Thursday, August 28, 2008

Auction to help a family!

Bahar and I on a rare outing away from the hospital.

I am having a silent auction to benefit the Family of Arianna Torrente who has been in the hospital for 11 weeks and is having another surgery this afternoon. Juicy Couture has donated this beautiful bracelet to benefit this family. They specifically picked out this bracelet because it is pink and has a heart, a very Arianna type of bracelet.

Value $88.00 Bidding starts at 8:30AM PST on 8/28 and ends on 9/3 at Midnight. I will deliver or mail it to the highest bidder.

We will start the bidding at $25 and go up in $10 increments. Good Luck!

Monday, August 25, 2008

What is it???

What is it?? If you guess correctly you will win a small something.......

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Scary situation!

I wanted to tell you all about a scary situation we just had in our home. Recently, Carl had started feeling very "off", fuzzy, foggy, extreme legarthy. Today, I tried to wake him up after several long nights at the hospital. He said, in his slurred talking, that he needed more rest. I tried to wake several more times and he was confused and couldn't wake up, something was very wrong. After encouragement by several people, I took his perscription to the pharmacy to have them make sure he had the right medication and "voila" they had put the wrong one in his bottle and he was having a terrible reaction to it.

What I want you all to know is at the very bottom of the perscription bottles in teeny, teeny letters, it has an exact description of what should be in that bottle (double checking stuff). Before you give anyone medication check the bottle and compare it to the pill/liquid. If you have any questions, call the pharmacy. This could have been a disaster!

Friday, August 15, 2008

One family Paying It Forward!

Thankyou Andrea!

Arianna Torrente

Please help the Torrente Family

Arianna is a sweet 3-year-old girl. She just had her third open heart surgery in June at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. She has had lots of complications and is now in her NINTH week of hospitalization. Her parents, Bahar & Miguel, are from Stockton and have stayed with her as much as possible. They are living at The Sharing Place, which is family housing located right on the Sutter campus. She also has a six-year-old sister who is now staying with them at the hospital since Miguel had to return to work. This week her parents were told it might be another six weeks. That would be fifteen weeks living away from home, missing work, eating every meal out and still paying bills at home.

The Hearts of Hope Support Group would like to support this family by putting on a raffle. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. All the proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the Torrente family to help with their costs associated with this hospitalization.

Prizes are:

$50 Spa Finder Gift Card
$200 MAC Makeup Set
Haircut with Lindsay Sells of Joseph Anthony Salon
$100 Gift Card to Outback Steakhouse

If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets please contact Andrea Himmelberger at or 916-606-7180.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Why do bad things happen to good people??

During a lovely day in San Francisco with my mom, Lex and Aden, I received a phone call. One of the Doctor's, that has taken care of Lexi numerous times,who, at one time, told me to "hold onto hope" at a dire time in our life has just been diagnosed with a temporal brain tumor. (sorry for any run-ons). A few months ago he had been feeling ill and he had a complete work up, including a CT scan and everything was normal. Yesterday, he was feeling poorly, had another CT and there it was. He is currently in the Bay Area and having surgery tomorrow morning. He is a wonderfuly kind man and excellent physician and has made such a difference in our lives. He is only in his late 50's. Please keep him in your prayers and thoughts. I cannot give out his name, but just think of him as Dr. D.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

I'm in love

I have been looking for the perfect Spring Roll recipe and have found it! Previously, the best spring rolls could only be found at The Lemon Grass. I was reading a Heart friend's blog, Lindsay, and learned about her cousin, The Rookie Cookie! She had what I was looking for. I have subscribed to Rookie Cookie feeds. My family loved the spring rolls and I made a General Tso/Rice Vinnegar dipping sauce that had a kick! Awesome!


Saturday, August 9, 2008

My brother's Birthday dinner outing!

My two favorite things....Hearts and Food! What a combination!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Outing with Heart Families at Fairytale Town

What an awesome day! Check out Channel 10 at 5:00 and 6:00PM for extensive coverage on our group outing!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Winner Announced

I have chosen the winner through the Random Number Generator and the winning number is 19. Here is the post!

Hmmm. Chocolate, of course. yummy bath products? A great read, and either fabulous tea or coffee to go with it? Hair care stuff. The list is endless. . . (smile)