"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Fun Friday with a little help from my friends and my first annual SNOWMAN contest on SATURDAY! Dedicated to Jason.

Did you read the title of today's post?  I can explain with one picture and a lot of words.   This is a long one! 

My grandson.
Stomach Flu or Appendicitis?

Poor baby was throwing up so much and couldn't stop.  
We thought the stomach flu and took him to the doctor.
His doc thought possible appendix.
The doc sent us to Children's Health Care.

They said the stomach flu, but they did blood work just in case.  
Blood work showed an infection.
 Then he had to have a CT scan on his appendix.

So what do you think it was?

The orange pop-cycle meant it was stomach flu!

No Appendicitis!!  He can finally have something to eat!

(Now is this a good reason to be late blogging?)

I am so excited – I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before – but I'm going to have a SNOWMAN contest.

Any kind of snowmen will do.  A drawing of one – a picture of one – a real snowman from outside – or one you make inside.  The cuter the better.  You don't even have to make it out of snow.  Be creative (and I am not - lol).

I will have my grandson pick the top three – (please don’t be mad at him when he picks) –  I 'll send out a surprise.

Now the surprise will be nice – but it'll be something from my home – I'm downsizing - getting ready to put it up for sale.  So I'm letting a lot of things go.  And it is not easy!

Not sure what it will be yet.  I’ll run it all through the month until the 31st.   I'll be posting them all with you name on it.  Send your pictures to skcz at comcast dot net

And don't forget they can be stolen or borrowed - still or animated.  And no - I can't be a winner!!! lol

Don't forget my earing contest here.  It'll run until this Tuesday.       

Now for some Friday fun.

This is one of my favorites - from Disco. 

   From Jenn at Three Graces.


This is Jason - for those who have been with me for awhile - I had asked for prayers a couple of years ago.  He has a rare cancer.  DSRCT  There are only about 500 cases in the world.  He is my sister's God son.  December 27, 2013 after a two year journey he was pronounced cancer free.  It'd probably come back because I don't think there is a cure for this disease, but he died 1-14-14 from a stomach infection . 

Please say a prayer for his family.  Of course they don't understand.  

I believe he is now an official angel.


And ending with a laugh:

PS - CATSLILLBLOGGER -   "I did know that about life savers. Its the same reason that one of the very first solid foots you introduce to babies is cheerios. "  Gosh I didn't know that either!  


Sandra said...

i am sending the rover dose to my son and his wife since they have 10 dogs.
all the cartoons are funny, enjoyed the smiles.
so sorry to hear of the death of a child. and there is no way to understand it..
glad your boy is OK and that it was the flu. hope it is gone by now. i wondered what happened to you. now we know. good for you downsizing.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so sorry about Andy but so glad it is the flu and not appendicitis. Prayers for Jason's family. Love the snowman idea!! Sending you big hugs from Houston! Love you sweet friend.


Beth said...

The flu has been horrendous the last few weeks. My son had it and even with tamaflu he was sick for almost 3 weeks and still has a bad cough. I am glad your grandson is better.

My heart goes out to Jason's family. May God comfort them!

Debbie said...

I am so saddened to hear of Jason. To think he was pronounced cancer free and then passed from something else. I will remember to pray for his family.

I'm so glad your GS had the flu and didn't require surgery. This year's flu (the stomach one) is quite the doozie!

And now, as to the snowman contest. I had a picture that I showed a long time ago on my blog and have been saving for a notecard party, but I am going to email it to you because I think it could be a serious contender.

Sandy said...

My heart breaks for this family who lost their precious son, Jason. I will be in prayer. Glad that your grandson will not be needing an operation though.
Have a lovely weekend,friend.
Excited to see who the two winners of my earrings will be on Tuesday!
Big Hugs!
Oh, and in my opinion, you can never have too many dogs! Ha! Loved that photo.

Ms. A said...

Get well, Andy!!! My heart sunk when I saw the photo of him in the hospital. Thank God he's okay!

Prayers for those mourning the loss of Jason.

Sandee said...

How sad about Jason. How sad.

I'm happy your grandson is okay. Let that boy eat.

Let me see what I can do about a snowman. I'm not good at this kind of thing, but I'll give it a go.

Have a fabulous day honey. Big hugs to you. ♥♥♥

Sandee said...

