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my name is monica but now i'm better known as nana. i have recurring dreams about faraway places and wild animals running free. i love to create with paper, food and yarn and i love to share snippets of my life.

Monday, March 10, 2014

3 Day Novena

Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Never known to fail)

Oh, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendour of Heaven.
Blessed Mother of the Son of God; Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity.
Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother.
Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly
beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in my necessity.
(Mention your request here).please keep me and my daughter safe

, healthy and happy during our surgeries and beyond.
There are none that can withstand your power.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. (3 times)
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in Your hands.(3 times)
Amen.
Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days and then you must publish it
and it will be granted to you.

Monday, March 3, 2014

and the Oscar goes to....

I so enjoyed the Oscars this year. Sometimes when you are pouting about something it's a good decision to turn that frown upside down and do something to cheer yourself up, so, I had an Oscar party for me, my mother and my husband. We enjoyed goodies and champagne and tons of laughs.
Ellen Degeneres was absolutely amazing and brought 'real ness' into these awards. My best dressed award however, goes to Lupita Nyong'o. She looked like a beautiful angel and her speech was absolutely graceful.And how about Ellen's twitter shot that was the most retweeted photo in history and has raised millions for charity!

Friday, February 28, 2014

No words necessary...

So today is my last official day of blogging everyday in February. I still plan to blog but maybe not everyday! You may have noticed that I didn't blog yesterday because I was so disappointed  as my surgery was bumped AGAIN to March 11, so I have decided to put things on the back burner and get on with living my life. I was in such a funk yesterday but after some retail therapy with my hubby and my mom today and giggles from my grandsons, it's all been put into perspective. I feel like I've been given a 'stay'
of sorts so I plan to embrace each and every day!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The morning after...





So I managed to have a pretty good sleep and this morning I thought, OK, get up, clean the house and do what you do. I even found time to do some art journaling and I swear by the time they finally enter my brain next week, I will be so relieved that it's finally happening I won't have time to be nervous!
I looked on Facebook and it was full of supportive comments of people understanding my frustration. The only thing I said in my post was "Lord, give me strength" and my prayer was answered tenfold. Also my dear friend Janet had composed this beautiful poem for me and I'm truly touched. Life is about more than waiting for things to happen to us, its all about the moment we are in right now and right now I am blessed.
On this day when you are feeling blue,  
Here my friend is a verse for you,  
you are strong, beautiful both inside and out,  
you are crazy and wise without a doubt,  
So if you need to sit down and cry,  
It's ok, this day will pass by,  
Your future is filled with sunshine and love,  
Surrounded by family that fits like a glove,  
As you take your seat on this rollercoaster ride,  
Hold tight, close your eyes we are right at your side........ -Janet Cooper




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Seriously?!?! Talk about an emotional roller coaster!

OK I'm a pretty strong woman but this is getting to the point of ridiculous. I've been on a real emotional roller coaster. My neurosurgery date has been changed once again for the 4th time!!! First it was the 4th of March, then changed to the 24th, then back to the 4th of March and then just yesterday changed to Wednesday, February 26th. So today I follow the proper steps, go to the lab for the blood bank and I'm now am sporting the red wristband that is not to be removed until I'm discharged from the hospital. Check and check. I call the hospital to get what time I'm to be at the hospital, 8AM they say, eat nothing after midnight, check and check....and then.....ten minutes later...I get a call from the neurosurgeon's office saying there is a major emergency and they are transporting someone by air ambulance so MY DATE IS NOW POSTPONED TO MARCH 4TH! I truly have compassion for the  emergency patient, there but for the grace of God go I but...Seriously?!? I'm trying to be strong but I have to admit I started crying in Target. There, all better, now I'm going to eat a couple of chocolates. Take that hospital people!!!

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