Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Well the last few days have seen Shaun just not doing too good. He is dizzy, nauseous, headaches, not eating, throwing up, miserable and I think a bit depressed.....& who could blame him. They had to put a drip back in today as well. Sleep is his only relief. It is so hard to watch him like be going through all this again.

Today I spoke to Dr McDowell, who was so lovely. He needed to check with me Shaun's history, all the different things we tried regarding both the trigeminal neuralgia as well as the Aterial Venus Malformation....& believe me we have tried anything we heard of all over the country. I told him that I have spoken to Dr Vinnie Khurana, who is the only person who has opened Shaun's head and seen inside, who was at Canberra Hospital but is sadly now at Royal Melbourne, whom we happily travel to see. We discussed the long term options none are very comforting. We have some very hard decisions to make once Shaun is well....rather I should say, that Shaun has to must be his decision.

Today too, I saw Shaun's head uncovered and was shocked to see his head is all stapled, when they had told us that they were to drill a small hole to put drainage you can see below, it seems a bit bigger than I had imagined!

Thank you to Shirley from the Alliance Church at Calwell where we have been attending for nearly 6 months, who came over last night, about 10pm (we got home very late) with a couple of meals for us. You have no idea how thankful we are. We continue to see God's hand on Shaun & the doctors and I thank you for your prayers. It means so much to all of us.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Prayer and more prayer

Yesterday at lunch time my wonderful husband of 27.5 years had a major brain hemorrhage, his 3rd, & the 2nd in less than 12 months. Again, completely different symptoms from both the first and second. He felt suddenly ill, hot, & oh, so sweaty. Sore neck, spinning room. So I called an ambulance. They worked on getting him both pain relief and tried to help the vertigo before being able to move him.

I had enough time to quickly post on my fb wall asking for friends and family to pray, that it looked like Shaun was having a brain bleed and that we were on our way to hospital in the ambulance. We met 2 out 3 of our children there, the other was in Sydney for the day.

Despite his history of having an Arterial Venus Malformation, with 2 aneurysms on it, all 3 things could bleed, the hospital took 2 hours to do a CT scan and diagnose the major brain bleed. Shaun was deteriorating, going further & further into sleep mode, heading towards unconsciousness. His speech was becoming more & more slurred and his movements became harder. They told me they would operate to place a thin drainage line into his head to drain off the excess fluid which was causing the aforementioned symptoms at 9pm....8hrs after the bleeding begun! So I rushed home with a friend, and tried to contact with the only neurosurgeon I trusted, who was the only one who had operated on Shaun's head previously, and who was with us during the 2nd brain bleed in Melbourne last year. I could only leave a message as it was his day off and I prayed that he would return my call. (He did later that evening....thank yu Dr Khurana) It was while I was home that our daughter, Tamazin called to say she had just filled out all the paperwork and that they were taking my husband, Shaun to surgery now.

By the time I got up there, Tamazin's good friend, Courtney was there with dinner for us.....yummy bolognaise and garlic bread...oh & some chocolate!! We had dinner and went to wait for Shaun to come out of recovery to the ward. Finally at 10.30pm I asked if I could go into recovery and see him, which I did. He really was out of it though, & I only spoke briefly to him before heading home for the night, sleeping with my phone next to me, and checking it frequently through the night.

I called the hospital about 9 o'clock this morning to see how Shaun was doing (not able to visit til 11am....rules!!) I was told that he was doing ok and had eaten a little breakfast. Our son, Tristan who had returned from Sydney dropped in & then took me up to the hospital while the others stayed to do some stuff around home, including taking the dog who had been most diestressed at being alone so much, over to friends. We met his wife at the hospital and headed up to see Shaun. Although being somewhat uncomfortable, he seemed ok, still not really with it, but much improved.

Tristan & Carissa headed off and then Tamazin came back in. Shaun's lunch arrived and he had some before it was time to leave for a couple of time (rules....11 - 1). I went to the cafe and Tam went to friends. Several friends joined me at the cafe, firstly Rick & Anne with their girls, the Denis & Marilyn, who also came up to see Shaun briefly. It was amazing to see how much more he had improved just in 2 hours. He was more evenly coloured, brighter, more awake and doing well. 

We have truly seen the prayers of many faithful friends and families, strangers across the globe answered. I had allowed myself to trust God no matter the outcome.....He gives, He takes away, still I will say, Blessed is the Name of the Lord.....

The journey is only beginning. The bleeding needs to stop. I know I am not alone. God is there at our side, journeying with us, sustaining us through the gifts of friends, the prayers of strangers. I am looking forward to Shaun's mum arriving on Tuesday. Hoping that his sister can come later too. Will keep you posted!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

M for man, male, masculine...

The Paper Players have a new challenge....

