Last night I got home from Madrid and quickly unpacked. I knew I would have a very busy week. I have learned to take it day by day or I just get too overwhelmed. The flight home went well and thankfully due to thick compression stockings my legs did not swell. Lesson learned- just wear them!
Today we are at the Huntsmen Cancer Institute. We got up at 6am to start the day with his oncologist appt, blood draws to check his markers and now the chemotherapy. Today is NUMBER 3. This is half way for the treatments. Wow... I STILL feel like it's a bad dream. I am sitting here watching the love of my life being injected with the red fluid. He is so cute wearing his hat and he is smiling. Such a testiment to his spirit. I have grown to know him in a new way through this experience. He has never once complained or had a bad attitude- like... Why me???? He just endures it well. It's always hard to do another round because he gets very weak and sick immediately. This weekend and right before he does another round, he is actually able to get out of bed and don't feel the pain for a few days. These are the good days and a reminder to him of how he will feel once he get gets all better.
I just think ATTITUDE is so important and I remind myself of this daily. When I feel overwhelmed I just remember that I am strong and I can do this. I have felt God's love surround me and our family and this is what keeps us going.
I thought I would share my photos from this weekend in Spain. I absolutely LOVED these sweet amazing women.
This is Patricia. She owns Gargamellescrap. She does beautiful projects too and carries all of my lines. She has a beautiful family too.
We visited the city center of Madrid. I am thankful that they took the time to show me their city on Friday prior to the event starting.
I love taking photos of the architecture. We walked the streets. I just love to explore and see new places. It was nice to walk the streets and be in such a beautiful place.
Lunch was authentic food from Spain and I loved it. This was the most delicious ham. Ty would have loved it. He served his mission in Sevilla, Spain. I ate way too much of it. Ty was jealous when I told him I got to eat this and paella.
Ty loved this on his mission. I got to try it for the first time. I am a very easy going person and like to try new things and foods when I travel.
This was cool. YOU can see that I was standing in the exact center of Spain.
This is Raquel. Thankful that she was so sweet and could understand and speak English.
I took instant photos with each of the girls at the event. I loved that the setting was wrong on the camera and we laughed and joked that they were all GHOST photos. Yes, my blond hair stood out in the photos. No worries- we retook all of them.
The nicest girls.... such a great time with them.
Patricia and Raquel gave me such thoughtful gifts. I loved the hippo stuffed animal and the sucker bouquet. I just felt so much love. I even had girls give me stuff for my husband. He loved the meat from Toni. Patricia brought me goodies from Portugal. So many very thoughtful women. Yes, I cried.
I loved meeting these beautiful women. It was such a highlight.
Oh yes, I shopped at Patricia's store. I had to have these thin metal dies. I am going to use them with my TC Craftwell ebosser machine. Yes, it cuts as well and uses ALL of the dies you use and love. They even will cut the thin metal dies from kesi art from France and other dies as well. Their dies are in french and reminded me of the dies that you will find that my friends have designed for the Siloquette and Kerri Bradford.
If you like the handwritten dies that have been so popular for years, then check out the dies. I bought them and gave them to a friend who had been looking for them. I have only seen them in Europe and I bought about 8 new sets for her. Watch for a video and a segment on My Craft Channel soon.
We all had our own Tshirts at the event that they made. Super cute!!!!
Oh my sweet friend Patricia. I honestly LOVE this girl. She is from Porto, Portugal. I have been to her event for the last two years. She is my distributor there too. She flew to Spain to help me. THIS woman is so busy and has so much on her own plate but she came to help me. She translated for me on Saturday. I love her with all my heart. So many times in life we meet people that change us. She changes me for the better because I saw her example of love, kindness and family love. I adore her! I met Eva on Friday at the event. She helped translate for me too. Oh, we had an instant connection. She is a beautiful soul and I found her so inspirational. She is the mother of two handsome 14 month old twins. It was nice to have Patricia, Eva and Raquel translate my message to everyone. I could not have done it without the three girls.
This is our group. I will FOREVER keep them in my heart! I hope to go again and see them again.
Hope you are having a wonderful day!!!!!