Thursday, November 20, 2008

Don't Pass out but I am blogging!!!

Yes, it has been way way too long since my last post and so many things have happened that there is no way that I could ever post them all..
I just wanted to do a little shout out for my awesome team at TTS.. we have been going through some major changes with the site and everyone has been so supportive and caring.. Thank you all sooo much.

Family notes... Bug is loving college and doing a fantastic job. He just got the honor of being named Sigma for his class in the Sigma Chi that he pledged for and it is a great honor for him and wonderful accomplishment.
Kacee is doing so fantastic with her photography that it is getting hard to even get an appointement with her... we are so proud of her skills.
Savana and Trevor and the kids are all doing amazing and loving their new chance at life. They are truly blessed.
Kassi and Josh are busy with dance and wrestling and bball.. Josh is in a traveling league for bball and we start this weekend with the games. We went to the jazz game last night and they both had a blast.
Jeff is doing much better with his health issues and we are glad that the dr caught the problem before a big stroke hit him. The little ones did not do any damage that they can see from the test results and I am counting my blessings for that. So so scarry to even think about what could have happened.
I am doing really well after my surgery and a special thanks to my family and friends that helped me through. Sorry to all my customers who came by while I was heavily sedated and I had some interesting (oh my) conversations with... Hahha apparently I was very entertaining.. Tomorrow is my 6 week recovery date and I go back to the dr on Monday for my final appt. whohoooo back to the gym here I come!!! I can't believe how much I have missed exercising!!

Don't forget to check out TTS... Vickie is having a 70% off clearance sale and Robin is having a 30% off sale. Dawn is also having a close out sale and there will be big surprises on Black Friday.
The paper store is all brand new.. so many new products to choose from that you won't know where to start.. And SEI is sponsoring the site with a huge contest!!!!!

Thanks tons everyone!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I have a Disease!!!!!!

I want to tell you about a recently discovered (by me) syndrome – Craft Attention Hyperactivity Disorder, or C.A.H.D.

Symptoms include flitting from one craft pursuit to the next, creating stuff like crazy, and making a huge mess in your craft area (that would be the ‘disorder’ part)." Found on Tamara Morrison's Blog

I discovered today the name of my disease!!!! has anyone else got it? whohoooo I feel so good knowing its name and that other people have it too!!!! hehehe

I am taking an online class this summer by Stacy Jillian at BPS and the instructer this week shared the disease on her blog.. I instantly felt happy to know that there is a name!!!!

How is summer going for you all gals... are you as busy and swamped as I am... Life has got to slow down soon heehee .. but then what Fun would that be right!!
Hope everyone is doing good and I am off to check out TTS for the day!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Checking in and updating!!!!!

So first and most important.. yes, Trevor is out of the hospital and doing fantastic again.. He is loving the second chance on life and soo sooooooo anxious to be able to get back to work.. In the meantime Savana and him are enjoying the new life they have been allowed to have and doing some great bonding again with the kids and family.. it is awesome and amazing to us all each time we see him.. He looks so so wonderful.

I just got back last week from a Scrapbook Retreat that was started here by Memory Works. We had so much fun.. Met some awesome gals (HI HI HI gals!!!) and did some really fun projects. It was a total blast and a great warm up to CKU in August!!!

I will post some pics of everyone and everything on the website hopefully in the next few days.

We got home about 2:00 AM on Sunday and then Sunday afternoon I skydived for my very first time!!!!!! OMG OMG OMG ... it was sooooooo unreal... I loved it.. I got a video of it and will try to put it on the blog here if I can figure it out and pictures of me ... I told my dh I look so OLD!!!!!! shows all my dang wrinkles!!!
Kacee and Bug both jumped as well and they had a blast too.. we all want to do it again... talk about a thrill... Got to do it gals got to!!!!

Check out the awesome contest going on at TTS and the prizes are amazing!!!! Also make sure you check out the new products in the paper store and the digi store.. always something new and fun to entice ya!!!
luv your gutz.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Trevor is back in the hospital

They had to take him back in on Saturday because they thought he had a hernia. It ended up being an infection that was around the kidney and they seem to have that cleared up for the most part but, now there is a fluid coming from the pancreas area and are still there trying to make sure all is ok. They seem confident that he will be okay and said that he was very smart to call the dr when he did and get in as it could have been much much worse.
They appreciate your prayers and contstant thoughts very much and I will keep you updated as I can.
thanks again everyone!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Message from Trevor and Savana

