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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I'm Baaaaaaaack!;)

Wow! It's been a while since I've been able to say this, "Hello to my SWEET Creative friends"! It feels AWESOME to be back to my blog again!  First of all before I begin, I just want to give a HUGE shout out to my FABULOUS design team & my sweet Guest designers as well for doing an AWESOME job w/my blog while I was away! They all came through for me when I needed them the most & for that, I am VERY GRATEFUL to have each & everyone of them be a part of MY team!;) I WUV YOU ALL!:)
To all of my sweet bloggy friends, I was overwhelmed w/joy & very appreciative of how many of you reached out to me through emails & facebook messages while my son was sick! I never seen so many cards in my mailbox daily EVER!! The BEST thing for me was to see the sweet smile on my son's face as he read every single card that he received....simply "Priceless"! You ALL sure know how to make my family & myself feel like I know each & everyone of you, even though we all have never met in person! This is why I LOVE what I do & I appreciate ALL OF YOU! I wanted to ESPECIALLY thank my parents who helped take care of my Anthony & all 3 of my furbabies: Angel, Scrappy & Princess while we spent all those days in the hospital!;) 
Well, this wasn't the summer I actually planned on:( For those of you who are brand new to my blog, I took some time off to take care of my son (Baby Aaron). Back in June, he was diagnosed w/a rare disease called "Kawasaki Disease". You can read all about it HERE. It was rare that my 12 year son had it especially when it's most common in younger children. Let's just say that I was relieved that it was "Kawasaki" & not Leukemia.  My heart broke when the doctor first told us that he had all the signs of Leukemia :'(. When you are told this about your child, your whole world just turns upside down & nothing else matters. After seeing several doctors & specialist, I am THANKFUL they found out what was wrong with him & they treated him for this Kawasaki Disease! I swear I didn't think my baby had anymore blood left in him because he went through SEVERAL tests. The one thing I do have to say is that we had the BEST team of doctors, specialists, nurses & even the BEST physical therapist! They were there EVERY SINGLE time I had questions, they took the BEST care of him & I was VERY GRATEFUL for that! The little bed I even slept on every night was actually comfy! lol.... Although, there were several nights that my son would just cry because he felt SO HORRIBLE, that I actually just slept in his hospital bed w/him!;) I'm sure all of you Mom's can agree w/me on that! At home when our kids cry, don't you go lay down w/them too? Sometimes just laying next to them makes it all better!;) 
It was GREAT to finally bring him home. Before we left, our doctor was very specific that for the next 8 weeks, he could NOT do anything strenuous to make his heart rate go up! Do you know how hard that is for a 12 year old boy??? Let's just say that our 8 weeks is ALMOST over & I think I did a good job on keeping him busy & CALM! lol...... I definitely kept him busy so he wouldn't feel so bad that he couldn't do much of anything that any 12 year old boy would be doing! At the end of August, he will be getting another echo-cardiogram to make sure he did not develop any aneurysms. I can assure you that I will be able to actually sleep at night after they tell us that he is PERFECT again!;) I am thinking POSITIVE thoughts!;) 

Well, it has been one rough road for us here! Just seeing my son "literally" fighting for his life has been the most HARDEST thing EVER to see. I am GRATEFUL that I have a STRONG family! Last year my hubby was fighting for his life & this year, my son....... When something like this happens, you have a whole different perspective on life! I want to tell ALL of you to HUG your children & family members & tell them that you LOVE them EVERYDAY because you never know when life throws you a curve ball!;)

Here are a few pics for ya!;)
Here is the pic of my baby on the day he was told he can go home!!!;) Did you notice that AWESOME "Get Well Soon" sign? One of my sweet DT members Miss Cassandra made that for him! Since he wasn't able to play in his all-star game w/his team, his coach gave my hubby his uniform so he can wear it on the way home! 

Here are a few things we have been doing to make the best of our summer!
We spent alot of time here in our yard! I tried to make it special for him by putting up the lights, the pool & I at night, we even roasted marshmellows! hehehe! (my favorite part)!

