Acorn DIY Project How To

Can we still be friends if I tell you I’m scared?

I hope so.

I really need a friend right now.

Both twins are having surgery tomorrow.  Westleigh, the oldest twin, is having her tonsils out.  That was planned.  That was expected.  I was ready.  But we just found out tonight that the tiniest twin, Whitney, has a detached retina and she’s having emergency surgery tomorrow.  They are optimistic she will keep at least some of the sight in one eye.

I’m crying as I type this.

I’m crying because I’m a mom.

I’m crying because these are my babies.

I’m crying because I’m overwhelmed and underprepared and nervous and worried and my heart is heavy.

And when I’m done crying…

…I’ll start praying. 🙂

felted acorn fall decor

By the time you read this we will have left for the hospital and the surgeries at dark thirty.

I had the most beautiful Thanksgiving place settings planned and a funny story and the cutest idea for a wreath that may or may not involve a scarf.

But all that can wait.

Today is for the important things like waiting rooms and holding people’s hands and smiling back tears and watching over these tiny blonde-haired curly headed twins.

So to give you a little inspiration while I’m busy…

…I’m re-sharing a fun DIY I’ve shared before.

How to make a pinecone acorn.

Wooden Eggs

Here’s how these acorns started out.

Simple wooden eggs from the craft store.  I bought mine at Hobby Lobby where they are about a dollar a piece give or take a 40% off coupon.

You can find them over in the wooden spare parts section.


Then I stained them with my favorite new color of stain called Provincial.

I just added one coat of stain, but if you want it darker, you could always add another coat.

Let dry.


Next I dissected a pine cone.

I took off the top part with the little stem and then peeled off the individual pieces.

You will need about 20 small pieces and a top per acorn.

Pinecone Acorn Project

Then I hot glued the top of the pine cone onto the top of the egg.

And I filled in the rest of the acorn top with stray pieces of pine cone.

Pinecone Acorn DIY

When you glue the top, it creates a small area between the egg and the acorn.

I glued the first layer of pine cone pieces to the bottom.

Next, I added layer after layer until all the layers created the entire acorn top.

DIY Pine Cone Acorn

Here’s the finished acorn.

When I pulled them out this year to decorate, they held up amazingly well.

I hope you like the project and I’ll keep you all posted on the twins.

Thank you for listening.


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    1. Image for Clare Brennan Clare Brennan

      Heart and soul with you and your babies................they are and will always beyour babies no matter the age................but know that prayer works and love overcomes everything that comes your way. Thank you for being so open and sharing. We know you have the biggest heart and the best ideas but you have always been the best Mom first, we know because you blog. Thinking of you from Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada.........Clare

    2. Image for Janice Paschal Janice Paschal

      I started praying for you all last night when I heard the news. Praying for your Mom too with her travels. God is in control.

    3. Image for Leya Leya

      You are in my thoughts and prayers. God loves you and your girls. No matter what happens you will be just fine. Best wishes, from Seattle.

    4. Image for Alicia Fates Alicia Fates

      Praying for you and your babies! Everything will run smoothly and before you know it this will be a distant (uncomfortable) memory. Much love

  1. Image for Cheri Cheri

    I had to reach out and wish you well I can't imagine. I've never commentrd on anything and this hit my heart. Prayers and Love for you and your family.

  2. Image for Christine Hendrickson Christine Hendrickson

    Karianne, Listen honey, my sister had a detached retina in the 70's. She was way older and she didn't lose,any eyesite. I'm sure things have improved since then. I am praying right now for a successful surgery for both twins, and for God to lift you and your hubby up and hold you in his grace, and peace. Just one of your prayer warriors, here, Christine

  3. Image for Paula Paula

    Praying for your girls and for you! There is nothing harder than watching your babies go through something you can't fix! Hugs and prayers??

  4. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    Oh, Karianne. That's a lot to handle - two in one day. I will be thinking of you and your babies all day. Praying hard for quick, uncomplicated recoveries. BOTH of those precious eyes will be twinkling soon. And removing those unnecessary tonsils will cure so many ills. God be with you today and always. Love from your friend, Barb

  5. Image for Cheri Cheri

    Oh KariAnne - I am so sorry you and your family are going through this incredibly scary time. Wishing your girls much success for both of their surgeries. My thoughts are with you all day. Hugs through the airwaves.

  6. Image for Alice Alice

    Got your back and praying along with you. It may have been dark when you left, but it will be light when you return. Xo


    Holding your hand from Massachusetts Kari Anne. Saying a prayer for the girls! God Bless You All! One Day At A Time!....Eat some Chocolate!

  8. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Oh! KariAnne! I only started reading your post and had to stop and write! My heart goes out to you. As parents, we suffer for our children but you're going through double heartache. Ye,s I am praying for your darling daughters and their special parents who have to remain strong. I'm also going to pray to their guardian angels to watch over them when you can't be holding their hands. Ginormous HUGS and I will pray throughout the day. As soon as you're able, please let us know how all of you are doing. You are an important part of our family. Love you, my friend!!

  9. Image for eileen eileen

    I am never one to comment...or to just say I am sending prayers. But as a Mom, I feel your pain and I truly pray that both of your twins are fine.