At the hospital yesterday we were all sitting around and talking about how amazing all of the progress has been with Trevor. Most of the transplant patients are doing fairly well and recovering as expected. However, Trevor is by far the one that everyone is amazed with. He is doing so well that they think he will actually be leaving the hospital either tomorrow or the next day. When the nurse came in and asked him why he thought he was doing so amazing he said.. I dont have to think about it I know ... There are thousands of people all over the world praying for us and they are my angels.. They know how to pray and that is the only reason I have survived this and am now doing so well.. They won't let me give up.
Then he turned to me and said.. Please tell them all thank you so much, he says "I feel their prayers, literally every breath I take" You are all angels and your faith in him is what made him have this second chance.
I thought that all of you would like to hear these words... You truly do not know how much you have effected our family and how grateful we are to all of our angels all over the world!!!
Trevor is still doing amazing.. He is so full of life already that we are in awe of his presence.. He has a great mission to fulfill on this earth we are positive and will never ever forget all of the prayers, thoughts and good wishes and vibes from everyone...
Thank you all so much!!!!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

New at TTS

Check it out... awesome new things at TTS this week!!!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Trevor is out of ICU

They moved Trevor out of ICU today and he is doing absolutely amazing. Even the dr's are saying that it couldnt be any better than it is. His levels are perfect which means that both the kidney and pancreas are working perfectly and he is already walking the halls.
He is a bit uncomfortable with the tube down his nose and throat to get the gunk out of his stomach but, he says it is ok... not a big deal.
They both did some much needed capnapping today as the ICU unit is definately not a place for much sleep and they are in great spirits.
Ryson and Rylie are going to go see him in the hospital tonight and they are all excited to see the kids. Savana says Trevor is counting minutes to see the kids.. hehe she is too for that matter.
So... everything is going amazing and they definately appreciate and feel your thoughts and prayers everyone!!!
thanks so much.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

News on Trevor

How do you say miracle??? OH my this is such an overwhelming experience.
I will just post from the beginning as so many of you are asking and it is easier to just keep it all in one place. Please post your love and wishes to them here and I will share them with Savana and Trevor at the hospital on each visit.

My dh and I decided to go for a little road trip over the weekend. We got up Sunday morning and packed the kids into the jeep and started for yellowstone for the night. Savana and Trevor weren't able to go as Trevor hasnt been feeling well enough to get out of bed much.
We kept in constant contact through text message through them all day though and things were just a normal boring day for Savana as Trevor slept. We had lots of fun going through yellowstone (even saw a grizzly bear!!!!) and headed home on Monday. Through the canyon we didnt have service for our phones but in each area we did then we kept in contact with Savana as we usually do.
Monday evening about 6:00 we were headed through a canyon and had lost service. I had texted Savana about 5:45 asking when Trevor was seeing the transplant team as he wasnt feeling well but hadnt heard back before we lost service.
When we got out of the canyon I had 2 urgent messages to call Savana. (Yes I was panicked) When I got her on the phone she said that the team had just called and there was a donor and to get to the hospital stat. They were already almost there and that was about 8:30pm.
At that point they werent sure whether the donor's organs were damaged but wanted him there in case it was good.
We got to the hospital about midnight and they were starting dialysis on Trevor to relieve the excess fluid he had, and given him so medication for helping to build up his system for the transplant and said that the organs of the donor were in perfect shape and a perfect match. They scheduled to start the surgery the next mid morning. Jeff and I went home and took care of things and was back to the hospital yesterday morning. We finally had our turn for the surgery at 6:00 pm and at 4:00 am this morning were done and I have never ever seen such a miracle.
His kidney started working instantly. The pancreas as well and levels have been perfect all the rest of today and the kidney is still working amazing. Savana joked with me this morning saying that she has never seen Trevor pee so much!!!
He is very very sore but, when we got to the ICU room expecting to see him all hooked up to a million tubes instead he was sitting up with a grin from ear to ear and both thumbs up. He said to Jeff, I MADE IT!!!! Savana started crying and Trevor started crying and they held each other crying for several minutes which of course got all of us crying.
This mornings recent update is that the pancreas is doing awesome. His levels are perfect and the kidney is functioning perfectly still.
Trevor is hurting (expected) but feels amazed that he is doing so wonderful. He will most likely be in ICU for 48 hours and then could be coming home in as few as 5 days!!! They let Savana stay with him all night and she is very emotional but so so so thrilled.
They both have asked me to tell everyone that your prayers and thoughts are being felt and heard and please continue to pray for the greiving families. There were 3 donors that gave life to 7 very needing individuals yesterday. The emotion in the waiting room is undescribeable. And I am sure that each recipient is feeling the same emotion that Trevor is feeling. Words cannot express that and until going through it there is no way to understand.
I am feeling so blessed to have been on both sides as my brother was a donor for 6 individuals and knowing that his tragedy gave life to those individuals gave us all comfort and still does. But now seeing the other side is such a humbling and gratifying experience to see.
Thanks so much for all of your support love and concern.
I will keep everyone posted and please keep continuing to pray and have thoughts for the organs to not reject.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Update Update Update...

