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Old 08-30-2006, 03:33 PM   #41  
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Yeah!! So happy to hear that you rec'vd it! Hopefully it will help relieve some of the stress that you've been dealing with lately. Just know that you and Alexa are still in our prayers! Congrats on being published too!!
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Even though I wasn't aware of this surprise RAK, I send you supportive love, hugs, and encouragement, across the miles!!!
Me, too! Hang in there ...
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Then after I posted the phone rang-I thought it was Staci calling me and it ws papercratfs magazine. I am going to be published in the Februaury Special Birthday edition! I've been dying to get into Paper Crafts! It was my FIRST submission too!!!! Cannot believe it! What an amazing day. I can't wait to get my gift for being selected. I don't even know what I get. I don't even care. I just wanted to get published!
Ok back to happy tears.
Lauren, that's fantastic! Congrats!
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Congratulations on the publication! I am so glad you have that to look forward to. May you have continued strength as Alewxa goes through treatment.
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CONGRATS on getting published!!!!!!! How AWESOME is that!!! You deserve it and the RAK and then some!! Enjoy! You MUST take care of yourself so you can be there and be strong for Alexa. Praying and thinking of you...
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What a wonderful Thread! Oh how I wish I could have gotten in on this surprise! You deserve it! We all appreciate everything you do for US by sharing your creativity Lauren!
I feel exactly the same way. Wish I'd been involved, but I am glad to be reading this post and sharing the emotion throughout.
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Yea for getting published, (cuz you *so* rock!!) and yea you got such a wonderful RAK!! Your story is inspiring to us all!!!
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Lauren, I am so happy that you got your surprise in the mail today. You have touched so many women with your kindenss and your wonderful spirit. You deserve only good things.

Congratulations on getting published in Paper Crafts. I am so happy that this was a happier day for you. My prayers are still with you and Alexis.
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Lauren,

I'm so glad that you received it in today's mail. I am honored to have played a small part in making your day a little brighter. A big thanks to Staci for organizing and orchestrating this for you.

Congrats on being published. It's not hard to see why. I always enjoy looking through your gallery and have saved a lot to my favorites.

Enjoy your surprise!

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lauren,
i'm so happy you were so surprised....it is so fun to send love through little envelopes in the mail!! it's great to see that a little rubber (or a TON of rubber....)can bring so many wonderful people together isn't it...

enjoy your time to be pampered....and thanks for sharing and giving us all a chance to serve you!!

good luck...and God bless....
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Wow! What a bunch of wonderful people. It brings tears to my eyes too.
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I may not know your face
But in my heart it lays
A face that is helped in my prayers
To help you through your days.

I may not know your voice
But in my head it sings
With thoughts of love and friendship
And angels with embracing wings.

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So true!!! It is amazing how someone you never met can make you feel so connected. Continued prayers for your family. Hope you enjoy your little R & R. Congrats on being published. I am not surprised either b/c I am always "stalking" your gallery!!!!!
Lauren??? How is your husband & other kids dealing with everything?? Are they too young to understand what is going on?? That in itself has got to be so hard for you.
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Today is crazy busy as I pack for our long admission. Trying to stamp a tiny bit-even though I have other things to do! LOL!
The other two kids just know "Alexa is sick on the inside" Even Alexa doesn't "know" she has cancer. Thats too hard to understand. I just told her that her insides are very sick, and we will have to go to the hospital alot to get special medicine so she get all better. I literally take it day by day. I tell her the morning of or the night before treatment (usually that day, so shes not anxious and sleeps ok). When we have to stay I tell her to pack her favorite dools cause we will be staying a while. I tell what to expect for each treatment. I don't go too far ahead.
Beacuse the kids are young they are more than happy with the info they get. There are no horrible questions of "what if" to answer. Alexa trusts me, and I am there for EVERYTHING she goes thru, no matter how much I don't want to have to be a part of some of the scary stuff. She knows I won't lie to her. I tell her if its going to hurt, or shes going to get sick from it. She knows what to expect and does it like a trooper.
Jason is having the hardest time cause he has to work from home AND care for the kids full time. Its really hard on him, as the younger two are wild! To care for them AND put in an 8 hour work day, pay the bills, food shop, laundry, clean you know all the duties with NO break is hard. His blood pressure has been very high lately. He's in AMAZING shape, so they aren't sure why. I keep telling him its just stress.
We as a couple have an awesome relationship. We communicate well, and when I'm home spend quality time together every night. Weather we watch a show or movie, or work on a house project together. I'm very lucky to have him. Most men would run as fast as they could. i know I want to sometimes !
We are more looking at the light at the end of the tunnel. Once we are done this round (6 weeks or a little more) then life gets MUCH easier. Alexa will get chemo ONCE a MONTH! Her counts will get done twice a month. So ALOT better than the current and past treatments. Alexa will return to school after two months into the next phase called maintainence. They just want her immune system to be strong enough before she goes to germville.
So if we can just get through this dangerous point we are all set. For the ,most part. If she gets sick in the winter we will have to be hopsitalized and stuff but we will cross it when we get there.
So fill up the galleries cause thats all I'll be able to do is browse it!
I think Alexa will be sleeping alot, so I'll need something to pass the time.
Thanks everyone!
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Jason really is one in a million (you can tell him I said that ) and I am so happy you two are together!