  10. Image for Brenda Brenda

    Prayers for your sweet twins and you!! And just think of all the guilt mileage you can get from how much they worried you--you know when they are teenagers and older. Will be watching for updates! Hugs and more hugs!

  11. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Karianne, I'm thinking good thoughts and sending good vibes your way. I'm a twin too and I can attest that twins do find a way of doing things together (smile). They'll give each other strength through this as well. Good luck to both your lovely girls. The acorn project is adorable and I will definitely put this one on my list of things to try. Take care and hugs to you.

  12. Image for Karen Ploransky Karen Ploransky

    Praying for your girls and the doctors and nurses caring for them. And or you and your Mama heart! sending lots of love and a big virtual hug! Karen (formerly The Decorated Nest)

  13. Image for Doreen Doreen

    I'm praying with you for the healing of your babies. I'm also praying for your family, each of you is affected, now is when you will come together and be strong together. May you feel the care and concern that I have in my heart for each of you.

  14. Image for Kathy Kathy

    Prayers from North Carolina for your twins, those doing the surgeries, and for your family. Not to spoil the ending...but everything is going to be ok.

  15. Image for Kallie Kallie

    I'm so very sorry to hear that your lovely family is going through this. Sending good vibes from North Carolina!!

  16. Image for Patty Patty

    Praying for your family. Please keep us informed. Remember God will not take us where the love of God doesn't protect us.

  17. Image for Jo Jo

    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts today! After reading all the comments, it's obvious how many people you we can give back to you!!!! ✨✨✨

  18. Image for Laurie S Howell Laurie S Howell

    My prayers , hopes and wishes are with you. I am sure you are scared. Positive thought and prayers are your strength !

  19. Image for Marianne Gallo Marianne Gallo

    Sending lots of prayers to you and your family. Keep your thoughts positive. Remember that kids are way stronger than we are and they will both be just fine.

  20. Image for Nancie Nancie

    Never under estimate the power of prayer! God is by your side and the twins. Lots of love and prayers today!

  21. Image for Janis Janis

    Psalm 27:1: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom (or what) shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life." Praying for you and the girls.

  22. Image for Linda Southworth Linda Southworth

    You have only positive thoughts, happiness and a hope for a fast recovery for your little Thistles. Sending our love from Chattanooga!

  23. Image for Rosanna Rosanna

    Oh! My heart goes out to you..I completely understand!! We want to be strong, courageous, calm, etc..for our families, but we're just weak"quaking at the knees with hearts thumping waayyy to fast"humans, aren't we?!!I'll pray for extra courage and strength for you for today and in the days to come (sometimes recuperating is a whole other ordeal!!).God will be with you and your family..His strength is made visible by/in our weakest moments! Blessings to you all!

  24. Image for Judy Larson Judy Larson

    How scary for you , I know you would only pick the best Doctors and you will take great care of your twins when you get them home. The rest is in God's hands and he is the greatest Doctor of them all. Please give us a update tomorrow. Your friend and twin from Flower Mound ,TX

  25. Image for Charlene Crable Charlene Crable

    Know you are worried, being a Mother. you will be worried about them the rest of their lives, praying for your girls.

  26. Image for Marilyn Thore Marilyn Thore

    Your daughter and whole family will be in our prayers ALL DAY LONG! Remember that those who walk in obedience to Him are in a place to receive the blessings you have petitioned... He is holding you and your family in His hands. Hugs & prayers to you from central Kentucky.

  27. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Praying right now for the girls! Having one child in surgery is harrowing enough but two at the same time? So, special prayers for you too. Wish I was there to give you a hug. I'm believing God for the best outcome! Hugs, Cecilia

  28. Image for Michelle McDonald Michelle McDonald

    Loving thoughts and prayers from Atlanta to lift you up. I have a good feeling about everything. I will be thinking of you today. Please keep in touch with us on how they do. Lots of love from one of your biggest fans…

  29. Image for Nancy Nancy

    You are much loved by your readers because we have seen Christ shine in your life. As I scrolled down to leave a comment, I had to scroll and scroll and scroll beyond all those who are praying for you and your family. I know you are feeling the peace from all those prayers and from mine too.

  30. Image for Beverly Brown Beverly Brown

    Sending up prayers for your sweet girls and for you and the family. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6" These words of wisdom have given us comfort, in the good times as well as the trying times of life. We are believing that your girls will get through this with flying colors and that sight will be "Better" than before. We give Him all the Praise and Glory!

  31. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Stopping to pray for your sweet daughters now. Praying for successful surgeries and skilled hands of the Dr's. Lifting you to The Throne.

  32. Image for Patricia Patricia

    All my love and prayers for your children's speedy recovery and return home. My heart instantly felt your anguish and I would like to send you a virtual hug for all the beauty and love you bring to your readers and your family each day.

  33. Image for SHARON SHARON

    I have not read every day on your site Hence didn't even know you had twins But my Heavenly Father does and I lift you and those precious gifts from Him up in prayer . Jesus give these lives the life you desire for them. They are in your hands

  34. Image for Paula Paula

    The Psalm 91-1 Prayer (otherwise known as the Emergency 9-1-1 prayer) for you and your family today: "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." May God be with you and your precious family today.