Here are ALL 5 of my babies!:) My furbabies were ecstatic to see Baby Aaron finally home! So you know I just HAD to get a picture of ALL of them! On the left is my "Anthony", he is holding "Scrappy". On the bottom left is my sweet "Princess" & there is my "Baby Aaron" & he is holding my "Angel"! Aren't they ALL just the CUTEST EVERRRR!

We also took the boys to see their FAVORITE team "The Giants" play AND they won that night too!

Yep! that is my hubby in the back being silly!! I just LOVE that man to pieces!!!

Now I do have to admit, we have been here a FEW times already!;) Who doesn't like a GOOD ice cream from the Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory! RIGHT????

Last but certainly not least, here is my beautiful family all together celebrating my Hubby's birthday! I am VERY BLESSED to have my family all together celebrating this special day! These 3 guys mean the WORLD TO ME & I am one lucky lady to have all of them in my life! They complete me!!!

 I will have a project here for you tomorrow!  Thank God for my hubby who convinced me that I needed to get to my blogging again! He knows that my crafting is my "therapy"! Have a FABULOUS day my sweet friends & it feels GOOD to be BACK!;) Thank you for visiting my blog!  Big HUGE xoxo! 

78 comments:

  1. So excited to see you back and to hear all the great news about Aaron! You are an amazing mother and I know he is forever grateful for all the extra love, hugs and support you have given him throughout this whole ordeal!
    Welcome back!!!

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  2. Chica...I am so happy that Aaron is recovering well and will be sending positive sweet thoughts your way. God is faithful and you will see everything will be back to normal. Thanks for sharing and for caring enough about us to make sure that your blog was covered for us stalkers. I checked daily and was super happy to see he was well on the road to recovery.

    Dorcas

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  3. So happy that you are back and Aaron is doing much, much better. Thank you for keeping us updated on his recovery. I'm sure it's such a wonderful feeling that so many people are thoughtful and caring during tough times. Wish you all the very best second half of the year and Aaron continues to get stronger. Looking forward to seeing your video's again, love watching your creations come together and especially the cheery positive way you show us. Thanks You for being you....

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  4. Welcome back. So glad to hear everything is moving in a positive direction. You have a beautiful family.

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  5. Emma
    I'm glad you're back! Your team is amazing! I did not know how serious your son's condition was. To think that could happen to one my kids is devastating, so I can just imagine how you must have felt. I pray for continued good health and good results from future exams in Jesus' name!
    Take care,
    Dinorah

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  6. very bless that you are back and that babyAaron is doing better.you have a beauitful family.

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  7. Welcome back! Glad to know that Aaron is doing so well and your family is on the mends. Sometimes, I think we're allowed to go through tough times in order to appreciate the gifts we've been given. :)))

    Shortscrapper

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  8. So happy to here your baby is making a awesome recovery. You have a beautiful family and your blessed. Keep smiling and staying positive. ;) ;)

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  9. Happy for you things are getting better and that you are able to be in your craft room doing what you love. Looking forward to having you back.

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  10. Welcome back Emma. Thank God Baby Aaron is doing better. Thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. Still working on my cards :( I've always said being a mother is the hardest job in the world, especially when your child is hurt or sick, it breaks your heart when you can't take the pain away. I Thank God everyday for everything because you never know. Looking forward to hearing that Baby Aaron gets a complete clear bill of health :)

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  11. Welcome Back. So glad to hear that your son is doing better.

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  12. Emma, what an incredible journey for you and your family. I am so glad to hear that Aaron is recovering. You are an amazing mom!

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  13. I cannot even begin to imagine what you and your family have endured. So glad your son is better. Welcome back.

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  14. Welcome back. Glad to know your son is getting better.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  15. Love you, Emma! So glad you're back!!!

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  16. So glad to see your update on baby Aaron! The pictures are priceless, and even though Aaron may not be doing everything a 12 year old wants to do during his summer break, he will remember what an amazing mamma you really are and this will be one summer he won't ever forget. Just spending all this time with him is exactly what he needs. :) I can't imagine what you, as a mother, has had to go through these past few month. I'm sending some extra prayers just for you Emma! I can't wait to see some new projects for you and read your daily blog posts, but remember, if you need to take more time off here and there, you have your whole crafting family standing beside you! We are here to help! We love you Emma!

