Hi Friends! I bet you are wondering, “What has happened to StoneGable?” You might be thinking… I don’t get a newsletter in my inbox every morning… or… where are the new pictures… or … why has the same topics been on the Upcoming Post sidebar image week after week? Well, it has been a tough road for me lately. And one I would never want to walk… or should I say wheel again! So here’s a little update…

On December 13th I had surgery on my ankle to fix a fracture and to fuse two arthritic bone together. One on my ankle and one on the top right side of my left foot. I must admit, I was not prepared for the l-o-n-g recovery of a bone fusion. I went from the hospital to a rehab hospital to learn how to maneuver with one leg as I could not and still can not walk on my left leg. I was in the rehab hospital working 3-5 hours a day learning how to cope in a wheelchair. I had wonderful care but let’s just say that I have never been so happy to leave a place in my life!

Then I went from the wheelchair to my upstairs bedroom, where I have spent almost all of my time these last 7 plus weeks. I have gained such an appreciation for people that have disabilities and are shut in’s. 

I never knew the feeling of refreshment and rejuvenation a shower could give until I had my very first shower over a week after my operation! I was not cleared to shower until the cast and boot came off of my leg.  But this was one doctor’s order I was not going to obey. My wonderful Bobby rigged up a way for me to sit in the shower and not get my cast wet.

The simple act of a showering, something I did daily without a thought made me feel alive! I wonder how many others with ailments and disabilities could use a life infusing shower too!

My friend Katie would come once a week and change my bed. By the end of the week, the sheets had worked loose from the bottom of the bed and ended up almost around my neck during the night. I looked forward to Thursdays because that meant that the bed would be made and new, tucked in sheets would be on the bed! Making my bed every day has taken on a whole new meaning!

Cooking was another hurdle. Thank goodness for my friends. For 7 weeks they have faithfully come with baskets of scrumptious food to feed us. Feeding our souls as well as our bodies!

It gets very very lonely to mostly live in one room by yourself all day. I looked forward to visits from friends and family. They were a lifeline to me! They made me laugh and interact! We chatted and watched Victoria on PBS together and had lunch together. We prayed together and we shared life. This is what kept me sane! My dear blogging friends Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse and Kelly from My Soulful Home were fabulous about calling and cheering me on!

This past Tuesday, I went back to see the surgeon and to get my cast off. As Bobby and I were driving I couldn’t help but comment on how blue the sky looked. I forgot in that short time how blue the sky really was! And how good a chilly breeze felt.

The cast came off and a boot now is my left foot’s companion. I am disappointedly still not able to walk on my left leg. One thing this ordeal has taught me is patience. God has me in His waiting room! I have another week yet before I can leave the wheelchair behind and walk with a walker. Every day seems like it holds 1,000 hours! 

I’m looking forward to doing the things I love best… taking pictures, going to Bible Study and church, arranging a vignette, walking my yard, driving to Barnes and Noble, getting packages off the front porch, going to lunch with friends, making soup on a cold day, visiting my children and so much more.

I’ve not even been able to walk my new grandson Anderson in his stroller yet!

But I don’t feel sorry for myself… I am spending my days working on StoneGable and now podcasting (a new love in my life)! I love studying the Book of Romans!!!! I have more time to talk to family and friends on the phone and am spending such sweet time with Bobby. 

I still have a little bit of a way to go, but hopefully, things will start improving fast! You can expect to see new and fresh images in my posts next week. And new podcasts too! I even am going to Bible Study and am meeting friends for lunch. I have a hair appointment that I am really looking forward too! I now know that yes, I am getting a little gray! YIKES! And I have a mani and pedi scheduled. Oh such luxury!

I think my passion for blogging has increased by leaps and bounds during this time. I miss photo shoots and decorating and all that goes with it so much! I love what I do so much and I love all of you! Thank you for being so faithful during this very unsettled time in my life. You are really the very best!!!!!!!

I have big, big plans for StoneGable in 2017. Plans made with you in mind! I’m so excited to get started!



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  1. Karen White says:

    So sorry to hear of your troubles. But you know and believe that God will get you through it. Love, Karen

  2. judyincarefree says:

    So glad you are healing!

  3. So glad you are one step closer to “normal.”
    Take your time,we’ll still be here for you.

  4. MO LARSON says:

    Oh, you poor thing…..I will keep you in my prayers and I look forward to hearing some great news in the weeks to come……God is good, and only gives us what WE can handle…….Hang in there my sweet friend!!!
    Sending much love from Colorado……

    1. OMG, I often wonder how people do it. I’ve had foot surgery but nothing like you. It’s funny how we take a shower and a clean bed for granted. You have great friends and family. Hugs and hopes for a speedy recovery. Peg

  5. Hi Anita, I am so sorry you were struggling these past 2 months. Sometimes it takes us being down to appreciate the times when we feel good. Hopefully this is past you and you will be back to your normal self. Please know that I truly appreciate your blog and always find it entertaining and educational. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

    Michelle πŸ™‚

  6. Deborah Cooper says:


    I have rarely left posts because I am just as shy online as I am in public! But I got such a giggle this morning about the sheets crawling up around your neck! Thanks for that one. Just wanted to say that I hope your recovery speeds up. I’m looking forward (NOT) to the toe fusion in my future and have put it off for just the reason you wrote about. Anyway, stay well. Looking forward to the Podcast!

  7. Hang in there! Life is so full of challenges !

  8. Teddee Grace says:

    This was so much worse than I realized! Looking forward to your full recovery.

  9. You are in my prayers for healing as comfort.
    Blessings, Candy

  10. Hello Anita! Thank you for the update. It’s so nice to hear from you!! I will keep you in my prayers for healing. I’ve been enjoying your daily blog for years and have often thought that I wished you lived closer to me because I would love to be a drop-in friend – especially at the time when you needed help. Love, Jackie

  11. stephanie werner says:

    Congratulations on the new grandson! Blessings and healing to you. Thanks for sharing your life and love with us.

  12. Oh dear freind, I was just talking about you to Suzie (was your nose itching) and told her I felt bad I had not called you in so long. I am sorry I have not been a very good friend. πŸ™ I have been thinking of you and praying for you though, and I am so happy to hear you will be up and about doing some normal life things. Enjoy them. I will call you after I get back from NYC. Miss you. Hugs and love, Barb

  13. My husband had ankle fusion surgery a few years ago and I know the recovery period seems like forever! He was able to get around on one of those little scooters where the “bad” leg rests on the knee pad. He walks with no limp at all and has no problems with lengthy treks–we live by Disney world and go there often. Best wishes for a speedily complete recovery!!!

    1. That is why I had it done! I want to be able to go on long walks without any pain. Good to know!

  14. So sorry to hear about the tough time you’re having. I’ve had bone fusions and I know what a rough road it is to recovery. I remember that first shower so well so I know just what you’re talking about. I’m having an ankle replacement in the spring and I’m not looking forward to it at all. Go easy on yourself and don’t push too hard. This well be a memory some day albeit a bad one. We will all be here for you when you’re up to posting again. Prayers that the rest of your recovery is easier.

  15. I’m so glad to have an update on how your doing! Hang in there. Spring will come! I love your blog and we all still be here when you are back on your feet again!

  16. “God has me in His waiting room.” Love your quote. Blessings are abundant in your life as you have shared with us your readers. Prayers for your recovery to speed up because you bring such joy to us through your blog.

