTFUL PRAYERS FOR STRENGTH COMING YOUR WAY {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}

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    I finally found out who sent me a great package. Verna 2197 Thank you so much.Im on vacation but before I left I did get a chance to open my package. Thank you for the twizzlers,cute sewing kit, a lot of black/white fabrics. A pink piece of fabric, some books,sorry if I missed anything but when I get home SUnday I will post a picture. Thank you so much Verna.
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    By the way I forgot to bring my secret pals box to mail while Im away so it will go out Monday.Found you a little something here anyway!
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    Nice pkg!
    Renee so glad your DH gets to go home, he'll probably feel alot better just being home with his family! Of course new Grandbaby kisses always help you feel 100% better!
    Laquita prayers for you and your sweet family too! So glad you are able to be a blessing to them, but be sure to take care of yourself!
    SP almost got your pkg ready to mail, hope to be able to do so by the end of the week. Got everything in there just need to make you something special!

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    Quote Originally Posted by letsquilt View Post
    I finally found out who sent me a great package. Verna 2197 Thank you so much.Im on vacation but before I left I did get a chance to open my package. Thank you for the twizzlers,cute sewing kit, a lot of black/white fabrics. A pink piece of fabric, some books,sorry if I missed anything but when I get home SUnday I will post a picture. Thank you so much Verna.
    you are so welcome and I am so so sorry I forgot to put a note in the package. Getting old is doing that to me. GGG! I forgot last month too.
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    Whew ....am I whooped!!! I just got from from dropping the S.O. off to his second sleeping. I'm just glad to put my feet up at the moment. I been on the run since 9 a.m. yet again. All these doctor appointments are just running me ragged and we are only about half way through them since he left the hospital on the 24th of last month for a week. This is the 2nd stay since beginning of the year. This last time he was placed on oxygen 24/7. So now we have 7 or 8 doctor's who all want something different done from 3 different lab visits, a CT scan, a full body x-ray, to sleep study, a PFM test done in just the past 2 weeks. We have seen 4 different doctors/specialist in the same time table with more appointments for next week scheduled.

    I was able to make a quick pit stop to do some SP shopping while I was out. So now there is just things left to do before I can ship it out. I'm trying really REAALLLLLYYYY hard to get it out on time. But right now I just want a nap before I have to head back to the hospital @6:30 in the morning and we are suppose to get freezing rain starting in about 2 hours. So now I'll need even more time to my almost 1 hour drive in one direction. I'm hoping tfor soem breathing room this weekend to do what I need to do for my SP.

    We now have an handicap tag and plate is on it's way, which meant yet another stop that we had to make & thank goodness the wait was short @ the SoS office. With him being on oxygen now, everything has to be timed to the minute.... just so it can be blown to bits by last minute suprises sprung at the last possible second and causing him to go through what oxygen we had with us. It's kind of important that we know ahead of time so we know how many 3 hours tanks to load up with us and it appears I'm now the full time driver. Oh the Joy....NOT!!!

    Well I can barily type straight, so I'm off to take my nap.
    Good night from a very tired,
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    Renee so glad your husband is coming home. Prayers to your family.
    Laquita hope all goes well with your DD and everyone in your family Prayers.

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    Belfry the bags you made are adorable
    Buslady I love the e readeer cover and since I have an e reader and pink is one of my favorite colors, it could be coming to me!!
    Nice packages so far everyone!
    Brenda

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    Glad tht some of your spouses are getting better and I thnk we need a group prayer for the tired caregivers as well as the person in need. I am sorry that i wasn't here to answer private messages in timely manner, but had another Dr appt and this one I had to drive 1 and 1/2 hrs to get to. I have to have a scope down my throat to check things out and then I have to have a psychological exam which will last 3 hours. All of this to find out if I am able to have bariatric surgery. I am tired of my stomach being the first thing that enters a room!

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    Oh my Lori I am definitely keeping you in my prayers tonight! And you are correct, we also need to think and pray for the caregivers. I cannot imagine how tired one can be taking care of their loved ones and not taking care of themselves. So caregivers do take the time when you can to take a nap or just relax for a moments of time, your body and mind also need it.

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    All those caregivers out there, remember that YOU come first. It has to be that way. If you don't take care of you, you may not be able to care for them. I am putting a half hour massage at the local shop on that list of necessities!! God bless the caregiver. I am not sure I could do what some of you do. I know, they say you step up and handle what is handed, but I still see some limits. Did I say GOD BLESS THE CAREGIVERS!! Tricia, I see you live in Michigan. I am in the Thumb. I'd love to buy you a cup of coffee some day!!
    Oh, and not to forget my mission. I got home on Tuesday to find a package on the table. All I can say is WOW!! Adelia truly outdid herself. Makes me rethink every package I ever sent out. It was chuck right full of fabric!! Treats and a toy for the dog AND cat. Chocolate to DH. They are 3 happy critters, too. A thimble and 2 postcards with the Arkansas pictures on them. Note that there is one bag of candy bars. She sent two. Ask me where the other one went and I will tell you DH ate the whole thing. That is my story and I am sticking to it. Can you see my tissue holder? I've made a few, been gonna make some more, partly cause I wanted one. Whoop Whoop and a hand pump!!! A beautiful note pad with pen, you can NEVER have too many of those! I am the note queen. Have to be, only way I remember stuff these days. Oh, and not to forget the magazine. I am a magazine FREEK, I don't go anywhere without a bag of magazines. I read them cover to cover, then pull them out and brouse through them when I need inspiration!! Thank you thank you thank you.
    Prayers and well wishes to all those in need at this time.
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    Lovely parcel buslady.

