Sunday, January 18, 2009

Prayers for Monica's father

1/20/08, 4:00 pm

Mr. Franetovich didn't spike a fever, so now they are watching his lungs. They believe he broke three ribs, one in two spots. He did break his pelvis in a few spots as well, but were able to set it. They have to do surgery on his shoulder and arm, but want to wait until he is more stable before they do that. He had a procedure putting a filter into one of his arteries to catch any blood clots.He is responsive... he knows when people enter a room and will open his eyes. When she holds his hand, he'll hold back somewhat. As far as her grandfather, his heels are definitely shattered, but besides that he is doing alright.

Monica told me, while sitting with her father, she realized something. Prayer comes in more than one form. Well, this she knew, but she realized another form of prayer while praying the rosary. She told me, praying the rosary in times like this, besides asking Mary for direction in our prayers to God, was not mindless but meditative. It was a way of not thinking with the mind, but with the spirit; something routine and we know the motions to when our minds and souls are caught up in pain or joy. She told me, while sitting there with her father, there were times where she would hold his hand and just hurt. Sympathy and empathy are forms of prayer too. Sometimes there are no words, just feelings. Feelings too can be prayers.

Something my mother told me growing up, is to say "Everything I think say and do, and don't think say and do, I offer up to You and Your greater Glory." Supposedly, every time you say that, souls in purgatory are prayed for. Wither that is true or not, the thought and prayer is good.

So maybe, if you don't pray in the traditional sense, thinking and feeling positively in one direction can help another life. I know so far, all the prayers and good wishes that have been sent the Franetovich family's way are helping. Please keep them coming. They have gone through so much before this happened and need all the strength, hope, and love they can get.

1/18/09, 11:20AM

Please keep praying for Monica's father. He made it through the first surgery, and now is in critical condition. It's a wait and see until then. Going over to give her a rosary and some hugs. Thank you all for your support and prayers.

1/17/09, 3:00PM
I just found out that my friend's father and grandfather fell through her grandfather's old shed this afternoon while fixing it up. They are in the emergency room right now and can use all the prayers in the world.

Thank you.

<3 and blessings,
Ashleymarie Sey DeBondt

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hula Baloo Photos

As my previous post explained... New Years I was able to be apart of the NEW YEARS EVE ART SHOW HULA BALOO (must be logged into Facebook to view details) at The Basement Art Gallery

After looking at all the awesome artwork, Jen Raven handed out the latest issue of Bakotopia, which held a wonderful article about the new gallery.

And as the art scene continues to grow in this small town, my heart swells with life. It is so wonderful to see creativity and imagination stirring up. I'm proud to invite friends to such events as these.

Here is a picture of myself and one of my best friends Merrisa below!

Thanks to my brother, Chris, I was able to get in more than a handful of pieces into the show. One of which was "Snow White and her Apple Martini (poisoned)"

"Frankie was frightened by the furry monster wearing her floppy hat"

"Byte Me Pale Ale" acrylic on t-shirt

"A Pin-Up in 4 Styles" print

"1920s New Years"

"Portrait: Male"

"Portrait: Chewy"

After we looked at art, the hula dancers came out and performed.

At midnight, well close too... The Silence Club played. It was the first time I have heard the entire band play together. Chris did a phenomenal job at percussion.

And Aaron the singer, rocked yet again!

I was able to record one of their songs on my camera, but have yet been able to download it to youtube, but here is a video of them at the first show I saw them play at El Cayote by The Silence Club.

What a way to start the New Year. Happy 2009!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years 2009

The NEW YEARS EVE ART SHOW HULA BALOO (must be logged into Facebook to view details) at The Basement Art Gallery turned out to be an interesting experience. Two brothers own the space now (A. S. Ashley once had it for a while before I moved away for school... I showed something there in one of the shows before but I don't remember what... but where he had hanging his rice crispie treat mold of his face last time was one of my pieces. I was just so excited to see that the gallery was still alive. It's mostly all redone... they even have art lighting). One brother, Deon, does the gallery stuff and the other is a culinary chef and makes all the food, which was to die for. They want me to show work in another art show that holds LA artists in March. :) I'll talk to the owner more about it when I pick up my stuff. Either way, awesomeness!!!

The bands and the hula dancers were amazing. They had spoken word, which was good, but way to long and such a downer. They would have been great at a poetry club... we just wanted something fun or silly or positive to hear. The Silence Club was a mind blower... played at midnight (or just a bit after). Finally, I got to hear them all perform together. I ended up putting in 8 pieces into the show, 5 of which have yet to be posted onto deviantArt, and shall be posted as soon as possible.

Hope you all had a wonderful New Year!