  17. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. So pleased to hear you are getting better!

  18. I am so glad you shared this with us. I hope you continue to improve each and every day. I am glad that you are able to get out as well. Looking forward to more wonderful posts for 2017.

  19. Brenda Botbyl-Velez says:

    Oh boy! A long haul for sure! I’m glad there is a light at the end of the tunnel for you! It takes an illness to appreciate our good health and how we take it for granted!
    I just want to take this time to tell you how much I look forward to your posts! I sense from your writings that you have a kind heart and are someone, if we lived close by, would be friends! I would watch Victoria with you and bring you food! I reached out to you once before with a question and you were so kind and helpful. I’m grateful and feel hopeful when I come across good people like you in the world. You make a difference with your blog. Thank you for it! Continue to get better.?

    1. Yes, we would watch Victoria together. You could join our fun little group!

  20. Kathy Gilman says:

    I think you have opened all of our eyes today. I know I take for granted that I will get up and get going with my day and don’t even give it a thought. I have a new appreciation of all the things I take for granted. Bless you!!

  21. Lynda Cox says:

    Enjoy your blog and ideas. My favourite site to go to when I am looking what to do with a coffee table.
    Hope you have a speedy recovery.

  22. Sherry M. says:

    Thank you for the update, Yvonne. I pray that the road to complete recovery is shorter than the ordeal behind you. You continue to bless and delight my days. May God bless you and your family with added strength, patience, and love. Hang in there!

  23. Thanks for the update, I’m so glad that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I can somewhat relate to what you are saying. When I was 6 months pregnant with our son I was sent to bed for 2 1/2 months starting New Years Eve day! They discovered that I was 90% effaced already, so even though I felt fine I couldn’t risk be upright adding any additional pressure.

    I was allowed to walk to the bathroom as necessary and make my own lunch but the rest of the time I was either in bed or on a couch. My once a week trip to the doctor’s office was my only outing, however I had to ride with the seat reclined so I couldn’t see much as we drove across town. That was the longest, most depressing January & February I’ve ever had, here in the Midwest they can be pretty cold and gloomy anyway. However, the end result was a beautiful boy born 3 days before his due date on St. Patrick’s Day so it was worth it all, but NOT something I’d like to repeat. πŸ™‚

    Sending prayer for continued healing your way.

  24. Like I have said before I have “walked in your shoes” PTL for your friends and their constant support. I had none of that! You are truly blessed! You so well described how being in a wheel chair and non-weight baering feels like and just the feeling of fresh air! You are in my prayers….and try to do as many strengthening excises as you can do….because you have no idea how weak you will be!

  25. Hi Yvonne, so sorry to hear your struggles and will continue to pray God’s healing on your foot. Hang in there and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year! Prayers and hugs for you!

  26. Yvonne
    So sorry you have gone through such an ordeal.
    When we are in situations like your it causes us to think about what is truly worthwhile. Like God family and friends. Not to take little things for granted like blue skies sunshine hot soup on a cold day things we wouldn’t give a second glance.

    So glad you are blessed with beautiful people to help and spend time with these weeks. I’m sure it gave you a better appreciation of time we have with loved ones and how precious they are.

    To tell you the truth I would have never guessed you were as incapacitated as you are. You blog has been as beautiful as always, as if you never missed a beat.

    As difficult as I’m sure it’s been I bet you had more time to have more conversations with God and learned more from him. Good comes from every situation with him.

    Thanks for all you do and I’ll say a prayer for you today dear Yvonne

    God bless you
    Ann H

  27. So glad to hear you are on the mend. I enjoy your blog posts so much, and I know so many of those require your up-and-at-it attention. So, I realize my anticipation of your up-and-about is a teensy bit selfish, lol. I admire your spirit and faith about all this, and wish you all the best as you continue your recoup. You will have a beautiful summer to share with that new grand strolling about.

  28. If I lived near you I would bring you soup πŸ™‚ Love & prayers for brighter days!!!

  29. Dauphine Bonham says:

    Just hang in there. I have been basically where you are now and remember what it felt like. I never realized who my friends really were until then. Even though it is a pain you come out with a new appreciation of the good things and people in your life.

  30. Oh, Yvonne, I certainly can empathize with you. About 5 years ago I had a left posterior tibial tendon repair with calcaneal osteotomy and was in a cast and unable to put any weight on my left foot for 6 weeks. What made my life a whole lot better during that time was a device that looks a lot like a scooter that has a padded bench area on which you rest the leg that is in the cast. It has hand brakes and everything. Imagine a 50 something woman wheeling around the house with her knee on a scooter, terrifying our dog until she got used to my new way to get around. I so agree that one learns to appreciate things that might previously been taken for granted. I am so happy you are on the mend, and if PT is in your future, I hope and pray for a quick but safe return to your former mobile self.

    I am really enjoying your podcasts. So very interesting to learn more about 3 of my favorite bloggers. And Bobby really is famous. πŸ˜‰

  31. Good luck, Yvonne! Youare on the way to mending!! Funny how simple pleasure we take for granted become so sweet once we are without — goes for people too!!!

  32. Marty Oravetz says:

    Get well soon, that is a long time to be down. I will keep you in my prayers.

  33. Being “set-aside” is a difficult detour—you are blessed to have good friends/family who have made it easier than it may have been—take your time, the world will wait—learn well, heal well, and when you fully return you will have a message that we all need to hear! Blessings to you!

  34. Self care is most important for you Yvonne!!! We are not going anywhere. You are so loved by your followers…you have also given us the gift of patience.

  35. Sandi Ekholm says:

    Being “set-aside” is a difficult detour—you are blessed to have good friends/family who have made it easier than it may have been—take your time, the world will wait—learn well, heal well, and when you fully return you will have a message that we all need to hear! Blessings to you!

  36. Bet Stephens says:

    How beautiful your post was today.
    As a caretaker last night I thought every area needs a friend line
    That people can call for prayer or just to have a ear to hear
    I am so glad you are blessed with friends and family that are
    Close by where you live.
    But in reading your post my thoughts went to wonder how many thousands of times
    You have been the one taking food,and visiting the shut ins?

  37. Josephine Tyler says:

    So glad a large part of your ordeal is over. I had a similar situation with a botched hip replacement that resulted in a broken pelvis. I too realized how lucky I am not to be permantly disabled. My husband loves to grocery shop & cook so that helped. Friends & family & your blog were also a great help. I can look
    at your blogs over & over because they are always beautiful & informative.

  38. Bless your heart. You are a trooper, and I am sending my heartfelt thoughts and prayers for your continued progress and healing. Besides, I love your posts and sure don’t mind seeing them twice. Take care.

  39. God is so good to each and every one of us and yet we take so much for granted. So glad you are on the road to mending.

  40. Nola Wildon says:

    Sending prayers that you will have a speedy recovery!

  41. Teresa Gonzales says:

    I’m with you- have had over 25 orthopedic surgeries. Slow and sure you will get there. Keep looking at the light at the end of the tunnel-you are almost there.

  42. So sorry you have been confined….So glad you are recovering.
    Hope you are soon back to doing the things you love.

  43. I am sorry to hear you have gone through such a difficult time, but glad you are healing and able to get around more now. What a blessing to have such wonderful family and friends to help you! It does make us appreciate the little things in life more when we go through trials. God bless you and heal you.

