Fleeting February

How can this be the last day of February? Yes, it’s a short month, but so much of significance happened during this month. It has been a roller coaster ride with happy times, disappointing times and times of serious decisions.

At the beginning of the month, I spent a few days making 20 various Valentines for my etsy shop. Spending time in my studio is one of my happy places. It was invigorating to sell more than half of those hearts. Thank you to those who purchased my creations of love.

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Created 20 Hearts

Decorating our house for the different seasons brings lots of joy to me and to those who enter our home.

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Our Kitchen Table

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Vintage Valentines

Round Robin

Round Robin Heart

The incentive for decorating for February was hosting a sit-down dinner party for 32 Sunday school class members. We provided the house, and the kind members provided the pot luck dinner. Then they cleaned-up everything before they went home. The class members are so caring and supportive of the health issues I have been facing. They are a meaningful part of our lives.

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Loving Class Members

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Sunday School Party at Our Home

Another happy time is spending time with our children and their children. Tyler Murrah made the Varsity baseball team for Jesuit in Dallas. We joined his family this past weekend in Austin for a round-robin. Madison came from College Station with her precious boyfriend, Jack. It’s the first time we met him. So much fun to be with all of them for a couple of days.

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Murrah Family

Back in Houston we support the Huebner kids in their selected sports. Sydney’s competitive cheer team won National Champions in Dallas this past weekend. Her bigger sister, Lindsey, is playing tennis and softball. Here we are supporting Ashton at his basketball game.

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With Sydney and Lindsey at Ashton’s Basketball Game

My husband spends much time with Ashton and Lindsey at their practices. He coached our boys when they were in school.

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Granddaddy Still Loves to Coach

Our 21 month old grandson in California loves playing sports, too. His daddy is his coach unless he’s with us. Then his bigger cousins love to teach him how to play anything that includes a ball. He thinks he’s a big boy, too.

Our Three Grandsons

Our Three Grandsons

So you ask what are the disappointments and big decisions.

Today was the last day for Shannon McGaw at Quilts, Inc. She has taken on a dream job for her as manager of a new quilt shop to open in April. I came to depend on her for many aspects in the Education Department and innovative ideas for the company. I will miss her every day, but wish her well. Thank goodness we still have Barbara, Jill and Marcia to carry-on.

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Shannon McGaw (in white shirt) Moves On

 

And yesterday was a huge decision-making day. I was released from my oncologist, Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero, at MD Anderson Hospital. For two years he has tried to get me into remission. At one time I lived without any transfusions for seven months. That hasn’t been the case for over a year now. So all that is left for me is to try stem cell transplant.

I will be moving to Methodist Hospital because my insurance will not pay for stem cell transplant at MD Anderson. Next week I will go through two days of heart, lung and viral testing to determine if I am well enough to go through with a stem cell transplant. So our prayer is that I will pass these tests so I can move forward.

It was hard to tell Dr. Garcia-Manero goodbye. He has been a hard-working, intelligent, and caring presence in our lives. Our daughter-in-law, Julie, Tommy, me, Holly, and Kelly Yeger, my PA, have been present at so many of my MDA visits. They have been such a great support system. I can’t thank them enough.

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Dr. Garcia-Manero in center

And thanks go to you, my friends, for all your love, support, interest and prayers. I’ll keep you posted. Much love to you all, Judy

 

 

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13 Responses to “Fleeting February”

  1. Gayla Whitaker Says:

    Judy, You are such a beautiful, talented, inspirational and gracious lady. Thank you for sharing from your heart. I had day surgery at St. Luke’s Methodist. They were all amazing and gave me excellent care. You and your sweet family remain in my prayers. We serve a great God! My love to all~Gayla Whitaker

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  2. GerryART Says:

    Judy
    You’re always in my heart ❤️
    Am sendining Positive Thoughts and Energies toward your upcoming change.
    You are my inspiration 💗

    Love, hugs, smiles ‘n tranquility,
    Gerry

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  3. Lesley Riley Says:

    Hi Judy. I hope everything goes well at Methodist Hospital and they make you feel at home and well taken care of. You are in my thoughts during the day and my prayers at night. Sending love, always.

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  4. Sheri Lesh Says:

    Judy,

    I have never written to you, but have followed your blog for several years and have many of your books. I have always loved your style of embellishment and lover of old things.

    I am so sorry to hear of your recent health struggles and needs and pray for wisdom for you in the days ahead as you pursue another treatment. I pray the Lord will give you comfort and peace and assurance of His care in all of this, as well as wisdom for those medical specialists that you must turn to.

    Hugs from a fellow stitcher and a kindred spirit…..(you just haven’t met me)

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Sheri Lesh, thank you for your comment. I appreciate you kind thoughts. Maybe we will meet sometime. My stem cell replacement procedure is supposed to start this Friday, May 5. I’m finally ready. Blessings to you.

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  5. leslyclaire Says:

    Sending loving healing thoughts to you. You are indeed an inspiration.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Thank you for your kind words, leslyclaire. I check into Methodist Hospital for the stem cell transplant on Friday. My donor is a 38 year old 100% match. Can’t get much better than that. I should be in the hospital for 30 days and if all is well continued recovery for another 100 days mostly at home. I should go home the first part of June.

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  6. bbquiltmaker Says:

    Love how much of your life you share in your blog. Sending a warm hug and lots of love. All your grandies are adorable but Thompson has my heart, we share a birthday.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Yes, and Thompson is soon to have a new baby brother. That’s going to be interesting for that little family. My life is shared so abundantly because it’s the most important thing in my life right now. Thank you, Barbara.

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  7. Lori D Says:

    Lotsa love.

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