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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Week that Was

I went to my cousin Eva's memorial service on Saturday.  It was a long drive and a longer day.  The funeral and burial were way up north in Wisconsin.  My sister and I saw a few of our  cousins there and were  there mostly to support my second cousin, Shirley (Eva's daughter).  Her dad seems to favor a girl that lived with them in the summer one year, so that is always hard for Shirley to be favored over a non-relative.  It is complicated, but my cousin is a Christian and she is trying to take the high road in a very difficult and hurtful situation. 
We then drove further for the burial.  (are we there yet?)  After that we went to their home, visited a bit while Shirley got her bags together.  She went home with us as she had to fly out of Green Bay the next morning.  We stopped along the way and had a delicious chicken buffet!
We went to the nursing home and it was a nice visit.  My brother and his wife came there.  Mom was happy to see everyone including Shirley.
Shirley and I went to Hobby Lobby for a quick trip of shopping and then went home to my house.
We enjoyed going over my scrapbooks and old photos that she had brought.  I taught her how to make a pocket page for scrapbooking and we went to bed....early to rise the next morning!
Shirley is on the right....in happier times.
Jim took me out for breakfast after we dropped Shirley at the airport.  Truck stops are great places for good food!
That night we celebrated Dan's birthday by ordering what he wanted for dinner....Pizza Hut.  I do love the Chicken Alfredo though.
Monday was lunch with my bff, Linda, and another friend, Janice who now lives out of town.  (I sure do eat out a lot!)  They went to the beach.  I went to spend the afternoon with my mom.  They had ice cream sundaes with all the toppings.  We enjoyed ours out in the gazebo.
Last night I went to pick up my son from work and went out to eat again!  It was meant to be as I ran into my old childhood friend, Debbie  We are getting together Tuesday for coffee.  After we ate we went to see Man of Steel at the discount theater.  Tuesday is $2!  The movie was okay but glad I didn't pay full price for it.
Tomorrow I have to prepare the altar for communion, go visit Mom, and then we are going on our mini vacation.  Woo hoo!


NanaDiana said...

I am so glad you went to the funeral and supported your cousin even if it was a long drive. I read this post first and then scrolled down to the one I missed. It sounds like you have had a busy summer and how wonderful that you aren't working so have had the opportunity to do the stuff that you couldn't have done otherwise.
Blessings to you and, again, I am so sorry for the loss in your family. xo Diana

Ofelia said...

Sometimes remembering the good time sis the best way to honor those that pass.
I'm glad that you didn't spend more than $2 watching Superman.