Wednesday, February 27, 2008


just home long enough for a quick update to let those of you who had emailed wondering where I am and what's up.... the last few days have been a whirl wind of emotions. Sunday night a friend had a tragic house fire. It has been devistating for our entire community. She lost her daughter and two grandchildren(ages 2 and 4), her home and all of her belongings. It has just been heartbreaking beond belief. She is now recovering in the hospital from smoke inhalation. It has all just been unbelievable.
Yesterday, I took my mom in to the pulminary specialist , because she has been having trouble with shortness of breath. After seeing one doctor , and then the other, the decision was made to put her in the hospital for some tests. She is doing well, but we are keeping a close eye on her. She is on the same floor .. and just a few doors down from my friend who had the devistating fire.
I stayed at the hospital with mom over night last night, just to keep an eye on things and be close. ( my brothers and sisters have all been there also, and calling and keeping up on things).
About 3 am this morning my cell phone rang and it's my cousin Jerri , saying she is in labor ( on third floor ..of the same hospital)..... so I got to be part of seeing this beautiful baby girl , be brought into the world. I can only say that the past 72 hours have been a sleepless emotional whirlwind... and my mind is still reeling from it all.
Thanks for your emails, for caring and for your concern. I am heading back to the hospital to be with mom .. so I wont be able to answer my emails for a day or two... I thought this would be the best way to touch base with you all.

Please keep Nancy in your prayers... she has a rough road ahead.
As for my mom... she is an amazing ... strong woman..with lots of kids, grandkids and greatgrandkids watching out for her.
And this photo of a beautiful new babe... a precious gift ......reminding us all of the miracle of life.


Catherine said...

oh my gosh Vic, I am so sorry for your friend. How tragic, I am sure she will need you to lean on in the coming months, and I know you will be there to pick her up. You are an amazing friend, she is lucky to know you!

I'll keep your Mom in my thoughts as ya dear friend!

Emma's Paper Patch said...

i am so sorry to hear about your friend's lost. i will pray for your friend that God will give her strength, through you. also i pray that the doctors will be able to find something out for your mom. but what a miracle it is for the birth of a baby in such a whirl of raw emotions! take care.

~missprissme said...

Prayers your way...

Angie said...

Hugs Vicki, I will keep Nancy and your Mom in my prayers.

happiness blooms said...

Oh Vic, I am so sorry for your friend! What a horrific thing to happen!
I'll keep your mom in my thoughts and prayers that the Drs fix her up quick!
As for that precious little blessing... SO CUTE!

janel said...

Oh my goodness! I just had that feeling that something was not right. I am praying for all of you right now, and just want to say that I will continue to keep praying, and sending huge hugs!

Jessrose21 said...

Oh how awful for your friend! I can't even comprehend such a loss. What a tragedy. May God guide you and bless you as you offer comfort and grieve with her.

I hope and pray things work out for the best with your mom. It sounds like she has a great support system!

Eleanor said...

Oh my. Prayers to all of you.

Nat said...

oh no, what a sad tragedy! And yet there is also something so beautiful hapen like the birth of a wonderful baby. Wishing you strength to be there for your friend!!! Hugs - and I will be thinkiing of your Mom!

Micki said...

Sending good thoughts your way!

Shawn said...

Sending prayers your way to your Mom and your friend. Hugs to you. If you need anything please call.

Pattyjo said...

I am soooo sorry to hear about the loss of the family in your community. What a terrible thing to happen for that poor woman. I will keep her in my prayers and for the whole community too.
I am glad your mother is in the hospital where she will get around the clock care, until they locate what is going on. That must have been scarey for her to not know why this is happening with her breathing.
A new baby is always a miracle, but it does help us remember that God is with, us even in the hard times.
You are all in my prayers hon.

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Wow... when it rains... it pours. I am so sorry for your friend and community! My prayers are sent up! I also pray for your mom. It must have been so nice to receive that news of the little miracle being born ~ what a true blessing among all the storm.
God bless you, all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Country Liv . . . said...

Oh Vicki! My heart just bottomed out when I read your update. Indeed, I was wondering what was going on with you, but never thought you'd be triple whammied like this. I cannot and will not try to imagine what your friend is going through-I'm afraid that this is the time I would be asking God, why?

Please take care of yourself and your Mom. I will certainly pray for all you wonderful people and keep you in my heart.

Big hugs to you and your Mom.


Sugar Bear said...

OMG Vicki. I don't even know what to say. I've been watching and helping my friend that lost her 3 year old and just a few weeks ago lost her mom and I can't imagine what she is going through. I truly can't imagine what your friend must be going through. So heartbreaking. I will pray for her and her family. I will also pray for your mom. Sounds like she has an amazing strength and loving family around her.

Sharon in NE said...

Oh Vicki, I had read the news article about Nancy and felt SO badly for her. She had a tragic few years prior to this and now the loss of her youngest daughter, grandaughters and home. I will keep her in my prayers.

And your mom...I hope she is getting stronger. I will pray for wisdom for the medical staff as well.
How sweet to see this newborn. (:) big hug

MJ said...

Thank goodness you were home and not out travelling for work purposes.

You are providing amazing support for your family and friends. You are witnessing the cycle of life ~ the wonder of a birth plus dealing with your mother's illness and your poor friend's grief.

Take care of yourself and I'll think of you until your return.

Holly said...

I am so sorry to hear about your past 72 hours. I will keep all your loved ones in prayer :(

Taylor VanBruggen said...

Oh Vic! I am so sorry for your friend. What a tragedy, but what a blessing that you are there to comfort her. I will keep you and your mom and your friend in my prayers. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help. (((HUGS)))

chelemom said...

I don't even know what to say.....How incredibly devastating! With friends like you, I am sure she will find the strength she needs to heal. I will keep your mom in my prayers....and that brand new baby is adorable!

D@nielle said...

wow that's a lot of stuff going on in your life. I wish you lot's of strenght to be there for everyone that is in need. The baby is lovely and that's such a amazing thing to see !