Thursday, July 29, 2010

UPDATE

Dear Blog Readers,

THANK YOU for all the inspiring comments, and most of all your prayers for my daughter Allie. (See this previous post). Since my original post on Wednesday, July 21 Allie has had another surgery ... on Thursday night, they put a plate and six screws in her collar bone, and was released from the hospital on Sunday. It has been a challenge keeping her comfortable, and finding the fine line with the pain meds (taking the pain away vs. loopiness) ... but we are so incredibly happy to have her home and to see progress in her recovery each and every day!

In case you are familiar with auto parts, the piece of steel that came through Allie's windshield was a leafspring from a large truck (possibly a dump truck). It weighs about 40 pounds, and is about 4 ft. long, 3 inches wide, and 1/4" thick. Every single aspect of her accident is a miracle from God! The tears just flow whenever I think about how close to death she was that day. I still don't think I've been able to wrap my brain around all of this.

I won't be stamping or blogging for awhile, as Allie's care and recovery is #1 right now. We are praying to have her ready to go back to school to continue on with her plans ... earlier this summer she was informed that she had passed milestone and accepted into the ASU School of Architecture. She had been working toward that goal all year, and only a select number of students make the program. I'll be back someday when things are more normal. Also, the designer paper, ribbon, and embellishment shares I had planned to offer will be delayed for now.

Your continued prayer on Allie's behalf is greatly appreciated! THANK YOU !!!

~Nancy

78 comments:

Marisa said...

Oh Nancy, what a wonderful update!! I have been praying for you guys as I swim my laps in the pool while the kids are in their lessons (wonderful be to be able to exercise and pray at the same time). What a wonderful confirmation of how God watches over us at all times! I was shocked to hear the size of the thing that came through her window! I've heard of rocks flying out from between the dual wheels at the back of dump trucks (thus why I never drive behind them) but never this! God is good!!!

Young people heal so quickly I'm sure she will be up and about sooner than you think with all the TLC she is getting from you and the family and all the prayers.

Huge (((hug))) from one mom to another.

Two Happy Stampers said...

So glad she is okay and on the road to recovery. Thanks for the update! You are in the best hands possible... God's. Grace to your family during this time. =)

Ellen Kemper said...

Thank you for updating us on her progress. We are all cheering for her quick recovery.

I know you will take great care of her - don't forget to take care of YOU too.

We'll all still be here whenever you can return to crafting.

Tara said...

So happy to hear that she is doing better everyday!! You have been in my thoughts and prayers! Hope that things continue to progress in the right direction! What a tender mercy from our Heavenly Father that Allie is still with you!!
lots of hugs!
Tara

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

Thank you so much for the update and so happy that Allie is recovering. It is so wonderful how great God is and answers our prayers. Continued prayers to Allie and your family.

Sassy Scrapin' said...

Thank you for the update Nancy! So happy Allie is recovering at home now. We will continue to pray for her...God is so gracious and merciful! Lots of prayers and hugs!

Lori Burkitt said...

Thank you for updating us on Allie! Glad to hear she is home recovering. She and your family still remain in my prayers.

Ariana said...

Nancy,

I love following your blog. I am so glad to hear your daughter will be ok. I wish her all the best in her recovery, you and your family will be in my thoughts.

Kath said...

Thanks for the update, as soon as your daughter is well, we will be here waiting.

Lorri said...

Sweet Allie's life truly has been spared! I get goosebumps when I re-live that day. Now you REALLY know how LOVED you are, there are people all over the world praying for her! Thanks for taking the time to keep in touch here, and no worries about blogging, shares, or stamping, you are where you need to be at this time! LOVE YOU DEAR FRIEND!
Jer 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE!!! Yay GOD!

Ruby said...

I am happy that you let us know about the progress of your daughter's recovery. I will continue to keep her in my prayers and I look forward to the day when you can come back to us, because that means she is fully recovered! Take care!

Tenia Nelson said...

Thank God that your daughter is doing better....she will be in my prayers for sure!!!

Marta Fosco said...

