Monday, June 24, 2013

Prayer Request: My Aunt Vickie

Aunt Vickie holding Elyse - September 12, 2010.

I've held off sharing anything here because I've been in a bit of denial. My Aunt has lung cancer. She has started chemo, but now has pneumonia in her healthy lung. She has been hospitalized in Intensive Care for a week now. She is sedated and hasn't been awake since she was put on a breathing machine. At first, it was definitely scary, but there was a lot of HOPE. Now, we are officially SCARED. She has already lost a week and while at first it all seemed the right thing to help her breathe, now we are just praying things will get better.

Vickie has been a part of my life for so many years. She is loving, encouraging and a rock. Vickie knew I was pregnant before I told her. The day my Mom died I was literally hyperventilating when the van from the funeral home showed up to take Mom's body away. Vickie held onto me whispering loving words in my ear to calm my breathing. After losing my Mom, I cannot imagine our family without her. She is the woman who has held everything together. She has a large laugh, a cheerful heart and is always helping others. She has an incredibly strong faith and has faced her cancer diagnosis with strong optimism. She told me she will fight this.

I am begging for your prayers of healing. She can beat this and I have every hope she will. It is so hard seeing so many people I care about hurting. I think of her every moment. I pray she is growing stronger.

I believe in the power of prayer. If you don't know my Aunt, look at this picture and think of her, pray for her. Thank you!
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Green Bluff

Last minute trip to Spokane.

Visiting with friends, yet trying to stay out of their hair as they were preparing for a big party the next day.

We drove out to my alma mater and then on a tip from OJ, drove out to Green Bluff.

A family owned U-Pick strawberry farm was still open. We did a little strawberry picking and I got caught up in the pretty light and our little girl singing and playing.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Checking off that Summer List!

Yesterday, Sue and I had planned to take Elyse strawberry picking. I even dressed her in darling strawberry pants, a red shirt to hide berry stains and tennis shoes for out in the dirt.

Except, the berries weren't ready for picking yet. Dang.

Yet, somehow it turned into the perfect morning anyway.

We went to the park at Percival Landing.

To the potty. Always a hit.

And only Aunt Sue captures pictures in the bathroom. But, good memories still.

Down the boardwalk.

To the Farmer's Market where we got some fresh produce - apples, a lovely looking onion and some apriums (apricot and plum). She enjoyed an aprium on the way to coffee at Batdorf.

Back home. Scared of a BUG on the slide.

Babies outside.

Libby enjoying the sun.

A corona!!(I'm acting like a smartie here, but we couldn't remember the word yesterday).


Making a summer list.

And then she erased it!

So, more fun drawing.

We said bye-bye to Aunt Soup and when Elyse was down for a nap, I worked again on our list.

And made a home for it in the office.

Beautiful morning with two of my favorite girls. How are you enjoying summer?

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