Sunday August 1st I had an Aneurysm. I remember having a headache really suddenly. I was at church and we were supposed to be listening, but for some reason I could not. My husband said I looked up at him and half of my face was drooping. Right after that he said he was going to take me to the ER. He did and it turned out that he was right for taking me. I spent almost two weeks in the hospital. I was taken to West Valley first but about an hour later I was taken to Saint Alphonsus. I had an aneurysm that was a birth defect. From the day I was born I had it I just did not know. Lucky me! We spent a few weeks in the hospital. From the first day an anesthesiologist told my dad that he didn't see me making it, and here I am. I spent three days in the ICU. Then I went to the Nero Floor and I stayed there for about four days, and then I spent the rest of the time in recovery. I can not tell you how much it meant to me for all those who came to visit me. To my family, and my friends thank you so much for what you did. It meant the world to me. As for me now am relearning all the things I have forgot since that Sunday. Learning how to use my right hand which I lost the use of. Learning how to reset my face. You don't understand how annoying it is to have your face crooked. Lastly I'm working on my dysphasia (the difficulty of speech and communication). I have done such a great job in therapy. Each day it is coming along.I want to thank all my family. All the Ransley's, especialy to my parents. To all my Batteen family. To Val and Nancy and everyone else who has taken care of me.
Thanks Aunt Amy, Adam and Jennie, Amy, Angela, Amanda and Jon, Cousin Jenny, Kara, Ben and Kristen, Kristen Davies, Jessica, Dave and Valynn, and my very own Grandpa and Grandma. Thank you sooooo much!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The theme for camp was Jewels in the Rough, so we made these cute plaques that displayed our camp scripture Proverbs 31:10. I bought lots of colorful papers and paints and it was amazing to see the many variations that the young women came up with. I was so impressed!
Next it was onto my third and final session of my summer art class, and then various home decorating projects I have been dying to finish. Here are a few of them.
My daughter has about a billion hair bows as you can see and I wanted a cute way to organize/ display them. I made this out of an old window frame that I got for free. Then I took some cardboard panels and upholstered them with cute fabric. I finished it off with some brown ribbon that I crisscrossed onto the front of the two side panels. Then I clipped all her bows on and here it is! It cost all of about $5 to make.
Monday, May 10, 2010
As you can see it's still on my painting board so it's not quite complete. Just wanted to show the progress I am making! I feel so compelled to share my testimony through my artwork. This painting reflects the love our savior has for us. His hand is always extended to us. All we have to do is reach for him too!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
For some reason I have always loved the Salt Lake Temple! As a child growing up in Boise Idaho it was easy to visit often because it was so close! To this day it remains my favorite temple not only because of its breathtaking architectural beauty, but also because it is so rich with visual symbolism from top to bottom! After giving a talk in church about temples I was inspired to do this painting. I would have to say though, because of the motifs on it it does lean towards the more decorative side of art. However, since I have become a stay at home mom I keep finding myself inching my way over to the crafty side of life where I create more "decorations" and less fine art! Who can blame me though. I had a baby eight months ago so maybe I am still nesting? Oh well! I love it though. The richness of colors and the warmth remind me of the feelings I feel when I visit the temple. I am now working on a series of paintings of Temples that all explore this distressed style of painting, rich with warm colors and various symbols and motifs. More to come soon!!
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