  35. Image for Sherry Sherry

    My heart goes out to you, hoping for a speedy recovery for both of your beautiful girls. I will be keeping you, your girls and all your family in my thoughts today.

  36. Image for Laura Ingalls Gunn Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Dear Lord, I lift up Westleigh, Whitney and their family in prayer to you. I ask for loving and competent health care providers to care for them. May they make a complete recovery from their surgeries. Please provide their family with the strength and grace only you can. I humbly ask these things in your mighty name. Amen.

  37. Image for Maureen Maureen

    God has this, no matter the outcome! I'm praying that all will go well with both of your daughters. You hang tough KariAnne! Love you sister!

  38. Image for H H

    Heartfelt prayers for you and your precious twins. You bless each of us with your joyful spirit and amazing creativity!

  39. Image for Peg Peg

    Mt thoughts and prayers are right there with you as you wait for news. I hope the mini-Thistles will be laughing, creating and jumping around very soon. xoxoxo

  40. Image for Mary Wolfle Mary Wolfle

    My prayers are with you and with all these people praying don't be surprised if she retains all of her eyesight. I am sorry you must go through this - so scary.

  41. Image for Daphne Daphne

    My prayers are with you and the twins. My heart goes out to both of them but since I live with one eye (ruptured pupil) since I was 4 years of age, I am praying that your daughter regains full sight. There is so much today that doctors know that I have faith that she will be okay. I am 61 years of age and spent my whole life seeing eye specialists. I just want you to make sure that she has a very caring one because that helps so much to know they are really there for you. You and the twins are rockstars so God is with all of you today and the days to come - hold them close and keep the faith. Love from Louisiana!!!

  42. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    May today be a day of miracles, much hope and great joy. You are not alone...nor ever will be. Sending you love and prayers... XO

  43. Image for Sonya B. Sonya B.

    You have so many friends you have never even met! We will all be thinking of you and your girls all day today and praying all goes well! Sending a big hug from Texas!

  44. Image for Davia Davia

    Hi KariAnne, I have never posted before, but I log in everyday before my boss comes in the office ;) I wanted to let you know that I will be praying for your girls. They will be fine. Sending prayers and wishes for speedy recoveries from Connecticut.

  45. Image for Patti Patti

    Praying for you and your sweet family! Those girls have you to wake up to - they'll be fine! It is hard to see our babies, whatever their age, to go through something unpleasant. "fear not, for I am with you . . . " Isaiah 41:10

  46. Image for Palvena Pace Palvena Pace

    Praying for your girls. And you! I had a detached retina within 4 months of my husbands detached retina. Get a massage table for her to lay on as she needs to keep her face down. Makes it so much easier. I regained all my sight...and my husband almost all of his. She is young and will bounce back quickly! Hugs and prayers. (I met you at the Lexington Ky fabric shoppe)

  47. Image for Patsy Patsy

    Karianne, sweet prayers over you and your girls. Peace for your momma heart. Prayers for healing of both your precious girls!

  48. Image for Janice Byrd Janice Byrd

    I've been praying for your girls since before they were born. I'm praying for your whole family. My brother had a detached retina in both eyes and after the surgery, he's back to "normal." God is good, all the time.

  49. Image for Terry & Agatha Terry & Agatha

    Darling girl, You know He will bring GOOD out of all of this,,, it's scary but hang on tight to that most faithful of hands. How blessed your sweet girls are to have you to cheer and pray for them. My prayers are added to yours, "for with God, nothing is impossible!"

  50. Image for susan yoder susan yoder

    So sorry you have all this to go through AND at the same time too! My prayers and thoughts are with you and your whole family as you may be divided physically during this process. God is our refuge and He will hold us in His arms and comfort us and we WILL feel safe once again. Let us all know how things come out for both the girls. The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

  51. Image for Jane Jane

    - I've never written but look often at your blog and get your updates. My kids are 37 and 34 and I still relate to your every word. Read Phil 4-6 and 7, over and over again. It's my very favorite. I will pray for your girlies and for you as you move through the day and the healing ahead. God is on his throne!

  52. Image for Melanie@The Painted Chandelier Melanie@The Painted Chandelier

    KariAnne~ I will be praying for both of your precious girls this morning! I, too, understand the fear of the detached retina thing. Our son was diagnosed with "holes in his retina" a few years ago. They said it was common with nearsighted young people that grew really quickly in a short period of time. For now, they're monitoring his, but the fear is always in my mind because he's a seventeen year old guy who plays sports. Praying for comfort and a "peace that passes understanding," for you and your family. Also, love the pinecone acorns! xo

  53. Image for ruby ruby

    i have seen the power of group prayer more than once. all that is focused on your family now. we are with you in spirit and prayer. much love from middle tennessee.

  54. Image for Louann Watts Louann Watts

    As Gloria Gaither once told me personally, always pray first. Because HE lives, we can face tomorrow. I know first hand how your heart feels today. Take a deep breath and know your girls are being held in the palm of HIS hand. Praying there will be sunshine for you at the end of this day!

