Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sleeping is proving challenging....

During the night that is. Seems that my anti-biotic, coupled with the pain pills I'm on cause insomnia. So, my days and nights are all switched around. Thanks for those of you who continually call in and check on me. I am still in pain, and I get tired very easily but since Tues. I do have to say I think I'm 1% better (how's that for optimism). Just wanted to touch base to ask you to keep the prayers coming. They are much felt and appreciated.

Hoping to be above par soon,

Heather Rice

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Verse that inspired me today....

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Still in much pain on my side, praying that the antibiotics will kick in soon.

Coveting all prayers,
Heather Rice

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Choosing to look at the positive side...

Regarding yesterdays ER visit. I got right in, didn't have to wait. Really nice nurse, Esther who empathized with my pain and got me drugs REALLY quickly. Nothing says lovin' like a shot of Dilaudid. Had xrays and CT scan. Both times the person who was my transport person to/from xray's name was Blessing. He was too.

CT scans noted small area of fluid buildup under the diaphraghm. My regular Dr. called me late last night to discuss the test findings. After discussing my specific case with the interventional radiologists all seem to think that the area of concern (1 x 2 CM) is too small to try to drain surgically.

I've been put on a strong course of antibiotics, which I'm praying will dissolve the fluid, thus eliminating the pain. Of course I have been given something to take the edge off too. And let me tell ya, there IS an edge.

I'm thankful that it wasn't more serious. Sometimes, I have the tendency to expect the worse given my past medical history over the last year. But, God is faithful, HE hears your prayers so keep em' coming will ya!

Oh, and another added bonus I had 4 nurses oohing and ahhing over my Luke pendant. They all took my business cards and said they'd be calling to place an order.

So, who said a trip to the ER is ALL BAD??? It's REALLY GOOD FOR BUSINESS~


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ER....the real life version

UPDATE: as of 9:35pm tonight...I just spoke to my regular Dr. and he said he's reviewed the films from my CT scan today. It looks like the area of concern, is so small that surgery at this point is not the best course of action. A 3 wk round of antibiotics IS. So, tomorrow I start with medication. No more visits to the hospital are in the cards, unless for some reason things should get worse while on medication.

I visited the ER today. A constant nagging pain on my left side (side that I had all my bariatric surgery stuff on) lead me to the hospital. A few hours, an IV, 3 Dilaudid pain shots, xrays and a CT scan revealed: an abcess under my diaphragm with inflamation and fluid build up (pleural effusion). I was discharged with instructions to go see my regular Dr. tomorrow. So, that's the plan. Possible hospital admission tomorrow to drain fluid. Will know more after tomorrow's "exciting" visit.

Thank you for your prayers. Thanks Amorette for watching Luke. I owe you big time.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

IT'S 4 THE KIDS charity....


I'm SO excited to announce that I am partnering with my good friend Michelle Brownlow (My Semblance Of Sanity) and Mimi Avery (Take My Life...Already Your's). They've created a wonderful charity called: It's 4 The Kids


It's 4 The Kids is a team of artists who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children with cancer. Through our passion and our love for these "Cancer Kids," we are inspired to create beautiful pieces of artwork to raise money for the human side of cancer. There are many avenues to raise money for research. So, whether it is helping a family in a financial bind, making a wish come true, footing the bill for a concert on hospital grounds or just spending time doing a craft with some kids getting chemo, the fundraising we do on this site is from the heart and it's 4 the kids!

I am switching my 10% of ALL sales giving from my previous charity, the Haitian Orphanage (by the way Faith Creations donated $429.68 to them since 2/20/08) TO It's 4 The Kids. As of today, I've already accumulated $37.30 for them. Thank you to all of you who've bought jewelry from me in the past and continue to be faithful customers. Not only are you supporting my business but, now you are also helping "cancer kids".

I know the Lord is smiling down upon us and is flourishing both my business and Michelle's charity. If you didn't already know, Michelle is a very talented artist as well. She has been blessed with the talents of drawing, painting and children's book illustration. Check our her personal blog by clicking on the link My Semblance Of Sanity to your left.

Please pass along our links if you feel so led. We'd both love maximum exposure with those who share our mutual passion for helping others. Thank you.

Designing for a Purpose,
Heather Rice
Owner/Faith Creations, LLC.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sending bubbles your way Dad...

