Sunday, February 16, 2014

Why NOT be HAPPY NOW....


This was a FUN weekend. I do love that my son was not really amused that Taylor and I decided to sing in the car. 











I met Taylor at IKEA. I really should come here more often. We had two carts FULL and we mixed my "work" with so much fun. This girl and I are a lot alike. She has the BEST attitude.  She has been divorced now for over a year now.


 It was fun to just spend a day together. It's hard to get these times alone with my kids. She told me something this weekend that kind of shocked me. She said one of her friends who knows our family had commenting on the fact that we are STILL happy. She mentioned that even though Ty has cancer that we are being so positive. Her friend was shocked that we are not all more "sad" or discouraged.  What a eye opener! It opened up our conversation and beliefs. 

Tyler is now day 80 today. He is the most wonderful and strong husband and father. He won't let me post a photo. His hair started to grow back in about two weeks ago. In the last week, his eyebrows and eyelashes have really come in. His hair is almost like fuzz... like a baby is born with. The biggest physical difference I see is this in the last week, his coloring in his face is back. Ty no longer looks so washed out, white and sick. I can see in his face and body that he is looking a bit more like the Ty before the transplant. He tires very easily and simply never complains. Thankfully, he has NO pain now. He still does not have an appetite. I can honestly say he is just 100% positive through this trial. I know his biggest fear is that the transplant did not work. Next month, we will be starting the tests again to see if the transplant and chemo treatments work. I am nervous. However, I have the BIGGEST positive thoughts that it has worked.  I keep telling him this.

So WHY.... NOT be HAPPY? 

 I believe that being positive in our daily life is so important. I live each day with faith and simple gratitude for EACH day. There are NO guarantees in life. I choose to look at the situation with the "good" and not the bad. The "good" was that he was able to have the transplant. His cancer although it is bad... well, it could have been worse. I am working harder each day knowing that I can help with the significant financial loss that his sudden illness has caused. I am so THANKFUL for the way I can serve, help and keep my family going. It is with great thankfulness that I do this. Can I tell you... blessings have been SHOWERED upon each of us. Yes, Heavenly Father does not leave us in our trials. I am HAPPY because I did not loss him suddenly. I told him that I would spend every single day of life helping him and taking care of him. 

My sweet kids. Wow.... I sure love that they are just so POSITIVE in this trial too. They love their dad so much. We all are just talking about DAD getting better. We focus on spending time with each other and remain so close. I know some of you may think... Teresa is just in denial. Maybe you think I don't realize that Ty could pass away from his cancer.  I assure you that I realize this. I would be foolish to not realize how serious his cancer is. My children are very aware of this and what the doctors "PREDICT." We have chosen to face each day as it comes and if our journey takes us in a way that we PRAY it doesn't.... we will be united as a family... with the GREATEST love, appreciation and faith to face it. 

TODAY... yes, TODAY... each day- WHY NOT BE HAPPY????
This was taken at church today. Taylor decided to come to my church ward today. I love this. This girl is a NEW person since her divorce. She told me today that she is so HAPPY with who she is now. I think she kind of lost herself. I know that she blamed herself. She felt judged and honestly, it was HER that judged herself the harshest. She now loves Taylor. Isn't this what we must all learn to do?



I wanted to share the cards that I got on Friday. The cards in the bin are from Tyler and McKay. 

I came home to find this PINK card. My cute and darling husband took out my TC eBosser machine and made the card. He found my punches and punched out the HEART. He used my HERRINGBONE embossing folder. I didn't know he even knew how to do it. I was so in love and touched by his card. Isn't it cute?????


McKay sent us the LARGE heart and she wrote a letter going around the heart. Oh my... I think my eyes got dizzy reading it. I loved it. I simply felt so much thankfulness this VALENTINES for not only my family but my friends. I would truly call all the people I work with.... MY FRIENDS. I go into the office and feel LOVE and at home. So Friday... everyone was sharing treats, cards and just sharing laughter. Thank you friends for making my life even more abundantly blessed. I love you!
I ate a little too much sugar. Oh and chocolate covered strawberries... YUMMY!!!!!!!


This is the WINNER of the HUGE prize giveaway... $400 plus TCD products. I am so excited for you! Please email me at teresa@teresacollinsdesigns. com and I will get your box sent to you right away.




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46 comments:

Lady Fair said...

I love how positive and encouraging you and your family and friends are. Your inner strength and faith are amazing. God bless you and your wonderful family!

Vanessa Heinzer said...