Thank you for taking the time to update Allie's recovery. I'm so glad she's home recovering. No doubt with God's help and your loving care, she'll be joining the ASU program soon. Congratulations. Keep us posted. Hugs.

Nance said...

Thank God she is going to be okay! Thank you for taking the time to update us. You and your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Martin said...

Wishing you and your family the best right now and look forward to your return. :)

Jill Hilliard said...

Sending all my Love and Prayers to you Nancy! You need all you can get!!! So glad she is home recovering!!!

Lisa S said...

Glad to hear more positive news.
Allie and your family are in my prayers. Continued wishes for a successful recovery. Take care!

Brenda B said...

Nancy, thank you so much for updating us on your daughter's recovery. Each day is precious with her and she needs you now. Take care.

Nancy said...

Nancy, I only know you through your blog. I pray for you, your daughter and your family daily. That's all that matters right now. Anything is possible through prayer. hugs.

Anonymous said...

I'm a fellow demonstrator from MN. and check your blog now and then. You have great stuff!
I believe God hears the prayers of his people and I hope you can feel the strength He is giving you. The hands that hold the universe are holding your daughter and your family close to Him. Take care.

Beedubya said...

Oh geez, am I ever happy to hear that, Nancy! You are one of my go to blogs and you and your family have been in my thoughts daily. Thanks so much for the update and know that all of your readers will be here when you get back. Family is certainly #1.

Hugs,
Brandi

Terry Molineux said...

OMGosh Nancy this is the second demonstrator that had their daughters near death this week! Max Conrad's daughter flip her truck four times....Wow I don't know how you girls do it. I certainly am not good in emergencies...please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter and of course, your family in your time of need.

Keep us posted!

Stamping Hugs,
Terry~~

Doris said...

This is the first I've heard of what happened since this is VBS week, and I haven't been on my computer much. God has certainly been merciful toward your daughter and all the other drivers on the road that day. What a great God we have! I'll be praying for her continued recovery.

Kerry H said...

I hope your daughter makes a speedy recovery. I am familiar with parts, and can't imagine how that spring came off.
Please remember to take care of yourself during this trying time also. The role of caretaker is a difficult one.
Kerry H

Created By You said...

Fabulous update, Nancy!! I hope you find time to stamp for R&R, your art will surely be missed. I will wish Allie a speedy recovery, and continue praying for all of you... our daughters do hold a very special place in our hearts! I hope her recovery goes well, and congrats on her acceptance into ASU!!

Bonnie Weiss said...

Your faith and strength will see you through Nancy. Sending warm wishes for a speedy recovery for your Allie.

Ilene B. said...

Nancy, I know you and your family only through your blog and you have been in my thoughts and prayers since the news, thank you for taking the time to update us on your daughter's recovery. You will be missed but family is first. We will all keep you in our prayers and definitely be here when you return to blogging and stamping! Take care of yourself as well. God bless!
Ilene B.

Margie said...

Thank you for the update. I have been checking back daily and praying for your family. God is so good to us. If you have faith in Him, all will be okay. God Bless your family.

studiono8 said...

Hi Nancy:

Thank you for the update I have been thinking of you ever since your last post and haping and praying you and your family were doing OK, please if you can keep us posted even if it is just a few words so we know that things are progressing, take care. Love from Canada...

Sylvia/Georgia said...

Thanking God for this wonderful report! I can only imagine how frightening this is for you and Allie even now. Praying for her continued speedy recovery and for you as you take care of her. Look forward to hearing that she has started school and you are blogging again!

Judy Covey said...

Thanks so much for the update Nancy. Every time I read about your daughter's recent injure it chokes me up and brings tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for your family that Allie made it through her second surgery and is progressing.I wish you all the best and I'll continue to keep her in my prayers. It sounds like the good Lord was definitely watching over her at the time of the accident and is continuing to do so.

Mary Fish said...

Thanks, Nancy. I'm pleased to hear your daughter is recovering and home. Congrats to her on being accepted into the school of architecture at ASU . . . I'm confident she will be ready :)

Hugs, M

Leslie McGahie said...

