Yesterday I had a couple of wonderful visits that just made my day. In the morning, I got to visit with Loni (DeFriez) Jay. She is such a dear friend and her parents (our neighbors) feel more like family to us than neighbors. They treat our kids like grandkids, having them over for food and movies all the time. We couldn't ask for more love. Loni's beautiful face and always upbeat personality a perfect way to make sure I had a great day!
Later in the day we had the chance for a real treat. Our former neighbors, Stacie (Haaser) Fiet, and her family, Lucas, Annabelle and her husband, Rich, had us come over for a fun little pool party. Stacie picked all of us up and drove us east to their new home in Shadow Valley. The kids had a fantastic time playing in the water (wish I'd had my camera!!) and Stacie and I got to visit for hours. Being a nurse, she knew all the questions to ask about my hospital stay that most people would never think of. :) I still get teary when seeing "old" friends, but Stacie wouldn't let tears last for long. She has had her fair share of "trauma" and rough times, but has kept going by telling herself "I will not let this mess me up or get me down". Because of her amazing attitude, her family has weathered many storms and has only become stronger and more amazing.
In the later hours of our talk, we shared experiences with each other that few people can relate to. I talked about first going out in public, with my eye patch on, face paralyzed, barely able to walk, etc. It was hard for me, as I realized everyone was staring and wondering "What is wrong with that lady?" Stacie, in all her craziness, said not to worry about what people think (especially in reference to the patch and paralysis), but to embrace my challenges...she suggested that I "bedazzle" my eye patches! This way, everyone would know that I am not afraid of my life, but am grateful for every moment, and am truly looking for ways to make the best of a difficult situation.
So, our art project for this afternoon was be-dazzling and be-jeweling all my eye patches! It is wonderful friends (angels) and ideas like this that make every day worthwhile, even the hard ones! Thank you Stacie for the inspiration! That evening we also enjoyed when my aunt Celia Brown came over with us and joined in our nonsense and fun! :) With Stacie around, you can't help but laugh, smile, and occasionally shake your head as you wonder "Could I really do that?" as she makes a crazy, yet wonderful suggestion for your life! Thanks for making life so fun!
Enjoy the pics that Trenden took from our be-dazzling afternoon! Much love to all!
Lindi concentrating so hard on her handiwork!
Lindi and Mom decorating the eye patches!
Casen picking just the right spot to put the sequin!
Casen showing his best pirate face!
Beautiful Lindi and her beautiful patch!