I am so very happy that Ty is getting stronger every day, and that you and your beautiful family have so much love to share. You are all inspiring, and you help me to realize what is and isn't important in this world that we live in. (Be right back, gotta go kiss the hubby! ;-) ) Can't wait to see you in Atlanta! Love from our house to yours!!

Deneen said...

Congrats to the winner!! I don't post much but I do read your posts. I love how happy and positive you and your family are. I am so glad Ty is doing better everyday.

Debbie said...

Congrats to the winner!!!! T you have such faith, I knew it would carry you threw. GOD is good. And Ty using your stuff to make that card,omg.. Priceless...

Debbie

Jennie said...

Congrats to the winner!!! I just love the pictures of you and Taylor. I have worried about both of you girls. I am so glad Ty is not in pain and doing better. People are going to say different things about how each person should be feeling in a situation but until they have gone thru what you, your family and I have had cancer no one knows what goes thru our minds. Just like you said that you take one day at a time and that's the way to do it. Have FAITH pretty lady and give Taylor a hug and tell her I have been thinking about her also. Taylor you are an AMAZING young lady.

gela said...

Negative energy serves no purpose. Keep the faith and happiness flowing.

Jodi said...

Being positive & happy is exactly how facing such an ordeal should be handled...it keeps the morale up for everyone involved. Your husband's card has got to be THE sweetest gift you could receive...what a terrific man.

philippa said...

Hi gorgeous Teresa, oh how I love this post.. it radiates your warm spirit, your love for your family and your fabulous positive attitude. No matter what I always try to be positive and I truly believe it DOES help when we are facing situations that scare us the most. No matter what I always try to find little snippets of happiness every day. This time next week I will have just had a total hip replacement on my left side. This scares me and I am dreading my recovery period when I cannot go and feed my animals or do any gardening (4-6 weeks). You know what is really neat though - this week as I'm feeding my animals or sitting on the ground in the shade under a tree - I am realising how wonderful these tiny things are and am appreciating every second when I'm doing these little things! Wow.. life is wonderful! Love you xxx

Suzanne Javorski said...

When someone offer words of negate such as maybe you're in denial, I'm so glad to hear that you don't sip their kool-aide. You are 100% pure positive. There are people out there with lesser problems than what you're facing who hold themselves hostage to those problems. But you've liberated yourself with your positive vibration. You are such a great inspiration to everyone whether they're in good times or bad. Keep it going! I will continue to keep you and your husband in my prayers and that nothing can come between you and your positive thoughts and your faith. God really is great.......:)

Kelly Jean said...

Don't ever think that anyone is ever thinking you are in denial! There is always hope.amd faith AND MIRACLES. That is what gets us through life. It is believing in these that gets us through life. You are having faith and lobijf your husband and family. One day at a time. And thats all you can do.

Renee S. said...

Wonderful news about your husband! Keep those positive thoughts coming. They seems to be working. You give him so much strength, too. I love the fact that he made you such a special card. That shows his inner strength as well (and his creativity). What a terrific team you make!

carol stoler said...

Teresa you and your family are an inspiration to us all. I believe, like you, that you must find the good in each and every day. While we are aware of the reality of life, I just believe we should be happy and grateful for the good each and every day. When life stinks, you deal with it and move on. When you surround yourself with positive you receive positive and the same is true for negative. We each have our trials in life, it is how we handle them that makes a difference. I hope you and your family know that by sharing your story and the way you choose to deal with it, is such an inspiration to so many others. Thank you!

Ms. Lucie said...

You will never know how inspirational you are to me. I've watched you going through trials in your family, because you are very candid in your blog, and I've been praying for all of you. What you are experiencing is the joy of the Lord, and that is available for all of us!! He is walking by your side as you navigate the turmoils of life. He is your inner strength. We are praying for complete healing and restoration! And in the meantime, we will support you in your business ventures, and through that, with your family's needs. I know I personally buy almost every single product you put out and LOVE it all!!! God had truly given you a vision and a gift and I commend you for your hard work and for the strong sense of family that you highlight every chance you get! Be encouraged and know that we are behind you all the way!!!

hotpotato said...

just love the stunning photo of you and Taylor(she is one pretty lady) taken at your church,.
I always think that fighting cancer is not just about treatment it's about mind over matter.....positive vibes being sent your way. xx

Kari V. said...

I love your positive attitude. You are truly an inspiration! Hugs!

Patricia said...