Oh, I forgot scritches to Disco. ☺

Linda said...

You are an awesome kind of crazy lady!
Prayers for your sister and her God son's family. As wonderful as life can be - it is also full of sorrow.

betty said...

Oh how sad about Jason, I can't imagine his parents grief; of course will pray. So glad to hear GS "just" had the flu, though I'm sure it was scary trying to figure it all out. Hope he's feeling better soon! I'll have to think of something for your snowman contest, Sandie, such a cute idea!

I know its hard work, but good for you for being diligent trying to downsize.

Too funny with the laughs this week; I thought the chicken and the implants was the funniest!


Lucy said...

Hi Sandie, loved the hiding from his bath, and the booby traps. So sad when a young boy passes like that. It is hard to understand why, some times.

Lucy said...

Hi Sandie, loved the hiding from his bath, and the booby traps. So sad when a young boy passes like that. It is hard to understand why, some times.

Vee said...

Oh that is sad news. Yes, have prayed for his family...such an ironic twist for them to cope with.

Your grandson is a trouper! Hope that he is feeling ever so much better now.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

First of all, I am so relieved that your grandlittle is doing okay. My friend had that flu, and it nearly killed her. I took gator-aide over and left it on the doorstep, and she managed to get it down. She was so sick.

I am also terribly sorry for your sister and her godson's family. It is terribly hard to lose someone so young, and I will be thinking about them. I know what it means to lose your godson as I lost my oldest godson last year.

And I am going to send you one of my own snowmen. Unless I can find one to steal. hehehe If by some stretch I manage to win, I will donate my prize to the first runner-up because I am downsizing, too. LOL

Hope the grandlittle feels better each day. What a fright you all had!



Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh, how heartbreaking for Jason's family and your sister. My heart and prayers go out to them.

I'm sorry that Andy had to have such a severe bout with the flu, but I know you're happy he didn't have appendicitis! Hope he is already feeling better!!

Have you found a new home to move to yet?

Have a good weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What sad news...I'll keep this family in my prayers. And now I'm off to find a Florida snowman. I know I had one somewhere...where did I put him? Sweet hugs!

Sue said...

Poor Andy....I hope he's doing better today and is back home....so glad it wasn't anythng worse then the flu....not that the flu isn't bad.....See you soon!

Susan said...

Oh Sandie. How sad about Jason. Poor handsome boy. Well, he's in eternal paradise now but his parents must be so devastated.

Thank God GS is okay, too. Oh my GOSH. So much going on for you, you poor little dumpling.

Take good care of yourself during this stressful time. Hugs. Susan

Nonnie said...

So glad to see that everything is all right with your grandson and he is smiling again.
All the funnies were funny. My little dog Max used to run and hide under the bed when he heard the water running. I would go ring the doorbell to get him out.
What a sad thing for the family to go through with their son, having their hopes up, only to then lose him.
I am not creative at all, but look forward to seeing pics of your snowmen.

Susannah said...

Prayers for Jason's family and may God bless them.

I am so glad your grandson is okay. My grandson had the same thing on Thursday...exactly the same and they ended up doing blood test, ultra sound and another test..(CAN'T THINK RIGHT NOW). They could find nothing and said it was a stomach bug. He is good today and back to being himself.

Take care, Miss Chatty. Love this post.

jack69 said...

Awww, sorry about our Karate guy! Give him our best.
Enjoyed the post except the sad part about jason but he is Heaven's gain Earth family's loss.

Loved the Roverdose!
Love from an OLD man!(smile)

A Quiet Corner said...

Thank goodness it was just the flu, Sandie!!!! A Snowman, huh? Now this is going to be a challenge...:)JP

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

So thankful your grandson is ok and will be praying for the family that lost their son. It is so hard to loose those we love but I agree he is up there with the angels now... Snowmen are such happy and cheerful fellows it'll be fun to see what you get. Hope you are having a super Saturday

acorn hollow said...

so cute as usual so very sorry about that poor little boy how very sad. Glad it was just a virus for your grandson and popsicles taste so good after being sick.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am so sad for Jason's family!

Aunt Betsy said...

