I am so thankful for so many things everyday.
We do birthdays big around here and, of course, yesterday was fun with family celebrating freedom and America!
My sister and her family went on vacation last week and my nieces and nephews wanted me to make them a few things. It always makes me feel so good that they want to wear what I make.
I got their things together and gave them to them the day before they left, but the glue was still drying on some of the bracelets. They were so excited to wear them they put them on on the ride down and sent me pictures. They also sent me pictures at the end of the trip showing me they all held up!
These are the ride down.
It's hard to see from the seat belts, but they also have on necklaces with my glow in the dark cross charms. They were at a restaurant one night and the waitress wanted to know where they got them!
These are the last day of the trip.
I gave them different colors, but they all got blue with it being the week before the 4th. My nephew, Macalister, he is the middle of my sister's five kids is really into wearing everything red, white, and blue, so I made his bracelet a little different.
July 3rd was a big day too. Our older dog, Mia, turned four and so did my dad.
Sounds weird, doesn't it?
It was his fourth birthday because he had his stem cell transplant on July 3rd, four years ago. Part of the process was he had to get all of his childhood vaccinations over again. That is how much the transplant wipes out your system. If you have to go through childhood shots again, I think it's only fair you get to start over with your age, don't you?!
He had his appointment with his oncologist last Friday and we always pray really hard, and if I am being honest, hold our breath until we hear from them. He had a great visit and report so we are so incredibly thankful. I am not afraid to say I am a total Daddy's Girl and he is not only grandfather for both sides to my kids, he has been their dad in every way for the last 10 years too. Me and my kids wouldn't know what to do without him.
This picture is from the summer of his transplant. I don't mind looking back, because we realize just how blessed we are. It's my daughter with my dad.
I got in these new African Sand Cast beads from Ghana and will be making some things soon! I also got in some really pretty new gemstones I can't wait to get to working with!