  55. Image for Mercy Mercy

    KariAnne-- You are in my thoughts and prayers. I tried to write more, but it all seemed trite and flip, so I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking and praying for you and yours!

  56. Image for Sherry Sherry

    I'm praying for the hands of the surgeons to do what they know best and for your precious girls. I will pray for them Sun at the intercessions part of the service . Sherry

  57. Image for cherie cherie

    Praying for all of you and especially Whitney. Hard not to be nervous and scared. Will continue to pray through her healing process and please keep us posted!

  58. Image for Karen Karen

    Lord, thank You for these precious children and the plans You have for their lives. We ask that You'd carry them close to Your heart through their surgeries and grant them complete healing. May their doctors and caregivers be kind and clear-headed. May they shine Your light as they recover.

  59. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Millions of prayers are being sent for Westleigh and Whitney by all of your devoted followers!! Add my own for my never-met best friend, KariAnne! As a Mother and now a Grandmother, I know how impossible it is to place your babies into the hands of someone else. You are stronger than you think and will come through this even stronger. My Gram used to say "Faith isn't Faith until it's all your hanging onto"- hang tightly. Love and hugs to all of you!

  60. Image for Kathleen Law Kathleen Law

    Little mama…I just prayed for you , your family and this precious girls…I payed for Gods peace over you and comfort as you go through 2 separate operations..I will be praying for the doctors and nurses who will be taking care of them that God will work through them…God loves our children more than us and with that I pray…dear one…that you all will look back and see his perfect plan for your life…Look at the miracle of the baby girl your brother and sister in law brought home….OH HOW HE LOVES US...

  61. Image for Cyndee Phelps Cyndee Phelps

    I agree with the prior comments. Father GOD is in control. HE knows what you're facing and HE will ease your mind. Best wishes for you and yours.

  62. Image for Terri Terri

    Praying for your sweet girl(s) for a complete and rapid recovery. Also praying for peace for you and the rest of your family. We've dealt with two detached retinas (my husband) and it is scary.

  63. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    Girlfriend, I've been through both of those surgeries with kiddos and with my dad. I'm praying for you and your sweet family today, and in the healing days to come.

  64. Image for Donna Donna

    I never miss your blog KariAnne and have never posted but had to post today. You have made me snort out thru my nose in laughter many mornings to make my day a brighter one. Today I pray for you and your lovely girls that all goes well ...sending hugs from Ottawa Canada.

  65. Image for Marjie Marjie

    Your angel babies are in my thoughts and prayers today. I'm sending your family warm, positive energy from my heart to yours. You have a universe of love flowing to your part of the world. We are all beside you now.

  66. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Prayers and happy thoughts to your sweet family. Your precious twins will be just fine! Wow, look at all these people praying and caring for you!♥

  67. Image for Lori Lori

    Total prayers for you and your entire family this morning. I know how heart breaking it can be when your children are involved and there is really nothing you can do to fix the problem. You have to wait, and pray. Please know that there are many more prayers out there for you. We got you covered!

  68. Image for Ardith Ardith

    There are so many wonderful prayers here for your lovely daughters. Here is one more from me. Hugs to you all, Ardith

  69. Image for Lynae Lynae

    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family for a positive recovery for both of your Beautiful girls....❤️

  70. Image for Michele Michele

    Thank you for the beautiful tutorial. I made these last year when I first learned about them. My kids didn't know what they were, but I love them! haha! You are lucky, even though you don't feel like it right now, because look at all these comments and friends who care about you and keep you in their thoughts and prayers. Seriously, if I write something like this on my blog, I'm lucky to have one comment. I'm lucky to have one on any given day. Haha! Prayers and blessings your way, sweet friend. I love your blog and how real it is. I look forward to every post. XOXO

  71. Image for Jackie Holt Jackie Holt

    Now is the time for all your prayer warrior friends to take up the prayers for you. When you are overwhelmed like this, we trust in others prayers! I'm sure there are a multitude going up for you and your sweet family right now.

  72. Image for Patty Patty

    Praying right along with you as I just feel like all of you are part of my family! Waiting for good news....and knowing you are in GOOD HANDS right now.

  73. Image for jeanette jeanette

    Look how many prayer warriors you have!! This is awesome. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. There we will not fear!" Psalm 46:1

  74. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Oh KariAnne...Sending prayers for comfort and a speedy recovery! Glad they caught the retina quickly! It's hard to watch them go through stuff like this. I so understand...spent the day at the hospital yesterday for my own sweet daughter's heart surgery. Hoping by the time you read this the surgeries will be done and you can breathe again...xoxoxo

  75. Image for DeMarie Ingraham DeMarie Ingraham

    Prayers for both your punkins, and a big hug for a worried mama. Trust with your whole heart that all will be well.

  76. Image for Vickie Vickie

    Karianne, God Bless you and your babies. There is nothing quite as hard as having your children go through anything which affects their health. Cast all your cares and concerns on the Lord, and he will make a way and be there for you. As a mother and grandmother, I have been in your shoes. It is often a long lonely road to walk, only you and the Lord know you thoughts, fears, and overwhelming emotion. Lean on the Lord in your hour of need, trust in him. Prayers for peace, comfort and healing for you and your precious family.