How devastating for all who loved Jason. I am so sorry. I can not imagine anything worse than the death of a child. I'm so glad Andy did not need surgery or anything.... that stomach flu was bad enough. My entire family had it, then had H1N1 flu then that stomach flu again all from the 3rd week of Dec until about a week ago...right through Christmas. I loved all the funnies, and let me tell you, I needed them today. Thank you so much for finding them for us. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Terri Buster said...

Prayers for the family- so sad.
I am so glad your grandson did not have to have an operation, although stomach flu is no easy peasy illness either. Fantastic news that he is better.

Ann said...

So sorry to hear about your sisters God son. Hugs and prayers for his family.
Glad to hear your grandson only had the stomach flu. Not that that was fun but it sure beats appendicitis

Paula said...

Prayers for the family who lost their young man, so sad. Glad Your grandson is going to be okay. Like all the cute cartoons Sandie.

Jim said...

I am sorry for the loss of Jason. He was so brave and such a nice friend for you all. Poor little fellow. But you are right, he is healed now and with nice company where he is now also.

Catherine said...

Dear Sandie, I am very sorry for the family of Jason. I will keep them and Jason in my prayers.
I am very Happy for your grandson. What a relief! He looks like he was feeling a bit better with a happy smile.
You have had quite a week. So much going on. I will keep you in my prayers.
Blessings dear and relax a bit. hugs, Catherine xo


I am so glad to hear your grandson is doing better and it is not his appendix. But I'm very sorry to hear about Jason. Prayers to his family.


Jason...cancer free. That is great. I love reading things like this.

As for you grandson and stomach flu...you can't be too careful, especially with bouts of vomiting that won't stop.

Love the breast implants. And hiding from the bath.

Granny Annie said...

Happy that Andy did not have appendicitis. Surgery is never a good thing, no matter what kind. Hooray for Andy!

The dog doing his business in someone else's front yard is priceless.

Not sure I'm clear on the snowman contest but I'll try to get an understanding before Tuesday.

Comforting prayers and wishes for Jason's family.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Your poor GS. I have heard so many horror stories of how bad the stomach flu is this year. I have friends who went to Disney and they caught it from the rides in the middle of their trip. I'm glad it was not appendicitis for your GS though.

Lynn said...

I always love how dogs and cats think that if they can't see you, you can't them. :)

Hope grandson is better now!

Eva Ason said...

I hope that your GS will feel better soon. Sounds a little gruesome but he looks happy with the ice cream in spite of it all. Enjoy your day

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Glad there was no appendicitis! Keeping Jason's family in my prayers. So sad....

Sheila Y said...

So glad it was just the stomach flu and not appendicitis. Hope he is feeling much better. So sad for Jason and his family, it just seems so unfair after he fought so hard. Prayers for the family. Take care, Sheila

Theresa said...

I will pray for that family who lost their sweet loved one:( SOOOOOO sad!

Glad to hear that your Grandson is on the mend!

Have a blessed Sunday dear friend, HUGS!

Joyce Olson said...

Dearest Sandie,
I am so so thankful Andy is recovering fast now and that it was not anything serious. Prayers for Jason's family-I can't imagine this type of heart ache.
Snowman-love your idea's girlie!
Have a good Sunday dear friend!

Terri D. said...

Thank goodness Andy is okay! I'm so sorry to hear about Jason, and will pray for his family and friends to find some peace. I can't imagine, after the blessing of being cancer-free, to then die of a stomach infection. So sad.

Nikki (Sarah) said...

First, really glad Andy is doing better and it was the flu and didn't need surgery. Also sorry to hear about Jason. He is an official angel but still, I feel sad knowing what he lived through and overcame and then still, his life to be cut so young. It really makes me sit up and pay attention. All we know for sure is that we have this moment. Hugs Chatty.

Betty said...

Sorry to hear about Andy being sick, but stomach flu is a lot better than appendicitis. Hope he's feeling a lot better by now.

I'm sorry to hear about Jason. He probably had a compromised immune system from all the chemo which made him more vulnerable. Sometimes life seem so unfair. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.

Yes, I've been working on getting rid of things too. I have too much "stuff" and have difficulty letting it go. I have a box in my car right now ready to go to Goodwill.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that your grandson is okay, scary stuff...as all hospital visits are. And that is so sad about Jason. What a fighter.

Munir said...

My family's and my prayers are with Jason's family.

I hope that your grandson is feeling better.

