Sunday, January 30, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons . . .

I always intended that the purpose of this blog would be to share with you my adventures along the journey of art quilting.  Lately, though, I've been making more lemonade than anything else, and I wanted to briefly let you know why I haven't been posting or commenting on your blogs as often as I'd like.
This past September, our son, who is a journalist, travelled to South Africa on an assignment; while there, he got into a wrestling match with an all-terrain vehicle, and the ATV came out on top.  Sean ended up with a broken arm, six fractured ribs, a broken wrist, and fluid surrounding his lung.  He IS, however, alive, and we are unspeakably grateful.  He was operated on in South Africa and came back to our home to recuperate; he also needed lung surgery in NYC and seemed to be on the mend.  
They say that, if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.  It turns out that Sean's arm required MORE surgery this past week, because it hadn't knitted at all.  He's back upstate with us, and this time the recuperation is slow and extremely painful.  We're taking everything one day at a time and hoping he turns a corner soon.
On top of this, we just learned that our beloved dog, Doyle, has lymphoma; it was an especially difficult diagnosis to hear, since he's only seven years old.  We don't know how much longer he'll be with us, so we've decided to celebrate his life each day the best we can.
I feel as though I have a wonderful support group with all of you who read and comment on my blog; it is this sense of community that makes it easier for me to share my thoughts with you when life isn't so gentle.  Your thoughts, prayers, and advice are more than welcome; please know how grateful I am to you for our continued connection.

Diane




26 comments:

imquilternity said...

So sorry to hear your news about Doyle. I hope your son makes a full recovery this time. Take care!

Diane Wright said...

I recognized the crutches in the photo...a snippet is all it takes when you've had them under your arms. I'm sure your son is grateful to have your ministrations. There's nothing like "mom" to help speed recovery.

Like you said, one day at a time. Give Doyle an extra hug from "the other Diane". You are in my thoughts.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Oh goodness Diane, you've had enough lemons...time to move onto the lemonade. I'm so happy your son survived the accident and hopefully he'll mend now and be done with all that. I'm so sad to hear about your dog too. Sending many cyber hugs!

moosestashquilting said...

Wow, you sure have your plate full. So glad to hear that your son is alive and repairable. Having put our dog down to cancer last January, I feel your pain with Doyle. Keep the faith, and remember that God gives you nothing that you can't handle, although at times we have to question that little word of wisdom don't we!

Bee said...

Oh Diane, I'm so sorry your family is going through such a tough time! I am so thankful your son survived the accident and returned to you. I will keep him and his recovery in my thoughts and prayers. I am hoping he turns the corner soon. As for Doyle....that is so hard. They become members of the family and are so loyal and lovable. I'll be praying for him too.

connie said...

I am sending many good thoughts and prayers for your son's recovery, I can only imagine how difficult it was having him so far away, I am glad to hear he is closer now. I am also sending good thoughts for the time you have left with your furry friend. Life certainly has it's challenges. Hang in there.

Tracey said...

oh Diane what a rotten time for you and your family. Take each day at a time and keep smiling - even if its only a little one. Thinking of you.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry, Diane. I hope your son heals quickly, and that your days with Doyle are longer than you think.

Janet

Joan said...

Diane - what a dreaduful time you son has had, but how lucky he has you. Please wish him a painfree journey and we are sending healing prayers - to you all. An to top eveything off that news on you darling dog. Thinking of you heaps.

Margie Kraft said...

Oh Diane, I'm so sorry to hear about your trials and your son's injuries. Sending many prayers for you and your family. Remember, when God sends you a bumper crop of lemons you will have a bumper crop of lemonade....may it be very sweet!

Allie said...

You know Diane, if there's one thing we can be certain of in this life, is that THERE WILL BE LEMONS. It sounds like a tree full of them has fallen on you lately! I'm very happy to hear that your son is all right....I will pray for his arm to heal properly. He's a very lucky young man. I'm sure it's very comforting also for him to have mum to take care of him....when we feel bad, we always want mum!

I'm so sorry to hear the news about Doyle. It's never an easy thing to face the sickness of our pets. I will pray for you as you minister to him....kisses to Doyle.

Deborah said...

I am so sorry about what you are going through. I'll keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

quilthexle said...

Oh no oh no - too much lemons, for sure! Glad to hear your son is on the way to recovery. And truly sorry to learn about your dog; I know just too well how painful it is to part with a four-legged friend. So I guess it is just as you wrote - one day at a time, enjoy the positive things. Big big cyber hug !!!

Robbie said...

I don't personally know you but you certainly will get a prayer from me! Keep strong...and I hope both your 'kids' recupe soon!

crazylegs said...

So sorry to hear of your son's accident and hope he does have a successful (if not speedy) recovery. Heartbreaking news about the pup. I do enjoy your quilting adventures, but life happens.

Marilyn Rock said...

Oh Diane! I'm so sorry to read about your son and your dog. Your plate is full and know all who know you and care are with you and yours. I will keep prayers and positive thoughts for you and your loved ones. xxoo

soot said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your son's accident. It is wonderful that he is with you recuperating and not far away in South Africa by himself. (I feel for him; I am recuperating from knee replacement surgery and it is going very slowly for me.)
Our 7-year-old beagle, Maggie, passed away in two weeks after developing lymphoma. We loved her so much and thought nothing could replace her. But, lo and behold, within six months (through the Internet) we had found our wonderful beagle, Emma, who lived east of St. Joseph, Missouri in a little town called Polo, Missouri, on a road called MAGGIE WAY!!!! She was meant to be. God shows us in many ways how he loves us and is involved in our lives.
Kathy in Beebeetown, Iowa

Pat Spillane said...

Sending love, support and prayers in as many ways as I can. Telephones.........:))
Hugs,

Victoria said...

My heart really goes out to you. As a mother of a young adult, who has also traveled abroad, I can imagine how frightful this event had to be for you, and how greatly relieved you must be to have him home with you now. I hope that your son's recovery begins to go more smoothly from this point on. As for your beautiful dog Doyle, I think I do know how you feel, having gone through this myself. Yes, take each day at a time and cherish it. My beloved Mo was given only 4 months to live but lived for over a year, and through it all she taught me so much about grace and love.

I admire your "make lemonade" spirit. xoxo

Marlaine said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the tough times you're going through. Glad to hear that Sean is back home with you and mending, although slowly. I'm so sad to hear about Doyle. Pets become such important parts of our lives. I'll keep all of you in my prayers!

Cathy said...

Diane - so sorry to hear about your son's accident. I hope he makes a full recovery. And poor Doyle - we lost our dog to lymphoma - it was heart breaking. You are in my thoughts - sending hugs!

Linda Bacon said...

Yikes. I'm so glad your son is on the mend! I'm sorry about the pooch's diagnosis. So sad. Remember to take some time for your precious self.

Janet Tanguay said...

You and your family have been through so much, Diane, and you've been such a pillar of strength. It's time some really great things come your way. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Miller Designs said...

May your son continue his recovery smoothly from now on. And such heartbreaking news about Doyle. This stuff of life is hard to bear sometimes...and from it we soften our hearts.

tangled stitch said...

Well, I'm hoping your son is up and around by now. And so sorry to hear about your dog. We love them almost as much as we love our children(almost by a long shot). Best wishes for all of you and glad to see you are back!

Jackie said...

Diane, I am so sorry to hear about all of this! I also haven't been reading blogs as much as I would like to read them and am just reading about all that is happening with you. I hope things are looking up now.

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