Friday, May 6, 2011

Recovering and counting my Blessings!

I have so much to share... so.. grab a coffee, margarita, soda, whatever and sit back. This one will be long! lol!

Let's start off with once again another BIG HUGE THANK YOU for all of your wonderful comments and prayers! I never get tired of telling you this. I read your wonderful comments to my husband and he says that he can see the smile as I read them and he says thank you to all of you as well. God has blessed me with such wonderful peaople that surround me in life.

My surgery (as you read in my quick update) went very well. No Cancer was found anymore.. and my doctor went as far as to call me and say that depending on what my results are (I'll know on the 12th), we might have to re-evaluate the Chemo treatments. I'm not sure if she meant no chemo at all OR if it would be less sessions. But she said that I looked impicable in there and that she was happy to give me this wonderful news. Recovering though has been hard. My insides still feel so bruised up as well as my small 5 incisions. But with news like that Nothing has gotten me down! Finally some hope. I can honestly say that this surgery was WAY more painful than the c-section. Like I mentioned earlier... my insides just felt beat to death.. it's a horrible horrible pain. But it needed to be done. Personally, I can't wait until the 12th! My family and friends (and all of you) have had me in prayers and the power of prayer is amazing. God has blessed me.

Well, this leads up to my next news. As you all know, I love my cricut. I only have the Bug and the gypsy and not a whole lot of carts, but I absolutely love it. I know some of you are against Provocraft and I respect everyone's opinion. I don't see anyone less or more if they don't agree with me. That's what I like about having friends. Our divirsity. Imagine if we were all the same??? Anyways, my amazing parents gave me a surprise of a lifetime yesterday! They ordered me the Martha Stewart Cricut Cake Machine with Cartridge! Yup! I will be receiving it sometime around the 16th! I couldn't believe it! I have been wanting the Cricut cake for a long time, but not just the red one.. I realllllllllllllyyyyyyy wanted the Martha Stewart version! And my parents got it for me! They say that they know my wrists are getting a little bit of arthritis (I'm still going through some tests to determine that) and that they also know that crafting and baking make me happy and that's why they got it for me!! I'm so blessed! Not just for the materials but for the amazing family God sent me. Family is everyone, aunts, uncles, cousins, not just brother and mom and dad. Everyone. I love them all. Here's a picture of what they got me:

It comes with the Martha Stewart All Occasions Cartridge! Exclusive to HSN's Martha Stewart version! Yay!

So can you imagine how excited I am to be receiving this in the mail? Speaking of "imagine," As You have also known, I have been wanting either an expression (or E2) for a long time. My ultimate wish was the Imagine, but God knows that My husband and I can't afford that... especially with all these medical bills that have been coming up. I sold some items today and got $60. I have been looking at the HSN website because I just am looking around at all the neat things they have. My parents got a 15% off coupon for purchasing the Cricut Cake and I have been eyeing the Imagine, but I wouldn't even try to ask for it. Although it was my ultimate dream. My husband is so amazing with our finances. He gives me whatever I want (as long as we have the money). I'm truly blessed to have such a supportive husband and I know I shouldn't pass that line. I don't want to take advantage of his love and generosity. Especially since we have such a beautiful home and things because of how well he manages our money.. even with his paycuts. So anyways, back to the Imagine... So I was helping a friend buy the imagine. She bought it on flexpay for 5 payments of $69 BUT she was able to use the 15% coupon and got the Imagine for only $299 and it came with 4 carts and the flexpayments went down to 5 of them for for only $59! Now that's a deal. Well, my husband told me, get it! I'm like WHAT?????? And he's like yeah. You have the first payment from the items you sold today, get it! I was in disbelief. He had kept saying we couldn't afford any cricuts right now, but out of no where he said GET IT! So guess what I did? I GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUP! I got the Cricut Cake (the one I wanted, Martha Stewart) and the Imagine in less than 24 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm still in shock. I can't believe it. So I used the 15% coupon and got it! That one arrives the 21st! I'm so excited!?!?! What amazing blessings! God knows that we can't afford this and God knows how thankful I am to him everyday for sending me my amazing husband that always figures out a way to get me something that I want. But this time he blew my mind! Here's what I got:

And it came with the following Carts:
Yummy Cartridge

Imagine More

Kate's Kitchen Cartridge

Imagine More Cards Cartridge

My week has been amazing. Great call from my doctor, family and friends visiting, wonderful comments from all of you,  Blog Candy winner,  wonderful gift from my parents, wonderful purchase by my hubby, and if that weren't enough I got another award on my blog!

