Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Favorites: hospital edition

I've been missing in action this week so I'm really glad you stopped by!  I've only posted once since last week but I've got lots of ideas for future posts.  Check back soon for some things that have been rattling around in my head the past few days!

So, what's had me MIA?  On Sunday afternoon, Hope and I drove to my hometown to stay with my parents.  My mom went in on Monday morning for knee replacement surgery and we stayed a few days to help out.  These are my Friday FAVORITES: hospital edition...

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Texas Spine & Joint Hospital in Tyler, Texas definitely takes the top spot this week!  I can't say enough great things about this place!  They took amazing care of my mom (and us too!).  The staff was beyond friendly and you can tell that everyone loves working here. Top to bottom - first class care!  If you live in the East Texas area and ever need spine or joint surgery - don't bother looking anywhere else!  This is where you want to go!

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I love this little girl THIS much!  Because Hope only goes to school a few hours a day, she came with me to "help".  She's happy-go-lucky 95% of the time and I really wasn't worried about her being in this environment.  Well, she blew me out of the water with her cooperation and helpfulness!  Over the course of three days, she was at the hospital for a total of about 30 hours.  That's a lot of time for a 4 year old - but she was amazing!  Check back soon for our list of FAVORITE ways to keep little ones busy while visiting a hospital!  We have a pretty good list going!  :)

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Springtime in Texas is my FAVORITE!
The hospital was a 30-45 minute drive from my parent's house - mostly on two lane highways joining little towns surrounded by lots and lots of land.  This time of year is SO pretty in Texas.  The wildflowers (and even the flowering weeds!) are just so pretty!
 
 I love to see wisteria growing in the trees!  It always reminds me of my grandmother.
 

we were stopped on the highway for road construction - that's ok!  I'll just enjoy the view!
these tiny flowers were all over my parents yard
 ever feel like you're being watched?!

{FOUR}
The Duck Commander Devotions for Kids book was in Hope's Easter basket.  We took it with us and read a devotion each day.  The devotionals are very relatable and are only two pages long - perfect for toddlers with short attention spans.  Each day comes with an action challenge and ends with a prayer.  If you are looking for a devotional for your kiddos, Hope gives this one two thumbs up!  You can find it at most bookstores or my FAVORITE site - Amazon!

{FIVE}
my family!
This week has been tough - the five of us are use to being together all.the.time.  Usually, where you see one of us, you see all of us, so it was hard being separated.  Mike is a huge help to me so I had no doubt that he had things under control at home.  He got the kids to and from school, football practice, art lessons, scout meetings, etc. and even had home cooked meals on a couple of nights!  This man is amazing and I couldn't live without him!  He's definitely my FAVORITE!!!
I'm glad that I was able to help out my parents for a few days but it sure feels good being home with these crazy kiddos!  Hoping you have a weekend surrounded by your FAVORITE things!

Have a fabulous weekend!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

You can check my FAVORITE link-ups page to find the awesome girlies I'm linking up with today.  Show them some LOVE! :)

21 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures, Holly! I hope you frame the family picture and the one with your kiddos! I live in the same town as the Duck Dynasty folks. Willie and I went to college together. Very, very nice family.

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    1. What a small world, Laura! We visited your sweet town last year over Spring Break! Thank you for your sweet words! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. So glad you're back home and back to the blog world too. I know Hope must have brightened quite a few faces while she was visiting the hospital. Have a relaxing weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Tanya! I definitely missed being able to post! Nice to know I was missed! :) Hope was so good! The nurses and patients loved having her around. I'm sure the Rose Unit where my mom was staying isn't the same since my mom came home. :) Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  3. I enjoyed reading your favorites today. You have a very good looking family. The pictures of the trees, beautiful springtime shots. I was driving home today and noticed a wisteria tree alongside the road. I thought of you because I remember the picture on instagram. Funny, (I'm not from the south) I thought they were lilacs. Thanks for clearing that up for me!!! LOL. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I had to double check Google before I posted - I'm terrible with knowing what things are called - I just know what I think is pretty! ;) Lilacs do look very similar though! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

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  4. what a sweet angel to be such a big helper at the hospital! thanks so much for linking up with us! xo

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie! She really was a big help! So glad I found your link up! I'll be back next week!

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  5. How beautiful is it there!! I love all the colorful tress and flowers !!!

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    1. Thanks, Chelsea! We've had a really great spring so there is lots of colors right now. Soon we'll have triple digit heat and all the color will be gone - I'll enjoy every single minute I have of this beautiful time of year! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I'm glad things went well. I'm having serious wisteria envy...it's one of my favorites!

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    1. Thank you, Kristy! I love wisteria too! I would pass a beautiful spot and would get bummed if there was no spot to pull over and take a picture! I was happy when I saw this tree filled with it in someone's yard - hope they don't mind sharing it with me! :) Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. I love your favorite things. I hope your Mother is feeling 100 % again soon. Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! I think she's on the road to a full recovery! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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  8. I hope your mother is doing great. My gran had a double knee replacement a couple of years ago and I remember how hard it was on her. I hate seeing anyone I love in pain :(

    Spring time in Texas is one of my favorite things in the whole world! Your pictures were so pretty. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thank you, JulieAnn! She's on the road to recovery! She'll need to have her other knee replaced eventually. She decided against the double knee placement. Has your gran had good results with her replacements? Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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    2. She really has! She said the pain was so bad but she is glad she did both at once. That was a couple of years ago and she is getting around great!

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  9. Y'alls Easter pick turned out so great!

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  10. I love to see all the flowers blooming. They aren't quite blooming yet around our parts (Canada), but soon enough, I hope! Hope this next week is good to you!

    Thanks for linking up to the Saturday Spotlight! :)

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    1. Thank you, Alycia! Sadly, our wildflowers are already starting to fade. :( I had wanted to get pictures of the kiddos in the bluebonnets but I think I waited one weekend too long. Hope you guys get some blooms soon! Thanks for hosting! See you tomorrow!

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