That little word Acceptance…

Mar 2, 2010

Little did I know just how perfect this one little word would be this year. I guess I should keep it real with this post and explain why I have been pretty much absent since returning from CHA. My daughter Ansley who by the way just turned 16 on the 28th has been diagnosed with Panic Disorder. She had her first full blown attack the first night I was at CHA. Her attacks look like seizures they are so intense and seeing her have them breaks my heart. She has not been able to attend school and has now been placed on Homebound. We do see improvement and are hoping that she will be back on track in a month, fingers crossed.

So with all that being said taking care of Ansley 24/7 and I mean literally night and day, getting my classes ready for this weekend at Crop-Paper-Scissors, setting up my “You R 2 Tweet” mini workshop, mailing books, replying to email (which by the way I have received some of the sweetest notes from people regarding my book, thank you so much), taking care of everyday family life and chores well, my blog has been slightly neglected… no very neglected.

But I do have a few sneak peeks of the canvas envelopes we will be altering in my Canvas Sampler Album class.

Canvas Envelope One

Canvas Envelope Two

I hope you all will be patient with me regarding my lack of daily blog posts. I am juggling a lot right now and I’m trying my absolute best to keep up. Just know I will be posting as often as I can.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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  • Ruth

    Sending lots of positive thoughts your way Lisa. The class looks wonderful.

    From your Northeast Fan Club : )

  • Lori P

    Your family and your life is your top priority. Please do not stress about blog posts.

  • I am so sorry to hear this. :( I will keep your family in my prayers!

  • peggy forna

    my thoughts are with you and just know it will get better. your daughter is blessed to have you as a mom. each day will bring you a little more joy. coincidenally “acceptance” was my word for 2010 also and it was the best word i could have selected. i have your book and i am loving it and i love all the online classes i take. i leave you with this wonderful quote from a dear friend of mine………..
    “Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, love to complete your life.”

  • Beth W

    My heart is so with you. I have suffered from panic disorder for some 15 years. Due to some serious legal, economic, and addiction problems with #3 son for the past 4 months, mine is the worse it has ever been. There are times when I am shaking so bad I can hardly walk let alone craft. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even have the energy to breathe or even want to. But there are good days and when the crisis passes there will be even more. Under normal conditions I have learned to deal with the problem and it is usually more of a nuisance than a disability. I know that Ashley,you, and your family will in time learn how to deal with it also. Know you and yours are in my prayers.

  • TerryG

    I just wanted to send you some hugs and blessings…Like others have already commented your daughter is very lucky to have you as a Mom..I like the fact that you have decided the word “acceptance” is your word for 2010…I think I will make that one of my words too…I have learned over many years that acceptance (although maybe didn’t realize it at the time) is a good word to live by. To accept the things we can not change is a challenge at times but in the long run it’s for the best..we just have to remind ourselves (especially as women) to do so. Again I am sending hugs and most of all will keep your family in my prayers..

  • Linda Cain

    Family is first, and know I am thinking possitive thoughts for you. Your followers will always be there for you when you have the time. Take care of yourself as well. That’s hard to do in a situation like this, but try to remember that.

    In my thoughts and prayers,

  • annemk

    lisa….. that is so sweet of you to think about “us” when you have so much going on. I hope everything turns out ok for you and ansley. and the rest of your family!♥
    creating things and creativity if a good release of stress though, isn’t it?
    take care…

  • Family comes first…we will always be here…God bless you and your family.

    Stampin’ HUGZ

  • Donna C

    Bless your heart Lisa……here is a virtual hug and a cup of tea for both of you! I have a son who is almost 16 and we are so blessed the only “struggle” he has is being bored at school!
    Hope you and Ansley and the rest of your family get some much needed rest soon.
    Try to sit down and take a break……and don’t forget to eat!!!
    love ya!

  • Kathryn

    I’m thinking of you and your family. Wishing Ansley a speedy recovery.

  • KAT

    Your daughter is beautiful – here is a cyber hug for you and hoping that she is on the road to a full recovery!

  • Lisa,
    I am thinking of you and your daughter and sending only positive, healing thoughts to you!!!
    Hugs to you and to your daughter :)

  • My prayers are with you and your family, especially your gorgeous daughter. I hope that she is well and that you are holding up.

    Thank you for posting a little inspiration during this hectic, difficult time in your life. We must mean a lot to you!

    Totally understand the absence, family first…after all.

    Blessings headed your way!

  • Stephanie

    Hi Lisa, As someone who developed anxiety disorder at a similar age to Ansley, I have enormous sympathy for you both. The best you can do for her is to be there, with patience and love, which I am sure you are already doing :)

    Tell her there is light at the end of the tunnel and she will get through this and return to ‘normal’…best wishes, Stephanie x

  • Maegan

    I just started scrapbooking and came across your wonderful blog as I was poking around the internet for inspiration. I’m so sorry to hear of that your daughter has been diagnosed with Panic Disorder. As someone who works in mental health care, I know how scary panic attacks can be, both to those experiencing them and their loved ones watching it happen. Although it can be a scary disorder, it is also one of the most treatable ones. If you haven’t already, I would strongly encourage you to get in touch with a psychologist who does exposure-based treatment for Panic Disorder. Some will even come to your home at the beginning of treatment if it is difficult for your daughter to leave home. It can be a challenging treatment, but it is also very effective. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Hi, Thanks alot for your post. You don’t know how this helped me.