A Christmas Miracle.

The past week has been really tough in the MacDonald family.  My uncle was diagnosed with bone cancer about a year ago and was told he had 6-8 months to live.  Well, he proved the doctors wrong! Last week, however, he fractured his hip and had surgery to fix it.  My aunt and cousins have been spending most days in the hospital visiting with him.  My uncle had his eyes closed for the majority of the time, but was able to hear what was going on.  He was on a ton of medicine as well.  Last Saturday, my sister and I went to their house and helped decorate for Christmas since they’ve had such a stressful season.  My uncle also came down with pnumonia, which is very bad for someone who is as sick as he is and in the hospital.  We’ve been on pins and needles, waiting for terrible news.  I’ve gone on Facebook less since my cousins were updating their statuses and I was not handling it well at all.  I actually spent a few days off Facebook.  I’m getting worked up typing this.

However, this afternoon, my dad sent me a text saying “PJ is alert.  He knows what is going on.” I responded back asking if he opened his eyes yet and he said yes.  Logging onto Facebook, my cousins posted a few things about him.  My cousins thanked the doctors and they told them that it wasn’t them to helped, it was God who helped my uncle.  It’s truly a miracle.   I also saw on a post that my uncle already wants his cell phone. :-)

I’m in tears writing this….tears of happiness. A huge weight has been lifted.  This is truly the best Christmas present my family can receive.

Categories: Life

Some other 2010 thoughts…

As I said in my other post, 2010 was a bit rough…

However…I feel like I’ve learned some lessons in 2010 that’ll be good to put out there.

1. Life is way too short to spend upset or stressed out.  Yes, I get upset and stressed out, but I try to relax and tell myself it’ll all work out.  Okay, okay, Kyle is usually the one who tells me everything will work out!

2. It doesn’t matter if we clean every single place in our apartment every week.  It would be awesome if we were able to keep up with some type of cleaning schedule, but life is busy and there just isn’t enough time.  There are certain things we do on a weekly basis—laundry, food shopping, ironing, cleaning the bathroom, dishes…you get the point.  As long as we keep up with putting stuff away and our apartment isn’t messy, we’re happy.  The dusting, vacuuming, and swiffering gets done when possible…we try at least every 2 weeks.  But we aren’t stressing about it anymore.  Life has been much better since coming to this realization.

3. Family will always be there.  Also as I mentioned before, I’ve been able to spend more time with my cousins recently and it’s been great getting to know them more.  My cousins range from 29 through early 40s, so growing up, I didn’t have too much in common with them.  Now that my sisters, brother and I are adults, we fit in more. :-)

Categories: Life

Goodbye 2010…Here’s hoping for 2011

2010 has certainly had its ups and downs and I’m looking forward to see what 2011  brings.  There was too much sadness and stress this year.  I’m really hoping 2011  brings happier and calmer times. 

Something I’ve been trying to do is to be positive and look on the bright side, even if it seems difficult.  Therefore, I’m compling a list of things/people/etc. that I’m thankful for. 

1.My husband. I have absolutely no idea what I would do without him.  He’s always there to comfort me and listen (when I need someone to talk to.) He is awesome at helping out around our home.  We make a good team and have many of the same interests. I can be my complete self and act stupid around him and not worry about what he thinks.  I love being able to come home from work and relax on the couch with him and watch a show.  I’m tempted to say he’s the reason I’m able to keep a positive outlook on things.

2. Pyper.  Although she’s a brat, she can pretty much make me smile even when I’m in a bad mood.  She’s crazy, funny and weird and I love that about her.  For example, this morning before work she was running around like crazy!! And now she’s sleeping on the stove. lol.

3. My family. This includes my immediate family, extended family and in-laws.  I love that we’ve been spending more time with my relatives and have gotten to know them better, thanks also paritally to facebook.  Now being married for over a year, I’m really beginning to realize how much my parents have done for me for my entire life (can’t even imagine how they kept everything together once they had us!)  I’m also feel very lucky for having in-laws that I get along with and enjoy spending time with.

4. My friends. Even though I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like (thanks to life), I’m still really thankful to have them in my life.  

 5. My job.  I love my job and my class is awesome.  They make me laugh by the funny things they say.  I’m also just thankful to have a job. Oh, and Kyle’s job too.

6. My health.  Enough said.

There are more things I’m thankful for and help keep me thinking optimistically and positively, but that’s enough for the time being.

Categories: Home,Life,Pyper

Pyper Likes To Eat

Her full name is Pyper Callie Bisignani.  Footnote: Callie was my first petwho basically lived for food.  Pyper carries this name in not just in honor, but in spirit as well.

For example, Pyperpurrs twice a day, breakfast and lunch.  She only meows when I am loweing her food bowl on to her placemat.  Yes, you read that right, herplacemat.

Pyper has shown a great interest in a variety of food, including Hamburgers (specifically Burger King), London Broil, Jade plants, and Marinara sauce.  We’ve seen her head in the measuring cup after measuring Milk.  And tonight we just spotted her licking clean the bowl used to make the Penne with Vodka Sauce.  She also doesn’t shy away from Macaroni and Cheese and will literally climb up your leg if you are holding Turkey.

In fact the only thing I have seen Pyper not like is Lucky Charms – with which she batted it under the refrigerator and we have yet to see them since.

Categories: Plants,Pyper