Nancy, I'm so glad to hear that Allie is home and with her family. We will continue our prayers for her recovery!

Anonymous said...

Nancy,
I check in just to admire your blog and all your work (your friends'work, too), every few weeks when I am off from work and nursing school. I just wanted to tell you, I am praying for your daughter and the medical professionals that are caring for her,and your family too. I can not imagine. Our God is awesome! I am so thankful He has been holding Allie's and your hand.
Praying on,
Chris from Texas

Liam said...

Nancy still praying for your daughter's recovery. Totally understand that your daughter is number one priority and I hope that her recovery is quick and smooth recovery. Take care of yourself as well. Sometimes these difficult times can cause you to deplete in energy. Hoping everything goes back to normal soon.

Liam

Bluemoon said...

Take care of your precious daughter and yourself, hopefully she will get some pain relief soon.

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Connie Babbert said...

Oh my gosh, Nancy! I've been away at Convention and a wedding reception, so just read the incredible news of your daughter's accident! God was definitely looking out for her on that day. My thoughts and prayers going out to her for her continued improvement on the road to recovery!

Papermymemories.com said...

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

Angela McKay, Stampin' Up Demonstrator, #1 Rising Star Canada 2008/2009 said...

Nancy, I have tears streaming down my face as I am reading your post. I can't imagine your terror as a mother. My prayers are with you and your family for a speedy recovery for Allie so that she can make her dreams come true this fall:)

Sylvia said...

Nancy, I want you to know that I understand what you went through. In April this year, my husband was driving his truck(he hauls the big construction,concrete road trusses you see in convoys for the roads) with two trucks in front of him and one behind. They were on I35, headed through Temple on there way to Dallas. There was water on the road, the truck in front of him threw up a huge wall of water, my husband braked and did so to slow down, then saw the brake lights out of the water and realized that the truck in front of him was stopping so he stood on his brakes. The beam on the truck in front of him went through his engine and cab, the beam on his truck,chains broke,went through the cab from behind. They both missed him by inches, He managed to stop his truck without veering, ran over some median markers, did not go off into the ravine in the middle, his truck was totaled and he walked away unhurt, no one else was hurt either. The trucks are required to travel in the left lane with their escorts, a car entered the freeway into the right lane, swerved into the left lane in front of the first truck causing the first truck to stop. Even though there is lots of space between convoy trucks, it takes some doing to stop avoiding being hit. I got the news some hours later forom my husbands office. I got online and saw a You-tube video clip that a TV station had taken of the truck, where it was and how he stopped. I cried and cried in horror and relief. God works miracles, I know. My husband has used up more than nine lives. I am sorry your daughter was hurt, but am so happy she is alive and home. God is with you!

Kathy Mc said...

Nancy, have been patiently waiting for this update as know you've been consumed 100% and rightfully so. So happy to hear she is now home recovering as that is a milestone in itself. Congrats to Allie on her acceptance to ASU's School of Architecture! I'll remain confident that she'll be ready to begin that challenge and will keep her in our prayers (and you too). Take care. God is definitely on your side with this miracle!

Sonia said...

Nancy i'm so pleased to hear that your daughter is home with you. I wish you lots of love and hope Allie is progressing well.
Hugs Sonia xx

Nancy Amato said...

Praying for your daughter and your entire family. Allie's care should be your number one priority, and we will all be here when you can get back to blogging. Best wishes to her for a quick, complete recovery so she can continue with her education. Hugs to all of you!

Margaret Moody said...

So glad to hear Allie is home, Nancy! I know you are grateful, too. So glad you're able to be there to take care of her. I will continue praying for her speedy recovery. Take care of yourself, too!

Stacey Schafer said...

so happy to hear Allie's surgery went well and she is home:) sending continued prayer for Allie's speedy recovery!

Cards by Gina said...

So relieved to hear this very good news about Allie! Thank you so much for your update. My thoughts and prayers are with Allie, you and your entire family. And, please send her a hearty congratulations, too! I wish only good things for her! This is truly a miracle!

Ann Schach said...

