Sunday, June 28, 2015

Prayers Please.....

I apologize for the sparseness in my posts lately.  As many of you already know, Cortney battled a staph infection at the beginning of May.  She had been admitted to the hospital for 3 days and placed on heavy duty IV antibiotics.  When she came home, she had what appeared to be a hole in her leg from the infection.  We were sent to an infectious disease doc who then sent us to wound care.  Cort had 5 visits there and the decision was made to send her to a plastic surgeon.  I guess I live under a rock, because I had no idea that this was who might help her to heal.  He recommended a skin flap and told me she would be in the hospital for at least a week.  I shed many, many tears because all I kept thinking was, "How did this happen? How did my perfect, happy girl end up with this? " But I went ahead and scheduled the surgery as this seemed to be our only option. 

So this past Friday she had surgery number one.  The doc surgically debrides the wound and gets rid of all of the dead tissue.  Unfortunately, the infection had gone down to the bone, so it is deeper than we thought.  Thankfully, it did not affect the bone.......a blessing. Because of her Cerebral Palsy, the doc said they couldn't do a skin flap.  Her skin is too tight.  Instead he would perform a skin graft.  This is concerning because when we originally met in his office he had stated that he preferred a skin flap because they don't just bring skin over, they also bring over the vital tissues as well. That is what aids in healing.  A skin graft is just skin. Which means there is a chance it won't take. That will be performed this upcoming Wednesday. In the mean time they hooked her up to a VAC machine. And from what I am hearing this machine is pretty amazing.  It helps the skin tissue to revitalize and make new tissue.  So I am praying that everything I hear is accurate and it allows her skin to heal.  

It has been extremely stressful these past couple of months.  And everything is complicated by the fact that she is in a wheelchair.  All that keeps running through my mind is, what if I put her through all of this, and it doesn't work? Don't go there, my family tells me.  But I've already gone there.

She is extremely uncomfortable, and my heart breaks for her.  My sweet happy girl is miserable and it just kills me. 

I will be at the hospital the rest of the week.  I won't leave her at night.  My husband gave me a reprieve last night, which was a nice break. But he has to work so I will be on "duty" til the end of the week. 

Please pray that she heals from this.  
Thank you for your e-mails, texts, PM's etc.  My heart is grateful for all of you.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Life is Good...

Good morning! I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog today! I have a step by step tutorial on how I created this touchable, dimensional background using adhesive! Michele Kovack
So be sure to stop on by for all of the info!
Michele Kovack
I am off to a math workshop today for school.  
Have a great day!!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day Plaid

I created a Father's Day card for my hubby and decided to make my own plaid background. 
I used various widths of sticky tape.  I started with the wide strips on an angle, peeled the top off and sprinkled it with red glitter. I did the same with a slightly less wide strip next to it and sprinkled it with navy glitter.  The last layer were the trio of skinny strips.  Those were sprinkled with a lighter shade of blue. 
Created by Michele Kovack
I love this technique and think maybe I need to have a tutorial on it!  Maybe doing a girly version of it! ;) 
Created by Michele Kovack
I used a sticker from SRM for the sentiment.  Then stamped a Papertrey sentiment directly on top. For a finishing touch I added a bit of red ribbon tied with black string, and  several rhinestones. 
Created by Michele Kovack
My poor husband (I mean this quite sarcastically...he has already golfed 3 times this week) isn't able to golf today.  It has rained here so much that they won't allow carts on the course. So I guess he is stuck with me and the kids today!  On Father's Day of all days! LOL!
Good thing I bought some steaks and a bottle of wine!
Enjoy your Sunday!

Friday, June 19, 2015


Good morning my friends!
These past few days have been an emotional roller coaster to say the least.
But one thing I realized is that I am truly blessed.  
I am blessed to have so many people care.
I am grateful for the numerous messages, PMs, and e-mails.
It truly helps knowing that Cort and I are not alone.
I thank my lucky stars for this craft industry. It has saved my hide on more than one occasion.
Michele Kovack
Not just the craft itself, but the people I have met a long the way.....
So today I have a fun, happy card using a cute Jane's Doodle's stamp called Garden Friends. It is available at SRM Stickers.  It was colored twice with Copics. The wing was cut out and popped up with dimensional foam tape.  It was given a dose of glossy accents and sprinkled with glitter.  I added a gold doily and strips of patterned paper.  
By Michele Kovack
For the next few days we are striving for a bit of normalcy.  So today we are going to see the movie, Inside Out with friends. Cort will go to summer school Monday-Thursday of next week. And then of course Friday is her first round of surgery. 
Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. 
We appreciate it very, very much.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Colorful Rooster

I have a card to share with you using an awesome digital image from Crafty Secrets! 
It is part of the Farm Chicks digital set.  I colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I love the vibrancy of their colors!  I also gave it a bit of sparkle using my Wink of Stella pen. I used Stickles on the outside perimeter of the rectangle.
I added digital papers behind the image and a flower I cut using my Silhouette.  The flower was given color using my Spectrum Noir Aqua markers. 
Cortney is scheduled for a skin flap next Friday, June 26th.
I have been beside myself and having a hard time taking all of it in. She will be in the hospital for at least a week. The healing time will still be several months, but let's hope this helps her to heal.
I appreciate everyone's kind words, texts, e-mails etc.
It really helps to know I am not alone.
Thank you for helping me get through a tough time....

Monday, June 15, 2015

Birthday Boy!

Good morning!
Yesterday was my husband's birthday and we decided to spend it as a family.
We went to lunch and then headed on over to the movies to see Jurassic World in 3-D.
With Kyle working and such, we don't seem to do much "family" time these days.
My husband expects a homemade card and really gives me the business if I don't make one for him. You'd think he would cut me a bit of slack with all that's been going on with Cortney and such.
No such luck. 
So here is the card I had to sneakily create.
It took 3 tries to get a card that I kind of liked.
And remind me next time to take a picture before I write in it! 
And here is the young'un.
Cortney is headed to wound care again today. Tomorrow we have an appointment with the plastic surgeon.  They may perform a deep debridement and possible skin graft. 
We will know more tomorrow. 
I appreciate your kind words, your e-mails, and well wishes. 
She needs your continued prayers.
She is not herself and so far her summer is pretty lousy.
Hugs to all of you!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Updated Kitchen!

Good morning! 
I am so happy that school is over and my summer vacation is starting!
I will be able to concentrate on my kiddos a bit, and accomplish some things that have been long neglected.
Like my house.
And laundry.
Lots and lots of laundry!
We were looking for an economical way to update our kitchen and decided paint was the way to go.
Our cabinets were in pretty good shape but the color wasn't really what I wanted anymore. 
So after many layers of white paint and some tarnished nickel handles......
This was the result. A much brighter, airier kitchen! 
We are headed to the doc again for Cortney's 3rd wound care appt.   I can not tell you how frustrating this whole thing has been. This poor girl has been through so much....
Please continue to pray for healing.
Thank you all so very much!