Wednesday, August 6, 2008

About Me

To begin with, I have been married to my husband for 29 yrs. I have to say I love him more today than ever in our life together. I think that people in 1979, never thought we'd be the couple to make it, and I must admit, our lives has had many hurdles to go over in our 29 yrs together. But through it all and with God at the center of our lives we are SURVIVORS! Our God has seen us through the most joyous of times, through the hardest, darkest days of our lives and without leaning on Him, we never would have made it to today.
We have raised 4 children, our oldest daughter, Erica, the light of our heart, is teaching in China. She loves it there and the people love her. I think the US lost this young lady to the Asians, as she has developed a love for them and enjoys teaching their children. She has absolutely wonderful students who love her and she loves them. We are so very proud of her.
Our second born, Chris, we lost him at the age of 14 from Hypotrophic Cardiomyopathy, (otherwise known as an enlarged heart) that we never knew he had. He was participating in his gym class and collapsed. The loss of our wonderful son has changed my life completely. He was an amazing young man and we all miss him so vey much. But we chose to be proactive and bring awareness to Sudden Cardiac Arrest and get AED (Automatic External Defibrillators) into all our area schools. We are in hopes that one day our community will support us and begin to have the appropriate heart and health sport screenings in the near future. Unfortunately many people think it was sad that it happened to our family and that it probably would never happen to anyone else...well they were wrong, it happens to 1 in 5 people, (and they may never know it until something like this happens) but for us, because our pediatrician cared so much for our family she wanted our children checked again by a pediatric cardiologist and one year later we found out our son, Sam, also has the same condition. We are so lucky that he was diagnosed. It was missed during the initial testing, but now he has an implant and he is doing fine. He is in his second year of college and is a wonderful young man. He has handled his condition with such courage, there have been times that he has wished his life could be normal, like the way it was before he found out, because he had to give up all sports, and he was a starter and he loved it. But he can play certain sports as long as it is not competitive (college sports). He tires easily when he is active, but otherwise you would never know anything was wrong with him. His plans for the future is to become an English Teacher...we are so proud of the young man he has turned out to be.
The baby of the family, Hannah, just graduated from High school and is also headed off to college. We have always said that she was born to make us laugh, but she not only causes us to smile, she brings smiles to everyone she meets. She is at the moment planning to be a pediatric cardioligist in hopes of finding a cure for this condition. If anyone can, it will be her. She has a bubbly personality that just doesn't quit...she has a "large" heart of the other kind, caring for everyone and looking out for their well being. Her other option for school is to become a medical missionary as she watched the African Children's Choir perform, her heart was tender to the life that the children of Africa endure. I'm sure she will succeed at whatever she puts her mind to.

We have another boy, he is my husband's oldest son, and I love him dearly. His name is Dan, and he is a roofer by trade, following in his grandfathers footsteps. He sure would do him proud. We don't see him very much but hear good things that he is doing.

So this is my family, now what I love to do...I love crafts! I sew, paint, scrap, design, love photography, interior decorating (always rearranging my home, drives everyone nuts, but deep down they like it.) Scrapping is my newest hobby...I started because I have thousands of pics but they are all in boxes, and with my digital camera, I have thousands more sitting on cds. I want them displayed and preserved. So I now scrap them into frames, and hopefully into books for each of my children so they can pass them on. But as I said I'm new to this, and one thing I haven't done is the journaling part of my books and so hopefully I will learn to get information onto the pages as well.

So I hope you enjoy my pages as I begin this journey of blogging and sharing...

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Erika said...

Love your blog so far... Keep it up.. don't be a bloser - Blog loser who doesn't update - cute name... I'm a BIG Bloser... Poor blog of mine!

Erika from Cutters Creek Mod team!

Dana said...

Congrats on the new blog! What a story!!

Candy said...

Hi Diane,
You have started a beautiful blog. It was a joy to read how much you love your husband and how proud you are of all your children. I am very sorry you lost Chris. I think you are doing a wonderful thing to get the AED's into all the area schools. I hear of so many young people dieing of heart attacks during sports!
I hope you will make a wonderful scrapbook about him and keep it close, to look at his pictures all of the time.
You will surely enjoy the voyage of scrapbooking. A lot of people say they have trouble with journalling - I personally love that part of it and I write a lot on each page. I shall be watching to see your work.

Heather said...

Welcome to blogging Diane!!!!! You have a wonderful family by the sounds of it :) Thank you for continuing to make people aware of what happened to Chris - because of your efforts and perseverance there will be more people who will discover the condition before it is too late. I hope that you daughter does become a doctor and is able to find the cure :)

Big hugs,

Betsy said...

After reading your intro article I was surprised you hadn't journalee. Seems like that is something you'e really do well! That choir was something that would surely inspire. We saw them one night at their 3rd performance of the day. I thought about how the children at our church would be complaining, refusing to do anything, etc and those kids were praising God with song and dance!! Awesome!!!!!

Donna in Louisiana said...

Congratulations on your new blog. Your family sound wonderful and your life sound very fulfilled. Can't wait to see you post pictures of your creations also.

Donna in Louisiana