  77. Image for Diane Walters Diane Walters

    My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your peeps today. I know the feelings, I know the fears and after going through ten plus surgeries with my "little girl" I know it never gets easier. But somehow, through the grace of God, we get through these things. Sending lots of mental hugs your way...

  78. Image for Gee Gee

    Oh honey!! Wish I could have been there wringing hands and crying with you . Our babies are our babies regardless of age. Mine are 28 and 23 and I still cry and wring hands!! I will pray for a speedy and good recovery as the surgery is done by now for sure... Hugs. Gee

  79. Image for Jacqui Jacqui

    Gosh, that is a big load to carry, glad you can let go and let God. More prayers and hugs from a devoted reader in ?? XXOO

  80. Image for Dolores Dolores

    Hugs and prayers for you and the twins that they have a speedy recovery. So hard to watch little ones going through this. Prayers from South Dakota.

  81. Image for Kayden Kayden

    Praying for speedy and complete recoveries for both of your baby ballerinas. And peace and comfort for you and that pair of twinkling brown eyes beside you.

  82. Image for Sara Sara

    Oh KariAnne, I'm so sorry to hear that both your babies have surgery today. I cannot even imagine the stress you are going through. Praying for the peace that passes understanding to be with you, and for successful surgeries for both twins too. Sending love your way!!

  83. Image for Linda F. Linda F.

    Hi Karianne, You don't know me but I feel like I know you through your beautiful posts. Thank you for sharing this trial, as it gave me opportunity to pray for your family. I just finished praying that God's peace would fill all of your hearts, and that calm would ease your heart and mind. I prayed that God would guide the doctors' every move. And I prayed that God would give Whitney her sight back 100%, just because He loves you and she is your precious baby girl. I'll pray for you throughout the day and through their recovery. Linda

  84. Image for Wendy Wendy

    Trusting and praying all will be well. Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Much love to you all ❤️

  85. Image for Janis Hill Janis Hill

    Kari Anne, My oldest granddaughter was born with cataracts. Long story short, she has what is known as Peter's Anomaly. Essentially this means anything and everything that can go wrong with eyes is going to or already has happened to her's. I said all of that to say that I understand your fears. When you are weak, lean on me,. When you cannot pray, I will pray for both of you. And always remember, the Lord never makes a mistake, so no matter the out come He already knew it and will walk you through whatever comes your way. Because of Calvery, Janis

  86. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Bless your sweet heart! No wonder you're feeling overwhelmed and anxious! But I am telling you from one mom to another(My oldest daughter is named Whitney too so I'm invested!) everything is going to be alright. Those babies(They are always our babies right?) are gonna be home recouping before you know it! Hugs and prayers coming your way!!!

  87. Image for Loretta Loretta

    Thinking of your family today! God Bless you and your girls. Sharing is a great way to spread around your grief. It gets a little lighter and a touch easier to bare. We are obviously happy to help you pray.

  88. Image for Judie Judie

    Thoughts and prayers going your way, it is said the Lord never gives you more than you can handle. We never know how strong we really are are until we're tested,you will rise to this KarieAnne.

  89. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Praying for your babies - and their mama. I've been where you are, but just one at a time. When they look up at you and say, "Can I just go home now? I want to go home." with a big sniff at the end, you just have to be strong and try not to cry with them. Love you, my friend, and will be thinking about you today.

  90. Image for Mir Mir

    Prayers and well wishes to you and your family. Your faith is strong, and your heart if full. As my 10-yr-old daughter, Anabel always says, "You've got this."

  91. Image for ellen b ellen b

    Prayers for your girls and you from the Pacific Northwest. May God save your youngest ones eyesight and may there be no complications in both surgeries. Heal and restore them both dear Lord.

  92. Image for valarie sanford valarie sanford

    Dear KariAnne; It will my privelidge and honor to pray for your family at this time. My husband also had a detached retina emergency and while it was very scary and all consuming the Lord blessed us with a praying church family who's encouragement stilled our hearts. And if the doctor encourages you to get the weird table, get it :-)

  93. Image for Julie B Julie B

    Prayed for peace and grace for you and your family today. Even though it doesn't always look like it with your finite minds, He is always good! He promises that! When you have a second, could you tell us where you got the white felt acorns, or how you made them? >.<

  94. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Prayers to all involved with these two precious lives that healing will begin soon and surgeries are far , far behind them. Hope that you feel the prayers and the love from your readers today, and every day!

  95. Image for Jill Wendt Jill Wendt

    The power of prayer! Sending you prayers and for God to give you strength through the surgeries, and days to come. Much love to you...

  96. Image for Cathie Von Holten Cathie Von Holten

    Prayers for your twins, and for you and your husband as you wait. The waiting is the hardest part sometimes. Blessings.

  97. Image for Bonnie Bonnie

    I promise that I'm praying for your precious daughters. Thanks so much for letting us know. I will be looking for your update.

  98. Image for Louise Adkins Louise Adkins

    I am thinking of you and your family. I do not know how you had the strength to post anything today. Best wishes.

