I've been meaning to post about how amazing my sister is, but this weekend changed the tone of the post. She's not just amazing, she's tough as nails.
I got a call on Friday from her asking if I could come help her this weekend. She ruptured a disk and has to have back surgery sometime this week. She's had a bad back for as long as I can remember and her faulty manufacturing finally gave out. Her husband has been taking care of everyone this week and he needed some help. I hopped in the car and came to the rescue. I spent the weekend playing Sequence with her between bouts of crying and one drug induced haze after another.
(Because I love her so much I decided not to take any pictures, but felt the need to re-enact her favorite position so you can get an idea of what she's going through.)
I never thought I would describe Laurie as tough. Determined, yes. Strong willed, HELL YES! Tough, not so much. I can say with certainty now that she is one tough cookie. Her boys have been so excited about Christmas and she and her hubby haven't been able to put up any decorations so she made sure while I was there that we put up the decorations. And I LOVE to decorate for Christmas almost as much as I like to go to the dentist. Actually I may like the dentist more because I've gotten some good drugs there and Laurie was being stingy with hers. For those of you who know Laurie, you know just a tree wouldn't suffice. Between short painful naps and those few hours where she wasn't scaring the boys with her moaning she came downstairs, sat in her chair on her heating pad and made sure we decorated the whole house so her boys could have a good Christmas. She is one Crazy, Determined, Tough Mom.
I was originally going to post about her blog, Tip Junkie. I'm amazed at what she's done. She took it from a blog about fun tips to a promoting phenomenon! She is having a Mom-Preneur Shop-A-Thon with products all made by Moms. She gets hundreds of emails from people all over wanting her to promote their product or tip idea. I really think there's nothing she can't do.
If you haven't done your Christmas shopping stop by Tip Junkie's Shop-A-Thon and check out all the amazing things there are. You won't be disappointed!
Laurie, in the words of Jason Mraz you're "an island of reality in an ocean of diarrhea!"