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February 11th | david, thoughts



it was a really long day today.

david and i drove south for cardiology testing to make sure he is stable for surgery.

i had a major meltdown in the doctor office-it wasn’t pretty.

but, i’ve been getting the run around and i’m tired of driving all over california

and david not getting the care and attention he needs.

and it’s no one person’s fault-it’s just tyring to coordinate lots of care providers

and today i hit my breaking point.

the good news is, as long as anesthesiology agrees, we have cardiac clearance

and can move forward with a CT scan under anesthesia tomorrow

and surgery on monday.


now time for happy thoughts!


things i’m loving…

1. pink blossoms popping up here and there

2. reminders of valentines

3. my new pink flats (target)

4. new pewter hearts and a giveaway

5. new, vintage painting of pink flowers

6. pink marshmallow hearts (and cocoa)


7…what’s making you happy today?

49 Responses

  1. valerie says:

    Lisa, where did you get the heart shaped marshmellows? I love them. Thinking about david and hope all goes OK…

  2. Kathy says:

    I am enjoying some peaceful solitude this evening. I am looking forward to my two little granddaughters visiting next week. I love the thought of shopping for little surprises for them. I love the thought of spending two days playing dolls and coloring. I just love the thought of them. They have totally captured my heart.

  3. lisa says:

    valerie, i found those marshmallows at cvs pharmacy in the valentine section-random!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I’m sorry you’ve been having such a tough time with being runaround. I’ll be keeping you guys in my prayers. Cute marshmallows.

  5. Southern Gal says:

    My parents return from a five week trip to the Philippines!! Can’t wait for them to adjust back to our time zone and hear all their amazing God stories.

  6. Robbin says:

    I don’t know what kind of help I can be, but if you need company or anything, call me…805-295-9342. I’d love to see you. But, otherwise, I hope you get done what needs to be done for David’s and your sakes. What makes me happy (and I don’t do this much) is the smell of banana bread baking. I admit I use a breadmaker, but the smell is just awesome. And Dan isn’t here to enjoy it since he had to go to San Diego to work. love and hugs and I’ll keep you in prayer

  7. Tina says:

    Hi Lisa. I think you meltdown was totally understandable! Will be thinking of you all over the next few days :) Things that make me happy today are having all 3 of our girls home eating icecream as I type this and it’s Friday, yay! May I say you always choose the nicest shoes!! Take care ~ Tina x

  8. Lisa,
    I hit my point on Tuesday… you are not alone. Collin was going to have an MRI under sedation on Thur. BUT due to scheduling issues…ect. It was put off. (ended up being a blessing becuase he became VERY sick.) It is hard not knowing what is going on. Collin has “something” on the optic nerve on his left eye. Two kido’s with TTD have been dx with brain tumors in the last month. So, in other words inside I am FREAKING out and just wanting the best for my baby. I just want you to know that you are not alone and that you are in my heart and prayers.
    BIG HUGS!!!!!

  9. cfhusband says:

    Hey Lisa,

    I think the one major problem for those dealing with the medical community… when it comes to frusterations is what you said: coordinating care! It can bring any strong man or woman to a point of tears. I’ll be thinking and praying for you all! I am glad even in the midst of all your frusterations, stresses, and possible fears, your looking up! : ) Your pink flats are so cute and for that matter, so is everything else you listed.

    Much Love and Well Wishes:
    Tricia L.

  10. cfhusband says:

    Oh to answer your question:
    Today: The warmer weather we had, a nice sweater I found for $6, my new found love and discovery for chicken chimichanga’s, making others valentines, my husband’s goodbye kisses, and my daughters smile throughout the day despite her ear infection : )

  11. Lindsay Lee says:


    You are in my thoughts and prayers. David will do great and I hope all goes as planned for Monday. On a lighter note, those shoes are SO cute! Love Target! Hugs!

  12. Kimberly C. says:

    I’m going to pray for David for Monday. My worse days all lumped together don’t compare to what you are dealing with.

  13. YBeltran says:

    Dear Lisa, YOU made my day today because I received my first ever necklace from your store. I’ve been wanting one for so long to celebrate my baby girl and husband. I finally took the plunge and ordered a necklace as a gift from me to me, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. You are a talented artist and I can officially say that you have earned a loyal customer. May your son be well and may your entire family be enveloped in good health and peace. Thank you!!

