Changes & New Beginnings

Hi everyone. It's been so very long. I have so much catching up to do but I'll make this as short as possible.
Last summer I spent 6 weeks in Phoenix seeing doctors, getting tests and scans ran. It was confirmed I have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. A long way of saying I have allergic type reactions to anything and everything, yet I have no true allergies. It is what caused me to get the POTS Syndrome that I've known about for a long time now. That comes with heart issues and multi system complications. The thyroid cancer appears to still be at bay, yay! I have elevated markers but it's unclear why still. From Phoenix I went to Denver and saw a corrective chiropractor that did wonders for me. I improved a whole lot. I'm so grateful for his guidance. I can walk through the grocery store alone now! (sounds silly but that's how bad I was)  I'm learning to identify and control my triggers. It's not an easy path, but we deal with what we've been dealt. No more driving all over the country and being gone from home. Which leads me to my next subject...home.

At month three in Denver, my father in law passed away. That took us home to NE. Then just before Christmas, my youngest brother took his life. So back to NE we went. After losing my oldest brother just 3 years ago, and now this, my Mom needed me. And I needed to be "home".  I never would of dreamed I'd end up calling this place my forever home, but that's just what's happened. It's good to be with family again. We ended up buying my brother's place from my Mom. That's another story for another day (if ever). It's been a wild ride of emotions for me. But I'm here. And I've found home. And hopefully someday it will get easier. There is a neurologist that comes here monthly that is knowledgeable about all my conditions. How lucky was that out here in the middle of nowhere! No.More.Driving. You don't know how good it feels to be able to say that!

That's the short version of where I've been the past year. Some great, some not...but all we can do is keep trying to look forward. My sewing room is all set back up and I'm ready to get back to it. I finished one of three Witch Hazel by Riley Blake quilt tops last summer. This is for me :)

I have been working on the second as time permitted in between all the craziness. Now that I'm able to see it up on a design wall, I'm not loving it. The white is too much. I'll probably have to add a colored sashing or something. Terrible picture, I know.

I have gathered a few things for a giveaway! When we moved I saw that I have too much stuff so I'd like to share a little with you. Watch for my next post in a week or so!

If you read to here, thank you. I also want to say thanks to the friends I've made here for asking how I am here and there. It always means so much! It's good to be back :)

Here's a happy picture...just because! My 5 grand daughters in their NE shirts.


  1. What a year you have had! Glad to hear you are getting settled and sewing again, such good therapy. So sorry for your losses and I pray better days are ahead.

  2. Why is it that we don't truly appreciate our good health until we don't have it? I'm so happy your worked with doctors that could help you and find some answers. Blessings that you continue to improve! Welcome back and your g'daughters are beautiful!

  3. I am glad that things are going better for you. Sorry for your losses. Hope things will keep getting better.

  4. Oh my, Christine, thank you so much for the update and I am sending you so much love right now. I am glad you have found home and hope that life continues to settle and even out for you!

  5. I'm sending you lots of wishes for peace and comfort. Please take care. Enjoy your family and sewing time.

  6. I am so sorry to read about these tough events in your life. It sounds like you've had more than your fair share to deal with. I hope that with a good doctor nearby things will go more easily with your health, and I'm glad to see you have your lovely granddaughters to cheer you on!

  7. Hi! So glad you have shared here, and that you are finding answers. I hope the new Doc is all that and you'll be able to keep the stress level down. More time to hug those sweet little girls!

  8. Hi! So glad you have shared here, and that you are finding answers. I hope the new Doc is all that and you'll be able to keep the stress level down. More time to hug those sweet little girls!

  9. Chris, to see it all summed up here in one post... it just knocks the knees right out from under a person. You my sweet friend are a testament to strength and perseverance. You inspire me! You know that I am praying for you and hoping for better days from this point on. This is the first time I've seen all your granddaughters together. :) What an adorable bunch they are! It must be a complete riot when they all get together.


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