  44. What wonderful friends you have! Take your time and be kind to yourself.

  45. Yvonne, so glad you are on the mend, in HIS time! That’s so hard for all of us to be patient.

  46. I have followed your blog for lots of years, and when you left it I was so disappointed. When you came back, I was thrilled! I want to say that even though some of your posts were “memories of the past”, I truly have enjoyed ALL of them! I hope you heal quickly, and just remember, it won’t be as long as it has been until you’re out in the yard and garden and doing all of the things you love so much!
    Blessings to you!!!

  47. Pam emich says:

    You poor thing. You love all that I do, and think the way I think. irony of ironies, my podiatrist wants to do surgery on my painful pinkie hammertoe, but I say nada.
    Get well soon!

  48. Yes, I totally relate, Yvonne, as I’ve been helpless more than a few times! After losing the sight in my strongest eye (due to a disease), people would say “we sure take things for granted, don’t we?” … but I disagreed as I’d always been grateful for all my faculties – to the point that a sunset could bring a tear to my eye. After that, an undiagnosed back problem sent me to bed (doctor’s orders) and told not to shower or leave the bedroom. Next, came two knee replacements after losing my husband. Due to living alone, I also was in Rehab until doctors felt I could cope on my own. Due to poor vision, I now have to walk to get groceries, do errands, etc. and really miss my former life being driven by my husband. I find the one thing that can help a person in your situation is saying to yourself: “this is all temporary”. I found I could pretty much bear anything if I knew “it” was temporary. You will get there, Yvonne! I hope you’ve received the card I returned to you; could you please confirm receipt so I don’t worry unnecessarily. Thank you!

  49. Bless your heart! Have prayed for you and will continue to do so until you’re hunky dunky again! Yes, being homebound keeps one from many things. I miss doing a lot of things I haven’t been able to do for almost 17 years. But…I’m a homebody and an introvert and comfortable being cooped up. I’ve made peace with it all. You just have to think outside the four walls. And praise the Lord! That is essential. I’m so glad your road to recovery has shortened. I know that, although you missed out on many things, you haven’t missed out on friendship. We all love you, Yvonne! You’ll get back to all those beautiful ideas in your head and you’ll share them with us soon. ❀

  50. I have been a nurse for 34 years. I have always been in good health. A few years ago I had back pain that lasted 6 months! I was in constant pain and no position was comfortable. At the time I did not have health insurance. I fought the pain and used my nursing knowledge to treat myself. I even tried acupuncture. I was in bed in our guest bedroom the whole time. I was so miserable. I got so depressed, and felt isolated. It was at that time I truly understood why people in chronic pain contimplate suicide. I came through it just fine, but it gave me more compassion for patients that are in constant pain and can not walk.
    Yes, I loved a shower and clean sheets as well. I am glad you are recovering and have such great support.

  51. Cynthia S. says:

    Good Morning, isn’t it! You are recovering in the luxury of your beautiful home. I too know well the lonliness of confinement.But thru faith, I recovered, made whole and I will not look back. These are the times God has our attention.However, I must admit I have yet to obtain patience!!! But I’m still working at it.
    Thank you for the update as I too have wondered what was happening, hoping you were not becoming disinterested in blogging. We won’t let you without putting up a good fight! Remember Yvonne , God will take your ashes and turn them into beauty, he’s done it for me several times. So it’s exciting to anticipate the blessings that are coming.
    I pray that the Lord restores you completly from the top of your head to the soles of your feet.We receive this in Jesus’s name. God Bless you Yvonne…love to you…

  52. Hi Yvonne!

    I am so sorry for the ordeal you have been going through, and also happy to hear you are on the mend. I understand what you’ve been going through. I had an accident 2 years ago that left me with a permanent brain injury and nerve damage. Laying in bed for weeks on end is challenging. I choose to praise God in the bad times and the good times! Surgeries, medications and doctors visits are now a norm, but nothing can diminish the faith we have! May God bless you and may His healing hands carry you through this journey for His glory! I am looking forward to what you have in store for your blog in 2017!

  53. Kathleen Warren says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of your surgery. I will continue to pray for you with this added knowledge. I just want you to know how grateful I am for your blog. I live thousands of miles from family, no longer work, have no church family or friends. I look forward to your blog. It’s like having coffee with a friend. Blessings to you. Thank you for adding beauty to so many lives.

  54. Victoria Schwalbe says:

    You have been through the wringer for sure. But you still sound great….literally and in print. Looking forward to all your new blogs, but Don’t rush . I’m loving rereading old posts again and again.. Take care, we’ll wait as long as necessary.
    Love and hugs, Victoria

  55. genie steger says:

    Oh Yvonne,

    I know how it feels to have a shower after surgery (tow knee replacements in 2015), and you really appreciate being able to take one by your self!

    Sweet dreams and happy healing soon!!!

  56. So happy to hear you are on the road to recovery! I broke my right ankle in Mid-October and have true empathy for you.

    I wish you would have shared the bed sheet situation. I’m an RN and there are ways to change bed sheets with the patient in bed. Nothing feels better than a shower and fresh sheets when we are not feeling well.

    Congrats on a great recovery!

  57. Oh my, Yvonne. So sorry you are having to go through this, yet rejoicing in His grace and mercy in your life. Thank you for always pointing us to Him. Nothing ever gets old on your blog. Thank you for continuing to share. Love the podcast idea and heard some giggles, but unable to keep it functioning. Probably just not tech savvy enough. Prayers and hugs and God’s best.

  58. Jeri Ann Thompson says:

    Sending prayers and good wishes your way! God is good and watching over you!

  59. Hi Yvonne, I think you have done the most fantastic job as it is, you’ve made a huge effort and it has been so appreciated by everyone. I can only imagine how frustrating everything is without mobility. But please be patient just a little longer, it will be worth it, plus you will be up and running in time for Spring, a time to be outside and then you can walk your grandson everywhere in his stroller and enjoy the warmer weather together. Big hugs from France xx

  60. It can be very difficult for an energetic person to be so incapacitated! Hang in there! It will get better, slowly but surely. Last February 29 I had both my knees replaced. Yes, at the same time. However, therapist had me up & walking within minutes of getting to my room. I used a walker but I was moving. I cannot imagine what you’ve gone through. You are amazing! Best of luck from here on out!!

  61. Maggie Nelson says:

    I’m been there and done that! I also had foot surgery and I was off work for several weeks but looking back it wasn’t a horrible time because of my husband and friends from church and from work help me trough it. I think the hardest thing was to depend on others to do the daily and routine things but on the other side I have plenty of time to read, meditate and learn to depends on others. I have one suggestion for you: during the day when you are alone just listen music on the christian station and sing along the songs you know. It did really help me and may be it will help you. You are my favorite blogger and everyday I look for you emails. Hugs from California!

  62. Thanks for being so transparent, Yvonne. Oftentimes, your ‘audience’ can fool themselves into thinking that life is all hunky-dorie for bloggers… especially those with “Home Care” blogs. This was refreshing for us!

    God is good… I can see how He has grown you in this time, just by what you wrote here. And, that’s what trials are for, right? To sanctify and bring us to more maturity in Him. This is where our joy should be found. πŸ™‚

    Hope you get to ‘stroll’ your little grandson soon! Hugs!

