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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Heartfelt

I was reading the paper yesterday and this was on the front page ~
It really pulled at my heartstrings ~

Young cancer patient wants mail on 4th birthday
Julie B. Gilkay, Post-Crescent Media4:26 p.m. CDT September 12, 2014
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Beckett Roerdink has a wish for his fourth birthday: He wants to get mail. Lots of it.
His mother, Melanie, also has a wish for his birthday — that her son, who was diagnosed with an incurable cancer last year, is here to celebrate his fifth birthday.
"He loves mail, so any time he gets mail he gets super excited," Roerdink of Greenville said. "It would just be so awesome if he would just get a bunch of cards for his birthday."
(Send mail to Beckett Roerdink, W6871 Sunnyvale Lane Apartment E, Greenville, WI 54942.)

Little Beckett's family, which also includes dad Kevin, sister Madison, 10, and brother Ethan, 6, are making his birthday Wednesday a cause for celebration. And with good reason. There wasn't much to celebrate last year.
After suffering from a prolonged illness, Beckett underwent testing in April 2013. An MRI revealed something the family hadn't been expecting. Beckett had a large brain tumor. The tumor also had a name: ependymoma.
An ependymoma is the third most common type of brain tumor in children, according to the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation, but they are still relatively rare, with about 200 cases diagnosed in the United States each year.
"Everything changed," Roerdink said.
Days after the diagnosis, the tumor was removed through two surgeries, which had devastating side effects of their own. With the exception of his left hand, Beckett was completely paralyzed and had to face yet another battle — radiation.
Opting for proton radiation with the hope of having a better outcome, the Roerdinks spent two months in Texas for the treatment because of its lack of availability in Wisconsin.
And ever since Beckett has been in therapy — speech, occupational and physical — two to three times a week learning how to walk, talk and do everything preschoolers do.
"Even though he doesn't have the tumor, he has deficits from having the surgery and radiation," Roerdink said.
Beckett wears an eye patch a few hours a day because his cranial nerves have been damaged from the surgery. He recently received inserts for his shoes because his balance hasn't stabilized. He has eye appointments every three months and is returning to Texas later this month to see his oncologist there.
And there is the uncertainty of tomorrow.
Beckett heads to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee every three months for an MRI to check for any tumors or damage to the healthy tissue from radiation. This kind of tumor tends to come back and gets harder to treat, Roerdink said.
"It's a horrible cancer," she said.
There is always that worry, that "scan-xiety," as Roerdink calls it, and living with knowing that the long-term survival rate is five years.
He is due for another MRI Sept. 24.
All of it has taken a toll — emotionally and financially.
Roerdink now works part time so she can take Beckett to all of his medical appointments and therapy sessions. Kevin works full time and overtime. They work opposite schedules so their little guy is always home with a parent. His weakened immunity doesn't allow for anything else. And the family of five is living in a two-bedroom apartment they moved into just after selling their home before this whole cancer nightmare began.
Not that they are complaining.
"We look at everything differently," Roerdink said. "We pretty much live one day at a time and feel beyond blessed. We see things in a whole different light.
"Beckett is the sweetest, most patient boy. You can't not love him. Everyone loves him. He's real easygoing but maybe because he's had no other choice."
With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Beckett's birthday, Roerdink also hopes that their story makes others more aware of the major medical conditions and cancers children face.
"I only have one true wish and that's they find a cure," she said. "And I hope he has many more birthdays."
It's all the more reason that on Wednesday, when Beckett turns 4, his family wants to mark the happy occasion with a celebration at home and hopefully some cards from the community as well.
"Milestones are huge because we didn't even think that we would get through surgery," Roerdink said.
"We have to do something to celebrate because it's a big deal."
So when Beckett blows out the candles on his cake — either "Monsters University" or Mickey Mouse, he hasn't decided which yet — there will be wishes, smiles, likely even a few tears.
And the gift of Beckett.
— Julie Gilkay: 920-993-1000, ext. 319, or jgilkay@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @JulieGilkay
Send a card
Help Beckett Roerdink celebrate his fourth birthday on Wednesday and make his wish come true by sending a card. Mail it to Beckett Roerdink, W6871 Sunnyvale Lane Apartment E, Greenville, WI 54942.
Beckett's story
To follow Beckett Roerdink's progress, visit his Caring Bridge page atwww.caringbridge.org/visit/beckettroerdink. To make a donation, visityoucaring.com and type his name in the search fundraiser function.