  99. Image for Kris Kris

    Thank you for trusting us with the hard things in your life. So much to handle in one day. Praying for you and yours.

  100. Image for Amber Foshay Amber Foshay

    That is a lot of worry all at once! Thinking of you and prayed for peace, wisdom for the surgeons, and a quick, full recovery! Even for full sight restored in the name of Jesus to the glory of God, our Healer! XO

  101. Image for gina gina

    You are a wonderful mom. It's all in God's hands. The girls are in good hands. So wonderful that you are able to be with them to comfort them. The love of family is so important. You have a loving and supportive internet family praying for you, too. You are strong enough to handle this. God knew this when he blessed you x 2!

  102. Image for Jeanie Jeanie

    You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! I'm keeping your little thistles in my prayers along with you, twinkle eyes and the boys. Praying you feel the arms of God surrounding you. Sending you love from Oklahoma.

  103. Image for Claudia A. Claudia A.

    Get the hamburgers ready! Back in the "dark ages" when I had my tonsils removed they said to eat Popsicles, ice cream, pudding, my recovery dragged butane on...what can I say, I loved the special treatment. When my daughter had hers removed they told me to make sure to get 3 hamburgers down her a day since girls tend to be less apt to eat she would at least be getting protein...she did wonderfully as I'm sure your baby girlies will!!! PS when my daughter was being wheeled back to her room my friend had just had her baby at the same hospital. I was waiting in my daughters room when she was wheeled back in she was so excited...she kept telling me that she saw my friend through the store window with her baby. The nurse said they had gone by the maternity ward and my daughter kept saying she knew the mother. So for a little while she thought you got babies from the store.

  104. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    KarieAnne, Praying for you and both your sweet girls as they have surgery tomorrow, and TRUSTING that God will bring them both through this with NO complications. Prayers for skilled and caring doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and all who will be responsible for their care. "For I know the plans I have for you,"declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11. Our God has got this! Love you, sweet friend!

  105. Image for Charlotte Oliver Charlotte Oliver

    Jesus touch these sweet girls. Complete healing and peace for them and their family. In Your precious name we pray!! Thank you.

  106. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Hope both girls are through surgery by now and you are breathing again. Nothing worse than that hopeless feeling when your children are hurt. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  107. Image for Debbie Lieber Debbie Lieber

    Oh my I feel tears myself coming, for your fear in these moments! I do know that fear, KariAnne, we all do as your friends because we all share a Mother's heart❤️. But more importantly we share your faith that fear gives in to security in the One who loves them even more than you their mama and daddy do. The One who chose you to love them and worry over them and care for their every need. Remember He isn't worried a smidgen, not a tiny bit and He has this already worked out for their good. May He bless you with strength and hope while you wait in confident faith, while He works and fixes your babies, I know they will be good as new when He is finished! Love much from Louisiana! Debbie

  108. Image for Lexi Lexi

    Sending well wishes and happy thoughts to your family!!! Your girls will both come through these surgeries amazingly well because they have you as a momma!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  109. Image for Kristan Kristan

    Hope all goes well and you and the girls are home and recovering......prayers and good thoughts and white light to surround you and yours coming your way!

  110. Image for Chris Chris

    I heard something recently that was helpful to me. Darkness teaches us how to survive during tough times. Life is not always light and easy. We need the darkness to teach how to find the way to the light. I probably didn't repeat it right but I hope it helps. Sending healing energy and prayers for your girls. Let your faith guide you and keep you strong.

  111. Image for Ren Ren

    So many people love you and your family but most importantly, God loves you and holds you in his hands. Prayers for you, your precious daughters and family.

  112. Image for Carol Carol

    First you are surrounded by prayers and angels and lots of love. They will heal and go back to being your little blonde sweetheart dolls. My two oldest have had cancer--my son 3 times and my daughter 2 times. My husband's family has Lynch syndrome, which is genetic and can hit at anytime. You learn to rely on God and prayer. You will make it and be a better person for it. Sending prayers and love to you. Wish I could make dinner and bring to you.

  113. Image for Andrea Burkholder Andrea Burkholder

    Your encouraging words inspire and lift up so many women. Please know that your readers are lifting you up and encouraging you now as we pray for you. I pray for God's complete healing for both Whitney and Westleigh. AND may God grant you a sense of His peace and joy that he surrounds you with.

  114. Image for Susan Susan

    Oh, KariAnne, I am so deeply sorry for the awful trials you and your family are facing just doesn't seem fair that you must endure this when you are all such wonderful people! If love, prayers, hope, and faith can do anything at all, we've got this covered together, by the looks of it...just look at all of the many people who care so deeply for you and your babies...we truly do! I hope you can feel all of the love right now from where you are and that you are able to draw strength from it...your babies, too, for that matter! You have got to know that you, Westleigh, and Whitney are in all of our prayers and we are rooting for you with all of our hearts to make it through! Please go easy on yourself for now, k, dear friend? And know you and your sweet family are in our prayers...may God keep you and guide you through this difficult time and may he watch over your sweet babies...with that sort of love and protection, you are all bound to be okay! I have hope and I dearly hope you do, too! Many warm and comforting ((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS!!!!)))))))))))))))))))))))))))) to you across the miles along with lots of love!