  63. I knew about your fracture but not the bone fusion. You have been through a lot in the last several weeks! I’m glad to hear you are on the mend. I’ll continue to pray for your speedy recovery. You are amazing; all that you do.

  64. Thank you fir the update. I’m sorry you have had such a long recovery, may it speed ahead!

    Wishing you the best!

  65. Yvonne, I’m so happy for you that this ordeal is coming to a close. The walker will be liberating compared to a wheelchair. I, too, have had the same thoughts as you when going through times of limited mobility. I knew mine would come to an end, but many with disabilities don’t have that luxury and so often show so much grace. Looking forward to all you have for us. Thank you for your transparency. Praying for your full recovery!!

  66. I am glad that you are on the mend. I have a dear friend who had a similar bone fusion in her ankle. She was six weeks non-weight bearing. After that, there was a very gradual increase in the amount of weight she able to put on her foot. I have a deep appreciation for what you have been going through. I look forward to some new posts, but, don’t rush getting back to work. Having said that, I am sure that getting back to work is just what you need and want and wild horses couldn’t hold you back.

  67. Cindy Brown says:

    Being disabled isn’t fun, knowing from experience.

    Saving energy to do those things you really love – and learning to let go and let others is harder than it sounds!

    Best wishes in your recovery, you (as always) and Bobby are in my prayers!

  68. Susan Trytsman. England says:

    So pleased you are almost up and running. We serve an awesome God. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

  69. Katherine Wolfe says:

    We have a friend that is celebrating her 100 Birthday on Monday February 6th. She is the picture of health. She makes getting older look good. My goal is to be as much like her as I can be.

    I am so glad to hear your story. We all need to be more aware of how easy it is to loose our freedom.

    God bless,

  70. Katie Devine says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey. I had no idea you were going through this ordeal. I love your blog and read it religiously. I’ve always been so impressed with your upbeat, positive outlook on life’s ups and downs, but never as much as now, how you have managed to soldier through this tough ordeal and manage to keep a smile on your face and spread a little laughter too. We really do not appreciate how blessed we are until life hands us a health challenge. Thanks for letting us know what’s been happening. You are so lucky to have such an awesome support system with great, loving friends and family. I adore your new podcast… can’t wait for the next one. Keep your chin up. It sounds like your recovery is happening slowly but surely. Sending prayers and wishes.

    Katie Devine

  71. Anita–
    My sister had a partial tear of her Achilles’ tendon and could not put any weight on her foot at all for 3 whole months. She got very good at wheeling herself around her home in a wheel chair managing most everything.
    By the grace of God you , too, will get through this— and your “freedom” will be even more precious to you!!
    God’s blessings to you and all who have helped you!!

  72. Diane Ruebel says:

    YOU are an inspiration!!

    hugs from Diney on Camano Island

  73. Vicki N. Martin says:

    I am so sorry that you have had all this time and still not feeling your best. It’s hard to stay in one room and feel really bad isn’t it. I have been there. You just keep thinking good thoughts and know that things are getting better. You are just impatient. But really you are improving and it just takes time.

  74. Carmellia says:

    Please know Yvonne, that the many people whose lives you touch daily are thinking of and praying for your recovery. Wishing you well so you can trade out that walker for your grand baby’s stroller!

  75. Cecilia Williams says:

    Oh my goodness! I am very happy that you are mending. It sounds like your trials are soon to be over. Take Care!! Hugs from Oklahoma!

  76. Yvonne

    I look forward to your email everyday. Try bed suspenders for your sheets.

    All the best.

  77. Linda James says:

    Patience….something we never pray for. Lol. When my husband broke his back, many years ago, he reported that the time he was immobile was the time that he grew in the knowledge of God’s word and a whole new intimacy with Him. May you continue to improve and look forwsrd to that first stroll with your grandson . Enjoy life and the blessing of friends and family giving to you as you have given to everyone before. This is your time to reap rewards. God Bless You!!!

  78. Suzanne Viggiano says:

    Good for you!! What a great attitude you have!!!

  79. Veda Spalding says:

    So sorry for what you are going thru!! I thought having broken ribs for the last2 weeks was bad, but I’ll take where I’m at over your situation!! But it has been somewhat entertaining to watch my hubby who is a total outside on the farm person, do some cooking laundry and changing the sheets! When you were talking about the sheets up around your neck I thought about watching him try to fold a fitted sheet !! I laughed so hard which made my ribs hurt but the laughter was so worth it!!

  80. Marcy Leonard says:

    So glad to hear of your continued improvement. Good to be able to see the finish line looming at last. I suspect your confinement time has turned up a good many gifts that you will continue to discover.

  81. Anne Marie says:

    God bless – you are such a strong lady.

  82. We tend to take our daily life for granted until they are taken away. Even the simple of things, like taking a shower, are a pleasure. Being house bound would be bad enough but bedroom bound! Yikes! I hope you recover quickly now and can get back to everything you love. Bug hug!

  83. Sharon Kyle says:

    I have just subscribed to your blog and enjoy all the posts. Being new I didn’t realize they were oold, but it’s okay because I feel I have now caught up!! Get well and I look forward to all your new and exciting posts!

    1. I don’t look at posts as old.They are all relevant. I’m so glad you subscribed!

  84. Bonnie Martin says:

    Prayer for a speedy recovery. Isn’t it strange when we are forced to slow down, how peaceful it can be? For instance, you mentioned studying Romans. By the way, love the podcast! Hope you’re back on your feet soon!

  85. Phyllis Veal says:

    I have had you on my mind so much and have prayed for your recovery. You are closer now! I hope to see a picture soon of you strolling that grandson in his stroller!
    Hugs to you for a speedy recovery.
    Phyllis Veal

  86. Praying for your complete and total recovery. Spring is coming, and soon you will be strolling along with Anderson in the sweet warm sunshine.

  87. We could have been praying for you this whole time, friend! I’m so sad to hear you have been having such a rough time, but encouraged at the same time that, as usual, you have a cheery outlook from the joy within you. You are in my prayers now. Thanks for the update.

  88. Avis Cooper says:

    Yvonne, you are often in my thoughts and then you become part of my prayers for you! God is teaching me lessons on resting in Him…are you part of this class? ggg Anyway, rest in knowing that God was aware of all you are going through before you did and His plans are always for our good because He loves us so much. You are a constant blessing to many and it seems that now is a season for others to be able to return blessing to you…accept it. I’m looking forward to your new venture for 2017. Love and hugs.

  89. Coming from one who also has had an ankle fusion, I must say I never noticed a slacking on your blog. Everyday’s post is interesting to me. Hang in there, Spring and better days are just around the corner.

  90. I do miss your emails. Best wishes for continued healing.

  91. DearYvonne,

    Sending my prayers and best wishes for a full recovery–which indeed takes time, too much time it seems. I’m partially disabled from a number of arthritis related-conditions and surgeries, so I certainly understand what you’re going through. Keep the faith (as I know you will) and don’t give up. Best wishes always,


  92. Yvonne
    My goodness you have been through so much but have managed to remain quite positive! You have been blessed with so many of God’s gifts. Patience I’m sure has been tried but the love and kindness around you has been in abundance. Continued healing, blessings and prayers.