I am relieved to hear that Allie is at home with you. I will continue to pray for her recovery and that she will be ready to enter the ASU School of Architecture this fall...which is quite the accomplishment. Please keep us posted.

Lori B said...

Nancy,
Take all the time that you can and need with your precious Allie! Know that you are all loved and feel the healing power of prayer! Keep updating us as you can, we look forward to the day Allie will be off the ASU to begin her studies in the School of Architecture.

Debbie said...

Nancy

so glad to hear the good news of Allie...know the recovery is the worst part now. Children tend to get a little impatient...but just keep reminding her how important she is and she will get better. Nancy, wrap your arms around you and give yourself a big hug..glad the worst seems to be over..Moms jobs are the toughtest, our hearts take a beating..but so worth it. Take care and thank you for the update

pegraydavis said...

I never cease to wonder and be amazed at how God works through prayer and His divine grace. We will all continue to believe that Allie's recovery will be a miracle and that she will be able to start her classes in the fall. Please take care of yourself as well. You're in His hands too and He's loving you and taking care of you too. God bless all of you.

Linda Bandow said...

God is Good.....all the time. I am so thrilled by Allie's recovery and her acceptance into the ASU program. How great is that?

Stacey said...

Believe in the power of prayer! We were in a horrible accident 5 years ago and our youngest was in the hospital for 10 days. It was truly the power of prayer and blessings from God that kept us going. Know that you will have good days and bad days as you care for Allie. Let people help you but also know that it is okay to say no - sometimes you want it to be just your family. You will never forget this but it will slowly get better. Healing takes time both mentally and physically. Our prayers are with you and your family!

bettystamps said...

Great news about your daughter! The power of a mother's love and prayer can do miracles!

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-Susan- said...

YOur number 1 place to be right now is at your daughters side. My prayers are with you and Allie. Hope all continues to go well!

Debbie Henderson said...

Nancy, so glad everything turned out the way it did. Take care of your daughter and you right now, that is where you belong. God works in mysterious ways doesn't he? I can't imagine what you must have gone through being in another state. My prayers continue to be with you all.

Anthonette said...

Hi Nancy,
I'm glad Allie is home and continuing to recover. My prayers are that she recovers quickly and can start school. God bless!

Cindy said...

Praise God for His blessings. I am so happy to hear Allie is on the road to recovery. I pray she will have a speedy and complete recovery.

Studio M by Marian said...

Your for sure in my thoughts. Thinking of you and your daughter. Hope you received my last email.

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Linda L said...

Nancy I am so glad Allie is recovering well. Take all the time you need to look after your DD. We're not going anywhere and will be right here when it's the right time for you to return to this side of your life. God Bless you all. xL

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

Praise God for her life!

hugs *~*

Barb and Marcia said...

My prayers and thought are with you and your family. Glad to hear that Allie is doing better. Barbara

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Jane Matsumoto said...

Oh my, Nancy! I just saw the note over at SSSC and had no idea your daughter was injured. God has plans for that girl of yours. I am so happy to read that she is now home. All else will still be here while you tend to her recovery. Sending up prayers for a healing and strength.
Hugs!
Jane (whoopsie daisy)

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

Such a wonderful update. Your family is my prayers.

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Mary said...

What a miracle! I'm keeping your family in my prayers!

Created By You said...

What wonderful news... I think of you and Allie every day, hope and pray for her recovery. Hugs to you both!

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Anonymous said...

Nancy - just letting you know I am thinking of you and Allie .. hope all is progressing well. Sending lots of thoughts and prayers your way. Maureen

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Staci said...

I just saw this and will be praying for Allie. It does sound like she's already been feeling the hand of God protecting her through this. Can't wait to have you back to your blog - I really enjoy it!

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

Dear Nancy, I had no idea what had happened to your daughter and all I can say is that we are all thankful that she is doing so well! Miracles do happen every day. Good luck and bless you and your family!

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Jennie Maier said...

I just hopped over from Becky Roberts blog and want to let you know I'll say some prayers for your family! Even though I don't know you personally, my heart cringes to hear about a daughter in that much pain. Hope she has a quick recovery!