Months are just screaming by tooo fast for me to keep up.. But, a long over due post is needed and so here I am.

The first thing that everyone always asks about it Trevor so I will update you there first.
Trevor is still hanging in there as best as possible but, honestly is body is really giving out. He had a seizure this morning when his sugar dropped and that has Savana very panicked as she is so afraid to leave him alone. His sugar is dropping in seconds without warning about 5 times a day and there is nothing that has worked in stabalizing that unfortunately. I have had to go over about 3 times a week in mornings that Savana is working and he doesnt answer the phone and found him unconscience. I still am not used to this site as it is so scarry and it is definately a hard emotion to go through but, we have been blessed to be able to get him out of them so far and feel very grateful for this. He plain and simple needs that transplant and soon!!!! Thank you everyone for your support and prayers as they are very much needed and felt.

I have been super busy this month with the paper store and starting the classes that we decided to add to it. We have been thrilled with the response and have had a lot of fun despite the long hours and repetition of classes. Make sure that you check them out at the paper store as we keep them posted there. Most are even available for shipping.

The digi store is on fire at TTS... wow do we have some amazing designers and I am just thrilled with all their hard work and dedication... I truely feel honored to know and work with them. Wendi has done such a fabulous job keeping them all updated and going and I never could do all this without her.. She RAWKS!!!!

Last but, definately not least... Happy Happy Birthday to my DD Kacee!!!!! she is 19 today and it is hard to believe that 19 years ago today a little 3 lb girl entered my life.. what a blessing it is to have her with me on the site and part of our life... Bug has just walked in the door singing to her!!!!!

Here is a copy of the ad for the week!!!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Life is a Whirlwind!!!

Can you remember the saying "Stop the world, I want off!!!" Oh my do I feel like that sometimes.. this month has been insanely busy and though it is all great I do feel a bit overwhelmed.
Kacee and I started at the gym this last week and it has been such a great thing already. We love it and are already looking forward to it every morning.
Bug is less than a month away from graduating and it has been so fun to watch him grow and excell this last year.. I am so proud of him.
Josh and Kassi are as good as always. Kassi just finished two dance reviews and Josh just finished Basketball and is anxiously awaiting the next sport...
Savana and Trevor are hanging in there. Trevor does dialysis every day for 4 hours and then goes to work in the afternoon. Savana runs kids all over as their mom works at nights as well and she takes over getting them to their places. She is also working at Alco and seems to enjoy it for the most part. She has been spending some of her evenings here with us while Trevor is gone and it is nice to have her around. Trevor is doing okay most days thankfully, however we still havent heard anything more on the transplant. I hope and pray each day that today will be the call. We are definately blessed to still have him here with us and hope that our luck and blessings with him will continue.
Pop on over to TTS and say hi and don't forget to join in on the fun for NSD there.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Tagged... and needed it!!

Nancy Tagged me... thanks chicka.. I have lots to update so....

The Six Words memoir.
Here are the rules:
1) Write your own six word memoir
2) Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
3) Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4) Tag at least five more blogs with links
5) Don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

My Six Word Memoir:

Capture the Moment, Treasure the Memory

I have always loved this ever since Wendi found it for the TTS site homepage. What a perfect way to live your life. Do we capture moments.. and do we leave memories to treasure.. something to definately think about and live by. IMO

Here are a couple of Moments Captured the last little bit:

It seems that time just wont stop running from me lately. I have been trying to keep up with the site and all the changes and scrapping a little bit inbetween but defnately not as much as I would like to. I am trying to simplify life so that there is more time to focus on the stores now and hopefully that will make a difference on my family time and friend time.
Dont forget that the paper store is now 35% off all the time!!! It is awesome and full of great products.

