Monthly Archives: October 2011

This was absolutely PRICELESS!!

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On occasion, I will go lay down with one of my kids before they go to sleep and I would make sure they knew how special they are to me. I would say to them, “I just love everything about you” and then I go on to say, “I love your little nose, your little toes, your little eyes, your little cheeks, your little smile, and so on and so on.”
Well, one night, I was laying with Evan and I begin to do the same with him and he got the biggest smile on his face, he was so proud and it was just the sweetest thing. He then reached out and put his little hands and put them up to my face smiling and said, “Aww, mommy, I love everything about you too! I love your BIG eyes, your BIG nose, your BIG head …” Well, by that time I couldn’t hold it in and I just burst out laughing!!! He wasn’t expecting that at all because he was completely serious! :o) Once he saw me rolling around laughing though, it only took seconds before he was cracking up too. It was definitely priceless and one to remember!

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The Poem I Wrote To Encourage My Son To Wear His Glasses.

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My 2nd book was just released today on the kindle!! :o) I posted one of the poems in the book to share. You can click on it and it’ll take you to the book on amazon. It is a funny collection of poems that are questions asked by Mortimer himself. It also has a where’s Waldo appeal as Mortimer is hidden on every page. Can you find him?
The Poem I posted, What if you have to get glasses, I wrote for my 5 year old son that recently had to get glasses and you guessed it, they are Blue!! It really did help with getting him to wear them. Some of the kids in his class decided they wanted glasses after I read it to them. Lol.

A Dose of Good News …

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I’m sure many of you can relate when I say that I would really love to turn on the television and hear some good news for a change … This is the reason I, for the most part, choose either not to watch TV (other than my favorite shows I DVR of course ) or to watch cartoons with the kids vs turning on the news. Through this blog, I’d like to be able to post a dose of good news every so often so if anyone feels compelled to share something great, please do it here.  I feel that when you are surrounded by so much negativity it really seems to have a lasting effect on your everyday life and those around you. What if … every morning when turned on the television we saw something great happening in the world? (There are great things happening everyday, we just don’t hear about it as often as we do the bad) Our whole outlook on life would begin to change. Instead of waiting on the next BAD thing to happen, we would be looking forward to the GOOD things God has in store for us. I’ll end this post with the corny but true saying “Don’t worry, be happy now!”

Here is a copy of an article I found on the Los Angeles Times website by Eryn Brown. I’ve listed the link below.  It is about a cancer breakthrough which is wonderful news.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/11/health/la-he-0811-cancer-therapy-20110811

‘Huge’ results raise hope for cancer breakthrough

In early results from a clinical trial, genetically engineered T cells eradicate leukemia cells and thrive. Two of three patients studied have been cancer-free for more than a year.

A microscopic image shows two T cells binding to beads, depicted in yellow,… (Dr. Carl June / Penn Medicine)
August 11, 2011|By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times

In a potential breakthrough in cancer research, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have genetically engineered patients’ T cells — a type of white blood cell — to attack cancer cells in advanced cases of a common type of leukemia.

Two of the three patients who received doses of the designer T cells in a clinical trial have remained cancer-free for more than a year, the researchers said.

Experts not connected with the trial said the feat was important because it suggested that T cells could be tweaked to kill a range of cancers, including ones of the blood, breast and colon.

“This is a huge accomplishment — huge,” said Dr. Lee M. Nadler, dean for clinical and translational research at Harvard Medical School, who discovered the molecule on cancer cells that the Pennsylvania team’s engineered T cells target.

(the rest of the story to be found at the link above)

The reason I decided to pursue writing for children …

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I have always had an extensive imagination. At a young age, I was able to convince my classmates that I had traveled to Earth by way of an enormous bubblegum slide from an undiscovered candy-coated planet. I am now 34 years old and my imagination is far from tame! After going through what I did with my Evan, I was forced to quit working as a realtor and I began to pursue my passions in life, those being photography and writing/illustrating children’s books. I just recently independently published my first book which is available on amazon, barnes and noble, & smashwords. My book, Mortimer’s Sweet Retreat, is doing great thus far on amazon and locally. My second book is also just about ready to be submitted as well. I feel that God gave me this talent for a reason and I woke up one day knowing why this happened with Evan. I feel that God wants me to share his story with the world. Here is the poem I wrote which will be included on my author page of my next book in hopes of spreading my story to a larger group of people.

