Thursday, July 29, 2010

When Kacie was with her other grandmother she made herself a glasses case. It's out of felt, colored with marker, and hand stitched. She came to my house and wanted to do more.

This is the first sewing lesson on the machine Kacie has had. She was such a great student. We started with straight stitching and then made it into an envelope and added a button.

Kacie made this pillow all by herself for her bother Max. First she embrodered his name, then she pieced it, then sewed pockets on the back, then stitched it with right sides together, then stuffed it, then slip stitched it. Yeah Kacie!

This is the back of Max's pillow, with two pockets.

Kacie wanted a soft case for her mother to put her glasses in at night.

She wanted a case for her glasses also. We put a ribbon on it to hang on her peg shelf.

Kacie and I made a little bag for her sister Mia. There isn't going to be any stopping this girl now. She wants me to send her some material to practice on. Did I tell you she's 7. She has such an imagination.

I finaly found a sleeping angle. I'm so happy.

A cute purple pin cusion flower.

Shasta daisy's were a must.

Three coryobsus plant went in a few weeks ago.

We planted pinkish, purpelish, flowering ground cover and a yellow flowering ground cover all along the edge of the garden in the front yard.

My daughter planted three black eyed susan's last year. My hubby tried to kill two of them with round up, but they are still living and blooming.

I helped my neighbor the other day with a yard sale he was having and I was given this working chandaler for free. I would appreciate any advice on refinishing it. It's going in my studio.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I love being with my family and Monday we were invited up to Kathryns house in Henefer, to swim. JoDell, Kevin, Jackson, Kacie, Max, Mia and Me (grandma) had a nice drive up the mountain. Kathryn is such a cute and sweet little gal. She has a beautiful home and pool and her family is so giving. We're all glad that Dallin is dating her.

I think Kevin got hoodwinked. JoDell didn't get in the water so Kevin had to watch out for Mia the whole time. She loves water but she will not wear a life jacket. She's not heavy enough on the bottom. She turns upside down in it.

Beautiful landscaping that can be climbed with a cute slide that goes right into the pool.

A cute white small building that holds the swim toys and a dressing room.

Thank you Kathryn for making us feel so welcome. It was fun meeting your mom and dad and sister and her children.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I am so excited to be talking to you right now, about something that has taken a hold of my life and focused it towards health instead of sickness. 11 years ago, I had my second accident that caused me some pretty bad head trauma. Dealing with that, anxiety set in, and I agreed to a medication that would control the anxiety. Well 10 years later, I had gained 129 lbs. When my doctor ask me why I had gained so much weight, I just pointed to one of the side effects of the medication, "you don't care". Well, it did a great job all right, I was so much calmer and I didn't have those terrible attacks anymore. In fact, I was very chilled about most things. "I didn't care".

When I was 14 years old I was in my first accident. I had been hit by a speeding car. I was crossing the street and had fallen, and therefore my head came in contact with the car. Needless to say, I suffered head trauma then too. Well, each time one suffers head trauma it gets worse. One day, if this continues, it will kill me. And I am very grateful to be here still.

As I gained weight my back problems from my first accident got worse. My knees got bad, my hips hurt. I couldn't stand for 10 minutes at a time. My fear of falling got worse, because I did keep falling. I couldn't play with my grandchildren any more. I couldn't get up, it was hard to get down. I gave up buying anything pretty or fun. I didn't smile or laugh much anymore. I was very unhappy. I endured it though, I kept pushing and praying.

One day I received a flyer in the mail for a new chiropractor in my area that had a defusing machine. That machine really caught my eye, I had a feeling come over me.

One year later I was in so much pain I didn't want to even get up in the morning. I slept all the time. My family became so worried and they pushed me, Kinda like I must have pushed them when they were younger. It was killing me. One day,I was sitting at my desk, in tears and a feeling came over me. I remembered that machine and that chiropractor. Ya know, I still had that flyer, amazing that I did because I throw everything away. I called the number immediately and made an appointment.

The tears of pain could not be controlled at this point. I told him I was sorry, but did he think that he could help me? He took some exrays and said, "yes, you are the exact person that needs this machine". In fact you've come in just in time. A little while longer and I couldn't help you at all.

I must admit that I didn't have much faith in the outcome, but, I had allot of faith in the feelings that lead me here. And, I don't know, but, I was feeling allot of faith growing in Dr. Smith.

17 treatments is what it was going to take. The treatments were twice a week. It was the 4th week and I could fill a slight difference. Both in the treatment itself and in my movement afterwards. I prayed to hold on to that difference. The next treatment there was another slight difference. This continued for the rest of the treatments. Then I was told that I was done with the treatments, I wanted to scream, "No I can't be done, I'm feeling better and I don't want it to quit".

Dr Smith was a Health Coach for Medifast. I had been reading the material at times during my visits. I couldn't even consider making this change. I was recovering from so much pain. Dr. Smith said something that stuck with me. He said, "Cindy, I've done all I can do, to this point". However, I can continue to help, but you've got to do something too.

I think it took me a month to realize that I really wasn't in pain anymore. I also realized that I had developed some terrible habits that I had to break. I'm grateful to say, that I knew I was going to be able to do it.

Another month of changing some habits and gaining the faith I needed to move forward, I returned to Dr. Smith's office and ask to join Medifast. That was a week before thanksgiving in Nov. of 2009.

I guess I should be ashamed to tell you this, but I'm not, not after all I've been through, I as carrying 279 lbs on my 5'3" frame. I was 150 lbs at the time of the second accident, 114 lbs at the time of the first accident. It is now June of 2010, and I am 219 lbs.

I am going to share with you the rest of the story. But let me just do this little happy dance and tell you that I am now a Medifast Health Coach and I can help you. Let's get healthy together!