  93. I could never get bored looking at anything you do, or have done in the past. And I’m so glad your trial is almost over for you. Isn’t it wonderful to have a husband who can do just about everything?

  94. Carol Brooks says:

    It’s amazing the circumstances we can find ourselves in that God gives us the understanding and faith to work through….gaining new insights as we go…the appreciation of things we miss doing whether making a bed or cooking, the wonders of His beauty in the out of doors, and to know the situations others may be in…His grace is sufficient for all. I send prayers for continued healing!

  95. JoAnn Patton says:

    Thank you for the update! Your positive attitude is such a blessing. We take so much for granted. May God continue to strengthen and heal you during this season of rest.

  96. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Yvonne, you have a special way of touching the hearts of your readers! I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Have a blessed day!

  97. Beth Groff says:

    Yvonne I am so sorry for all you have been through the last few months. Glad you will be able to be up and walking soon. We will do lunch on a nice spring day when you are able. Hugs

  98. Yvonne, you are so blessed to have Bobby and so many loving friends and family. When God says He will take care of all of our needs, He always comes through…and its fun to watch Him motivate people to be His hands and feet at times like this. I have no doubt those who are helping you are being blessed by your thankful spirit too! I am praying for your continued healing… thanks for encouraging us with your renewed appreciation for all those little things we sometimes take for granted!

  99. Eileen McCullough says:

    So glad to hear you are heading toward the mend. You will be up and back to yourself just in time for Spring. Sure have missed you.

  100. God’s blessings for your complete re-
    covery. All things in His timing….that can be the tough part! Take care and want you be excited when the healing is complete.

  101. After a recent back injury, I can empathize with your feelings. We don’t know how truly blessed we are till those blessing are postponed for a time. Healing of the body and soul takes time, sometimes more than we would wish for. Waiting rooms are usually not as anticipated part of life, but necessary in His timing. My prayers are with you as you heal and lean not to our own understanding. Proverbs 3: 5&6

  102. Kelli Cross says:

    I have noticed the emails had not been coming. But there is always something beautiful and spiritual to read or view on your blog, that didn’t care! You have guided me along as I strengthen my faith, Yvonne. Your wit, grace and talent are very uplifting to me. Not a day goes by that I do not check your blog for new posts, or spend time in the archives! God Bless You! And I will send prayers up for a speedy recovery!

  103. Pam Fogal says:

    Prayers to you for a “quicker” recovery!

  104. Tolli McGowan says:

    Hi Anita,
    I can totally relate and sympathize with you. I have been dealing with an Achilles which was finally removed last August but my ordeal is now almost 3.5 YEARS. I’m close to healing but not quite there yet so I completely understand your frustration. BTW, I use a cast cover so I can shower did didn’t learn about them until two years into this problem.
    I’m thinking and praying for your recovery.
    I also listened to your podcast today…loved it, so much fun.
    God bless and take care.

  105. Tolli McGowan says:

    Sorry, Yvonne vice Anita!!!

  106. God’s plan is sometimes not ours. Oh what a journey this has been for you. I am so happy you are healing and on the recovery road. All is His time. Hugs to you.

  107. Could you write a blog on how you study the Bible? God’s speed in your recovery!


  108. I am so sorry for all you gave endured. I too love what I do and what a blessing that is. Good luck to you and God bless

  109. So glad you can finally get out of the house. The Lord has been good to you. Take Care !

  110. It’s been a long road, but you are almost there! Take care and don’t over do!

  111. Hang in there honey! I’ve had arthritis all my life plus a broken tailbone in my ’20’s. We learn to really appreciate good health, don’t we? Prayers for your healing!

  112. I will continue to keep you in my prayers!

  113. Yvonne, I’m so sorry that your recovery is taking a little longer than you expected but so glad that you are counting your blessings. I’m praying that 2017 will be full of good health!

  114. Yes have missed your post! In November 2015 I had a big toe fusion and was out of work for 7 weeks. Came back in a roller with cast. Then a shoe and didn’t get in my shoes until June 2016. I was just released in January 2017. I’m a diabetic and it was slow healing but I can now go back to Zumba and Pound and am forever grateful for being able to walk. I don’t think I will ever take that for granted! Get well! Vickie from Etsie and Me

  115. Dear local friend, I have shared your journey with a foot reconstruction….first on the left in Nov of 2014 and then the right after my daughter’s wedding this past May. You will appreciate everything SO MUCH MORE! 3 months of no weight on the operative foot can make anyone totally insane! God will bless you through this trial. Spring and Mobility are just around the corner Yvonne!
    Rose French

  116. You have a wonderful positive attitude…may your healing continue to successfully progress and you are permitted to leave “God’s waiting Room” . I am scheduled for surgery tomorrow. Your post is just the ‘kick’ I needed! God Bless!!

  117. Thoughts and prayers for continued healing. What a uplifting post, your attitude is amazing! What you have been going through is truly a test of faith, strength and patience, sounds like you are one strong woman in all these areas. May God continue to bless you.

  118. Nancy Reilly says:

    So glad to hear you are on the mend and are now able to begin getting back to your active and rewarding life! God bless you! You are a wonder and blessing for me

  119. Here’s something I learned when I was in a wheelchair from a foot fracture: I was eye to eye with all the kiddos! I smiled at them and they lit up as if to say, “Hey, lady, what are you doing down here?!” It helped me most to set up a very specific schedule so I felt more normal. I kept up movement with a public TV show for people in wheelchairs, and had a list of books to read I could check off. Yes, now I always make eye contact with people in chairs – most people just look away. A silver lining is the life lessons you learn from such times. LOTS OF HUGS to your hubby for being such a good partner.

  120. Thanks for the update. God is so good. Praying Your recovery continues to go smooth.

  121. As I told you due to my recovery from first metatarsal joint fusion it IS a tough project! At least I had no stairs and could slither around on the bare floors to get to the door now and then. And is there anything more humbling than seeing your husband perched on the side of tub watching you hunched over in a chair fully naked to get that first glorious shower!? Mercy! My surgeon told me to give myself a full year for total(ish) recovery but I thought “yeah, maybe normal people, but not me!” Well, it really took that long for everything to get back to normal(ish) and even then some. I’ve passed on this advice several times to women and they tell me later it was SO good to hear it especially when you’re questioning whether you’ll ever be able to do ALL the things, with the same strength vigor as before. God bless…

    1. So glad your getting to the end of this journey! Wishing you the best for a speedy recovery!

  122. Gladys King says:

    So glad to hear you are doing better – my prayers are with you for your continued healing. During a year when I was healing a few years back, reading your blog was always a bright spot of inspiration! You are truly blessed – take care and so looking forward to Stonegable’s 2017 posts!

  123. Continued prayers for healing. As a newer follower, I have enjoyed catching up on all of your old posts.

  124. So glad to hear you are doing better. I am praying for your full recovery!

  125. Botanic Bleu says:

    Good news all around! Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for 2017. I know I am going to love it.


  126. Dawn Turner says:

    Oh, my! You have been in a pickle. So glad you are blessed with wonderful friends and family to support you! Wishes for the next week to fly by. Prayers!

  127. God Bless you woman! You’ve really been through the wringer! prayers for your continued healing process. Many hugs sent your way!