I want to thank Lisa over at A Mermaid's Crafts and Shelly over at My Paper Love for giving me the Cricut-Tastic Award! This means so much to me! And now more than ever I feel so cool with this award! With both of my new machine on the way and my baby bug, I feel like a true Cricuteer! Hehehe! Thank you so much ladies! Please stop by these amazing and talented ladies blogs. You will not regret it! They are wonderful and so encouraging and inspirational!

The rules of this award are:

Your Blog has been deemed Cricut-tastic! Wear this Badge proudly on your Blog. Share it with friends! Since Cricut is 5 years old and they have an E2 out share this award with 10 people that you think have Cricut-tastic Blogs!

You also have to tell 5 Cricut Related things about yourself:

1. Upto yesterday I was a very proud owner of the small bug and the gypsy (oh and the yourstory).
2. I just recently started paper piecing my cricut cut-outs, and I'm having a blast exploring all my carts.
3. I can't WAIT until I get my Cricut Cake and my Imagine Machines!
4. My favorite cricut cart so far is Mini Monsters, even though I haven't created much with it.
5. I used to buy 1 cart a month, although last month I bought 4!

The ten I have chosen for this award, in no particular order, are below. Please visit these blogs to see their Cricut awesomeness!

1. Enfys (
2. K Andrew (
3. Elaine (
4. Robyn (
5. Nancy (
6. Snug As A Bug (
7. Okie (
8. Linda (
9. Diane (
10. Trish (

Thank you once again ladies.

Now, last but not least! I helped Sherrie over at Sherrie Scraps by sending over some cards I made for troops! I'm so excited! These soliders risk so much including their lives and the happiness of their families to be thousands of miles away fighting for us. The least we can do is show them some appreciation. Here are the cards I made.

Well everyone. This was a very large blog entry! I had so much to share with all of you! Thank you for visiting me and for the continue thoughts and prayers! Thank you for everything you do for me with your wonderful and encouraging words! You are all so amazing and May God bless you all and your loved ones as well! Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend. And Happy Mother's day to all you ladies. I'm a mommy to my furbabies, so my husband says I'm a mommy too. Hehehe! God Bless!

Happy Scrapping Everyone!


Jan said...

What a beautiful gift from your parents..yipee! I love those cartridges and may have to get a couple new ones :)
I continue to keep you in my prayers and think of you often :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!! That is soooooooooo AWESOME you got both! I am hoping (fingers crossed) to someday get a cricut!! I just LOVE what everyone creates with them...and want one BADLY! :):):):):):) I am sorry you still aren't feeling 100%... hope that changes soon! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Angi @ CokiePop said...

What a Blessing. Good news from the doctor and a great gift. So awesome.

Jan said...

WooHoo! That is one EXCITING post! What a great price on the Imagine, too! I can't wait to see what you create after you receive all your goodies~hope you have room for everything! LOL

Cyndy said...

Great to see your post, Nati! How lucky are you on so many levels? TWO new Cricuts?? WOW!!! But most importantly, such amazing news from your dr!!! Glad to hear you are healing! Relax and enjoy your time!

The Digi Street said...

That is awesome news from the doctor! I'm so happy for you. Have a fun weekend playing with your new toy!

Linda said...

Holy Cow Girl. That is a week of weeks! So very happy for you! I am so happy you shared all of that.
Thanks you so much for the award. I am so honored to be in that list of amazing ladies. They are some of my favorite too.

KellyCali said...

I'm not looking...I'm not looking!

Kate's Kitchen alone is super cute!

Most of the ones designed by Cosmo Cricket are enough for me to really, really want the Imagine.

Maybe when I get back, I finally retake the plunge & invest in one!

Have Fun & Enjoy your new toys to come, my friend! XO