Sunday, October 14, 2007

He's Asking for Water!!!

For those of you following along with my cousin's progress, I'm so very happy to report that he had a GOOD day yesterday. The doctors have been pleased enough with his vital signs to start bringing him out of the medically induced coma and he has been responding! According to Karen's update, Joey has been asking for water!! I'm kind of choked up just thinking about that. He's come such a long way! Obviously, he has a long, long way still to go, but wow! I'm telling you guys, this entire situation has been such an eye opener for me. I'm 44 years old and never before have I ever witnessed such an awe-inspiring display of the power of positive thinking. While I don't want to take one single thing away from Joey's medical team, I am convinced that Karen and her unwavering belief in God and Joey's recovery are what have carried him to this point. The next time someone asks me what defines a hero in my eyes, I'm going to tell them about Karen. Seriously. Her strength and determination have impressed me like no one ever has before. I want to thank all of you guys for your love and prayers. Please feel free to visit the website and leave more words of encouragement, if you are able (the website address and link are near the top of my page. I know that some of you have had a hard time getting the link to work so I've written out the web address, as well). Terri and Tammy have left more than one message each and I love them for that! I know that all these messages help Karen now and will help Joey as he reads them during his recovery. The response all of you have shown has really left its mark on me. I thank you, I appreciate you and I will always treasure your kindnesses.

Here are a few pictures that I've been meaning to post for a few days now. They are of some of the swag I got during my sister's visit.
How do you like this teapot? My stepmother and dad bought it for me because Wendy (my SM) thought it would look great in my girly room. And she was right. I love it, it looks just perfect. That room has quickly become my favorite room in the house. It just reeks of femininity. I fully expect my brother-in-law, who will be visiting in a couple of weeks and staying in that room, to have garnered a whole new appreciation for "pink" by the time he leaves here. lol
Check out this horse's head. Kind of puts me in the mind of The Godfather, when I say "horse's head", but really, it's a nice little ole' statue. What do you think, Jayne? Like it? It cost all of $4. They were having a big Sidewalk Sale in downtown Weatherford. Glad we checked it out!
I really like this wreath. It's actually metal "loops" that have been welded together and then this garland of leaves has been woven through it. I like it so much that it's still sitting on the floor in my bedroom. lol I've really got to figure out where I'm going to hang it soon. Preferably before Randey looses a toe from walking into it!
I finally own a soup tureen! Yeah, I know. Big deal, right? Well it is to me! I've never, ever owned one and a couple of weeks ago, I got a wild hair and decided that a soup tureen was a must have item. We looked high and low during our shopping trips when my sister was here. I found quite a few...a lot without their ladles, some with price tags that would have required I obtain insurance on them before I even attempted to load them in the car (who would have thought a silly little soup bowl could cost more than my first car?), and I found some that were just too flippin' ugly to own. Then I saw this. It was as if a shaft of golden light was streaming down from the heavens, bathing this tureen in a warm, golden light while a little angel whispered in my ear "Here's the one you've searched for. Pick it up, cradle it close to your heart, give it a home and treasure it always". Okay. So that's bull. It didn't really happen quite like that. I saw it, I checked it out, the price was good, the fact that it was on sale was even better so I bought it, I took it home and it's still sitting on my counter because I don't actually have a suitable place to store it yet. Guess I need to buy a china cabinet next. lol (Just kidding, Randey, if you're reading this).
And finally, here was my favorite purchase of all. A double-dip, hot fudge sundae from Braum's. Yum-meeeee! I wouldn't mind eating one of these a day for ever and ever and ever. It was so good. And low calorie, too! What? What'd you say? I'm telling you, it's low calorie. Listen, I can call it that if I want to. And I want to so shut it, monkey!
That's about it for now. I guess I'd better stop blogging and start getting ready. Randey leaves on another TDY tomorrow and I think he wanted to go run around and have some fun today as a family. This will obviously require that the boys get their butts up out of bed and pretend like they know us. I'd better head on upstairs and begin the "waking process" (which basically consists of me standing in their doorways yelling!). Please continue to pray and think good, positive thoughts for Joey and Karen and their boys. And again, if you get the chance, please hop over to the website and leave a message. I know I keep harping on it, but I have just become so absolutely convinced that all of this positive energy actually works! I've been a bit of a cynic in the past but now I've "seen the light", so to speak, and I have been amazed by it all. Thanks for joining in and helping. You guys amaze me, too!