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  17. So happy Aaron is feeling better. Prayers do work. It was good for you to spend time with your boys this summer. Those are memories they will remember forever. God bless all of you.

    Leslie

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  18. Welcome back Emma! You are one AMAZING lady! And your family is a special one indeed! We are all so glad to hear the positive news that Aaron is doing so well in his recovery. I'm so glad you have such an amazing support system that has helped you through this difficult time. I hope you know just how important you are to the blogging world. You have been GREATLY missed. And we are sooooooo glad that you are back!!!! Hugs & Love to you and your family!!!

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  19. So happy your son is on the mend. Take care! And so glad you're back! Lee-Ann :)

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  20. Emma, I am Soooo Ecstatic to hear this Wonderful NEWS! There is POWER IN PRAYER and You certainly had an Army of Prayer Warriors on your side. Even after Baby Aaron gets his clean bill of health, we will still be here for you. Our arms extend beyond My Creative Time and we wanted to make sure you felt each and every Big Warm HUG from us. Thanks for keeping us updated. Now go and continue to be the Awesome MOM, WIFE, FRIEND and CREATIVE DESIGNER that You Are! Big Dbl-Smooches...

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  21. Very excited to see you and know all is well. Take your time getting back into the swing of things. Family--Priority One!

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  22. I am so glad you and your family are getting back to normal! Everyone looks wonderful! Sending Much love and prayers for all of you still! Love You, Cathryn :)

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  23. Emma, I'm so happy for this praise report! Praying for a great report from the doctors on Baby Aaron's next visit with him. I'm very happy to see you back. Your DT were fantastic during your time away which means you do not need to rush as you continue to care for Baby Aaron and your family.

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  24. Oh Miss Emma ~ tears are still flowing here! WELCOME BACK!!! You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers! You take your time ~ we aren't going any where! The pictures are just FABULOUS! To see you ALL smiling and together is just PRECIOUS!!! Hang in there sweet Emma!!!

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  25. Emma,

    I'm so happy to see you back! Praise God for your sons progress! We have missed you so much and are y to see you back in action. In the meanwhile you did have an awesome team who pulled through for you and thank goodness for them. Once again, we are happy to see you.


    Violaperez at hotmail

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  26. Great to have you back Emma!!! Your design team has been amazing, but I missed you. So glad you were able to take the time and focus 100% on your baby. Our babies are the most important things in the world. I'm still keeping baby Aaron in my thoughts and that this next echocardiogram shows him to be in perfect health.

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  27. Oh Emma, What a BEAUTIFUL post! I will save this and read it when I feel weak. What a true test to a mothers strength. May God continue to bless you and that gorgeous family!!
    You were missed so very much but your team has done one AMAZING job of keeping us entertained with creativity.
    You take care and take things slow...We will be right here at our computers waiting for a full return :)
    Shelly

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  28. Welcome back. So happy to hear that he is recovering so well. Wonderful pictures of family. Family is EVERYTHING! Missed you!

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  29. So excited to see you back!!! And so glad to hear all the good reports!!! Can't wait to see what you have to share tomorrow! Blessing to you and your family!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  30. We will be so happy to see you again! I have missed your videos and sweet voice! I am so happy your son is feeling better and hope you as well are recovering from your fall. When it rains it pours doesn't it! Cant wait to see your projects!
    Hugs,
    Deb C

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  31. Welcome back! I am happy to hear your son, Aaron is on the mend and I hope it continues! I know he is thankful for the mom that you have been to him during this time. Nothing can replace a mom's love and caring! You have a beautiful family, including your furbabies. I am excited that you are back, but take the time you need as family does come first. Great News and I will continue to think positive thoughts for Aaron, you and your family. Take Care.

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  32. So glad you are back but most of all -very happy Aaron is on the road to recovery. You have a fantastic family that is very supportive!!! You also have a wonderful design team!!! Cannot wait to see what you are planning in the coming weeks!! Take care!!!!

    Super big hugs
    Wendy

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  33. Welcome back Emma! We have truly missed you. Your DT did a fabulous job while you were out. I am so happy to hear that Aaron is doing better and that his back at home.