Here's to you guys getting through the next 6 weeks w/ little to NO complications. I'll be thinking of you every day!!!

Ginormous {{{{HUGS}}}}}
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I agree with Robyn, I wish I had been part of your surprise and you totally deserve to be published, you are one of my stamping heroes! Well done!
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You are a huge inspiration to us all and your strength and beauty shine though.
CONGRATULATIONS on being Published you so deserve it and I can not wait to see what you created!!
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Lauren:

Just got your e-mail. I haven't been on SCS for days, so I'm so glad you let me know that you got your surprise!

Staci did a fantastic job organizing the whole thing! SHE ROCKS!!! I'm glad I was lucky enough to participate (thank-you, Renee). Lauren, you so deserve a little something just for you!

I will second what Amy said in that we're all hoping for the next six weeks to go smoothly and Alexa's treatment to go well. It is a big hurdle, but one that will be great to get over (and maybe make things a bit more "normal") for all of you when Alexa is thru with this long round. Here's wishing you and Alexa success during your stay.

Enjoy your surprise!

Also hoping Noah's first day of preschool goes well (next week?)!
Big, big hugs to you all!
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Dang, I wish we lived closer so we could pop on by and help Jason out a bit with the kids at home! In fact, we were driving today to go get haircuts and my 8 yr. old DD said, "Mom, could we go visit Alexa?" just out of the blue. She was thinking about Alexa. I had to say that, unfortunately, Alexa is in New Hampshire and we are in Wisconsin and it's too far. Then she says, "Couldn't we just fly?" I had to chuckle at kids' concept (or lack of a concept) of money and time and having a limited amount of both! It was a nice thought, though, and were it closer, I'd be there in a heartbeat!! Any of you demos live close to her? Head over there and help that man out at home!
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Staci - Thank you so much for organizing this - could hardly wait for Lauren to receive it. Lauren - you and Alexa are in my thoughts and prayers every day. Congrats on being published - totally agree with the others - you deserve it. You are blessed to have such a wonderful husband.
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Lauren,
Man, talk about "full plates" !!! Phew.
Like Staci said, I wish I lived closer to help out. Jason sounds like an amazing man and you both are truly blessed to have each other.
Hang in there, chickie! The Lord will never give you more than you can handle - and He's with you always. I hope and pray that this procedure goes smoothly.
Hugs and Prayers to ALL of you,
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Just checking in to give you more hugs and let you know I'm thinking about you. I, like many others here, wish I were closer to help out Jason and those precious little babies...

I'm sure you've heard this song but I thought I'd post the lyrics anyway just to help you remember that God's gonna get you through all of this...it's such a comforting song to me...

Know you're in my thoughts and prayers...can't wait for a positive update!
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PRAISE YOU IN THIS STORM by Casting Crowns
I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

Chorus:
I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
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I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
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Man, talk about "full plates" !!! Phew.
Like Staci said, I wish I lived closer to help out. Jason sounds like an amazing man and you both are truly blessed to have each other.
Hang in there, chickie! The Lord will never give you more than you can handle - and He's with you always. I hope and pray that this procedure goes smoothly.
Hugs and Prayers to ALL of you,
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I just saw this new thread of yours, Lauren and couldn't help smiling - the SCS ladies rock, don't they???
I'm happy to hear you'll be published (again!!!) in a stamping magazine, you're absolutely talented and deserve that!!!
I'll pray for your family to get through this and stay strong!!!
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