Surgery and Up Coming Bridal Shower


My youngest daughter of the two daughters I have is getting married in October.  After college, nursing school and graduate school she is finally met a wonderful man and is going to settle down and get married.

I am thrilled and my oldest daughter and I are planning out a nice Bridal Shower for her in a few weeks.

The shower is going to be in the theme of all things she loves and the colors of her wedding.

I found these cute wine cooler purses in the color of her wedding.

Her favorite wine is Prosecco.

I found these cute champagne glasses at Home Goods.

The plum color in the ribbon is her matron of honor my daughter and her niece my granddaughter as a Jr. Bridesmaid.  The Wisteria or light  purple is the color of the other bridesmaids.  My granddaughter Charlotte is the flower girl and will be in white.

I decided for centerpieces for the bridal shower to put all of these favorite Kimmie things together for a pretty centerpiece.  
We will have a nice prize for someone at each table.

I am so excited for my daughter Kimmie to be marrying a wonderful man that is so much like her dad (Terry).  Loving, caring, supportive and has tools and knows how to use them lol!

Also they want to start a family right away after the wedding.  Yay I will be getting more grand children to love, hug and kiss.

I want to thank all of you that knew about my surgery last week for kidney stone removal.  Oh boy I have had a rough week.  Today the stents came out and I hope I can heal now and feel better. It was not pretty and lots of complications.

I would not wish that surgery or recovery on anyone.  
Terry and I are renting a cottage in Michigan starting on Thursday so I am praying I will feel better for our trip.

It is the weekend of the Found Cottage Market that is every Labor Day weekend.

I hope to be up to walking the market and finding some treasures.

Wishing all of you a wonderful week and wonderful holiday weekend.


  1. Kris, I'm so sorry about your surgery and didn't realize you'd been through this. I'm praying that you'll be strong enough to make your trip, it sounds like a wonderful get-away! feel great soon!

  2. Praying for swift healing with minimum pain. Enjoy your trip!

  3. I am so glad you are doing better. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  4. Beautiful, generous and talented friend, WHEW, you have had quite a month. But look at what you do: you create the most thoughtful and skillfully created pieces. May your daughter's life be filled with much joy as she lives her life with a partner who will support her (and use them tools to make her home just right! LOL) - be well, heal up and I hope your weekend at the cottage is restorative!!! KISSES AND HUGS!

  5. Omigosh Kris! So sorry to hear about the surgery and how rough you feel. Hope your getaway helps you to feel a bit better while you heal. The colours are lovely and that gift basket is so adorable. Feel better soon! xoxoxox Anne from DD by Anne

  6. My goodness I had no idea you had surgery, but am hopeful you can now move forward feeling much better. Congrats to your daughter on her upcoming nuptials. What fun weddings are! Take care my friend! xxoo

  7. medical and surgical stuff is always horrible. I am so sorry you had a terrible surgical adventure. Recovery is always hard.
    Nothing as bad as yours, I have a hysterectomy in May. Not fun
    congratulations to your sweet daughter. the shower will be such fun

  8. I'm sorry you had to go through so much pain, Kris. Congratulations on the wedding! I know it will be beautiful with your design skills.

  9. Kris, I have had the kidney stone surgery and stent ad hemorrhaging before they could get me into surgery, so I know what you went through. But it was like once the stent was removed recovery went more smoother after that. I too, hope to never have to go through that again. Hope you can relax and find many treasures.

    1. I have had a rough go.  I will never do this again.  I had big stones that could not be broken down with lithotripsy so they had to surgically go up into the kidneys to laser the stones into pieces and remove them.  The recovery has been brutal.  I ended up in the ER with bleeding and infection and severe pain.  Having stents in my ureters on both sides for a week was horrendous.    The spasm and pain were incredible.  Then on top of all of this to get an infection and bleeding.  

      I opted for the surgery because I was worried those suckers would decide to move when it was time for the wedding and I would end up missing the wedding with emergency surgery.  If I had know what I would have gone through this week with recovery I would have waited and took my chances.

      In a month from now they will do a series of 24 hour urine and blood work up to see what is making these stones in me and then maybe we can do something to help prevent them.  I never had kidney stones but as a nurse use to see people in such severe pain with them.  Now I can related to what they went through.

      I just started to have them a year ago never earlier in life so not sure why this is happening to me at this point in life.  He thinks they could be calcium stones.  Not the stones from diet but from too much calcium in my blood from my bones.  With having a hysterectomy early in life and not hormones it could be that calcium is not staying in my bones now.  Hopefully in a month we will get some answers.