    Peace, Love, & Cricut Hugs!
    Monica L.

    monita23 at ca dot rr dot com

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  34. We missed you and are happy that you are back. God is good to take care of your son the way He has. I know you are counting your blessings!
    hotscrapper@gmail.com

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  35. Fantastic!! Glad to see you are back and all is better with your son!!!

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  36. So glad baby Aaron is on the road to recovery! We certainly did miss you Miss Emma but our children always come first! Beautiful family! Welcome back!!
    GinasCreativePlace.blogspot.com
    babi96 at aol dot com

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  37. welcome back! I have missed you....but I have enjoyed your DT and GD!! so glad Aaron is doing so much better!! so glad your family and friends helped out!

    :-)

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  38. Welcome back! I missed you so much. Wonderful to see all the happy pictures of your beautiful family. Your strength amazes me.

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  39. So glad your back and that your son is feeling better:)!

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  40. Itbrought tears to my eyes to see you with your family again. Your son looks so good. You all are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. So glad you can be back. And you had the best DT to watch your back. No worries Ms Emma. Again I can't wait for you to start again. Prayers flying your way. Hugs :)
    Ema from Key West FL

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  41. You have a BEAUTIFUL family! Thank them for letting us have you back!! You've been missed, but your design team and guest designers did a fabulous job in your absence.

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  42. Welcome back Emma!!! So glad to see your beautiful smile with your boys! Your story made me teary & so thankful for my healthy family!! It's amazing how easily you can take things for granted & how quickly your world can turn around!! You are a very strong woman & I'm so glad to hear your baby is on the mend! I hope you were able to have some time to relax too!! :) So glad to have you back!! xo

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  43. Welcome back, Emma. I'm so glad to hear that Aaron is doing well! It's such a joy to see all of those wonderful pictures! You definitely have been missed.
    Dawn
    DeeGeeScraps

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  44. today is a happy day for all! welcome back!!!

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  45. Welcome back, Emma!! Well wishes to the whole family.

    Hugs,
    Tina
    aurathentic@gmail.com

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  46. So glad and thankful to have you back Emma! We have missed you, but your family takes a front seat! Thanks for all you do.

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  47. Glad to hear life is getting better again. What a blessing to have your family under one house.

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  48. Oh I am so glad to read that you are back and that Baby Aaron is on the mend. This will all make you stronger but it sure isn't fun. Blessings to you and your beautiful family. Hugs Linda

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  49. Welcome back, Lady! So glad your son is on the road to recovery and your beautiful family can start to breathe again! I will continue to hold you all in my heart, thoughts and prayers.
    XOXOX & Blessings,
    Carol
    hrhcva@gmail.com

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  50. AWESOME!!! So great that your son is getting better and that you are back. The Team did a great job! I can't wait to see your project and your hubby is so smart!!! Crafting time is therapy and as much as I love my family I need some "me time" too.

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  51. Emma, Im so happy to hear Aaron is getting stronger and feeling so much better. We pray that tests come out free and clear of any complications. Your family including fur babies are beautiful!

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  52. Welcome back glad to hear your son is doing better!

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  53. Praise God, Aaron is on his way to fully recover! I am so happy for you and your family Emma! so happy to see you are back, too! We will keep praying for tests to come back clear. You have a beautiful family, may God bless you all!
    Liz

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  54. Welcome back! We missed you lots! And I am so happy to hear that Baby Aaron is doing better! I have been praying for you all and will continue to pray that he gets all good reports from his doctors. And you have the most beautiful family! :)

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  55. Yeah, Baby Aaron is better! So glad you are back! Your desing team did great, but there is nothing like hearing your sweet voice. Oh, that's right, I can't really hear it, I just think I can when I see your writing.....hehehehe It's funny how we all think we know you so well. You are so personable!

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  56. YOUR BACK!!!!!! YEAH!!!
    Good to hear you are here again. Your guest team that filled in for you were fabulous and their designs were great, however, we are all glad you have returned to your blog. I am so thankful your son is home and getting healthy again. So nice to see photos of your family. What a good looking group of guys, furbabies, and, of course, you. A nice family photo.

    Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@aol.com

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  57. Welcome Ms. Emma!!!U've had quite a summer & glad y'all R all getting back on track & feeling better...TFS....:)

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  58. Beautiful family...Great to have you back...God Bless...