  128. Dear Yvonne, I am wishing you “All The Best” with your continued healing time! I Loved your heartfelt comment about being in “God’s waiting room”… as I am waiting on Him too.. but underneath it all.. “We Truly can do All things Through Christ who strengthens us” can’t we? With Love, Judy

  129. In tough times, the tough make the most of the inconvenience. You’ve come a long way – & walking with a boot is around the corner. ?
    Sending good wishes for your new venture!!

  130. Oh Yvonne! This reminds me of my husband’s spinal fusion surgery and recovery! We were camped out at home through an entire summer. I will tell you my secret for getting through something like this. Ice cream! Have yourselves a bowl every day to reward yourself for the patients and determination to get through another day! Now when there is a tough situation in our family, we always ask “Did someone get the ice cream?” πŸ™‚

  131. Thank you for sharing. I just had major surgery three weeks ago today. It was elective, but even so I totally underestimated just how long recovery would be. I can relate to you on the feeling of loneliness at times. I cannot go out and do the things I was doing. No church. No bible study. And no girls’ nights. I barely made it through the grocery store the other night. I just needed to get out of my bed and out of the house and join the living. That proved to be too much on me. But you are right. It certainly makes you appreciate things in a different light. The blue sky. The crisp air. The refreshing shower. I hope you are well on your way to a speedy recovery. God bless!

  132. Olga Hinojosa says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    I send a friendly hello and prayers for your recovery. Your words today reminded me not to take my body for granted and also to remember to appreciate all the good and simple things in my life. I had knee surgery last March and I certainly remember the frustration of not being able to do what I was used to. Every morning, regardless of circumstances, I always recite my favorite Psalm, 118:24 – “This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” It’s a wonderful praise, right? Please don’t rush things and take extra good yourself. I love your blog and I’m amazed at all you are still able to post. Take care.

  133. Patience not patients! Well, it’s really the same thing, right? πŸ™‚

  134. I’ve had several surgeries that have kept me down and in the house. I have 2 new hips and 2 new knees. Like you, my first “ahhhhh” was a shower! Never will I complain of a high water bill! Surgeries have given me a new perspective on life and humbled me … a new way. I thank God each night for giving my Drs and PA’s the skill to repair me and the gift of having wonderful nurses, therapists, family and friends to help me along the way. You’re almost there Yvonne! Hold on!!! P.S. I listened to the Podcast last night……loved it!

  135. Nothing but prayers for complete healing! I enjoyed this post so much because I truly know what you’re going through. I have Lyme disease and am cooped up most days unable to leave the house. When the sky is blue I say “Praise God” because nothing can get you down like multiple gray days in a row. God has used this time down to teach me many things, not the least of all, patience. Thank you for entertaining me during this time. Can’t wait to see your gorgeous pictures again!

  136. ~ Yvonne ~
    You dear sweet thing, for someone that is so active, I can’t imagine how very difficult
    all this has been for you!
    Slow goes the turtle ? I always say, the body takes so long to heal properly, but you
    want it to b as good as it can b, so it’s so important to do exactly what the surgeon says!
    You really never skipped a beat with your friends out here in blog land, but remember healing
    properly is most important!

    Gods blessings to u, healing thoughts coming from New England, big hugs! ?

  137. So glad you’re back Yvonne, I was actually wondering about you since you’re such a faithful blogger, we notice when you’re gone.

    So sorry to hear about your ankle. My mother had something similar. She had a compound ankle fracture when she was 20 and at 40 they removed her ankle bone and fused her let to her foot to her leg. She had it fused in a high position so she forever wore heels. For most of her life her ankle was such a problem for her, so I can empathize quite a bit.

    Anyway, glad to hear you’re back and doing better. Always enjoy reading your posts and getting great ideas.

    With love and prayers,
    Elizabeth πŸ™‚

  138. Yvonne ~ dear Yvonne … Of course you worry when you are limited in what you can do, but you MUST know from all the Comments here that we haven’t gone anywhere ~ and we aren’t going anywhere, either! You are loved, and you also cannot be replaced! Just keep your wonderfully positive attitude and patience (God has provided those, too) and you will be totally whole sooner than you think!

    Sending Huge (but soft!) Hugs … !!! k

  139. Yvonne, you poor thing. Long recoverys are no fun at all. It’s amazing how things like this make you realize what’s important and what you miss. Don’t wish the long days away they are getting you back to full health. Best wishes.

  140. Heidi Payeur says:

    Yvonne, so sorry to hear about your health issues. While I don’t know you but through your fabulous blog, I can tell you have a very positive and wonderful attitude and strong faith. You will be like new in no time. Also, as they say…a day at a time! Going to listen to podcast now, so excited! Look forward to your new posts. Keep the faith!

  141. Broke a bone in my left foot last year, wore a blue boot which caused me to overcompensate with my right leg which caused a flair up of arthritis in my right knee. Now using a walker around the house.

    TIP: be sure to get a basket attached to your walker to transport items around your house – my sweet hubby bought me one and the basket made things much easier as I moved around the house.

    You are the only blogger I follow & today I listened to your 3 pod casts – first time I’ve ever listened to a pod cast. Really enjoyed all 3 and look forward to the upcoming ones!

  142. Linda Charlton says:

    So glad your are improving. It’s horrible to be s shut=in. I love your podcasts, BTW. Keep them coming.

  143. So glad to hear you are mending. But know the patience you need. Best of all that you have had friends there for you – and Bobby!!!!
    And the Lord. So glad ? you will be able to get on that walker and get moving around more. Blessings ?

  144. So glad to read your good progress report. Yes, being off your feet is a challenge for anyone. Good to know you are improving. Smiles

  145. Dear sweet friend, I am so sorry that you have the trial of another week of waiting. I know these challenges are good for us, but still, they are so hard. Having a wonderful family (Bobby is an angel!) and good friends to love on you with meals and special times is priceless and makes all the difference. I sense in the midst of all this your spirit has been reinvigorated. It reminds me of how God doesn’t waste our trials and uses them always for His good and our glory. I’ll continue to keep you in my prayers, believing with you for a full healing and recovery. You are a light-shiner, Yvonne. And your beam is beautiful and bright. XO

  146. Jill Miglin says:

    Sorry to hear of all you’ve been going through. But glad you are on the mend. I have had numerous foot surgeries over the years. The length of recovery can be agonizing, but in the long run it is worth it. Being in certain situations certainly makes us appreciate the little things that we usually take for granted. Be well and wishing you a steady recovery.

  147. Mary Holmquist says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your troubles. I had no idea it would take so long to recover. I will keep you in my prayers.

  148. Elise Frederick says:

    I’m so glad you are doing better! God bless:)

  149. Linda Buchanan says:

    Glad you are on the road to recovery. Thank goodness for friends.

    I look forward to learning what you have planned for 2017.

  150. Happy to see that you are on the road to recovery. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  151. Your thoughtful spirit has been missed and I’m so happy to hear of your progress thus far. The term “baby steps”comes to mind and we are blessed to have many things to prevent idle time. We have Faith, not fear!

  152. Lynda Groves says:

    Prayers for healing! Gods blessings!

  153. Lynda Groves says:

    Prayers for healing! Gods blessings!

  154. So many worthy comments means we all love you Yvonne! Couldn’t imagine life without your blog. It’s so much fun as is your podcast! Hugs to you and hope for a full recovery!

  155. So glad you are on the mend! Some insight from your study into the book of Romans would be great. You have been in our thoughts.