So here is my take, back to making a card this time. Using whatever scraps I had in the drawer, but also using some new stamps I have, Nina B Designs (Layers of Color) Elegant Labels. There is not much to say about it, I have tried to keep it fairly simple. So here it is!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Paper Players Design Team Call


My name is Debby McGrath also known as Debbles Dabbles. Some of you may remember the name as I have entered into a number of your challenges last year. My home is in Canberra, the Capital of Australia, where we have lived for the last 17 years. I love Scrapbooking / Card Making / Off the page projects, not only for myself but to make as gifts for friends and family. I have been involved with these crafts for about ten years on & off, mostly in regards to card making, even teaching it from my home for a year or so, which I loved. However, in the last couple of years have become rather passionate about scrapbooking more and more. I am very excited and a bit nervous to be applying for a position of a Design Team but I always enjoyed the Paper Players challenge and would love to be part of this wonderfully creative team and hopefully adding something special to it as well. It would be a great honour to me if I make the team.

I have a 3 adult children, one granddaughter and a wonderful & supportive husband who has been happy for me to indulge in my passion. My family come first & I love to help and encourage them on their own journey, including my immediate family, my extended family, church family and my wonderful friends. I work part time but may need to increase my hours a bit more as my husband stops work due to health problems, however, I still make time for my sanity when things get hecitc.

Here are some examples of my work over the last year that I would like to share with you.

This was a card I made to order 

This card was part of a SU workshop I went to

 This page is of our God daughter

I hope this gives you a little insight into what I love to do. Please feel free to check out more on my blog.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Thanks to my lovely friend Ann Craig who has sent me this lovely Blogger Award. It's lovely too, because it works like a pay it forward & I must choose 5 blogs that inspire me and send them this lovely award too. So here are my 5 and why:

Kim at PaperArtsy for a fresh, inspiring blog, not just about
her papercraft, her business but also her family

Linda at Lovely Linda's Craft Central because her 
creativity is never ending, her work inspirational, and 
she was the person who encouraged and helped
me to start my own blog

Rochelle at Two Tears in My Bucket because she is amazing!
Her PASSION for papercraft is so contagious.

Scrapping with Soul because I love what they are about.
They do an amazing job of combining their love of papercraft
with their love of the Lord. They have a great blog with 
loads of info on what they are offering, including great
retreats and scrap days...check them out!

Stampin' Sisters in Christ because they inspire not 
only in regards to my craft but encourage in 
my walk with God.

So I hope that these blogs are able to collect this award and pass it on to others who inspire them.
Hoping you too,  will be as inspired as you check out these blogs as I am each time I visit.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Third Scrapnight this month, but time for a change....a sea change maybe???/

Well after working on my original layout as seen in the last postfor 2 of the scrapbooking nights, I decided it would just do my own thing on the last one. I had one more photo from my childhood that I wanted to get done, so went to work on it. As my baby brother, David was wearing an outfit with a 'sailor' theme to it, I thought I would use that as the theme for my page. So using the beautiful Stampin' Up paper (Nautical Expedition) & stamp set (The Open Sea) (see Ann Craig Independent SU Consultant)
I set to is the result!

The colours I have used are 'Not Quite Navy' & 'Soft Suede'. Again I raided my little supply of vintage charms and found the boat charm, which suited very well. The seam binding is also available from Stampin' Up  as are the stamp lettering. I distressed around the oval. Not my usual girlie page this time for my two!!!
 Some challenges I have entered into are:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Feb layout design @ Ann's Scrap Nights

Another great month for scrapbooking and a great few nights we had at Ann Craig's. I was glad we had 4 nights to choose from. I got to 3 of them, which I needed 2 of them to finish the page. It was a rather time consuming design but was one we all enjoyed working on. Everybody's page was so different with most choosing bolder colours as I chose softer pastels as the photo I chose was one of my mum's 2nd wedding where I was flowergirl. The colour of our dresses was the yellow, so found some lovely yellow fabric to make the main flower out of. We used different stamps and some dry embossing, I used some Tim Holtz tissue paper but the card stock and stamps are all Stampin'Up. Thanks to Corinne Harrison, I had some lovely vintage charms arrive in the post this week so was able to finish off this page with them.

Some challenges I have entered this into are:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

What a Wonderful Wedding

Our friends Darren & Alison's daughter, Jemma got married yesterday....Sat Feb 11. We were invited to the wedding. I designed her invites and we had a great night with her friends and mum making them.

I also offered to make a guest book but have had such an awful start to our year that I forgot all about it. Luckily Jemma facebooked me and reminded me a couple of days before the wedding. So I headed over to my friend Ann Craigs place to pick up a few supplies....per usual more than generous!! (Thanks Ann x) So Friday night was spent putting it together using some of the techniques we had learnt at the last Stampin' Up workshop I went may recognize the style! Anyway, here is the front and the inside page.....I was happy as was Jemma and Allan!

Here are a couple of pics of the wedding too!

Dad writing some words of wisdom in the book!