Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Closing 2012 With A Positive

My 2012 final project

I spent New Year's Eve crocheting. I didn't want to have to follow a pattern-didn't have the brain for it that day so I relied on my old faithful Granny square. I can just about make anything with a Granny square so I found some nice bright yarn and went to work. I wanted to finish the year on a positive note. 

When the toboggan was finished I decided to try some texting or fingerless gloves. I had made several pairs for some of the granddaughters several months ago but they had been made following patterns and I wanted to try to create with the good ol' Granny square for them also. It worked. 

This set, along with any others I can get done, will be put in a basket at Norton Cancer Research Institute in Louisville for patients in treatment for cancer. 

You see, my son, Rick is being treated for lung cancer there and he is doing so well I am trying to kind of pay ahead. I appreciate so how much better he is getting. The first treatment he had there, I saw a basket on the nurse's station counter and being the nosy, curious, old cat that I am, I asked what it was there for. It is for donations for patients. I can do that. I can make things that give comfort. I can pray for that person. 

The beautiful colors might help lift someone's spirit, help make them feel better. I hope so. There are also some blue yarns laying here for another hat. I can't give any direction for crocheting other than this hat has 4 [5"} Granny squares that were crocheted together to create a ring. Make adjustments up or down for smaller or larger hat. Crochet in dbc around the top of ring, decreasing in each row until the top is enclosed. [I told you I can't give any directions-I just crochet until it looks ok and fits-mostly trial and error]. Same 4 Granny squares were made for the texting mitts. crocheted together along the outside of the hand, 3 single crochet chain at regular intervals at top of mitt for fingers. I could show you easier than I can explain.  

I've written two other posts today dealing with critically ill children, Gavin and Emma, that I have been part of praying for and they are doing well. I had to pass the good news along. Please be praying for the continued healing for Rick, I know that is what is responsible for him doing so well as it is for Gavin and Emma. 

God bless these and all the others in treatment for cancer. 
Carolyn Wainscott


Cancer-Leukemia-dreaded, horrifying diagnosis-especially in a child.
Another child a lot of us have been praying for is Gavin. Gavin's Journey is his Facebook page that gives us updates on his treatment. Some days are good, some not so good. A couple of days ago we were asked to pray for him because he was having such a horrible day, so much discomfort and pain-poor little man. Then yesterday a word of thanks because he was doing better and our prayers were being heard and working-he was having a much better day.
Then this morning his xrays were posted for all of us to see. There is such improvement from the initial xray that showed the tumor in his right lung. The tumor has shrunk dramatically-GLORY!!
The photo on the right was taken in June. This morning the one on the left was taken showing the tumor gone. So great!
It wasn't in my plans today to write anything but when I read this, I just couldn't not share this good news.
 Here is an earlier post about Gavin with his photo to show you how precious he is:
 He has been a trooper through all this but there are some days it's so overwhelming for him and I know it is heartbreaking for his family. I'm sure they would rather this be them than him.
Here is Gavin's prayer quilt-another of my "stitched prayers":
Please help us continue praying for Gavin and for Emma that I told you about in a previous post. They and lots of other children are in a fight for their lives. 
God bless these children and all of you
Carolyn Wainscott


It's hard to realize it has been almost 2 years ago that our women's online Bible study group received the prayer request from a grandmother for her gravely ill granddaughter, Emma. It touched all our hearts and since I am so thankful that all my great, grandchildren are healthy and well I made Emma a prayer quilt and sent it. No, I don't know the family but the photo of the child put all of us praying for her recovery. 

Here is the link to the post I wrote about her at the time with link to the how to video as I worked on it:
I call these my stitched prayers because I pray as I stitch so each stitch is a prayer for healing. 

On Christmas Day, 2012, I opened my emails to find this update from Pat, Emma's grandmother, who had requested our prayers with photos and update on Emma:

Emma was diagnosed with ALL – leukemia in June, 2010. The day she was diagnosed she could have died with the nosebleed that was massive – her platelet counts were very low. A week in the hospital getting her stabilized. Then a week at home when she then developed a fever and was rushed by ambulance back to UNC Pediatric Oncology – an hour and a half away. It was a staph infection at the site of the bone marrow biopsy. We found out this past week that she could have died during that time because of the combination of the staff and the chemo.
The photo on the right was taken in May, 2011. The photo on the left is this past November at Disney World, a treat given to her and her family by Make-a-Wish Foundation. She is with her favorite princess – Rapunzel.
The doctor is amazed that she has grown as much as she has during treatment. We are all amazed and blessed by this little girl who is smart, polite, courteous, and fun to be around – not just because we are her grandparents.
Your prayers have been the mightiest medicine of all. You cannot know how much we appreciate your prayer warrioring for this child of God and her family.
May God bless each and every one of you today and always. And may this Christmas be filled with joy and the love of Christ.
Faith is not a sense, nor sight, nor reason, but simply taking God at His Word. Christmas 

Isn't this wonderful? It was a different Christmas for my family this year. We have lost both my husband and his brother several months ago to cancer so reading this on Christmas Day helped a great deal.

God bless all of you, especially you, little Emma
Carolyn Wainscott