  115. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    Thinking of you KariAnne and praying for your girls. They can do marvelous things with eye surgery nowadays. I had vision restored to an eye that had lost it. Just time, rest and lots of eye drops and things will heal up. Mine healed up so nicely that sometimes I can't remember which eye had the operation. (I guess it went in one eye and out the other!) Take care.

  116. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Sorry, but I must add an addendum to my post from this morning. I misquoted my Gram and her spirit will not let me rest until I correct myself. She said "Faith isn't Faith until it's all you are HOLDING onto". I suppose hanging and holding are similar, but I must quote accurately. I doubt that it will make much difference in the grand scheme of things, however I feel redeemed now. I hope the worst is past for the girls and their parents. Continued prayers and good thoughts to all!

  117. Image for Loryl Loryl

    Praying for you and those sweet girls. My husband had detached retina surgery last year and his sight is better than ever! The worst for him was laying face down after surgery and the eye drops. I kept on him that it was a small price to pay of inconvenience for his sight. We were diligent and he just had his 1 year check up last week and his wonderful doctor said the only place he wants to see him is at our local grocery!

  118. Image for Terry Terry

    Hugs and prayers to your little girls and your family! I'm so sorry you all have to go through this, but God is watching over you!

  119. Image for Pam Bezirdjian Pam Bezirdjian

    My thoughts and prayers are with the twins, you and your husband and your entire family. You're allowed to be scared and sad- you are their mom. Praying to hear good news!

  120. Image for Shirley Hetherington Shirley Hetherington

    Be assured that your fb friends from across the world are sharing your feelings. Some years ago my son sustained an injury to his retina....lots of worry, but it turned out to be ok. Love and Hugs from Australia to you and your beautiful girls! ????

  121. Image for Sherry Fisher Sherry Fisher

    Life is so hard on a Mom sometimes! My thoughts, prayers and best wishes for speedy recoveries for your sweet girls. xxoo

  122. Image for CGinAZ CGinAZ

    My dearest KariAnne. You have to know that all these people posting here today, myself included, are there with you in spirit and we all are at your back. I just know in my heart that both your babies are going to be good as new.

  123. Image for Belinda B. Young Belinda B. Young

    KariAnne, our God is a great God. I am so grateful these girls have a praying Mother and there are doctors who care. He Will supply all your needs. Praying for all of you.

  124. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Prayers for you and yours. I know your heart is breaking, but God is holding it in His hands. Our son had to have a vitrectomy his senior year after being hit by a paintball. We are so grateful he still has his eye, and even some sight in that eye. It's so hard to see our kids go through things, but they are resilient, and I think we suffer more than they do. Because she's young, she will heal and adapt so much easier than we would expect. No matter what the outcome, thinks will be okay, and God is near. I pray that all of you heal, physically and emotionally. ((hugs))

  125. Image for Therese Therese

    Joining everyone in prayer for your beautiful daughters that their surgeries are successful and that the Lord guide the doctors and nurses attending them.

  126. Image for Laura Laura

    All of you are in our prayers. I had a torn and detached retina and things are so much better than anyone expected them to be. God is in control.

  127. Image for Linda Linda

    Praying for your girls, for you and for your husband. It's truly Hebrews 13, 8. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. He is always there for His stripes we were healed.

  128. Image for Emily Emily

    Looks like you have lots of prayer warriors working for you. "Be anxious for nothing" always seems so much easier to say to others - especially when our babies are involved. Here's one more who will pray for your girls - that there will be an angel standing by the head of each one providing protection for each. We have a great God.

  129. Image for Rosalie McCreary Rosalie McCreary

    Oh Karianne I'm so very sorry to here about the twins and I hope you aren't doing the waiting by yourself! You are in my thoughts tonight. THe girls are in the hands of experts and you need to be calm and strong for them when the surgeries are done. You are a Rock Star and in control Sweetie.

  130. Image for Jae Jae

    Asking God to enfold you all and hold you close in His love and power. Hugs to you and those tiny dancer rockstars!

  131. Image for Karen Karen

    The unknown is the hardest but sometimes the BEST for some of us in life situations! As a Mother,a parent and/ or a friend, you are ALL of those and that is what will get you through this! Thinking of you and your family..❤️

  132. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    Prayers for Westleigh and Whitney. My sister had a torn retina a few years ago. She had laser surgery and her eye is fine now. Speedy recovery to both girls. Will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. Marilyn

  133. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Saying prayers for you and your babies my sweet friend! Believing that all will go perfectly and remember that Daddy has them in His hands! *hugs from North Carolina!!

  134. Image for Terri Oostendorp Terri Oostendorp

    Praying for both twins, and for you and your mommas' heart too! Praying also for patience for everyone as you all deal with a somewhat slow recovery time after surgeries. So glad you shared with us the worry and heartache you feel for your twins...and I hope all went well today!