  14. Cassie says:

    I’m loving that I stumbled across your blog.
    Also loving playing in snow and looking forward to making cupcakes soon

  15. Whitney Hill says:

    my boys, naptime and dove dark chocolate.

  16. Joanie says:

    CVS has the best stuff next to Target. I am lifting you all up in prayer and will continue to do so. The choir also prayed for you last night at practice. Love you! If anyone is entitled to a meltdown, you are. Is that depressing? Saving face is for moms whose children are not awaiting surgery. You go ahead and lose it all you want, Lisa!

  17. Corinne says:

    Have been thinking of you guys.
    And my what a surprise it was when I picked up Artful Blogging and saw you in it :) Loved your piece!

  18. Katrina says:

    The grass poking through the snow!

  19. Lori says:

    I am new to following you, but wanted you to know that I will be thinking of you and your family. I am glad that you found some things that make you smile and reminded yourself that it truly is the little things that complete our lives!

    PS…your jewelry is fabulous!!!


  20. What’s making me happy?

    It’s snowing for the third time this year in South Mississippi. We are expecting upwards of 8 inches and that is HUGE for us! The whole state has practically shut down, except for where I work. *sniff
    But that’s okay because my husband gets to hang out with our girls and my boss is going to buy our lunch…lol!

    I say a tiny prayer everytime I read your blog.

  21. Jenny says:

    So glad to hear that the surgery is a go! I’m praying for a successful surgery and quick recovery. Your little guy is a trooper. So are you!
    I am loving your shoes too… I may have to make the trip to Target to find them!
    Watching my little girl play her violin in the school talent show is making me happy for the month I think! Our children are a blessing!

  22. Kathy says:

    It’s friday that always makes me happy! Lunch with hubby today! prayers for David and you all ….I hope you get the care he needs. praying for a successful surgery for your sweet boy!

  23. Kristie says:

    Knowing that it’s the weekend. Good luck with the surgery.

  24. Jenna H says:

    Hope you have a better day today. Praying that everything goes smoothly!
    I love your shoes….too cute!
    My family makes me happy. My God makes me happy…just spending some quiet time with Him this morning makes me happy!

  25. Paige says:

    Lisa, you are such a wonderful mother! I know how it is to juggle a millions specialists and finding the need to really fight for my sons care. Praying for your sweet David!

  26. The past three weeks have been CRAZY for you… even though it wasn’t pretty I’m sure a meltdown was in order.

    Today a snow day makes me happy!

  27. Sara says:

    Oh, I am sending many prayers your way that the procedure and surgery go well and that you and your family find peace.
    Also–those shoes are CUTE!!! I just might have to run out to Target and try to find a pair myself!

  28. Lynette says:

    Blessings to all of you during this trying time. Will keep you in my prayers that all goes as planned for David. What makes me happy is knowing I have a wonderful husband & grown children & that I can now take Fridays off from work to do what I want :) Today that includes spending time with friends & their little ones :) One of my favorite things to do! I also need to get busy & place an order in your store! Hugs to you!

  29. Lisa says:

    Lisa, I am so sorry that you are going thru this. May the Lord provide the strength you both need – all of you need at this time. My heart and my prayers go out to you. I pray for wisdom for the doctors and health care providers. You are a glowing example of grace right now.

    What is making me happy right now is memories of my sweet momma. She died less than two weeks ago and her smile and her memory do bring on the happy moments.

  30. Kristin says:

    Under all the circumstances, you are doing great. Accept the loads of grace God has for you…of course you are like a mama lion protecting your little one. Praying for his tests and surgery to go smoothly.
    What makes me happy today….my elementary schoolers are out today, so we’re taking baby sister and going to meet Daddy at Corner Bakery for lunch then off to Tattered Cover for each to choose a book. :)

  31. Wendy says:

    CVS for marshmallows, Target for shoes, and most importantly ~ Prayers for you and your family!