    Well, I got a wonderful surprise this morning too! A parcel arrived from 'The Fat Quarter Shop' with two beautiful cuts of Fairy Frost and a card which reads, "From your April Secret Pal". I've no idea who its from - although I do remember someone saying they were having their gifts sent. Thank you who ever you are - they're lovely.
    *Goes off to read through thread again.*
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    Renee so happy your husband is getting home...what a difference it will make for both of you!

    LaQuita and Linda my thoughts are with you. Take care of yourselves so you can take care of your family. I know what you are going through as I took care of my husband for the last years of his life. Friends said they couldn't have done it but I know they can..it is a day at a time and you don't even know how hard it was until it is over.

    Lori I hope all goes well with your tests so you can have the surgery. What a terrible time you seem to continue to be having! I wish you well soon.
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    I too pray for everyone's health and well being. I'm not a full time care taker of my mom yet, but it's coming soon. I do have to take her to all of her doctor's appointments and this month and next means I'm going to be using a lot of my vacation time. She is also on oxygen 24/7 and it is a major pain getting tanks in and out of the car and then having to switch them. Her Pulmomologist appointments are the worse. I've never been there that we didn't sit in the waiting room for less than 3 hours.
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    Finally! Here is a picture of the great package I got from Vanogay. She sent me 2 darling handmade items, a chicken pin holder and a needle case. I got wonderful fabrics in my favorite colors and a great patriotic FQ pack, The Christmas runner I will definately make. I have all the batiks. Love the book, favorite author and a magazine. She also sent me wind chimes for my patio and my item I wanted the most; a mechanical pencil for fabric. i got lotion, sticky notes and a little containter with cute little buttons. Thank you Vanagay! You sure made me happy.
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    Grandma Peg is the best. Her package was so "ME"! I love the table runner and it does fit exactly what I asked for. I have always just used a table cloth but my table is so big, they are expensive. Table runners are perfect, and Grandma Peg made a beauty. Frog and Turtles, oh my, I received them! Love the material and even got apple material to make Grandma Peg a Bow-Tuck purse. Thank you so much for the package. It was wonderful to come home after a grueling day of work, to find a package waiting for me. I have already put the turtle on my counter at work and the frog int eh strawberry patch. I love the flag material and the flag. It is so perfect and so me. My husband laughed and said, "Looks like she knows you well." I laughed and told him she only knew me by what I post and write. He decided I did a good job descrbing me. Thank you once again. (The letter inclosed was fabulous)
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Size:  195.5 KBThe package included: Milk Chocolate Raisinettes and a dark chocolate Hershey bar (YUM YUM), 2 dish clothes (in great need), a fabulous table runner in spring/summer colors, a flag, frog material, flag panels, a turtle, a frog, sticky notes, apple material, and a quilting magazine. There was even a long letter that I just loved. I think I found a pen pal.
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    Hi all - I got my package a few days ago, and promised my partner I'd get a pic up last night. We had a tornado come through about 8 pm. Drove right through it - it was so scary with the driving rain and wind, and then all of the lights went out at once - including the traffic signals. My area is a MESS, and I will get my package off Saturday as my local PO has no power today. But we have our power back, so here is my package from reeskylr! She sent me a wonderful package full of little baggies, each labeled with one of the things I like on my list - chocolate, kitty stuff (with kitty fabric and an entire quilt top!), Snoopy fabric scraps I don't have in my collection, plus Snoopy ribbon, LOTS of purple scraps plus 4 FQ's, a Quiltmaker mag with a Bonnie Hunter (my fave pro quilter) pattern in it, a book, and some purple thread!

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    Great package!! I always love the notes written!! So I try to write something myself. Sometimes I am better than others on that note. Pun. Anyway, my SP should be getting her package from me soon. I'm hoping it is another "fast" delivery. When she gets it, she will get it. LOL
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    I feel like I met a kindered spirit in Grandma Peg. I so love this swap.
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    I am hoping that losing the weight will help my backpain and hip and knee pain. I am on oxgyen at night and on exertion, which pretty much means whenever I leave the apt. I figure if I don't have so much pain I can walk more and strengthen my back.

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    Kathy, so glad you liked your package and you are so welcome. You did do a great job of saying what you wanted in your questionnaire. You are so sweet.
    Lori, good luck with your surgery.

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    Some very nice packages being recieved. I love looking at the pictures of what all get.My pals package went out today.You should recieve it saturday or monday.Hope every feels better soon.Lori all of us over weight can help our health by losing a few pounds or like me alot of pounds. But that doesn't make it any easier to lose.Good luck with your surgery.Mary
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