My answer as to why?
by: Mandi Tillotson Williams
I woke up this morning with a really clear view.
My answer as to “Why?” I hope you see it too.
Several years ago, I had a two pound baby boy
12 weeks premature… I felt anything but joy.
He wasn’t doing well, his life was hanging by a thread
Not knowing why this happened, my heart was filled with dread.
The doctors said he may not walk, his brain was full of blood
He wouldn’t learn, he may not talk, none of this was good.
I sat and wrote that very day, an email to my friends
Asking all of them to pray and then to please hit send.
Within a week, to my surprise, I had an inbox full of letters
Strangers sending hope our way, praying he’d get better.
They sent him home after 73 days but again, with not much hope
We had no clue of what may happen on this scary uphill slope.
On this day, he’s five years old and no one would never know.
He’s doing great, he’s really smart. He’s anything but slow.
As I said before, I woke today with an answer as to “why?”
I came to my desk to try and type and then began to cry.
My child was saved so I’d spread the word of what Jesus did for me.
I feel that’s why I rhyme so well. I want all the world to see.
Something big will come of this, I can feel it in my heart.
For now I’ll spread to my home town, but I know it’s just a start.

Preemie Story … Evan today. (Part 4)

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Today, my Evan is 5 years old and doing amazingly well. He is extremely smart despite what the doctor said to me. He is already reading BOOK 7 in his kindergarten class and the first report card hasn’t even come home yet! He not only can walk and talk, he is playing baseball, can swim like a fish and is learning extremely well in school. He does wear little blue glasses which everyone seems to love and he has asthma at times when he comes down with an illness (Non preemie babies have these issue though too so it may not even be preemie related) Looking at him, you would never know he was premature. He is one of the tallest kids in his class now which seems crazy to me being that he started life so small. Here is a pic of him now.

My Preemie Story … Words really do hurt. (Part 3)

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I will never forget the harsh words spoken to me while my son was struggling for his life in the NICU.  I had just found out that Evan needed more blood and another spinal tap so of course as I mother I was upset and just needed some encouraging words, instead I got just the opposite. I asked the doctor that was watching over Evan during the holidays (she was covering for his regular doctor) one question, “Please tell me if you think there is a chance he will be OK” She got annoyed with me and said, “Well, if you’re asking me if he’s going to be a rocket scientist, NO. If you are asking me if he could live a normal healthy life, he may, I just don’t know.” I hung up and cried and cried because of those words. Evan is 5 now and he may just prove her wrong…

My Preemie Story … Prayers Heal. (Part 2)

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After our horrible meeting with the doctors and finding out that my baby was not only small and fragile, he also had a bleed in his brain on both sides which at any moment could worsen and he could quite possibly die. I was devastated by the news we were given so that night I sat down at my computer and wrote an email to send to everyone I knew asking then to pray for him and then to forward on. In the email, I included the pic of him below and asked if anyone got the email and prayed for him that they please let me know so that I could put my mind at ease a little. Well to my surprise, within one week, I had gotten over 400 emails from people (many of which I did not know) from all over the country and even over seas! I KNOW this is what helped my child and I made a promise to God that if he would save my baby, I would tell everyone I could about my miracle story and I intend to do just that.

THANK YOU GOD FOR THE GIFT (MY LITTLE MIRACLE).

My Preemie Story … Evan’s NICU stay (part 1)

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I decided to start this blog because I want to share my stories with the world. I have many different types of stories I’d like to share with you, the first being the birth story of my youngest child. He is my little miracle child and I am so thankful to have him. He was born at only 28 weeks gestation and weighed 1356 grams. He had a rough 73 day stay in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Shands but thanks to the many prayers, he has overcome many obstacles with flying colors. He had a Grade III intraventricular hemorrhage in his brain which we found out about when he was a week old. The doctors sat us down for a meeting and let us know what to expect in the coming days, years, etc. Needless to say, the news was not good. We were told he may not walk or talk and his chances were extremely high that he’d have brain damage or cerebral palsy and he would also have difficulty learning. During his stay he also had 4 blood transfusions, 2 spinal taps, hernia surgery, a hole in his heart, pneumonia and staph from the vent along with all the other preemie baby issues (apnea, brady’s, feeding intolerance, etc). He was sent home after 73 day in NICU with a heart monitor. (Any of you that have had one of these knows how loud they can be, It’s like having a house alarm go off right beside your bed!) After bringing him home, he still had trouble breathing and eating at the same time and at least 3 times a day, he’d turn blue during his feedings which was extremely scary for me but it quickly became a normal part of my day. Preemie babies have a hard time remembering to breathe while they suck whereas breathing comes naturally to us. I am attaching some pics of him at this time.