You are amazing. You make us all laugh even when there are things on your mind.
Take care of yourself.

Theresa said...

So sad about Jason. Gone far too young :(

I am happy to hear your grandson only had the flu, even though that is not much fun, but that appendicitis is some nasty business! I remember when my husband had to have his removed. It was horrible!

Jackie said...

My goodness! Your Grandson went through a lot of tests...and I am so relieved to find out that it is something that he will be able to overcome. Prayers that he will continue to feel better and better each day.
Tears fell when I read about Jason. I didn't know him...or know about him as I am a new follower of yours, but that still doesn't keep my heart from hurting as I know the parents are hurting so much. My deepest condolences to Jason's family. I will pray for them. Thank you for adding them to my prayer list. I know that if it was me, I would covet prayers for my family.

Z @ Kicking Kilos said...

I am glad that he had stomach bug and not the latter. Hope he recovers soon.
And, I love the very first pic,--it certainly is not a competition ;)

mail4rosey said...

So many great funnies here today!
I'm glad your grandbaby had flu and nothing worse (though that was bad enough).

I'm sorry for your sister's god son's family. :(

Louvregirl said...

CC, God bless Jason' family. My own son was very ill as a boy and if it weren't for the miracle of modern day surgery (on his skull and his lungs) he never would have made it. But I know the pain and the fear of having an extreme ill child. So glad that your grandson is well!!! Loved loved the pic of Granny on the back of her grandson's bike! What a hoot!

(Try my blog again, thanks!)

Sharon said...

Oh goodness, so sorry to hear about GS. Those photos of him in the hospital are so sad. But glad to hear that it wasn't anything more serious.

And, very sorry to hear about Jason. How tragic to die so soon after receiving a good report. Will pray for his family, that somehow they will see God in all of this.


Nancy's Notes said...

Goodness, so sorry to hear about your grandson! Hope he's better soon, and thank God it was not appendicitis. I'm praying for Jason's family, so sad to hear of his loss. God bless all of them.

Have a great Monday~

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

So glad that Grandson is able to eat the frozen pop! This flu has been bad. Even with shots, a couple of my friends have gotten "flu like symptoms" that have kept them in the bed for a week or more.
Love the photo of Grannie on the tricycle!
So terrible to read about the death of a child - after so many battles have been fought!! One will never understand - just must believe he is now pain free and watching over them!! Tears!

Karen Lange said...

So glad your grandson is doing well. I bet you are relieved as well.

Will be praying for Jason's family. Thanks for sharing the need with us.

Love and blessings to you and your gang,

Dee said...

My heart is sad for Jason's family and thankful your grandson did not have appendicitis. I will try to email one of my snowmen doodles.I do not always have success sending photo's.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Oh wow Sandie,
How awful.

Glad he is feeling better.

Prayers for Jason.


Stacy said...

So sorry for Jason's family..what a tough blow. God must have his reasons for wanting him home now.

Great news about your grandson, however! Glad it was the flu and not anything worse.

Good luck and have fun with the snowmen. :)

Art and Sand said...

So many fun "laughers" and then the sadness. I am so sorry for Jason's family. It is so difficult to understand.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sandy .. first and most important I'm glad Andy is ok and will be home by now probably.

Jason - how very sad for his parents and family .. as you say he will be in a peaceful place .. but will have left a large place people's hearts to fill ..

With many thoughts to one and all ... cheers Hilary

Nancy Claeys said...

Loved all the funnies -- but especially the gsd and the tp. Will say a special prayer for Jason. xo

Mevely317 said...

I'm so behind, I'm reading your posts in reverse! That said, I'm head-over-teakettle in LOVE with the snowman from Tennessee ... on this 81-degree day in Phoenix, I laughed out loud and wished I could've jumped right into that picture!

Darn that flu bug that's zapping y'all. What a way to start the new year! Still, so happy to learn you're both on the road to recovery.

Sending up prayers for Jason's family!

Chicken Wrangler said...

I'm sending you a snowman....and hope y'all get over your illnesses soon!

Tammy said...

Hey Sandie! I hope your grandson if feeling better now...so sorry to hear he had to go through all that.

My mom told me about your snowman contest and I've been meaning to enter. I'll try to enter in on time...typical me always waiting until the last minute.

Take care!