Sunday, November 15, 2009

Some sad news and some fun news!!!

Hello my fellow stampin' friends!!!

What a roller coaster ride this week has been!!! It started out really fun and as of yesterday we were overshadowed with some very sad news.....my 52 yr old stepbrother passed away of pneumonia....he was admitted into a German hospital a few days ago and two days ago he was placed into a deep coma....which he never made it out off!!! SHOCKER!!! The doctors are not a 100% sure if pneumonia was the only reason he suffered from.....I'm not sure if his immediate family is calling for an autopsy?!?

Unfortunately we were not very close, but he always treated me very kindly when I came home to visit!!! My heart is very saddened by his unexpected loss!!!

Please keep his family in your prayers as they see thru this difficult time!!! Thank you!!!

On a happier note....I *socialized* this Wednesday as my friend Penny and I met up with some super sweet and fun stampin' friends from the Atlanta area!!!

After talking about meeting f-o-r-e-v-e-r...we finally decided to do so!!! We - Julie Warner, Robin Kirkpatrick, Sue Prather (who doesn't have a blog or SCS gallery yet for me to link you to, but who has blown us away with her fabulous cards!!!), Penny Allen, my fellow OCC girl Jenny Gropp - met at Olive Garden. After having a yummy luncheon with lots of laughter we decided to hop over to my favorite store *Archiver's* - wahoooo!!!


Here is a photo of me and Sue.

We did some serious shopping at Archiver's we caught...... Julie action - LOL - got ya GF!!!

I had such a wonderful time. There is nothing better to meet some friends that you have so much in common with and instantly feel connected to!!! I'm already looking forward to our next meeting which hopefully we'll be in February - wahooooo!!!

Thank you girls for making this a fun day for Penny and me!!!

Before I go I would like to remind you that I'm still have some SU Stamps that need a good new home!!! Click right HERE to see what is still available!!! I will ship internationally - no problemo!!!!

Hugs ~S~

36 comments:

Neva said...

Silke, sorry about your stepbrother. So sad for such a young person to leave us.
Looks like you gals had a fantastic time. I wish we had an archivers close to use. The nearest one is 4hrs away.

Susan said...

I am so very sorry for your family's loss. I prayed for them and you.

"For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God." John 16:27

Viv said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your step brother Silke.

On a lighter note, it was lovely to see the photos of you and the girls having a great time. I LOVE meeting up with my 'Gud Buds'too.
Hugs Viv xx

chercroppin said...

Oh Silke, I will definitely pray for your family...I am so so sorry to hear about this.

I am glad to hear that you were able to hook-up for lunch and go shopping with your friends....that is really cool!

And since you're only the next-state-up-from-me....we'll meet too one day...I can't wait!

Cindy Haffner said...

Sorry about your loss Silke.

Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Oh, Silke, I'm so sorry to hear about your stepbrother. Wow, such a shock. You will be in my thoughts.

Jackie Pedro said...

Sorry for your loss, Silke!

Mrs B said...

So sorry for your loss, Silke.

On a lighter note, your card is stunning, I love the border punch effect!
CindyB

Makiko Jones said...

Silke, I'm sorry to hear about your step brother. He's too young to go...
I hope the rest of family and friends will found some peace through these difficult time.

Ohhhh, I wish Archiver's stores were near from where I lived...I'm glad you had a super fun time with your girlfriends!!

Crystal said...

Oh my Silke I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Losing someone you love is the toughest thing. My prayers are with you and his family during this hard time...

On a happier note, it does look like you guys had a blast. I LOVE Archivers!!!

ninasays said...

Hey Silke,
oh nein, das sind ja wirklich keine schönen Nachrichten! Als ich acht war ist meine Tante auch an Lungenentzündung gestorben. Ich finde es immer so komisch, dass heutzutage noch Menschen an einer Lungenentzündung sterben können, man denkt irgendwie immer, dass im 21sten Jahrhundert und in unseren Breitengraden die Medizin so weit fortgeschritten wäre, dass das nicht mehr passiert. Meine Tante war damals 36 und offenbar lags bei ihr aber an einem Ärtzefehler. Also mein herzliches Beileid, I'm sorry for your loss :/ Vielleicht helfen dir die schönen Momente, ihn in guter Erinnerung zu bewahren.
Nina

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

I am so sorry to read of your step-brother's life being taken too soon. How very sad---sending you hugs, Silke.