Until Next Time
Make a child's wish come true! 
Prim Blessings
Robin

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Road Trip ~ Treasures!!!

Hello Friends!

Well as I said we're home and it's time to unpack and show you some of the treasures I got on our 4 day adventure.

Some I have found places for ~ Some I have not.
Some were gifts & Some were purchased to re-purpose.

Here's what I found ~ and what you've been waiting to see!

(Don't forget you can click on pic to view in larger form)













There were other treasures that I found ~ but didn't take pics of
like ~ watering cans, gas cans, and pails.
You might have seen them in the van pic on road trip day 4.

But my favorite find was ~


isn't she a beauty???


Oh the stories this bike could tell.
I loved that it still had the blocks on the pedals so the child could reach them.
I remember when my Dad did that for us.

If you see something and you want to know what it is ~ just give me a holler!
I'll email you back as long as your not a no-reply blogger.

Thanks for tagging along on our little adventure!!!
I really enjoyed your company!!!

Until Next Time

Do what you Love

Prim Blessings
Robin

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Road Trip Day 4

Today is the last day of our four day adventure.

Oh why does it have to end???

We truly had a blast and found some wonderful shops along the way!!!

On our last day we attend the Elkhorn Flea Market.

This had to be the largest show I ever attended in Wisconsin.
There was 500+ vendors ~ we never got through the whole show before it came to a close at 3:00 p.m.

Let's see what we can find ~








Did you see anything that caught your eye???

(Don't forget to click on pics to view them in larger form!)

Well all good things have to come to an end
it's time to go ~


We're all packed!
We're heading Home!



We're Home Now!!!

If you are interested in attending the Elkhorn Flea Market
Which I highly recommend ~
It was a wonderful show!!!
We're already planning our next adventure!

Find information here~

Until Next Time

It's all in the hunt!

Prim Blessings
Robin





Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day

Everyone!!!


Hope You Have A Star Spangled Day with Family & Friends!!!

Until Next Time

Happy Birthday America!

Prim Blessings
Robin

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Road Trip Day 3

Well here we are again ~
Day 3 of our road trip was our busiest day ~
We tried to get in as many shops as we could before they all closed!

While we were in Lake Geneva we saw a yard sign that said
 BARN SALE TODAY
I'm game ~ Let's go check it out
I'm always up for an adventure!!!

We put the addy into the GPS and away we went!
We giggled all the way there as we were winding down the country roads
saying watch it be a sale on farm machinery.

We were pleasantly surprised ~


(Don't forget to click on the pics to view them in larger form)



We had a ball at this sale and so glad that we went.
Even the kids of the vendors were selling their wares ~ lemonade, soda pop, candy bars, etc...
It was a very hot and humid day so the lemonade was a welcomed pleasure!!!


We bought a few treasures ~  can you tell what some are from looking at the pics???
But I do wish I would of bought some of those barn board stars!!!
Maybe they can send me some!!!

The men take down old worn out barns and make beautiful furniture out of the reclaimed wood.

We found this Awesome sale at ~
W2644 Loveland Rd.
Elkhorn, WI 53121

For more info visit ~
Heritage Beam and Board



or follow them on facebook ~


Well we better keep moving so much to see ~


Our next stop was at Nooks & Crannys
This was a cute little shop in the quaint town of Delafield.


Nook & Crannys
6020 A Milwaukee St.
Delafield, WI 53018

For more info visit here ~


Now we're suppose to go meet Karen from My Colonial Home ~


We better give her a call to let her know we're on our way!!!
While on the phone with Karen she tells me we will be going through a town called Mukwonago as we are heading down highway 83.  There is a shop that we might like to stop at.
Did you say shop???  You bet we'll stop!!!
Wouldn't You?

Here we are ~ DeJa Vu


Oh my gosh Karen ~ This was the best!!!
I could of stayed here all day!!!
Thank-You for telling us about this Awesome shop!


I think I walked around the shop three times and saw something I didn't see before.

Did anything catch your eye???

You can find this lovely shop at ~
Deja Vu
201 S. Rochester St.
Mukwonago, WI 53149

For additional info ~


That was a shop that I would defiantly revisit!
We found lots of goodies at this shop!
Thanks Jody for a fun time!

