{me time} dad ~ family is everything



My name is Shanna. Remember me?


I’m the crazy mom, no real grasp on life, but people think I do, 3 little toddlers who are 1, 2 and 3 (soon to be 2, 3, 4 in the coming months…).

Did that jog your memory at all??

I’m sorry to have been gone so long. Not a very nice friend and certainly not very professional of me.

I had a reason though.

It starts back the Monday after Thanksgiving…well actually it starts back last August.  My sweet dad had a minor accident while out riding horses and gathering cattle with friends.  It caused him to have some bleeding in his brain. After a short hospital stay, everything seemed to be healing, and while it would be painful, should resolve in a full recovery over the weeks to follow.

Good News!!

Yea, not so much.

You know when you get a scab on your knee, and it breaks open. Then the wound starts to bleed all over again? Yea. Something like that happened.

So the Monday after Thanksgiving our family waited anxiously to hear what Dad’s doctor had to say. Later that afternoon, he was admitted back to the hospital and scheduled for brain surgery the following day.

READ THIS NEXT PART ONLY IF YOU HAVE A GOOD STOMACH. Otherwise scroll down and re-join….

The surgery involved making an incision almost from ear to ear over the top of his head, peeling down the top half of his forehead/face, and inserting tubes to drain the blood and relieve the pressure that was causing his motor functions to slow and fail. (OK, that is just a little nerve racking!!)


My mom and I waited at the hospital the next evening, and were relieved to hear he had pulled through well and would be in ICU for a couple days, and home soon after.


Not so much.

Unfortunately, the next few days brought on scary seizure moments, and more blood to drain than first anticipated.  9 days later my sweet Dad, was allowed to go home.  Being the super trooper he is, he jumped right back into life, and most wouldn’t even know he had had brain surgery!  Thankfully for the season, he walked around most days wearing a Santa hat :-) Gotta love him! We were all able to enjoy the holiday season together with barely a hiccup.

All that to say that a family event like that shakes you up a little.  Silly as it seems, it was like watching Grey’s Anatomy. Except the patient goes in for a routine procedure, and the next thing you know they’re dead on the operating table.  It’s the unknown and the “what if” that makes it so scary. (Well that and the whole face peeling thing…)

So December became about family for me. My own little family, my bigger family, and the holidays.  I had absolutely nothing to give on the blog, because my brain was fully engrossed in life and our family, and enjoying each day.  Life is short, WAAAY too short sometimes you just never know what might happen.  My family is far and beyond my MOST FAVORITE THING in the WHOLE WORLD! And I’m so thankful to have them ALL here and so close to me.

But I’m back, and ready to post again. Thank you so much for your patience, and for understanding that my family will always be first in my life. Let’s start enjoying the New Year and find some fun, new FAVORITES!

All the best!

19 thoughts on “{me time} dad ~ family is everything”

  1. Good for you for taking this time for yourself and thank god your dad is doing better. Big hugs to you all and we’re all gonna be here when you’re ready to post again!!!
    ps- Family is my most favorite thing in the whole world too! xoxoxo

  2. There is nothing more important than family! I am glad your dad is doing well. I just had an old high school friend go through the same thing, he was the one having a brain surgery. Glad to have you back! Happy New Year!


  3. So glad you were able to take the time to be with family. As a person who has lost both parents, I can tell you that you will never regret the time you give to them while they are here on this earth. Enjoy every last phone call, hug, letter, moment, breath, because it is all so precious and can be gone in an instant.

  4. Family first as it should be, they are the most important thing in our lives! So glad to hear your dad is doing well after all that! Happy new year:-)

  5. I am so glad to hear he is better…family is not only a favorite everything but just simply EVERYTHING!

    Wishing your entire family a healthy happy 2012 and I am so happy to see you back!

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad but I’m so relieved to know that he’s doing better! That’s wonderful that you were able to spend so much time with him and all of your family! That’s especially important when things like this happen and also around the holidays. God bless to you and yours!

  7. SO glad to hear your dad is okay – what a scary ordeal! Makes us appreciate every moment with our loved ones. We’ve missed you!

  8. Wow!!!! Super scary!!!! I’m so glad that he’s doing better. It always slaps things back into perspective- priorities are with your family- ALWAYS!

  9. God bless you and your family and especially wrap his arms around your dad. I’ve missed your blogs, but you take all the time necessary to be with your family and loved ones.

  10. Sorry to hear about your dad, but its so good to hear he is doing better! You have a wonderful family and its great that you were able to spend time together and focus on whats really important in life. Welcome back to the blogging world and best wishes for an amazing 2012!

  11. What a scary month you had! & what a relief that he is much better. Modern medicine is a marvel. How wonderful of you to take time for you family. Indeed, Family is EVERYTHING and should be our priority. Happy New year to you!!

  12. I’ve been thinking about you and I was so thankful your dad is doing so well. You have been missed, but you’re right, family is what it is all about. Hope to see you sometime soon!


  13. I’m so happy to hear he is doing better! Glad you were able to take some time and enjoy your family. XO

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