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  59. Welcome back Emma! So glad to hear things are improving! I prayed for you and Aaron and your whole family as did many others! Can't wait to start seeing your creations again, they are so inspiring!

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  60. Although your team did a fantastic job, very glad you're back in the saddle again. Can't wait to see more projects!!! --C

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  61. So happy to have you back, you have been missed! But mostly happy that Baby Aaron is on the mend! GOD IS AWESOME!!!! Your family is beautiful Emma! Can't wait to see what you create for us!
    Miranda :)
    www.nanasscrapspot.com

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  62. So glad you are back and able to take your mind off of worrying. Crafting is great theraphy! Wishing your family good health & good times!

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  63. WOW EMMA, so happy for you and your family, I have a 12 year old boy too and I he is the center of my world, you have a beautiful family!!!! Say hi to baby aron!

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  64. So glad things are looking up and going well for you all. I hope for good news with Aaron's heart! Thanks for the blog news and great pictures...I always enjoy seeing them and hearing about everything.
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

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  65. Welcome back Emma!You have been missed,happy to see those great pictures of your family!!:)

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  66. Welcome back Miss Emma! You have been missed, but your DT took excellent care of your blog while you were gone. I am so happy to hear that Aaron is doing so much better. I will be glad to hear that he can go play and be a 12 year old again. Yes, I always crawled into bed with my children when they needed me. As moms we do what we gotta' do for our families. So happy the prayers were answered and that things are looking up for you all! Hugs!

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  67. Welcome back, glad to see that you and your family are getting things back to normal. God really answers prayers!!! Have a blessed day!

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  68. welcome back! Thank God your son is well. Looking forward to your creations and cheery posts.

    La-Vie Borde-Perry

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  69. Dear Emma, so glad to hear your son is doing better. Wishing you all the best for his continued recovery.

    And glad to have you back. We sure missed you!

    Take care and happy crafting!

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  70. Aww Emma you just made me cry reading your post! Welcome back:) I know exactly how you are feeling! I had to watch my son fight for his life when he was real sick when he was 2! He is now 13 and I have two other babies to worry about! I have grey hair now. LOL It just feels like your world stops even if they get a fever! You are a wonderful mom and we missed you:)I can't wait to see what you create and of course I need a partner to buy new machines with on HSN with!!LOL

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  71. Emma - I am so glad your son is better! What a hard trial to bear for you all! I will continue to keep you in my prayers!
    bunches of love
    Noelle

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  72. I'm so glad to hear your son is better!! It is soooo scary when they get sick. You and your family are in my thoughts!! Big Hugs!!

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  73. Hi Emma!I am so happy that you,Aaron and your family are all home and enjoying yourselves!I am so happy that he is doing betetr and my prayers will continue!
    Sending bloggy love to you & your family
    Migdalia

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  74. Welcome back !!! So nice to see you again. I am very happy that your son is doing better. Looks like you & the family had a great summer.

    ps...My baby brother is almost 30. He will ALWAYS be my baby brother. He's been taller than me for a long time. :)

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  75. So happy for your family and your son. Best wishes for a happy and HEALTHY future for all of you:)

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  76. So glad you had a good outcome here. You must have been terrified! O know i would have been.
    Blessings

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  77. I'm SO glad to see you back and hear Aaron is on the road to being completely healthy again - I can't even imagine what you all have been through! I will continue to pray he has good results from his echo! Thanks for the great update and pictures - its nice to see you all smiling again!

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  78. Welcome back, Emma
    So glad to hear that your son is on the mend. I can only imagine what you and your family have been going through. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. Thanks for sharing your pictures. I had no idea that you are Giants fans. Love the orange-haired baseball caps! I'm from San Francisco and am a huge Giants fan since the 1960's. (oops! giving away my age!) My favorite memory is eating Carnation Chocolate Malt ice cream at Candlestick Park in the cold weather! Priceless! Even though we have a baseball team here, I will always remain a Giants fan. Post only when you can; your family is your priority. Take care of your family and thanks for the continued inspiration.
    Sylvia in "hot" Phoenix, AZ

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