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Friday, August 27, 2010

A MIRACLE MAKEOVER

Hi and Welcome to Pink Saturday and a special post this weekend for the Miracle Makeover sponsored by Kelee here and Guidepost magazine here. I think everyone in blog land knows Colette by now! She is a little miracle in progress and she had a beautiful healing room makeover. You can check out the video at Kelee's site and at Guidepost.
I want to share my own miracles this weekend. I apologize for the late post because I have been down and out with a crummy sinus infection. I have not felt well enough to take care of any business including my most fun business here with my bloggy buddies!
This was easy for me to post because I experienced a few true miracles in my lifetime primarily during my twenty six year marriage that I am happy to say that I am still in! But the beginning of my marriage unraveled like a bad sewing job! I married my husband is May 1984. Two months later I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus! Two months after my diagnosis I had neurosurgery. My husband should have run for his life but instead he stuck it out with me! The surgery was long and dangerous and I had to spend two entire weeks healing in the hospital. At that time my girlfriend whom I have known since we were mere infants worked across the street at the Cancer Center and she spent her lunch hour feeding me each day. My brother Ed would come by from his downtown office and feed me my dinner each night. My husband cared for our daughter and then he would take her to my brothers house 20 miles from our own and drop her off with my sister-in-law Cheri while he ran to the hospital to visit me each night! The man shaved my legs in that hospital bed and washed my half bald head each night. He cared for me so exquisitely that I would not trade him for all the money and fame and material things in the world! One year later, nearly to the date, my shunt that they placed in my head failed to function and I needed more surgery! Only this time I had a brand spanking new baby boy to care for! My oldest son was three weeks old when I had that second surgery. Two months later more surgery was needed! I was slowly losing my mind while trying to care for my phamily. My husband never wavered in his love for me and the kids. His dad came up and spent two weeks caring for me as well so that my hubby could go back to work. I am not sure how we managed it all but with God's love and grace somehow we survived. Five months later I was back to work at the medical school at the university. I was alone in the office with my boss the department chair Dr. Pizer. I looked at him and told him I thought I was losing my mind! He made a quick phone call, grabbed a wheelchair, from where, I still do not know, and raced across the bridge with me in tow to the hospital. I was told by a cocky young Jewish resident that more surgery was coming because my shunt had totally malfunctioned! I told him I thought perhaps he might go fly a kite because I needed to be alone with God and He and I were going to talk! He chuckled as he closed the door behind him! I let God have it! I told Him how dare He allow this to happen to me! How dare He allow more crummy surgery when I was about to lose my mind! I told Him I am going to pray so darn hard He will not want me to get any more surgery! The young resident allowed my hubby to go to the MRI dept. with me and he was allowed in the room as I was getting my MRI because there is no radiation flying around the room and he was allowed to hold on to my toes as we prayed together and the machine performed its task! When the young doctor entered my room with my results he was pale and looked as if he himself had seen a ghost! He said there was absolutely no medical evidence as to why my shunt was totally non functioning earlier and now it was fully functioning! I said something like that's because My God is awesome and you ought to try Him yourself! He quickly left the room!
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
I have a simple hand stitched frame picture to share today for Pink Saturday. It is not anything fancy but whoever made it I am positive they stitched each stitch with love.It is a cute thrifty find I found at the Salvation Army for ninety nine cents! To me it is worth more than gold!

I hope you will stop and visit as many Pink Saturday posts as you can! Remember to thank Beverly for allowing us to all participate in this healing make over with Kelee and Colette. You may find Beverly at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/ Thank sweet Sherry at http://countrywingsinphoenix.blogspot.com/. Thank Charlotte and Ginger at http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/ and all the Spiritual Sunday participates. Make sure you give a great big blog hug to Kelee, Colette and the staff of the Guidepost for giving us all I little joy today. If I have failed to mention anyone else our love goes out to you too! I have been under the weather and appreciate your patience while I try to get back into the swing of things. I cherish all my comments and I will catch up visiting everyone this weekend. Blessings to all of you.
Please also visit Diann here She is one amazing lady with a sweet hubby Troy and their own Princess. I was deeply touched by Diann's story today. Always "Be kind to everyone you meet because everyone is fighting their own battle." Plato

34 comments:

Denise said...

God bless you beautiful lady.

someplace in thyme said...

Your story is so touching and the man you married is an angel. Happy Miracle Party and Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Parsley said...

Aww, that's so special.

Tammy said...

By and far one of the best testimony's of faith I have heard. He does give his blessings in his time. I'm learning albiet slowly to led God have complete control. I'm a bit obsessive compulsive so to give it up has been difficult for me but I'm learning. I'm so happy to hear that your husband is one of those "keepers". How blessed you are. Hugs. Tammy

MOLLYE said...

Wonderful testimony Anne. You have a keeper. Your soul mate. Love you, Mollye

Creative Breathing said...

Lovely testimony. Thank you so much for visiting me today! Elizabeth

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Anne Sweetie...
What a beautiful miracle you have shared this evening with me. It is such a testimony in Christ and a testimony of true love with your DH.

My DH is pretty much going through the same thing with me, not being able to talk. He has stood by me these last 4 months and is truly my knight in shining armor. We are both so lucky you and I that we chose good ones, aren't we?

I pray that maybe this Spring we will get to meet at Dear Sis's house in Mt. Airy, what a wonderful time that would be.

I so love you and cherish your friendship. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing with me this evening. Many hugs sweetie and so much love, Sherry

Dogmom Diva said...

Very special story and I do remember all that surgery..Miracles do happen!

love u
Barb

katillacshack.com said...

Hi Anne!

I just adore the cross-stitch! And the wonderful quote.