On a happier note, it IS fun meeting other stampers and having that instant friend connection! Looks like you alll had so much fun, and I'm glad you took pictures!

Yvonne said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Silke!

Carol said...

Silke, my prayers are with you and your family. I lost my stepmom two weeks ago. This has been a rough year for me with deaths and illnesses among friends and family. Looking forward to 2010 being a GOOD year. God bless.

Leigh said...

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Good to see you had a wonderful time with your friends.

Danni said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of your family..
Looks like a fun time with your friends!

The Rubber Maid said...

Silke so sorry about your loss and I will keep the family in my prayers. Your outing looks like a great time was had by all. That is wonderful to meet your blogging friends IRL and share a lunch and laughs together. Pat

Joanne (jojot) said...

my prayers are sent to your step-brother's family and to you.....

and....I am sooo happy you were able to get together with your SCS friends....there was just one 'thing' missing.....ME (and all the others who wish they were there...lol

Grace said...

Again Silke.... I'm so sorry about the loss of your stepbrother. So young! Sometimes no words can really be said to help... but please know your whole family will be in my prayers!

I did so enjoy seeing your photos of your fun meeting!!! I LOVE meeting my on line friends!!! Some day I'm coming down there to meet you!!! I'm only 3 hours from Archivers!!! What fun!
Hugs!

Lisa Brown said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your stepbrother. I'll keep the family in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Silke, so sorry for your loss. I know it's very difficult to lose someone so unexepectedly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Had a great time on Wednesday. Thanks for your kind words. Looking forward to next time.

Sue P

Velta said...

I am saddened about your step brother. Any loss of family is always a blow now matter how swift or how long. A prayer is being sent to you and the family from me. Looks like you had a great time with your friends...did you say Atlanta?

Jerri Jimenez said...

Silke, I'm so sorry for your loss, I will keep you and the extended family in my prayers. Death is never easy, especially when it's unexpected.

Oh, I'm so envious, how fun to get together with your friends in Atlanta! I want to make a trip up in the Spring and plan on getting together to Jenny. I'll be in touch with you in the new year. Maybe we can plan a get together and you can make another trip to Archivers. I also want to check out Bonnie's Tools . . . Big Hugs, Jerri

Our Little Inspirations said...

I'm so sorry your family has suffered such a loss :( That has to be so hard, especially at this time of year.
On a brighter note, TFS the pictures! You surely had a fantastic time and it shows with all of those great smiles:) I wish PA had an Archivers too!!

diane mcvey said...

My sincere sympathy for your loss. It's so hard to lose someone, especially so unexpectedly at a young age. I'm sure it's going to be difficult for his family, especially.
So glad you got to have fun with friends...that is always a good thing! Have a great week :)

Marisa said...

It is never easy losing someone and even harder when it is so sudden. Glad you were able to have some "retail therapy" with friends to lift your spirits :D

Andrea said...

Hallo Silke, das sind ja keine guten Nachrichten. Es tut mir sehr leid. Ich drücke Dich mal.

LG Andrea

Shay said...

I am sorry to hear about your step-brother. My son was in the hospital with the same thing on a vent for 11 days and they discovered that he has h1n1.

Chris Pochatek said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

Nancy L. said...

sorry about your loss!

dahlene said...

I was so sorry for your loss. I will keep and your step brother's family in our prayers.

NinaB said...

I'm so sorry about your loss, Silke. I'm sending you hugs...And that Archiver's sure looks familiar. I took a trip there this summer in Atlanta (and to that Olive Garden, too). I'm so glad you got to meet and spend time with friends.

the whimsical butterfly said...

Oh, sweetie I am so sorry to hear of your stepbrother's passing. I will keep you in my prayers. Your photos are adorable and I am so glad you got to meet up w/ some good girlfriends and have a great time. Precious! HUGS!!!!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Oh Silke - I'm behind on my blogging and have only just read this! My heart goes out to you - loss is never easy!! ~hugs~

On the positive side - I'm so glad you had a chance to meet up with some stamping friends - what fun that would have been!!!! So....when are you coming to Australia to meet me!!! :) LOL!!!

Jenny Gropp said...

Oh Silke, I had that our fun week had such a sad end to it. Big Hugs. I loved meeting you -- you come see me anytime!!!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

I'm so sorry to read about your step brother, Silke! But I'm so happy we finally got to meet and hang out. I had such a great time and this is the first time I've seen the pics. What fun!