Thursday, January 13, 2011


I have been blessed with sooooooooo many wonderful and dear friends ... I swear their kindness has been mind boggling and continues to touch my heart on a daily basis. If you ever begin to loose faith in our fellow human beings, please get in touch with me cuz I've got a million stories that will renew that lost faith; and that's the Gospel truth :)

As many of you know, our precious Nephew, 11 year old A.J. has Austism; and it is my goal to make a quilt for their anual walk for his Mom, Betsy, to raffle off every year. Well this year it has been weighing on my mind and my heart heavily cuz I just haven't had the strength or the energy to spend time in my sewing room to make that happen. When I mentioned that to my friends, in less than a week's time, this stunning quilt landed on my doorstep!!!!

It was sent by my dear friend, Eileen, who spends the majority of her quilting time making quilts for others ... mainly QOV (Quilts of Valor) for our injured Military, together with other charities; and she just happened to have this one ready waiting for the right cause. Would you look at her beautiful quilting that shows up really well on the backing!!!!!
She also sent this wonderful case to hold the quilt ... the quilting once again is stunning!!!!

And she didn't stop with just one ... she also sent this adorable little Wall Hanging!!!!!
which Dolly Darlene is obviously quite fond of it :)

Sooooooooo, Eileen, my wish for you is .............................................
that comes from this adorable little magnet my Dear Sister's BFF, Viv, so kindly sent to me recently :) I tell ya, I'm one of the most blessed souls on the face of the Earth. I can't tell you how big of a load of worry that Eileen lifted from my shoulders and I thank her from the very bottom of my heart for her generosity :)

On the medical front, I'm a bit down right now cuz after a MRI of the brain last week, a new lesion was found ... it's not as big as the first tumor and it's in a different location, so I'm scheduled for another Gamma Knife procedure on the 18th. I wasn't really too surprised when I received the news cuz I had been having some strange headaches and didn't feel right when I looked upwards. Dr. T, my Oncologists, said that this means that there is still cancer somewhere else in my body ... that the brain tumor didn't just appear out of no where ... that it had to come from somewhere. My very smart friend, Polly, said that there could have been one loose cell from the first brain tumor that caused it and that would sure be better than more cancer elsewhere. Even tho Dr. T is worried that the Ixempra (new trial drug) may not be working, we will finish out the round w/just 2 more treatments to go and do another Pet Scan. I'm anxious for all of this to be behind me; but being Stage IV, I sometimes worry it may never reach that point. God is in control tho, and I try very, very hard to let him handle all these problems that have been lingering for 6 long months now. I'm always a work in progress when it comes to releasing it all to Him, but I shall continue to try :)

I sure hope all of you are off to a good start for this Twenty Ellevn that arrived entirely too fast and I pray that it treats you and yours with an abundance of kindness. God Bless you all :)

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)


  1. Hi! Jan, so good to hear from you, I was thinking about you this week, And that quilt and wall hanging is so pretty! I have and will be praying~ for you in the up-coming days, I am so sad to hear this news, but yes! God is in control of all things, You take care of yourself, and to God Be The Glory for all that He Has Done! Ps~ I would like to have the sparkly "Pink Ribbon" to display on my blog, My very best long life Friend was just diagnoised with double breast cancer! I will become a loud advocate for support! May God's Richest Blessing of Peace Be Yours Today!

  2. It is good to hear from you! The quilts are beautiful and what a wonderful lady Eileen is!
    You have been in my thoughts and prayers.
    God is in control :) Take care!

  3. Devotions by Charles Spurgeon. The way God gave Charles Spurgeon insight into a simple verse is so amazing. The verse iss, "Do as thou hast said." — 2 Samuel 7:25. He went on to say, "God's promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; He intended that they should be used." and "Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him, and say, "Lord, do as Thou hast said." We glorify God when we plead His promises. Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches He has promised? Do you dream that He will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine He will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins?" Of course he continues on with a whole lot more but I just wanted to share some of it with you. So each day we plead for our Great Physician to heal our precious Jan M's body. Amen!

  4. Hi Jan !!! SOOOOOOO good to hear from you! AND I'm SWOONING over that GORGEOUS quilt Eileen plopped on your door step (not to mention the wall hanging that Miss Pooch plopped herself on!)
    You keep hanging in there and keep a positive thought ! Miss Kitty (and you know she's in charge here at MBIAJ Headquarters) and I think about you often and keep you in our prayers.

    P.S. We fully expect to see one finished "Practical Magic" wall hanging one of these Halloween seasons (no pressure to get it done by next October .... I of all people ... the Queen of Procrastination and OVERDUE/LATE projects would NEVER put that kind of pressure on you :)

  5. Hello Sweet Lady! I hope on went well on the 18th and you're feeling ok. I will continue to pray for you. Keep your faith and know that God has a reason for everything, even if we don't understand them.


  6. Hi Jan,
    Just stopping by for the first time. I, too, have breast cancer, diagnosed in June 2010...double mastectomy in July, followed by chemo and will finish radiation on Monday.

    Keep trusting the Lord each step of the way. I am so sorry for all that you have had to endure. I will be praying for you as you undergo another Pet Scan, praying for clear results. God is holding you as only He can!

    Will be walking beside you....

    Much love in Christ,

  7. It has been a while since I have touched base with you but just wanted you to know that I will be saying a special prayer for you today.
    God is the blessed controller of all things and the healer of all wounds.
    May he bless you and keep you.

  8. Jan, checking in on you with healing prayers tonight. xoxo