  156. Tina Carlson says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve been through all of this, but also thankful that God has a way of taking our “set-backs” and turns them into something that draws us closer to him and the beauty around us. Can’t wait to see what’s been stirring in your heart these past weeks!

  157. Oh Yvonne,
    We love YOU so much too. May those bones just keep knitting, so that you can do all that you love.
    XO Trish

  158. I’ve saved your Sunday Scripture on the friends taking their friend to Jesus–and you said (in approximate words ) to imagine clawing through the mud roof and determined to lower our friend on a mat so Jesus could heal our friend. To not give up.
    Today I shared that with a friend as we pray for a mutual friend’s husband. I have sent little “remember the roof” texts all day. That devotional has meant so much in this life and death crises. And now I will also use that same Scripture to visually take you to Jesus for healing. My heart hurts for you to have had this great trial. So I shall pray. And use the lesson relearned today and shared and then later the same day, realize that I will use your lesson to remind me to bring you to Jesus.

  159. Hi, so glad you’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I wish I lived close where I could help with bedsheets changes. I did laugh when you said the sheets were almost around your neck. That was a visual.

  160. Rhonda Kiessling says:

    Praying for you sweet Sister-in-Christ!

  161. Yvonne, oh my goodness! I’m so sorry for all you have been going thru. I know how hard it is to go thru the recuperation process. I got really sick in march & was hospitalized, but coming home and having to be still was the hardest part. I too love to be up and doing things around my house, having coffee with friends & spending time with my granddaughter. I hope your recovery goes quickly. Looking forward to seeing what you have for us in 2017! Love reading everything from Stonegable!

  162. Never fret over your postings. I’m sure many readers (like me) enjoy reading past posts more than once finding little tidbits to our delight missed the first time around. Prayers for a quick and perfect healing?

  163. Sending you a message of support and wishing you a speedy successful recovery.

  164. bobbi duncan says:

    Yvonne, you have really been a trooper through all of this. You have been in my prayers and I’m so glad to hear you will be able to enjoy all the things once again that we sometimes just take for granted. I so enjoyed listening to your new podcast–the three of you did a terrific job, speaking so well and no one sounded the least bit nervous. It was great to put a voice to the person whose blog I so look forward to. BTW you have a such a sweet voice–fits you to a tee.

  165. Prayers for a speedy recovery and blessings to family and friends who have supported you through this. We tend to take life for granted until the good Lord sends a wake up call. Ours came when we took in a couch-surfing 18 year old. We honestly never believed such poverty existed or that crawling out of it was so very, very difficult. He’s now 23; we consider him one of ours but it is still 2 steps forward, 5 steps back. May your healing steps be a reminder of how blessed our lives are.
    Final thought: when I was in a boot for a stress fracture, it was and still is lovingly referred to as my Cinderella boot. Wear that Cinderella boot with pride. You’ve worked hard for it. ?

  166. Good morning! Now that your long haul is nearing its end we can think of the short end of recovery. Soon you will be walking the baby, tending the gardens and soaking up sunshine and fresh air! Oh the beauty of Spring.

  167. Cricket Duran says:

    So glad to hear you’re doing better! It’s so ironic some of the things we take for granted in everyday life. I too, always think of those by no choice of their own, are not able to do for themselves. To just take in the simplest of things like a shower, make your own cup of coffee, or feeling the crisp January air when you open the door. I remind myself of this to keep me grounded and not give in to my pity party. I’m also one who feels like I’m imposing on others to do for me too. You are closer to healing than you were two weeks ago, so here’s to your accomplishments thus far and try not to make up time you feel you might have lost by over doing it once you are on your own! Best of luck!

    PS..Is there any other book better than the Book Of Romans!? This is one of my faves!

  168. Positive energy and warm wishes coming your way from Arizona. Hang in there!

  169. Karen VanLoo says:

    Awww Yvonne! Look at all the wonderful comments and well wishes from all of your wonderful readers. We love you! You inspire us all the time. We will support you and pray for you during your recovery. I am amazed at your positive attitude. I’m also happy you have a wonderful husband like Bobby and fabulous friends and family to help you. There are so many things we take for granted, getting out of bed every day, taking a hot shower, not being in pain. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and have had three knee surgeries, but what you’re going through is especially difficult. I am thinking of you and am still amazed you’ve been able to keep your blog going even with everything you’re going through. Keep your chin up, we’re on this journey with you! Looking forward to you feeling better as time goes on, and a wonderful 2017 and the podcast!

  170. Anne Hedderich says:

    Hi Yvonne, I have read your blog for a few years, and always look forward to seeing your beautiful home and your amazing talent. Your blog helped me through a rough few months after I had my ankle fused. I wanted to recommend a knee scooter. I used mine everyday. It was wonderful to be upright and be able to look people in the eye. My family would ask me to slow down when I used it . It was fun and pretty zippy. Lol It provided a great sense of freedom for me. Take care and God bless you.

    1. I find a knee scooter to be a little wobbly. I have one, but my surgeon was insistent about using a wheelchair

  171. I’m glad your ordeal is almost over. Sounds like God has blessed you in special ways during your ‘quiet time.’

  172. Looking forward to your new material.
    God always has our best in mind so it looks like you may have needed a rest!
    Good wishes for continued healing.

  173. So glad to hear you are on the road to recovery! We would have never known about your ordeal without this report because everything about this blog is gracious excellence. We are fearfully and wonderfully made; so many mechanisms within that heal us. Sounds like your tribe has loved you well.

  174. Debra Alexander says:

    My heart goes out to you, dear friend. My husband went through the same thing, twice, and still has issues with his ankle/heel bone. I have great empathy for you! Your attitude of gratitude is inspiring. I’m praying for healing and strength for you. God Bless you!

  175. Bernadette says:

    We take so much in our daily life for granted!! Get well soon Yvonne!!

  176. My prayer for you will be for quick and thorough healing.
    I hope you feel the love coming through from everyone.

    I will also pray for a most lovely spring as well as refreshment
    over your spirit.

    Hugs and love.

  177. Grace Grace God’s Grace…I can’t recall how many times those words have eased my burdens, and yours too no doubt. Years ago when I went to counseling I learned the following phrase which I have added to my Grace Grace God’s Grace – it goes like this “A thankful heart turns everything it touches into happiness”. Boy that too has saved many a day for me! I hope you do begin to recover more quickly now, but in the meantime, I will remember to pray for you and your family.

  178. mattsgramma says:

    Hi Yvonne…you have SO many readers and I enjoy all the comments. I can’t even recall at this point when or how I came across your blog. But know I am SO glad to be a Stone Gable lover and follower. I can relate to all the comments regarding immobility being status post a two level spinal fusion as well as a total knee replacement which left me with permanent nerve damage and in chronic pain. Oh, how I have taken good health for granted in the past. Know I too am praying for your speedy return to a healthy state! You have inspired me to bake a pan of caramel brownies and take them to my neighbor who has broken her ankle recently and is recovering from surgery.

  179. Yvonne, How inspiring & informative your blog has been all through December –even if you were not able to be up & about. Amazing that you could keep it going for all of us who follow you. Glad you are progressing well. My brother had surgery in early January to remove hardware from his leg from a previous injury, to prepare for knee replacement later in spring. It will be a long road–Thank you for sharing your journey, it makes the rest of us a little more empathetic to others knowing your struggles & recovery.

