Saturday, April 14, 2012

Back From My Break!

Hi, everyone! I've missed you all, and I hope you're having a great weekend. Things have been quite busy here. I've enjoyed my break. I'm not sure what my future blogging may be like, so I'll just take it a day at a time. :)

We're in our last nine weeks of the year - time just seems to fly by! I've been busy with end of quarter reports and the students' SAT's. Katie also had a pretty bad case of poison ivy, but it's finally clearing up. She was on Prednisone for a week, and the doctor recommended Ivarest. It helped tremendously!

We've been out of school this week for our Easter break. We spent the week with our families and had a very nice time. I thought you might like to see some of Katie's random pictures she took this week. I think she takes great pictures!

Road behind Mom and Dad's house

Field of yellow flowers in West Virginia

Pink dogwood against a beautiful blue sky

Inside our church on Easter Sunday

Lilacs at my parents' house

Katie didn't take this picture. This is what I found on my kitchen counter a couple weeks ago while I was home by myself (which is hardly ever)! It's a blue-tailed skink. I grabbed it up in a bath towel and set it free outside, then I went in and got my camera and took some pictures. I sure hope it doesn't try that again!

Before I go, I wanted to give you an update on Tanya (my cousin's wife). Unfortunately, it is not good news. She is in the hospital again. We found out she has stage 4 cancer, and is on very strong chemo. She also has more blood clots and her kidneys are failing, so she is on dialysis. She had to have some of her toes and part of her foot amputated because of the blood clots. On Wednesday, we had planned our visit around her time for dialysis, but when we got there, they told us her dialysis was late that day, so we didn't get to see her. She was disappointed, and so were we. We haven't seen her since August. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. She is in desperate need of them.

Don't take your loved ones for granted. Give them a hug and tell them you love them. We are not promised tomorrow.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,


  1. Welcome back sweet friend, you were missed. Thanks for the update on dear Tanya, bless her heart. Lifting her up in my prayers.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your cousin, Melanie, you are so right, we can't ever take our loved ones for granted; we do need to treasure them and let them know we treasure them; life on this side of eternity is so short.

    I love Katie's pictures; she did great with them! Very talented!

    Glad you enjoyed your break and glad you back to blogging, whatever the schedule of it is that works best for you!


  3. So good to see you back!!! I am so sorry about Tanya!!! Katie takes great pictures, she really had an eye for beauty. Her poison ivy must be really bad for the doctor to hive her Prednisone. The fire is very near us, too, as you and I live so close together.

  4. Forgot to tell you I LOVE the new look of your blog, SO pretty!!!

  5. Hello Melanie~
    Good to see you here this morning. Lovely pictures you shared up until the "skink" though ;-( I must say you were very calm about finding on your COUNTER?!?!
    Keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers across the country as there are far to many conditions effecting lives.
    I'm sorry to hear of your cousin's condition. Will continue to include her in my prayers; poison ivy-just typing it out makes me itch! I had a horrible bout with it when I was 10 and I haven't forgotten it. Glad there are meds to help these days.

    Wishing you a sunny, peaceful Sunday.
    Seasons of Thy Heart

  6. I am hurting for Tanya - I know she must be going thru great turmoil. I am so glad to see you back. Hope Katie is feeling better. And I love your pictures of home. sandie

  7. Welcome back my sweet friend ... you have been missed! Your "little space" is so pretty and has the fresh look of springtime! My prayers continue to be with your cousin! Praying that Katie is on the mend! Sweetest blessings for your week! Hugs ♥ Teri

  8. Hi Melanie. Your daughter does take great pictures. There were some wildfires out east here too. I hope they will stop soon. You are very brave for finding that thing outside and setting it free. I think I may have just stood there and screamed ;)
    Praying for your cousin. I just found out my cousin whom I haven't seen in years has stage 4 cancer in her brain and lung. Praying for salvation for her.

  9. Hi Melanie,
    It's so good to see you back! Your blog is so pretty. I am so sorry to read about Tanya. I will continue to keep her in my prayers. I'm glad you had a nice time visiting your family. Tell Katie she did a great job with the photos she took! I hope her poison ivy is getting better.

    I hope you have a lovely week! :)

  10. Hi there,

    Welcome back. Looks like you had a great time. The pictures are beautiful. We had lilacs in our front yard right by my bedroom window. Love them and they smell wonderful.

    I will pray for rain. And for Tanya. :)

    I love the new look of your blog too. Great job.

    Take care, Janet W...

  11. you picture are so beautiful..when I look at those flowers I cannot imagine how anyone could ever doubt?!
    thank you for the reminder about not taking those we love for granted....
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  12. Wow, Melanie! Welcome back to blog-land. We missed you. Yes, your daughter takes excellent pictures. The pictures of the smoke on the mountains is some beauty that I'm sure you didn't want to see. So sorry to read of your cousin with stage 4 cancer. God is still the healer and I'll be praying for Tanya.

  13. YEA Mel Mel is Back :)

  14. ack snake, in one day we seen 8 grass snakes in 3 days total 10

  15. Photos before,and after Mel Mel

  16. Welcome back, Melanie! Your daughter took excellent pictures! Sad about the fires. I hope they get them all extinguished soon.
    I do not like those skinks! You were brave to capture it!! They look too much like a snake and make my heart race every time they run near my feet when I'm outdoors. Our dog likes to stalk and kill them along with any other kind of lizard. EW!
    I will continue to keep Tanya in my prayers.

  17. Saw your featured on Sharon's blog and came to take a peek! What a gorgeous blog you have! So pretty and so inspirational! Your photos are lovely. I will pray for Tanya. It's so hard for both the patient and the family. Nice to meet you!

  18. Hi Melanie, I hope you're enjoying your spring it's hard to believe it's almost summer. I hope Katie is doing better. Poison Ivy is awful. My grandson is 8 months old now, it's hard to believe that too. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Spring Easter Break. Your photos are just gorgeous. I am so sad to hear about your cousins wife, that really makes me cry because my son had cancer and I understand how terrible this is, my mom also had cancer but they are both survivors God is good. she is in my prayer. Big hugs I have a new blog here
    remember I had moved. :)

  19. Hi Melanie! It was so nice to see a visit from you today. Thanks you for the birthday wishes, much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed your break. Take it day by day and whatever comes up, have fun with it.

  20. Welcome back to blogland Melanie!!

  21. Hello Melanie,
    Your daughter has a talent, her pictures are beautiful.
    I said a prayer for your cousin. How true not to take your loved ones for granted. Our family just went a season of our youngest daughter being very sick. Everyday is a gift.

    God Bless,

  22. Hi Melanie I hope you're enjoying your May! it's been awhile since I dropped by. Have a wonderful week. Hugs


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