      In the mean time I am laying low so hopefully we can make our trip on Thursday to Michigan.  I would hate to lose the money on the cottage rental.

      Sorry you have had to go through this too. It is not anything you would recommend to anyone.

      Glad you survived it. xoxo Kris

  10. Kris, I'm so sorry to hear about your recent surgery! I know from friends that it is a very painful one. Please take care! I'll pray that you are able to enjoy the getaway trip. I'm sure it will lift your spirits.

    How exciting though about the news of Kimmie's October wedding! (I'm partial to them as we were married in October.) Your soon to be son-in-law sounds just perfect for her. Her wedding colors are beautiful and your favors for the shower are absolutely lovely as well as unique. You have some very happy occasions ahead of you!
    Congratulations to all,

  11. Awww Kris, I am so sorry you had a rough time with your surgery. Healing thoughts as you recover. I am so happy for your sweet daughter. You always find the cutest party favors. What a beautiful gift basket. Love the color. Enjoy your getaway and heal up. xoxo

  12. Hello Dear Friend,
    Praying you continue to heal.
    I am so happy for your daughter. I love what you shared with us. You are so creative with your prizes and decor.
    Have a FUN weekend.

  13. Oh Kris! I’m sorry to hear of your surgery and the pain you’ve experienced. Hope you heal quickly so you can enjoy your trip.
    Congratulations to your daughter as well! The purses and goodies are going to be a hit at the shower. Love the colors as well.
    Take care,

  14. Kris, the favors are really pretty. I was waiting until yesterday passed to see how you did the rest of the weekend and up until your stent removals. So glad that part's over, and hope today's even better. Let me know. I know your weekend will be relaxing. Even if you're not up to all the walking, getting away will be good medicine.g

  15. These will be adorable centerpieces !! I had fun planning my youngest daughter'd daughters shower and she had more of a dark purple, so I painted wine glasses as favors ( It is such a fun and exciting time - both of my daughters married great guys! So happy to hear you are on the mend - sounds like you had a tough time. I hope you are feeling back to normal this weekend to enjoy your get will be a nice break and a time to relax - and SHOP the market!

  16. What perfect centerpieces for a bridal shower! Love the colors.

    Sending healing prayers and love to you...I'm so sorry you've had such a rough recovery from kidney stone surgery.

  17. These are adorable and so exciting for Kimmie. I'm so relieved the worst is behind you. No fun at all

  18. Oh Kris, you have been through the wringer! I can understand why you opted to have the surgery. Didn't know it could be that bad. My husband had kidney stones years ago but he was able to pass them.

    Congratulations on your daughter's upcoming wedding! You always have such cute (and practical) swag for events.

    Take care and overdo! Will pray for your recovery. xoxo

  19. Kris, Congrats to your daughter getting married I like the favors for the wedding shower. I know it will be wonderful. I'm so sorry that you had complications with your surgery. I hope you will be able to go on your trip and have a speedy recovery. Take care and hugs Kris.

  20. Oh Kris, I am so sorry to hear you had to have surgery. Bless your heart. I hear that is most painful! Will pray for total healing and recovery. Hope you can get away with Terry to the cottage for sure. I am sure you are beyond excited for your baby girl. I know the shower will be beautiful. How darn cute is that wine bag! I love the colors too. I hope that your September is wonderful to you in every way. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  21. Well those are just darling centerpieces, Kris. I love the colors and the stuffings!! You always do a party right! I'm sending you big hugs and big prayers for a quiet and healthy week and a wonderful time in Michigan. I know how you love those getaways!! xxoo

  22. I have been thinking about you. So happy that you now are rid of those stents. Hopefully you will feel like doing some walking this weekend but it is nice you are getting away for some rest. Love what you have gathered together for your daughter's bridal shower. xo Laura

  23. I know the shower will be wonderful with you planning it! I do hope you are able to enjoy the trip and the exploring for treasures.