  32. Katy says:

    TOTALLY understand you when you say “it’s just trying to coordinate lots of care providers” – my son typically sees many providers, especially in the early days of finding out he has Down syndrome. My husband and I would go absolutely batty trying to coordinate everything. No one works together! Even specialists at the same facility can’t seem to ‘talk’ to one another. Instead of picking up the phone, they just order more tests or defer to another doctor.

    Believe me – I can completely visualize going crazy in the doctor’s office – you feel like you are taking crazy pills, but it’s really just everyone not working as hard and as diligently as yourself!

  33. Lizz says:

    I’m going to have to find myself some of those marshmellows! What makes me happy today: it’s friday and a 3 day weekend!

  34. tara says:

    hi lisa-
    i was flipping through the magazine “pregnancy & newborn” today at my dr.’s office and saw your heartstrings necklace!!!! not sure if you have seen it featured there. congrats!!! -tara

  35. Tiffany says:

    Hi Lisa — so sorry to hear that things are being a struggle! Thinking of your and your sweet David today! Hoping you can relax and enjoy LA (assuming you are still in LA). That’s were I live and I work in Century City – wanna have lunch?? The CC mall is so fun – :)….

    what’s making me happy:
    *wearing jeans to work & my new grey ugg boots
    *getting together with my friend for a couple hours this evening
    *visiting with my sweet sister and niece tomorrow & then a yummy dinner
    *wearing my “from up here” necklace
    *hope – hope for a peaceful heart

    Prayers to you for this situation your are in to bring answers and clarity.

  36. Jessica says:

    praying for your david…so sorry that things are tough…things that make me happy:

    –snow drifts that are taller than me.
    –singing songs with a friend late into the night.
    –dogs that jump and bound through the snow with an ease that reminds me of grace.
    –freshly colored hair, meaning no more roots. at least for a few days:)

  37. I’ll be praying for David.
    What is making me happy? Hope!

  38. Anna says:

    hang in there, lady! you have a strong little guy there and you are one tough mama! you are in my prayers. stay strong, be brave and keep fighting for your little man to have the best medical care!

  39. Lisa says:

    Hugs. It’s not easy to coordinate care of lots of different providers… that is what I do for a living… but I see it from the other side… it’s hard being the mama of a sick one in the midst of it. Hope it all works out!

  40. pink marshmallow hearts and cocoa are my favorite.

  41. Erin says:

    Praying for your family – that God will wrap you in his love and peace during these hard days and nights. A beautiful verse that has comforted me many times: Deut. 33:12: “About Benjamin he said: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”

  42. Liz says:


    oh how my heart aches and brakes to hear about your day. i know we do know each other but if i could have just been there for you to at least offer you some comfort and a hug for both you and your David. i can somehow relate to what you, David and family are going through. and my only hope and wish and what i am praying for is that God’s grace be your comfort, strength and healing.

    thinking of you, David, Matt and Steve.

    i love you target flats, those are cute.

    i am smiling now because i am reaching out to you and hope it brings a smile to you as well.


  43. Debbie says:

    Please know that you bring joy to so many by sharing your talent, love coming to your blog! You share so lovingly , so picture all of us sharing your anguish and let us lighten your heart from worry. I am praying for you, David and your family, what a sweet little boy! Take care!
    PS : I will be ordering soon, love it all, can’t decide what to choose! :)

  44. Suzanne says:

    you are an inspiration! I am sending lots of positive energy your way.

  45. Cait says:

    Positive thoughts and hugs for you and your family . xx

  46. Stephanie says:

    Hang in there Lisa…you are amazing!

  47. Tears in my eyes because I know your pain of coordinating caregivers, driving everywhere, having special needs. (My daughter has autism.) But, also, I’m touched in that I get it and I am so there. And I’m all about this: though our lives are challenged and a bit extra packed with struggle…we survive when we look (and find!) beauty and take time to count the many wonderful blessings there are overflowing in Life. Our lives! Thank you. I am so glad I’ve reconnected with your blog. And, whenever I get to the UPS store, I’m sending you a little something bc I was so moved by your personal gift at Blissdom.

  48. Marnie says:

    Sometimes you just feel tired and it’s hard to go on but your fighting for what’s right and prays to have the peace and strength to keep going!!!!
    Time with my family.

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