Just another WordPress.com site

Archive for August, 2012

Pre-Shop the Auction Items for the Benefit on Sunday

Here is a list that was sent to me this morning.  This shows all of the auction items that have been received so far.  I know that there are still a few more out there, so if we are missing an item, let us know as soon as possible!!

Here’s the list for your shopping pleasure!  The items in bold type will actually be auctioned off Live.  Everything else is by silent auction.

Thank you everyone for your generosity.  Have fun shopping!!!!




1 Handcrafted Ladies’Fine Silver (.999) Link Bracelet
2 Handcrafted pure Copper Bracelet in 4-in-1 chainmaille design Bracelet  
3 Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set of Freshwater Pearls and Rose Quartz  
4 All Natural Beeswax Candle by Yankee Candle “Take the Cake” aroma  
5 1 Custom-made Adult Hula Hoop with either personal instruction OR a Hoop Party for your friends. Wendy will bring hoops for your friends  


1-Day Shallow Water Adventure Fishing Charter w/

Capt. Noel Guerrero Hunting for Redfish with artificial lures

7 Round of Golf for 4 w/Cart Tues-Sun after 1pm (A)  
8 Round of Golf for 4 w/Cart Tues-Sun after 1pm (B)  
9 $25 Gift Certificate for a Cheesecake from Jama’s Lunch Box Cafe  
10 Handmade Scrap Quilt in “Hugs & Kisses” Pattern. Animal and floral print with black & whites. Backing is black on white starburst, and binding is black & white stripe. 54” x 57”—a perfect snuggle size!


11 Framed photograph (15 ½” x 21 ½”) of White Pelicans by Cissy Beasley of Coast and Cactus Photography. Taken early morning on Oct. 24, 2011 at Port Aransas Birding Center. (www.coastandcactus.com)  
12 One Night Stay at Angel Rose Bed & Breakfast 1881 Victorian House

902 E Cornwall Rockport, TX

13 Two Night Stay at The Hampton Inn Portland 1705 N. Hwy 181 Portland, TX with a Round of Golf for 2 at North Short Country Club  
14 One Night Stay in Spa Suite at Best Western Plus North Shore Inn in Portland. Includes Champagne and Strawberries Plus a Round of Golf for 2 at North Shore Country Club, inclulding cart  
15 White Handblown Glass Bowl from Wimberley Glassworks 2011  
16 Galle French Glass Vale (reproduction) with Backstory  
17 Necklace of Multi-colored Magnesite with Amethyst and Quartz accents and 4 pairs of coordinated earrings  
18 Antique Glass Cake Stand with Etched Lid  
19 Ship’s Clock and Barometer  
20 14K Gold Hoop Earrings  
21 “Wildlife in Focus IV” Hardcover Book 172 pages. The Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest Conservation Edition  
22 “Nascar Chronicle” Hardcover Book 512 pages by Greg Fielden  
23 “Creature” Hardcover Wildlife Photography Book with no disctracting backgrounds by Andrew Zuckerman  
24 Telescoping Gutter Cleaning Wand by Orbit  
25 Car Emergency Kit with Reflectors, Tools, Jumper Cables, Cloth and Instructions  
26 Wood Clock, battery operated  
27 Confederate General Resin Statue  
28 Framed Print signed by Charles Popo Crosby (Parrot)  
29 Framed Print signed by Charles Popo Crosby (Pair of Parrots)  
30 Grandparents’ Bucket of Books  
31 $50 Gift Certificate at Boiling Pot Restaurant

Fulton, TX (001)

32 $50 Gift Certificate at Boiling Pot Restaurant

Fulton, TX (002)

33 $50 Gift Certificate at Boiling Pot Restaurant

Fulton, TX (021)

34 Framed Sailboat Watercolor Print 434/1000 22 ½” x 26 ½”  
35 9” x 13”Cheesecake w/Naming Rights for 1 year with signage in restaurant  
36 Yard Décor (Windsock, Windwheel, Garden Flag)  
37 Mini Pecan Pies  
38 Art Print “Rooster”  


Train Cake (Baked fresh Saturday)  
40 128 pc Crescent Mechanic’s Tool Kit  
41 Oil painting from Germany (1)Beautiful oil painting by Thomuz, a Dutch painter. This painting shows a typical German farmhouse in Bavaria with living quarters for the animals below and space for the family above. Notice the flower boxes and geraniums on the balcony, another typical German tradition in the spring and summer months. Behind the farmhouse is a tall church. Painting was brought back from Germany in 1985.  
42 Oil painting from Germany (2)Sailboat on European lake, probably in Bavaria, by the Dutch painter Thomuz. Notice the mountains in the background, probably low Alps. Painting was brought back from Germany 25 years ago.  
43 (1)

Beautiful Grimm Bros “Mother Holle” Fairy Tale Art poster with title written in German, English, French, and Swedish.

44 (2) Beautiful Grimm Bros. “Little Red Cap” Fairy Tale Art Poster with the title written in German, English, French and Swedish.  
45 (3) Beautiful Grimm Bros “Frog King” Fairy Tale Art Poster with title written in German, English, French and Swedish.  
46 (3) Beautiful Grimm Bros “Snow White” Fairy Tale Art Poster with title written in German, English, French and Swedish.  
Watercolor Painting (1)  
Watercolor Painting (2)  
4 Ballroom Dance Lessons  
$ Gift Certificate Macaroni Grill  
Sunset Cruise on the Island  
 GSWaterford China ( 1 pc)
 Small Stained Glass Angel
 One Piece Religious Art
 Wire Sculpture of Cowboy playing Guitar

A Thousand Years….