So sad to leave but we have to keep going ~
We're on our way to meet Karen!
We are meeting her at our next stop ~

Which is Finders Keepers ~

It was great meeting Karen ~ she is such a Sweet person ~ I wish you all could meet her!!!
All three of us had a wonderful time together looking for treasures ~
So much to see in this cute prim shop!!!
The shop keeper Stacy was such a Honey ~
because we were running late she kept the shop open an hour longer for us!
Thanks Stacy!!!


This shop was filled to the brim ~ so much to see in every nook & cranny!


Finders Keepers
204 W Main
Rochester, WI 53167

For additional info visit ~


or follow on facebook ~


Now we headed to Karen's hometown ~ Burlington
for a bite to eat.


After we got done eating we walked around the downtown. 
I love towns with the older buildings in them.


Time to head back to the hotel ~
  

What's better than ending the day with an ice cream cone???

Boy that was a long day ~ I'm pooped

How 'bout you???

Tomorrow we will be attending the Elkhorn flea market!

Until Next Time 

Make every moment count

Prim Blessings
Robin

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Road Trip Day 2

Hello Friends
Well today we are on day 2 of our wonderful 4 day adventure.

On Friday we didn't do as much shopping ~ we mostly enjoyed the scenery!

Our first stop was at Lauren's Antique & Art Centre in downtown Delavan.
(This was in the town we stayed at)

Don't forget to click on pics to view them in larger form!

Here's some things that caught our eye ~
Lauren's Antique & Art Centre
230 E Walworth Ave.
Delavan, WI 53115

 Our next stop was at Everything Homespun (which is an ongoing flea market & primitive, farmhouse, country shop) just 3 1/2 miles South of Delavan.
The shop was a barn converted into a wonderful prim shop with lots of goodies to be found!
We had a blast in this shop!
I highly recommend stopping at this shop if you are in the area.
You won't be disappointed!!!

Everything Homespun
2460 County Rd O
Delavan, WI 53115

For more info visit ~

After meeting one of the owners I'm sure he would say: 
Don't just sit there Like us on Facebook!!!

Our next destination for the day was Lake Geneva.
(My niece hasn't been there and I wanted her to see it)
This is a huge tourist town but the lake area is so Beautiful.
They have a 26 mile walking trail around the lake and some of the property owners take great pride in making it look nice and enjoyable.


Lake Geneva, WI


For more info visit ~

or look for more images of Lake Geneva through Google!

Well as you can see in one of the pics the sun is starting to set.
We must call it a day.
Get some rest now
'cause tomorrow is going to be a big day!!!

Until Next Time

It's all in the Journey

Prim Blessings
Robin


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Road Trip Day 1

I'm back from our wonderful 4 day road trip!!!
I was going to post yesterday but was to pooped to do anything ~ I didn't even stitch.
So here I am....smile

We left on Thurs. morning and our first stop was the Columbus Antique Mall.
Sorry I didn't take very many pics.
This is a huge place with lots of rooms and pathways.
We even got lost and couldn't find our way out!!!

If you are interested in visiting it is located at ~
239 Whitney St.
Columbus, WI 53925

For additional info visit ~

For our next adventure we headed to Lodi to visit Carol at Cottage House Primitives.
I must say this is a prim shop that you must visit if you are in the area.
This shop is my favorite ~ so many wonderful prim things to be found.
Don't forget she also sells wool at a great price too!!!

Lets take a peak shall we ~
She had the shop filled with some wonderful prim Americana goodies!!!
Cottage House Primitives
120 S. Main Street
Lodi, WI 53555

For additional info visit ~

(Thanks Carol for letting me take pics of your wonderful shop and it was a pleasure meeting you!!!)

Now we are heading south to Milton ~
(always have to take some pics of the country side as we travel along the country roads)
Yes I take these when the car is moving!

By the time we arrived in Milton there wasn't a lot of time left to shop.
We stopped at The Old Junction Mill ~

The Old Junction Mill
613 W. Madison Ave.
Milton, WI 53563

For additional info visit ~

While we were in Milton we had also wanted to visit  Black Byrd Primitives.
But sadly we couldn't find it and found out later that they weren't open that day anyway.
(But we did meet them at the flea market on Sunday!!!)
They had some wonderful wares and I would love to visit their shop the next time we head that way.
You can find them here ~


Black Byrd Primitives
525 College Street
Milton, WI 53563

For additional info visit ~

Time to call it a day!!!
I'll be back tomorrow for day 2 of our adventure!!!

Until Next Time

Love what you do!

Prim Blessings
Robin