Hi Teresa! I'm so happy to hear that your family is so strong. I will be saying prayers for your family that your hubby's cancer is gone and the transplant was a complete success! I love your positive upbeat attitude. I'm glad that you had a fabulous weekend. Sometimes you just need to have some fun! :) I lost my mom to cancer in 2008 and then my mother in law in 2013 plus I was diagnosed with Skin Cancer in 2012. Thankfully they were able to surgically remove it completely. You have to live life to its fullest. I don't mean be reckless, but you have to live a happy, complete, satisfying life. You never know when God is going to decide he needs you! Keep up with your positive attitude. I pray that everything turns out for the best for all of you. Thank you for sharing such intimate details of your life with us. ~ Warm Hugs ~ Pat :)

Patricia said...

p.s. CONGRATS to your winner! Thanks for having such an amazing giveaway!

Kim said...

I had to comment today. I rarely comment, but one thing you wrote really hit me. You said "I know some of you may think... Teresa is just in denial". If any of your readers are regular readers they should know you are not in denial. You have been so very open and honest about your feelings since you found out Ty has cancer. You have written multiple times how you have cried and were (and still are) very worried, but you always look at the positive. You are a very, very strong person and a huge inspiration to many of us in so many ways creatively and religously (is that even a word?!!). I am a very religous person but you encourage me to become even more faithful and positive than I already am. I always look forward to your posts and love hearing about you and your family. I want to say thank you for being so honest and keeping all of us who love you updated with your lives. Kim G in Texas

TracyM #6773 said...

I am TOTALLY INSPIRED by you and your family Teresa!!!

YOU are AWESOME - sending warm Aussie {{{hugs}}} to add some HAPPY to your day :)

Grace said...

You and your family are so inspiring. Yes, why can't we live everyday happy. Warm wishes from Hong Kong.

Virginia said...

Wow that is a thought provoking post, one that really makes me think, I too think a positive outlook is the only way to live life and for this I'm grateful for reading your post this morning, it is the balance I needed in my thought process. Sending you the most positive thoughts and know how much you mean to so many people

Hugs

Carmen N said...

I'm surprised at that person's comment. Are you supposed to walk around being depressed all the time? When in reality being upbeat and positive helps the healing process.
I like the card your husband made :)

Krista said...

I love you stories about your precious family. You are truly an inspiration! Your new lines are reflective of your positive spirit. Love them all...! Can't wait to begin working with the new products. THANK YOU..
Krista

michelle said...

One of the first I learn with my cancer journey is that happy people, positive people are the ones you want around you during your journey. I kept those happy positive people around me because they made each day a joy and just what I needed to keep my spirits up and fighting on those oh so tough days of chemo and radiation. That does not mean we did cry together at times but they were just that a moment in time then back to happiness and love.

Ty is doing great his card is oh so special and so proud that he is a fighter we keep him in and you in our prayers.. . . so glad he has you and your family showing him joy love and happiness!

kidzanangel7 said...

What an Awesome giveaway with Amazing products, I am totally excited about this giveaway :) I can't wait to share your new blog and Facebook page with all my friends. Keep making the great products that I love :)

Jessica Buffa said...

You have truly brought me to tears. Tears of joy to see you remaining so positive and embracing life while staying so strong in your faith. I love that Ty made you a card with your machine. ... That had to make you feel so elated to know he believes in you and your work on top of loving you so much. I can only wish abundant blessings to you and your family. Keep embracing the moments and enjoying your family! {{{Hugs}}}

Tracy Steinbach said...

I love your products!!! Congratulations on your blog, I will defently be checking out your posts. And thanks for the wonderful prize package you put together for one lucky person. I am crossing my fingers and toes its me. And even if its not someone will reallyenjoy it. THANKS Tracy

Triana said...

Teresa, I've heard so much about you from one of your employees and I always knew how amazing you were. But, going through a divorce myself, one that shocked me and rocked my world, I feel like your daughter does! Its so nice to know that someone else felt freed and happy with themselves after everything had happened! And my aunt just lost her husband to leukemia and they were very much like you and your family. Happy. Happy through it all! I love having examples like you and your family to know that it's ok. It's what He wants for us! You are such a shining example of how trials and tribulations should be handled and your kids are wonderful examples of that as well!!! Good on you mama!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with the world as well! I know I'm not the only one who enjoys the beauty you create!

IamUniquelyImperfect said...

Congratulations to Anonymous for winning the awesome giveaway. Wow you would think they'd leave an actual name..... Patricia B

Kristi aka Spoiled Scrapper said...

As if you did not make me cry enough on Saturday, Here I go reading this and I am all emotional AGAIN!!!! You are an AMAZING woman with an equally AMAZING family!!!!

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antenucci said...

I've saved this blog post for such a long time, b/c it reminds me that no matter how bad my day seems there are others out there that are having even more to deal with. I am amazed by your attitude and JOY! Thank you for being an inspiration to all.

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