  180. cathy claus says:

    Hopefully you will be up and at ’em soon! We all take so much for granted and don’t realize how fortunate we have it until someone throws a wrench in the works! I pray for a speedy recovery and for you to be able to get back to what your passion is! Praise God for a wonderful support system and beautiful family! Love your blog and so glad you brought back the weekly menu! Two of my faves are your roasted chicken and your granola! everyone raves when i make these! take care~~~

  181. Oh, what a tough road! So glad you’re on the mend and up and around a bit more. Really enjoying the podcast!

  182. Jill Jones says:

    Hi, Yvonne. So sorry to hear that you have been struggling with your foot and ankle. No fun, I know! I was in bed for one year after a spinal fusion gone South so I know what you are going through. And yes, when you finally get back out in the world after being isolated for so long, you take on a new appreciation for nature and the bigger world. I know what you mean when you referenced the blueness of the sky πŸ™‚ For me, it even looked strange to see people upright and walking. So glad you are on the mend and that you will be out and about very soon. All the best to you, Yvonne. Take care, Jill (Sacramento, CA)

  183. So very sorry to hear about your health not being the best. I will definitely say my prayers. One thing that might help, is to learn a new craft. I find knitting, crocheting, embriodery are all things we can do without a great deal of moving around. There are online classes you could take, for example on Craftsy. Also, YouTube can teach you almost anything you want to learn. Best wishes and I hope by Spring you will be able to walk in your garden!!!
    Much love, Shannon

  184. Bonnie G. says:

    Yvonne, you are a strong woman and I just know you’ll hang in there. I am recovering from bilateral knee replacement so I know how good it feels to leave rehab! With lots of prayer, patience, and the support of family and friends you will get there and YOU know you
    will! My prayers for a complete and speedy recovery are going out for you.

  185. Kittyluvr says:

    Yvonne, I have to say that reading these comments has really shown me that your blog isn’t just about farmhouse decor but it’s also about ministering to others and listening to their stories. I haven’t missed “fresh new posts”. I enjoy reading previous posted items and I always get something new when I re-read something from your time line. I hope you take it easy as you get back on both feet. It’s more important for your self-health and the health of your blog. Praying for you each day…..

  186. Oh, Yvonne, I certainly can empathize with you. I can totally relate since last week I was released from a 9 day stay in the hospital due to illness. There is such comfort about being at home to mend. I like the way to referenced that God has you in the waiting room, everyone can relate when we are facing trials in our life! Prayer for speedy recovery!

  187. Vickie M - Houston,TX says:

    So very sorry Yvonne! I hope you are better soon. We never really realize how much of a privilege and blessing it is to be mobile without assistance. My husband was down over a year after ankle surgery and he was miserable. It has taken so long for his recovery, but we are so much better now. The issues which surfaced because of his boot, just added to his misery. I do hope you continue to improve, I know you will. It is just something we as women do, huh? God Bless you and give you strength, patience and peace. Thank you for your blog, it is always wonderful! Get well Yvonne!

  188. Darcy Schroeder says:

    Glad you are on the mend! I enjoy your posts!

  189. May your recovery be swift, hon.

    Keeping you in my prayers.

    Hugs and love. β™₯

  190. Laurie Orlando says:

    Glad you are on the mend. Hoping this is a healthy year for you with great things in store!

  191. Hugs and prayers for your speedy recovery and for many joyous walks with your grandchildren.


  192. My family has found the book The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne to be very helpful with issues like arthritis. There are nourishing food you can eat that will help your body heal and you can go on an elimination diet to discover if certain foods trigger certain pains or health issues.
    I know you don’t know me and didn’t ask for advice but I feel like I know you enough to really and truly wish you the best!

  193. Yvonne, you have been through quite an ordeal. I’m impressed with what you have been able to do during this time, and thank you for it. I pray for a quick recovery from this point.

  194. Carol Elkins says:

    Praying for complete recovery! Take care!

  195. Irisheyes says:

    I can so relate! Last year I broke my left ankle and was in non-walking case for 5 weeks and then a walking one for 4 more. Trying to maneuver around on one leg is exhausting to say the least. Having to continue to work during this time as really hard but one thing that saved me and might be something you can look into is what is called a kneely. It’s a scooter you lay your leg on and you can wheel yourself around. It was so much better than the wheelchair to get around in.

  196. Please take care of yourself and know we are here for you. I know you have many friends both through the internet and where you live who are praying for a quick recovery for you. You will be back to doing the things you love very soon.

  197. Candace Taranto says:

    Thank you for being so transparent. We need honesty, while sharing tribulations we face. Sounds like you have new found gratitudes. I love Romans as well. Such freedom in Christ’s complete work for us on the Cross. Blessings

  198. Meg Hobbes says:

    Oh Yvonne, I pray you heal up well and as quickly as possible. I still am reminded of the lessons God taught me while I was laid up for months with broken and repaired bone issues. God takes care of His children. God bless you and thank you for all you do.

  199. Lisa Staggs says:

    Glad to hear you are on the tail end of being house bound. Prayers for your continued recovery. Times like these are when you see the Body of Christ come along side of you and minister.

  200. Thankful you are getting better each day!!

  201. So happy you are recovering from your surgery, nicely! Be patient! I’m excited for 2017!!

  202. I’m glad to hear you are healing. Things like this make us truly appreciate the little things like taking a shower, making our own bed, etc. I’m looking forward to your new blog postings. Take care!

  203. Jennice Ratley says:

    You are such an inspiration of remaining positive during personal challenges. I have been going through some personal battles and I realized after reading this that I have really let the devil get inside my head. Thank you for reminding me what direction to look to know where my hope comes from!

  204. Laurie Carpenter says:

    Will be keeping your safe and speedy recovery in my prayers. Bless you ~


  205. glad you are feeling better.

  206. Pinky: I have been thinking you couldn’t have visitors, as how would you open the door? Darn, I would have come! Let’s make a plan to get together, PLEASE!!! I miss you so and am glad you are almost mobile!!!!!! XOXO

  207. So happy to hear you’re on the mend, Yvonne. Sending many prayers your way. Hang in there!

  208. OH, Yvonne, so sorry you did not get the news you expected last week. I remember reading your post and praying that all would go well,when the cast was removed. I think the lessons in patience nd “waiting on the Lord” are some of the hardest. I know you will be back to your old self, but pain free, soon.

  209. kerry cors says:

    Yvonne I also have been in your situation. A 3 level fusion of my spine. I could not walk after this surgery so I had to go to a rehab facility for weeks. I have also had numerous foot surgeries and been in the wheel chair oh so many times. But I will tell you the lord helps you through the most difficult of times along with my incredible husband and family. May God bless you and keep you. Brighter days are ahead of you my friend. Kerry cors

  210. I had the mumps when I was about 10 years old and had to stay inside. To this day, I can remember HOW AWESOME the trees and sky looked outside in springtime when I was finally able to go out. I can relate to your feelings, looking at the blue sky.

  211. Hope your healing will come along well, and I look forward to more of your blog posts πŸ™‚ Your photos are so lovely!

    1. Thank you so much for your prayers Katerina. I’m healing well, but the process of walking with pain is hard. Getting a little better every day!