Here are my tags:
1. Wendi
2. Linda Walton
3. Robin
4. Joanne
5. Peta
6. Di

Don't be mad gals it was Nancy's fault!!!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


So as all of you know the last few months have been so horrible for Trevor and Savana and the whole family... Being taken off the list has been a terrible set back and Trevor has had a hard time not giving up.. But, we wont let him....

Here is the best news I have gotten in such a long long time!!!!!
Trevor had dialysis today and during dialysis called his coordinator for the transplant team to see if the "new" doctor he has was able to get him back onto the list...
Barb is his coordinator and she is an "angel"!!!!!
She said to Trevor... I just couldnt do it... they told me to take you off the list but, I just couldnt, something wouldnt let me... You were never taken off the list Trevor.. I just kept quiet....
Barb then told Trevor that the last transplant just got finished.. Trevor was second for that recipient to get the transplant but, it matched the first one perfectly and they were able to give the organs to him... But, now Trevor is first on the transplant list again for his section....

Trevor is hysterical... Savana is freaking out.... Me... I am a ball of tears... can't believe this miracle and once again am sitting here in humility to all of you and all your continued prayers...

He IS going to make it isnt he!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

How do you say Proud MOM!!!!!!!

The last couple of months my son Bug has been endlessly filling out applications for scholarships, working on presentations for sterling scholar and has spent hours and hours of work preparing for a competition that was today...

He was named Sterling Scholar for the Drama/Theatre Dept for Bear River High School.
This in itself is a huge honor and he was thrilled as were we to be able to have this title to carry.
Today the Sterling Scholars for all the schools in the regions competed in their events for the next level for State. No one has made it past the region level in the Drama/Theatre dept for years t BRHS. And to be honest, we didn't expect him to be able to move on but of course encouraged, helped him prepare and listened to hours and hours of practicing..

He had to perform two short monologues about issues in society.. He chose to do a monologue from Shakespear on schitsofrinia and then another more serious one on Cerebral Palsey called "Inside Al" This was an extremly challenging role and was advised by several not to try it as if not done correctly could come across as "making fun" of the disease..

Bug researched and watched hours and hours of videos of people suffering from this disease and spent hours working with his Theatre coach and even more on his own trying to perfect the skill to share this without being demeaning anyone..

Last night he performed it for the last time to his dad and I while we felt great pride in his accomplishment and told him no matter what happens he has done an amazing job and to be proud of all he has learned.

Today.. 3:00 pm.. he calls me one more time for moral support before going into the interview..
4:00 pm.. calls again.. "I did pretty good mom, didnt mess up or say "um" once through the whole thing.. I even made them laugh.. !!!

They were to announce the winners tonight at midnight.. All night long we have been anxious but, yet trying not to be too hopeful for the announcement..

Well before going to bed one last time I refreshed the screen... There is a picture of my son squinching his eyes and clearly "freaking out" or trying "not to" right before his interview.. Still no announcement though.. just the story about the kids doing the competition.. So.. I go up to get him out of bed to at least show him he got the front page picture...

We get back to the computer hit the screen and there is the announcement.. now as we scroll down.. we are holding our breath... All of a sudden there it is.. Jorgen Madsen... top 5 finalist!!!!!!!!

WHOHOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! WTG BUG!!!!!! your hard hard work has paid off, you are going to STATE!!!!!!!!!

check it out here!!!


and then the announcement here:

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Winners of the RAK for Valentines

Happy Happy Valentines everyone... Hope that you are having a wonderful day full of love, friendship and a bit of romance too!!!!!!

We have the winners for our Valentine RAKS!!!!! Congratulations to the following:

Fantacy: for this blog..
Tristan: for the TTS blog..
Elizabeth: for Nancy's blog..

Gals please email me at with your addresses so that I can send out your cad kits... and thanks everyone for playing~~

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Valentine Give Away!!!!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I have decided to have some fun and going to be giving away 3 (three) Daisy D valentine kits valued at $7.99 each! Want to get in on this give away? Here is what you do. Make a VALENTINE and post it in the TREASURES TO SCRAP gallery. LINK it back to the TREASURES TO SCRAP BLOG, or to Nancy Jones's Blog Or here on my blog.

IF you do all three then you have 3 chances to win!! ALL entrants names will be put into a hat and drawn from. HOW DOES THAT SOUND? Get your kids involved! and You can enter more than once. I can't wait to see what you make.