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Tim. 4:7

Dad, today marks 11 years since you went to heaven. So many events have occurred since you went to see Jesus. I miss you and think of you often. I was reflecting on some life events that I wished you'd gotten to see: Me getting married, you meeting our sweet Luke, me lose 85 lbs., me start my own business and be successful at it, us go to church together and talk about spiritual things, Brooke's wedding, meeting your grand daughter Emery, us build a house, there are many more things that I wish you could have been a part of. I know that you are in a far better place. Selfishly, I just wish you hadn't gone away so soon. In memory of you this morning I explained to Luke that Grandpa needed to see some bubbles up there in heaven so he sent some your way. I hope you caught them and know how much we love you and miss you. There are a couple special friends of mine that have gone to heaven too. If you could please find Charles and Carol Ann tell them we love and miss them too. You will find great friends in them. They will both make you laugh, because they have great senses of humor. Thank you for what you contributed to 24 years of my life. I am convinced that so many of my talents that God blessed me with are the same one's that He gave you. For example, people tell me that I'm good at marketing my jewelry "creations"....You were fabulous at PR, so thanks for setting the standard high. Always know that you are missed and that you are loved very much down here. We will see you again one day.

I love you Dad,


P.S. Today is my nephew Beau's 3rd birthday. Happy birthday big guy. Can't wait to come to your party.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

NEW WEBSITE....& SPA-licious designs

While my "official" website is still under construction, you can check out this website to view my jewelry creations. In the interim, here are some new designs that I created to go on sale tomorrow at That Elegant Touch Salon & Spa in McKinney, TX. They are funky, chunky designs. All of the pendants have a kitchy phrase on the back as well (sorry, no pic's of that). Hope you like what you see. Let me know if I can create something fun for you. Remember, you can always click on the pictures above to enlarge (wink)! I'd like to thank "Diva" for modeling my creations.

Designing for a Purpose,

Friday, May 16, 2008

Almost summer nights...

Well, it's May. Cool almost summer nights. Time for doodle-buggin, bike riding and time with family. Here are a couple pic's that we took tonight. Hope you enjoy them. There's also one of my new'll give you lots of laughs when you wear it to Starbucks. On a VERY different note, check out this link for all you purse-a-holic's out there (Tammy): Finally, a gift for the gal who has everything.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A boy and his bear....he "wuv's" him....

Today was Luke's last day of school. It was Show-n-Tell day. He took Bear because as he say's, "I wuv him, he's my pave-rit". We'll miss seeing Ms. Peggi and Ms. Kelley every Mon/Wed. but we're going to keep in touch with them. Luke really enjoyed being in their class this year.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Gosh, I need a tan!

Today was a great Mother's Day. I got to spend it with my Mom, Luke, Jason and The Diva's, of course.
I want to wish all the Mother's out there a happy day. Sis, I tried to call you but kept getting vm. I hope you had a wonderful day. Wish we could have spent it together.
Love to all,

Friday, May 09, 2008

Meet "The Divas"....

One of Luke's many girlfriend's.

Question: How many redhead's can one family have?

Answer: There can never be enough.
With that being said, meet "THE DIVA'S". Hot off the runway mannequin factory in NY City, these hip chicks are the latest additions to the Faith Creations, LLC. family.
Not only are they skilled at makeup and eyelash application, they are sassy AND suave. They are very low-maintenance chicks, always have a smile on their face, and don't suffer from PMS. The perfect co-worker's. Oh, and most importantly they showcase my jewelry beautifully (in my humble opinion).
There is one problem. They arrived without birth certificates so, I need YOUR help naming the Diva Trio. Please submit your idea's via the comments section and I'll pick my favorite.
Stay tuned.... more Haute designs coming soon!

Designing for a Purpose,
Heather Rice
P.S. As you can see, Luke already has his favorite Diva.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Think again....

Look who tried to make off with my new flip flops. I figure it was probably because they go so well with his outfit.
Close, but no cigar son!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Flip Flop Fanaticism....

Those of you who know me well, know I'm a flip flop fanatic. So, I thought I'd share a few of my recent purchases with you. Anything rhinestone encrusted or with leopard spots is a hit in my book. If you've never worn Yellow Box brand flip flops you are missing the most comfy, squisy sandal you'll ever wear. They even beat Croc's.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Something fresh....a new design

Faith Creations has kept me busy, busy these last few weeks. Not complaining, it's a HUGE blessing. For the better part of today, I did design work for some new pendants. Here is one of three new designs. Let me know what you'll have to check back for more soon. The artwork can be changed around to different colors if you like what you see, but want it in
Designing for a Purpose,
Heather Rice