Benefit for Paul!!

A group of wonderful, amazing people have organized a benefit on our behalf! These folks have been working tirelessly for weeks collecting an INCREDIBLE assortment of auction items like a guided fishing trip, golf outings, hotel accommodations, jewelry, art and LOTS more! Not only that, there will also be a Musical Review from 3 to 4 featuring some of our most TALENTED friends!! Paul will be playing his sax and he and I will also be singing a duet together!! Admission is FREE so bring your family and friends and grab some of these great auction items and support my wonderful husband in his journey to recovery from this awful disease! Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!



3 Times a Charm

I have been struggling the last week or so with the notion that we are heading back into battle. The “Summer of Love and Fishing” is over with the return of our son Daniel from time spent with his father. It went pretty fast and the move ate up a lot of our time and energy but it was still a fun time spent together. We certainly haven’t stopped the Love and Fishing with us taking kayak excursions at least once a week if not more. We have enjoyed these things more than I can say. It lifts my heavy heart to see Paul enjoying the outdoors and communing with nature. I would enjoy it more if he actually caught some fish but hey, that seems to be MY job! lol! And what a good sport he is when I smoke him! I know he likes to hear me squeal every time I bring one in!

But these last several days I really fell into a funk. It seems when I get really scared I just clam up. I hardly speak and that is so not “me”. It’s almost like a rabbit hoping if it’s quiet enough the scary thing will just go away…but in our case it’s not. Even with all the challenges these last 10 weeks Paul has enjoyed a renewed energy and good health. He has been eating well, maintaining his fabulous 200 lb. frame and his color is amazing. He looks so healthy! But the fears of what has been going on with no treatments the last 10 weeks terrify me….us…..

He had his baseline PET scan yesterday. We are bracing ourselves for the worst. My biggest fear of course is they are going to say the disease progression is too far gone……but I have serious doubts that’s realistic. If it were at that point he would feel like crap right? He certainly wouldn’t look or feel as good as he does. He keeps telling me “you know, the results ARE going to say it’s spread. But the NEXT PET scan, after I receive some of this treatment,  will show improvement.” Forever the fighter…..

So after a few anxiety attacks, lots of thought, tears and prayer I managed to pull myself out of it. The thing that really did it for me was walking into my church. We are very involved with our church and just love it. Our church families have been such an incredible support to us. The choir takes the month of July off and I usually miss a few church services during that month. I spent a few Sundays working on the new house, unpacking and arranging things. That really didn’t help me emotionally though. I got so caught up in “other stuff” I really suffered. When Daniel came back we attended as a family last Sunday and it felt so good to be back. We have a little Children’s part during the service where Amy, our Youth Ministry Director, sits up front with the kids and does a little bible lesson. She talked about how sometimes we get busy over the summer and miss church and that’s ok but keeping your relationship with God alive is sort of like riding a bike. You may fall off but you pick yourself back up and start again and just keep on pedaling! I am always so amazed to go to church and hear a message that seems to be custom-made for ME.

So when Paul asked me if I wanted to sing the solo he had picked out for me this week and to sing a duet at our fundraiser on Sunday I was all…..Meh  :/  ……….I was pretty deep in my hole, not even wanting to emerge to do something I enjoy so much like singing……and he said he would handle it if I wasn’t up for it but I said no and that we would practice with Kay and Courtney on Wednesday night. Something about walking back into that choir room and working on these 2 beautiful songs did it for me. My spirit was renewed and I left that night much more back to normal that I thought I could possibly be at this point. Music can be such a healing medium.

I am slowly getting built up again for Mondays start of round 3 of treatment. For those that don’t know, Paul will be starting an “off label” study. It includes 3 chemo drugs. It is FDA approved for breast cancer and lung cancer and has shown to be about 33% effective in trials for people with pancreatic cancer. That 33% went into partial or complete remission. The rest of the patients in the trial also showed some improvements (slowing of growth, etc). Those stats may not seem good but with this type of cancer they are GREAT! Paul has done a lot of research on clinical trials and he is very pumped for this one as are his doctors. The VA has approved this treatment and also said they have available clinical trials at Audie Murphy hospital in San Antonio in the event we are not satisfied with the results of this one. As we have said from the beginning, we just want OPTIONS and after many weeks of scrapping and fighting we have them.

I just have to keep giving this to God and trusting that he is going to lead us to the place we need to be. It’s so easy to misinterpret His path. I thought for SURE MD Anderson was the way to go but it just wasn’t. So I just need to trust that this is where we are supposed to be. With all the calls I made and that were made on our behalf, all the pushing and shoving and begging and pleading, screaming and shouting to political figures….it just didn’t happen. I will forever be disappointed and shocked at how all that went down. How the best cancer research hospital in the country wouldn’t help us at all….no recommendation….no assistance financially…..no nothing.

But I just have to trust this is the way it’s supposed to be. That this off label treatment, the 3rd time, will be the charm. We are as ready as we will even be and with so many people standing behind us in prayer, with good thoughts and positive energy we know we can make it.




Tag Cloud