NOW we does have a few rules that apply. The Daisy D Valentine set give away is for USA PARTICIPANTS ONLY.. UNLESS you would rather have a gift certificate to the TTS Paper store instead of the prize give away (sorry you can understand shipping is a huge factor in this) Unless you would like to pay the shipping yourself.
IF you enter and win and your not in the U.S. Then you have the option of paying the shipping yourself or taking a gift certificate in the same dollar amountto the TTS Paper Store. Make sense? We have alot of non U.S. Members so wanted to give everyone a chance. SO lets share the love and SEE THOSE VALENTINES!!!

The drawing will be held on Monday February the 11th at 12:00 pm Eastern time. GOOD LUCK and lets see those valentines!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

When I need hope.. here you are...

The last couple of weeks have been a real struggle for me. I know that when things dont seem to go right I get down and feeling sorry for myself and lately for my Savana and Trevor and their little family. I have a hard time excepting God's plan when it doesnt make sense to me sometimes. Like why would a man with so much love and future be going through this horrid nightmare. Why would his two little children have to face each day with the worry of not having their daddy with them for their lifetime.. And why does my daughter have to face a fear of being without her husband after only just finding the happiness she so well deserves. So.. the last few months I have struggled up and down with a very real anger towards God for doing this to this litte family.
I know that we are blessed, it is abundant all around us. So many people have supported Trevor and Savana, and so much love has come through all of this. My heart knows that but, I must admit that sometimes I still resent the fact that God is allowing this to happen.. I know this is my own struggle, and that there are many of you that have given words of wisdom and love to help get through these days. I so appreciate all of you and all your efforts to help our family and most importantly the compassion and love that you give to people you don't even know. The blessings just from that are so wonderful and such an uplift to me.
Once again this week I have struggled, why are they going through this, why do them have to take Trevor off of the transplant list and what right does a doctor have to say to him he is not following guidelines when he is not able to control the blood pressure.. (the reason they gave for taking him off the list this week) when the hospital crew has not been able to control it themselves even using iv medication.. One dr. disagrees with another dr, one dr. contradicts another dr. All the dr's blame a different dr for the problem but the only thing that happened because of the disagreement was a loss of hope from Trevor that he will ever survive this horrid disease.
And then, I finally get my nerve up and ask God again why and cant you please give some comfort.. And then, something like the last couple of days once again humbles this stubborn soul I have. People are sharing this story all over the world, support is coming out of nowhere, friendships are being given me from people I would never have met and support and compassion once again is everywhere.
This post might not make much sense.. But, for me, I needed to write my feelings, to help me to recognize God's work.
Thank you all of you that have rekindled this effort to help Trevor again. What angels you are.. I have said since the beginning of this adventure, I am surrounded by angels.. God is definately trying to show me that each and every time my soul tries to give up...

Monday, January 21, 2008

Update on Trevor

Well.. Trevor ended up in the ICU unit this week.. He started to have Grand Mall Seizures, with Blood Pressure 244/180 at one point.
He got sent down to the IMC hospital on early Monday morning about 4:00 am after not being able to do anything here.. they started at the hospital here in town at 2:00 am
He was in ICU until yesterday and now in a regular room.. They have done major drug changes and increases to help the bp and he has to go at least 24 hours without spiking bp to be able to go home.
The transplant at this point has been put on hold, he might have to start at the bottom of the list again but, there is a difference of opinions as of today between nepherologists as to the cause of the bp spiking and so they will be meeting about this decision this week aparantely.
It has been a very trying and scarry week to say the least. He is doing well now though, thank heavens to many many prayers. We appreciate your support and love so much.
Savana is doing pretty good. I talked her into coming home at night the first two days but then nurses werent checking his blood sugars and giving him his medications on time etc and she wouldnt leave him after that. She told me that yesterday he was watching the football game and doing the happy dance (literally) because his team was winning and was wishing she had a video camera of him shaking his tushy...He is back to his spunky self and making sure that the staff knows he wants to go home so that is a good sign.
There was no permanent damage to the seizures, luck again, but for a while he did loose some balance, eye hand coordination and was a bit slow soaking in things. now he seems fine which is so unreal to me after seeing him the beginning of the week.
I will keep you posted as much as I can.

Friday, January 04, 2008


The most talented miss Dawn Inskip has some awesome news!!!!! CHECK IT OUT!!!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A New Beginning for TTS!!!

There are openings for Paper, Digital and Hybrid Teams...
Please email me at

New Layout to share..

I did this layout the other day and it felt so good to finally be able to scrap!!!!
hope you like it!!!!
Sierra Shivers, Laura Burger, TTS
Sketch, Di Hickman, Di's Blog