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  1. Kari, isn't it brilliant news about Joey!! I've been getting updates on his progress from the website and it has been just astonishing to read them! It's definitely the power of positive thinking isn't it!! I'll keep on praying for Joey and especially Karen and the boys xxx

  2. Kari
    so pleased that joey has improved. we shall carry on with our prayers and positive thoughts

  3. Just read the update in the journal. How wonderful. I'm really speechless. Love your goodies...and everyone should have at least 1 soup tureen...I have six, is there something wrong with me? Wish you and Randey were here tomorrow to help us celebrate 39 years of wedded bliss and annoyance...I figure out of 39 years there is at least 6 weeks of annoyance (for both of us, lol) and you should be getting something from me ya
    Aunt Sandi

  4. Okay, first I have to comment on the ice cream sundae so I can maybe, maybe, maybe get it out of my head. Oh My Word! Yum OH!

    I was so thrilled to read the news about Joey. Our God is soooo good...ALL the time! I'll keep praying. I know a complete recovery IS going to happen.

    All your purchases look wonderful.


  5. Yeah! Today the site let me enter and leave a message for Karen.


  6. You have an award at my house. Please come get it. Im so happy for Joey and family!

  7. Good news~
    Your purchases look great... especially that sundae. MMmmmm

  8. Hello dear Kari, I've caught up with all your latest posts and I'm so sorry to hear what happened to Joey but what great news to hear that he's awake...asking for water certainly is a big thing:-) I've just gone over and left a message to them. Omigosh, I so love that teapot your stepmother and dad bought you, it's gorgeous!! Also love all your other goodies, you have wonderful taste:-) As for that ice cream sundae...I was just about ready to lick my monitor!!!! hehe Thank you so much for the birthday wishes you left me, very much appreciated:-) xoxo

  9. Hi dear posted for joey just thought I'd say hi

  10. Oh I'm so happy to hear the good progress on Joey! God is so good!!!
    That sundae makes me want to make a trip to Braums right NOW!

  11. So glad to hear the news on Joey. We talked about him in Sunday School, and many joted his name down to add to daily prayer lists.

    Love your purchases--I am a teapot freak---as well as a platter freak, a dishes freak, --- I have some "hidden" in the garage that I have gotten as sales.

    As for the sundae--wow are we soul mates or what??? I had a Maggie Moo's dip yesterday!!!

    And, about Dolly--would you believe that the gals in my family get together each Dec on a Sat and have a "bake cookies" day that starts with us all singing along with Hard Candy Christmas!! I have the album too!!!

    Hope your week is great!

  12. Who'da thunk that asking for water would make your day??!! I am so thrilled. My words seem trite but I know every response helps. I am glad that the responses are making a difference!

  13. So good to hear about Joey's progress! Prayer is so powerful! What a cute teapot!
    kari & kijsa

  14. HI dear heart...I just left another message for Karen tonight. I am SO happy to read how much progress he has made. Prayer is an amazing thing. Believe me, he was in prayers today in our church.

    How are YOU doin' darlin'??

    I love all that cool stuff you got there...LOVE the tureen. I know about seeing that light shinin' on something you have looked for for SO long! Good for YOU!


  15. Yay for your cousin's progress and Karen's bravery!
    I like the stuff you showed us~~ always fun to see what someone bought, on their blogs, isn't it?

  16. Thank you for this update Kari! It is, indeed, good news. I continue to keep Joey and Karen in my thoughts and prayers!


  17. Oh Kari! I'm SO glad that Joey is doing better - ((hugs)).. will keep him and your family in my prayers!


  18. I'm thrilled that Joey is on the mend. I'll keep praying for a complete recovery!

    I'll go over and try out the site again.

    Don't suppose you could send a bite of that sundae through the computer...I didn't think so.

  19. Count on me! My prayers are with your dear family!
    I visited the website already.

  20. So very, very happy to hear about Joey - may he go from strength to strength.

    Love all your purchases - the horse's head is fabulous! As for the sundae...I'm drooling on my keyboard!

  21. I'm so glad to hear that Joey is doing well with his recovery! Praise God! I finally had a chance to leave a comment on their guestbook this evening.

    That sundae looks so good!


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