You are so generous and thank-you again for this "Miracle Weekend" post.

I appreciate you.

love, kelee

Jane said...

This is a wonderful story. So glad that you are still here with us!

Jane

Kathy said...

I so appreciate you sharing your wonderful story - what a dear husband and family you have. You truly went through so much - God is wonderful! I am so glad he has brought you through! This opportunity to post our miracles has truly touched my heart. I am so glad to know - that because of our faith in God and in Jesus - that someday we will be in His presence and will meet.
God Bless you,
Kathy

sissie said...

Your miracle is the wonderful man that you married. The other miracle came from God, of this I am sure.

Your story is heartbreaking because of all you went through. I'm so thankful that you had someone so strong to lean on and to help you heal.

Blessings to you my sweet friend.

hugs
Sissie

Virginia said...

Wonderful testimony!
God is good...
Joy & Blessings,
Virginia

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Anne,
What a wonderful man you are married to and what a wonderful God we serve! I'm so glad you're all right and thank you so much for sharing your story. You've been through a lot! Your needlepoint is lovely. Happy Pink Saturday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Ann said...

You are so blessed to have such a wonderful hubby!!! He never became tired of taking care of the one he loves! Beautiful story of provision. The needlepoint is lovely. Happy Miracle Saturday.
Ann

jeff campbell said...

This is an extraordinary story...quite moving...and who doesn't love a miracle ;-) I am so envious of your thrift store find...Peace and blessings to you...

She a Lady said...

I so believe in miracles...sometimes all we have to do is believe in them and we see more of them...
bless you sweetie
madame samm

KarenHarveyCox said...

What an amazing story. Your husband sounds like a very special man and blessed to have you as a wife. This weekend event really uplifts everyones faith as we gather around and remember what the Lord has done. We are blessed to have angels watching over us.

So lovely to meet on such a wonderful celebration.
Karen

Connie said...

Now THAT is an amazing story, sugar!!! I KNOW He can work miracles. He is the center of our life. We're a religious church-going family. What else can I say? Your's is truly a uplifting story. I also know that my hubby would never abandon me for an illness. That man can handle ANYTHING, including my rotten, impatient moods! Oh, chick, I'm thrilled to have read your story today.
xoxo,
Connie

Heart2Heart said...

Anne,

What a blessing and such a refreshing look at the work of God in your life through your testimony in this post. God has blessed you in so many ways and continues to show Himself through your husband, your friends and family. You can't help but see His unconditional love through the eyes of those we love.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

You are so right about everyone fighting their own private battle with pain and suffering, whether it is physical or emotional. Thank you for saying it again as it is so important for us all to remember! Bless you and your family for living through your own private miracle! God was watching over you all and came to your aid! Thank you for sharing...
Sending you BIG HUGS and love!
Coralie

Heather said...

Love the cross stitch! It is so beautiful and well worth more than what you paid for.

How wonderful to have such a hubby. When I got really sick, before anyone had a clue what I had, my mom was like that. She took such good care of me. She helped me walk again and be able to do stuff on my own again and live through the pain. Families are such wonderful things aren't they???? and the best part? Sometimes good friends become family members.

Marilyn said...

Wow! Aren't miracles just THE best!!? Thanks for sharing your story! ♥♫

My Crafty Little Page said...

Wow - that is one powerful story - what a time to go through all that - newly married, kids are babies and who can afford to lose work time when money is usually in short supply in the first place. What would we do without our families? and husbands? I, too, have been married forever - 45 years! We've always been there for each other - and probably just like you all nothing less ever entered our mind! I'm always inspired to read of long happy marriages - it seems so temporary to many times any more. Thanks for sharing, Anne - I'm so glad you came through it all okay. And thanks for your sweet words on my blog...I'm usually such a blabbermouth so today was a bit different! Have a wonderful Pink Saturday. xoxo Nancy

Lily said...

coming not from PS but from the lighthouse. Prayers being offered.
~Lily
www.neverfadingwood.blogspot.com

Suzie Button said...

Ann, what an amazing journey you've had! I can only imagine the suffering you endured, but it's obvious your faith and your loving husband made it all bearable! Happy PS! Suzie

Incipient Wings said...

what an amazing story,husband,and faith you have.
Beautiful...!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Goodness, my dear friend, what a truly inspiring story. I've got goosebumps just reading this. We never know what others have/are going thru, do we? Thank you for opening your heart and sharing your story. May God bless you always!

Happy PINK SATURDAY!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

LV said...

I have never heard such stories as today. It was a for a terrific cause, but the same time very depressing. You have been there and back. So sorry to hear so many of may blog friends have had such bad times. You have truly been blessed by the good Lord and a wonderful, caring husband. Trust your troubles are over and better things will follow. Thank you for your kind comment and visit.

Jean said...

Wow! Amazing miracle. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Chatty Crone said...

Happy Pink Saturday. sandie

Karen June Miller said...

WOW! What a testimony! And, what a rough way to start off a marriage! I would say that your husband is indeed the perfect soulmate for you! PRAISE GOD for His faithfulness and the fact that I would never have met you through blogging if it weren't for this miracle!

Thanks so much for sharing! I guess I missed the weekend participation, but I'm certainly glad that I read this!

Smiles, KJ

Intense Guy said...

What an incredible story.

Any man that would shave legs in a hospital bed and wash half bald heads each night is a keeper.

:)

And you are too.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Anne. Thank you for making Pink Saturday special, and for taking part in this day of celebration and thanks.

There truly are miracles going on all around us every day. We just have to open our hearts in acceptance.

Thank you for sharing your story of healing with us. I do believe in miracles. And, I hope you are recovering from the sinus infection.

I'm still hoping to reach my goal of 200 comments by midnight tonight.