This was so much fun to sit and bead on this.
Some day a family heirloom.
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For the Christmas table I thought to make these little boxes of sweets.
Then we were off to a far away 5 star resort called the Marriott, to see the giant ginger bread house. This thing was 20 foot long and over 300 pounds of ginger bread let alone all of the beautiful candy.
It is modeled after the movie 'Willy and the Chocolate factory.
That is a chocolate waterfall in the center below.
The log cabin looking house had saltine crackers for a roof.
This is all candy
We walked the grounds and had some fun adventures.
Oh the flowers were so beautiful!
Something is going on with Dash. He visited a friend and came home in a strange way. Rather distant. Pray for him. Steve and he had a movie time (war stuff) and Dove and I watched a comedy set for teens.
We all had some time, now the kids are with each other playing on the WII (a game station on the TV)
This place had gardens that so refreshed my soul.
There is a little cotton tail rabbit in the image center
any image will enlarge if you click on it.
Then we were off to the next resort. The Phoenician, This is the area of the great ball rooms where some 15 years ago Steve was given an award by the company that we worked for 25 years before we were laid off 6 (?) years ago.
Look here at image of ginger house
Except for the lunch and a bit of fuel cost it was all free
Oh my this has just been such a healing time for my little family.
We were all so worn around out by the beginning of the holiday break that everyone was a bit irritable. Now it is nice. Everyone has the shoulders down so to speak and we are just enjoying each other.
Now for the best news of all
My Doctor called with the lab results while I was out and wanted me to call him right back.
I did so and the nurse spoke with me. It is regarding the infusions and the levels of the IGg imune functions.
When we began 6 months ago one of the numbers was 24, three months ago
up to 700's.
This Saturday BEFORE infusion the test results
This is real good news. I am holding counts during three month intervals. I'll find out more about what this will mean to us on the 30th. This last infusion we are speaking about having to have a port surgically inserted into my collar bone area. My veins are not letting the catheter enter. Saturday left my hand in a black mess of bruise. Now to get this good news! We are anticipating what is in store with more hope and less overwhelm. I know to many this is not a big deal to have CVIG and to get the Inter venous Gamma treatments. For us it has been hard. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the culprit that is making the vein shut off every iv start.
Nothing we can control, not some mind over matter thing. It is a literal physical response.
Oh if this could just mean and end to it, or even fewer and farther between infusions, that would be so cool! Oh if it might mean no port inserted. A port is a left in vein device that the IV just goes right into.
rejoice with me