This Is What The New Year Is All About all started with this?
Well, I don't have to wear the brace all the time now but
still got issues going on.
But I was able to finish this cuddle sac for my newest Grandson
in time for Christmas!  I did 3 rows a day once my hands to where I could
stand the pain.  It really made me upset when I realized that I probably
will not be able to crochet much anymore. 
I really loved it and I actually found something I could do.
And if I wasn't already in pain, then about 6 weeks ago, I stumped (broke) my toe!!!
I have dealt with it because I knew there was nothing they could do for it until the pain got
so bad, I decided to go to the doctor.  She says sometimes broken toes can get infected
and of course, that is what has happened to me.  So now I am on meds for the infection hoping that
will work. So I think a little depression set in. Not fun! I even stopped blogging for a while and that
was one of my favorite things to do. I guess you could call my absence a "Pity Party"!
                                                 Then I thought of how thankful I am.
I have a roof over my head.
Shoes (well 1 shoe) on my feet.
Clothes to wear & food to eat.
I have family who loves me,
especially my 5 little blessings called "grandchildren!"
And I love them.
I am married to my soul mate and love my life.
We are blessed with a great church family and we have lots of friends that we love.

I also think of my best friend who is blessed to still have her Daddy
with her because of several strokes.  I also think of a loved one
who has lost his way and can't find his way back and is struggling.
I think of a woman who just lost her husband. 
I think of a sweet blogging & facebook friend whose daughter is going through
so many battles. 
I think of my mother in law who is facing some scary tests.
 I think of a very close friend
that has been so sick and is still fighting a battle.
As sick as she is, this is her testimony that she posted on facebook:

As I reflect back on 2011 and the last few days of 2010, I know without a doubt that I am truly blessed. I praise God for His mercy and grace and for His mighty power, for He only knows how many times He brought me back from the brink of death and performed many, many miracles on me. If He never touches me again, I know, God is good!! I praise Him!

So as I am feeling sorry for myself because of my little trivial issues, I go and read this testimony
over and over. What an example to me this Godly woman is.  Oh if I could have this spirit and attitude.  This is my hearts desire.  It is not about me....It is all about HIM.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Phillippians 4:13

P.S. Thank you all for your cards & emails letting me know that you miss me!
Thanks to "the honeymooners" too for missing my blog!


Michelle said…
Sending hugs and prayers for a quick recovery! I have missed you!
aussiequilter said…
welcome back-I have missed reading your inspiring posts. cheers Teri
Anonymous said…
Hugs Val,
Prayers for healing,
Love Always.
Dot said…
Val, so sorry to hear about your health issues. Hope 2012 will be a much better year for you. I, too, missed your blogging. Have a good day
Rhonda said…
nice to hear from you! I've been thinking about you.
Yesterday when I cleaned up my kitchen, I found a brand new box of saltines in a basket on top my fridge (no idea why???) So I remembered your jazzed up crackers and was going to come visit you for the recipe anyway.

Happy new year to you, hope you regain your health and feel like your self again very soon.
lindsey said…
I love the cuddle sack...such a cute grandson. I do hope your bones mend soon and you are pain free!
Lori said…
Oh my, you have had a time haven't you? It's ok to have a personal pity party once in a while. It's what helps us process and put things in perspective. Hope you are up and at it soon!
Val, Gosh I figured something was up. So glad it's only toes and hands. I missed you and missed your deer camp stories too.
Hope life gets better in 2012.
Didn't you have your house for sale?
Blessing for a speedy recovery.
Pat said…
I am out of the loop on blogs....had so much church music stuff to do in addition to regular holiday preparations for the family and friends. I'm sorry you have had some issues but hope you are on the track to being totally well again. It is sometimes hard to not feel sorry for ourselves, you say, we can look around and see so many who are much less fortunate and that helps to keep things in proper perspective. Hugs to you!
Pen Pen said…
((hugs)) to you! I hope your toe is feeling better and you will soon be back to normal!
PEA said…
It's just human nature for us to feel sorry for ourselves when things happen but then it certainly is a wake up call when you see someone else with much more severe problems saying how blessed they are! I've had a few of those wake up calls and now I try to be more thankful for what I DO have:-) With all the issues you've been having, it's no wonder you haven't felt much like blogging but just know that we're all here for you. xoxo
Needled Mom said…
Oh Val, I can'r believe that you added your foot to the mix! I am so sorry. Wish I lived closer so we could do something fun together.

Big hugs for a speedy recovery on the toe and then the hand too!
Val it's so good to see your name pop up on my reader - I've missed you! I knew about your wrist hurting and knew you couldn't type but I didn't know about the toe. What a frustrations that must be! You are right, we are blessed in so many ways and often don't even recognize it. I hope I'm more aware of that this year - it's one of my prayers. blessings, marlene
Allie said…
Now Val, that's not the way to start a new year! I am praying for a quick recovery for you. I had no idea broken toes could get infected, yikes! As many times as I've done that, never had that happen. How inspiring you are in this post though, in spite of all this - bless you darling girl! Feel better!
All4Him said…
Val! As many times as we have messaged each other, you never mentioned your toe! Girl, you gotta get better!! Praying for you! Oh and I got your check today! Love you bunches!
annie said…
So sorry you are going through such difficulties. Perhaps your friend's testimony was the key to helping you? Maybe in her kind, generous way, she might have been the tool He used to help you find your way back? Bless you!
Becky Garrison said…
Val, welcome back! I have missed you, but just assumed that what with hunting season, a new grandbaby, and the holidays, you were just busy. I'm sorry for all of your trials, but they are just that, and they will fade with time. Praying for you, and your sweet mama -- tell her i said hello! Becky
Anonymous said…
So happy you're blogging again. Hope you feel better now! Love you, cousin nancy. :)
Darla said…
How right you are about the many, many things we have to be grateful for. In ALL things give thanks, right? Love the photo of the Brugmansia aka Angel Trumpet Tre.
Glenda said…
I'm so glad to see you blogging again and I'm so sorry to hear about your foot! My husband had foot surgery last week and is wearing the same boot, only on his right foot. I'm praying that 2012 will be a great year for you and your family, Val!
Anonymous said…
You have no idea how much I missed your blog! You bless me, encourage me and teach me...and you probably don't even realize it. ~Sandy Faulknor
Jeannie B. said…
Hi VAl, I have not been at my computer visiting much and didn't realize you were having such issues with your health. I love the pictures of ..Grandbaby, Angel Trumpets and especially love the birds at the top of your blog. Hoping you are back to your happy self soon.
hi, I've been missing quite a bit haven't I.
I really haven't been commenting too often the past couple months.
I pray for a fast healing.
Mama Pea said…
Oh, Val, I'm so sorry you've hit this bad spot in the road. But it won't always be this way although it's hard to think otherwise when you're in the midst of it. Please don't say you won't be crocheting again. I know you will. You're such a loving, lovely person. Keep thinking positively. Hands and toes (and even more important body parts!) can be healed. Remember, worrying is visualizing things we don't want to happen. Stay away from those negative thoughts and vibrations. You are in my thoughts and prayers. You will get better!
Shauna said…
Welcome back Val! Sorry to hear about your toe and your ongoing hand issue. You are right though, in spite of all - we do have many blessings! I do hope that you will be on the road to recovery really soon. Love and prayers to you!