  135. Image for Bonnie W. Bonnie W.

    Hugs and prayers as you get through these recent challenges within your family! Sometimes life feels like someone has pulled the rug out from underneath you but the Karianne we know and adore, gets back up on her feet, dusts herself off and declares, "Carry on!" Your twins are your precious treasures as your youngest children. Look forward to better times... that's always your positive message to us! ❤

  136. Image for Judy Ezell Judy Ezell

    Prayers are good with tears! When it is our children hurting, we would rather take their place. Prayers for you and your family.

  137. Image for Michele Riggsbee Michele Riggsbee

    Praying hard for the twins to both make a full recovery and for strength for you and your family. Hang in there my sweet, dear friend. Prayer works! Hugs to all of you.

  138. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Wow, I felt a stabbing sense of helplessness when I read this. I spent all last week in the hospital with my "baby girl" who is now a young 50! I knew whe would be okay...I trust God to take care of her...but it was my own feeling of being helpless to help her that was so difficult. And I know you must have been feeling this way yourself today. It's late, 10 pm CST, so I know you already know most of the outcome for the Mini Thistles, but I'm still praying for peace and grace and comfort for you, Miz karianne.

  139. Image for Jeni Jeni

    I too had emergency surgery less than two years ago for a detached retina. I was blessed in that I didn't need to be face down during recovery. I was able to sit up and was instructed to stay sitting 24/7 for the first two weeks. The best advice I received from others who had been through this was to follow the doctors orders exactly, no shortcuts. I did get a cataract from the surgery a few months later that had to be removed. I have full vision in my eye. Many prayers being lifted up for your girls and your family.

  140. Image for Brandy Low Brandy Low

    God thank you so much for covering my sweet Momma friend with Your amazing peace! Give her deep, restful sleeps, and joy filled days as she cares for her family. I'm grateful for Your healing touch over her precious girls. Please releive any pain and give them rest, complete restoration, and no more complications. Thank you for miracles Jesus! Amen. Big hugs, ?B

  141. Image for Barbara F. Barbara F.

    By now, hopefully you've had good news regarding both twins. Add me to the ultra long list of those who are praying for the recovery of your sweet girls. As so many others have said "God has this, lean on Him."

  142. Image for Vicki Vicki

    God knows every heart and each prayer, silent and spoken. He has a plan for you and your girls, and prayers are being said now, Love, from Alabama

  143. Image for Tonya Tonya

    I believe God answers prayers and you have a large circle of friends praying. Prayers for your daughters and your family, Love Texas size

  144. Image for Sheila F Sheila F

    Thank you for sharing KariAnne. Please know that you never-ever-EVER need share a DIY of ANYTHING when you're facing a day like you've had today. We are here for you and your precious little girls. We are here.. ready willing and able to stop everything, quiet our minds and look to the heavens on behalf of you and your family. Such an honor and a privilege to humbly approach His throne of grace, knowing that He's GOT this! Philippians 4:6-7 NIV Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Sweet dreams, as you and your family rest in the arms of Jesus. The very best place to be! ❤️? ☺️???

  145. Image for Shirley Shirley

    KariAnne I'm crying writing this- what a terrible time for you & your family. Sending you a great big hug across the Pond. Hope both surgeries are a 100% success for both of your precious twins. It doesn't matter about your blog- although we will miss you!!

  146. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Prayers for your sweet beautiful girls...I prayed just now and I know without a doubt I felt Gods hand on my shoulder...and I know everything will be alright.. Hugs, Sharon

  147. Image for Catherine Catherine

    I'm reading this on November 4. I hope today finds your precious little ones doing well. Sending hugs, love and prayers for all.

  148. Image for Dianna Tebbe Dianna Tebbe

    So many prayers have been sent, I am sure He is listening intently. I have seen the power of positive prayer many times. Believe in it and Him for it is as real as He is. Much research has been done repairing detached retinas, often using lasers. God can work miracles through surgeons' hands. I pray that your little one is resting in your arms right now and that your whole family is experiencing the warmth of God's embrace.

  149. Image for Mary Mary

    Your babies will be well and strong before you know it so sorry for your unfortunate situation you and your babies are in my prayers. Stay strong you will get through this I promise!

  150. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Oh, KariAnne, I'm just reading this (well past midnight), but I wanted you to know the girls and all your family are in my prayers. The many expressions of caring show how loved you are, and that we do want to share your worries and fears. I'm certain that in God's loving hands ... working through those of the girls' doctors ... all went well ~ and both girls will be fully recovered and whole very quickly. Please let us know how they are doing when you have the opportunity. But right now, your only concern should be your babies ... Loving hugs, kj

  151. Image for Erin Erin

    Just reading my email and I know you've already gone through the surgeries but mine, and all the people you touch every days, prayers are lifted,and will continue to be lifted. Know that we are sitting beside you. You may not see us, but we are there.

  152. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Hang in there. God's Angel's are standing by your side to be sure. Prayers of comfort, healing and strength are offered to your family. God bless!

  153. Image for Funky Junk Interiors - Donna Funky Junk Interiors - Donna

    I felt a need to comment, because there weren't very many comments on this post... Ok... I kid. I am so glad the outcome for your kiddos was a good one! xo And... I love your project. Anything woodsy gets my attention! So now you know my feature secret. I've featured you this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk 354. Thanks for linking up! :)

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