  24. Hope a cottage weekend and an upcoming bridal shower will make you feel in tip top shape again.

  25. I'm so sorry to hear that you had to go all through that with the stones and surgery. What an ordeal! I can see why you did it! I hope you are now recovering quickly and nicely with minimal pain. I also hope you get to take your trip! The little pink purse centerpiece is adorable and so unique. I have never seen such a thing! The colors are beautfiul too. Best wishes... Marilyn

  26. Hi Kris- the shower will be fun and it looks like you’ve got a good start! I can’t imagine having a kidney stone removed. That must have been hard. Since I’m reading this on Thursday I’m imagining you’ve already made it to Michigan! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  27. Wow. Love the colors of the celebration. Congrats to your beautiful daughter and wedding and bright future ahead. :0) . So sorry you have been under the weather ..but glad to hear you have found pain relief. Ironically, my daughter had an ER visit this week, whereas, she was driving the boys to school and had to driver herself to ER after the first drop-off. She called me from ER crying hysterically due to pain..with diagnosis of infection and one stone that must be passed. So I have seen with hub also the pain of stones. Glad you are doing better and on the mend and sure hope you have a restful and full of shoping and pleasure vacation at the rental. :0) .. Enjoy...Enjoy...Well deserved. The shower will be so beautiful and fun, it seems. ;0)

  28. I am sorry to hear about your surgery and what you had to go through. I hope you are feeling better for your vacation. Congrats to your daughter!

  29. So sorry to hear about your surgery, and the tough recovery you endured. As I'm behind in my reading, I hope by now you are feeling much better, and are up and about, enjoying your time in Michigan. Congratulations on your daughter's upcoming marriage. With your creative touch, I'm sure the shower will be lovely!

  30. Kris, I am so sorry you had a hard time with your surgery and recovery. By now, I hope you are enjoying time in your cottage in Michigan. I love the details of the shower for your daughter. I know it will be beautiful. Take care and I hope you are much improved. I am sorry I am so late to comment.

  31. I am so sorry about your surgery. I hope you are up for the Found Cottage market. I imagine it will be amazing.

    And how fun the shower will be. You throw the best parties.

  32. Kris I am so very sorry to hear about the complications with your surgery. I pray that you will heal and have enough energy to go on one of your favourite trips. I absolutely love how you have put together such an amazing cooler bag, and beautifully tying in with the theme and colours of your daughter's wedding. That will be such a very happy occasion, made even better by the wonderful man that she has chosen. More grandchildren for you will be an even bigger bonus. Take good care of yourself my friend xoxo

  33. Kris, my friend, I am so sorry that you are having to go through so much pain. I hope it is getting a little better for you now as I am so behind in finding out anything. Your daughter will have a beautiful wedding and I love the colors and the centerpieces that you have chosen. I have an appointment with a retina specialist on next Tuesday, and am hoping this won't start another long time of doctors and appointments. Hope you are doing much better..xxoJudy

  34. Blessings to you and I hope you are better. What you created in the bag is darling. You're such a talented woman.

  35. I hope you are enjoying your time in Michigan this weekend, Kris. I saw Like Mother, Like Daughter was going to be at the Show in Holland. I bet you will find some wonderful treasures! I am so sorry about the ordeal you had to go through concerning the surgery, and recovery. Are you feeling better? The ideas for your daughter's shower are great! So pretty!! Take care, and be safe. Smooches. xxoo

  36. I have walked that path of your pain---yours, not mine---with you and have been praying for you all along the way. I hope this is the end of the stones and they can figure out why this is happening to you--and take steps to resolve it so it doesn't happen again.

    Love what you are doing for Kimmie's shower. I know you will do a smash up job like you always do for your girlfriend parties every year. She is a blessed girl!!

    Hope you are having fun in MI and feel like walking the entire show. I KNOW you will come home with some treasures! xo xo xo

  37. Hi Kris, we were away visiting our Daughter and away from social media too, so just came over to check on you and see that you already had your surgery. Hope you are
    feeling so much better by now, and hope you can really enjoy your trip to Michigan. Will be praying you both have a great time.
    All your wedding shower finds look awesome. Weddings are so much fun and excitement. She has chosen a beautiful color too.
    Sorry to hear you had such a rough time and hope that is all behind you now.
    Love and Blessings,

  38. I'm sorry you had to go through this surgery, Kris. I have heard that it is really painful. Praying for a full and speedy recovery. Your daughter's wedding colors are so pretty. Weddings are always fun, and I know her wedding will be amazing. Hope you were able to enjoy the Found Cottage Market. Hugs.

  39. Your creativity always amazes me. I do love the darling wine coolers...what a neat idea! I know you are so happy for your younger daughter....y'all are going to have so much fun the next several weeks! I'm very happy you're recovering so well. :D

  40. Oh dear. I'm sorry about your surgery. I hope you are feeling much better. Congratulations to your daughter.