Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good News and Gratefulness for another blessed year.

It seems as if this year has been frought with pitfalls for my family. But we are grateful. Lots of really great things have happened too! As many of you know, my parents left for an extended vacation to Mexico on Saturday morning. On Monday Mike got a call he needed to go back to the airport to pick them up.

They had been there only a few hours when Daddy lost his vision for 15-20 minutes. He went to the local Hospital to get checked out. They determined that his eyes were fine and he needed a MRI to determine what was happening. Since the closest MRI machine was a 6 hour trip away in Guadalajara they decided to fly home.

They came home Monday and we went straight to the hospital. He has been there since waiting on an MRI. In the mean time they have completed multiple other tests on his heart and head including a CAT scan. Monday night the doctor told us it appeared that he had a stroke in the portion of the brain the effects eyesight. The MRI that he is still waiting on is to rule out other things so they may determine that it was a stroke.

God is truly good. Daddy does not appear any different, only bored from being in the hospital for a few days. His eyesight has mostly returned. There is only a small place on one side of his vision he cannot see. Things could have been a lot worse. Although this has happened God took care of them and has returned them back home to us safely.

Were are awaiting the MRI and results. If anything different comes about I will update you. If you would pray for Daddy that his eyesight would be fully restored the family would be grateful. He is really doing fine other than wanting to get out of the hospital.

On that SAME day, I recieved in the mail something WONDERFUL! I got an advanced copy of Somerset's ART Journaling Magazine! I got an advanced copy because my article and artwork are in it! I feel so HONORED to be in this fine publication! As with all their wonderful books and magazines, it is an awesome piece, and really quite inspiring for anyone who might be interested in journaling or even people who have been journaling for some time! I feel it's an absolute DREAM come true for me to see some of my personal art in a Stampington publication!

If you would like to check out the magazine (NOW AVAILABLE) here is the link.


Anonymous said...

I have said a prayer for your father and will continue. you indeed have had a rough year, may 2009 have less challenges for you. i am so tickled that your artwork is in stampington, I will go out and buy the journaling magazine, yeah for you, you deserve it. May you have a blessed new year. Love ya peggy

Judy Streger said...

Congratulations on being published in Somerset's Journaling Magazine. Thank goodness the year will end on a high note. Happy New Year.

Brenda said...

Glad your father is doing well. Will pray for the best.
SUPER BIG CONGRATS on your publication!! That is awesome!

Joanne Huffman said...

Congratulations on your well deserved publication!! And, good news that your dad is home. I'm sending prayers and healthful thoughts for your family for the new year.


Darya said...

Woo Hoo! I can't wait to see this new publication! Congrats!

And I'm so glad to hear that your father is on the road to recovery! Good things are coming for you guys in 2009!


Anonymous said...

I hope your dad feels better soon!
Happy New Year!



christygrant said...

I have to look for this! I can't wait to see it. Btw, love the bouganvillea on your banner.

Anonymous said...

Squeal! Congrats, Kari, so exciting. I just bought the mag at B&N tonight...can't wait to go hunt down your article. I have been anxiously awaiting this issue, it looks like major inspiration/eye candy. And about your, what a story! I just got this book called Praying in Color for Christmas and I have been using its principles to rejuvinate my prayer time. I will use your dad in my prayer time. May all work out for you and your family. You might be interested in the book for yourself, too.

HeARTworks said...

Congratulations on being published! That's great! My dad lost his vision for a short while too. As our parents get older, we have to show our appreciation for them more.