Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

January Top Five #1 - Girls' Night Out

As I mentioned in a previous post, each month I am challenging myself to scrap my Top Five (photos or stories or events) from the previous month. (Thanks for the INSPIRATION Jo!)

I created this first layout, Girls' Night Out, because I wanted to record the story of the night I spent with Mama in the hospital after she had surgery early in January. (She's recovered and doing great now!) I didn't have any photos to go along with this story, but I found a photo of the hospital online that I could include.

Here's the story: When Mama called to ask if I’d stay overnight with her after her surgery in early January, I (of course) said yes. I arrived at the hospital around 10 am the Thursday morning she was scheduled for surgery. She and Daddy had already been there for a couple of hours and were still waiting for her turn. The surgeon arrived to check for any pre-surgery questions shortly after, and they wheeled Mama off for surgery. A couple of hours later, the surgeon came out & let me and Daddy know that things had gone fairly well. Mama was assigned to a room on the maternity ward, where she arrived in the early afternoon. The next four hours or so were busy as nurses were in and out hooking up the IV, checking her medical history (again), administering medications, checking vitals, etc. Then things slowed down a little . . . but not much. Every two or three hours a nurse arrived to check vitals or give meds or reload the IV machine which had started beeping. Actually it beeped all the time, but it got louder when it was empty! After two trips back to the house for things Mama needed, Daddy headed home for the night late that evening. Around 9 pm, Mama and I both fell asleep . . . until the nurse was back in at 11 pm . . . then midnight . . . then 2 am. The hospital room was somewhat small and the nurses often ran into the end of the hospital bed or chair/couch I was on. After apologizing for bumping into my makeshift bed (to which I replied, “no problem”), the young nurse that came in sometime in the early morning to check Mama’s blood pressure (again) and empty the bag at the end of the catheter (again) apologized for having to wake her again. Mama said it was ok. The nurse replied, “Y’all sure are being nice about everything.” I had to smile when Mama replied, “Oh, we’re having a Girls’ Night Out just the two of us!” I laughed & said, “Yep, just some good old mother/ daughter bonding time.” Of course, we were both exhausted and Mama was in pain (or feeling no pain because of the morphine drip maybe), but it totally makes me smile to think that we were able to joke and make the best of the situation. 

However, I do hope our future Girls’ Night Outs don’t include a hospital or a beeping IV machine or being awakened every two hours!


This is the first layout I've completed for our 2015 chronological album! Have you scrapped any of your 2015 photos or stories yet?

14 comments:

Ellyn said...

you're such a sweet daughter. nope, I haven't scrapped a thing. but that doesn't surprise you, does it?

Cheri said...

Not my idea of a fun girls night out. And having been there recently, I can say that the hospitals really need to work on their middle of the night activities. One thing humans need to heal is SLEEP! Seems they could monitor vitals remotely somehow... and blood work could wait until morning... and IV fluid bags could be bigger... or hang two and have the machine automatically switch to the second when the first is empty...

Susanne said...

Well, bless her and you both for the good attitudes. I hope she is fully recovered by now. I have done some 2015 scrapping, but mostly just pictures into pockets. That counts right?

Ruth said...

What a great story for a scrapbook page ... I'm glad to hear Mama is on the mend.

scrappyjacky said...

I'm glad you could see the funny side of it.

Alison said...

Great idea to use a picture you found online to use ...and glad to hear your mama is doing well! Xx

alexa said...

That's a beautifully bright page, Melissa, which really mirrors they way you and your mama were able to make a difficult experience a little lighter. She is lucky to have you :).

Sian said...

Okay, I'm reading backwards here, so I have to "like" this one too. All of that story makes it a winner of a page

Sandy Trefger said...

Love this! Not a fun night at all but a wonderful sharing of the story! I spent many nights at the hospital with my Mom.

Missus Wookie said...

So glad that Mama is feeling better. Lovely bright page and great story to capture. Hope you and Mama get a fun girls' night out soon.

MonicaB said...

So glad that Mama is doing better. Not a fun night but I think it's wonderful you made a page for the memory.

I haven't scrapped anything. I don't think I will get any done until this summer when my classes are over.

Karen said...

Glad things have improved, and it's a good story to have recorded. It will be awhile until I get to the 2015 stories.

Becky said...

That's a great layout. Glad that your Mom so doing well now.

Sandra said...

I'm so glad you scrapped this story even without a photo taken on the day. It's so worth documenting