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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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Favorite Day of the Trip - Thursday, Part 1

Our on step guide had a surprise for us!  She was taking us to the Japanese Gardens!
They were landscaped into an old quarry before WWII..  How is that for repurposing?  They changed the name to Chinese Gardens during the war, but even though they changed it back, couldn't afford to build a new arch!  Imagine this in full bloom in August!

I love tha pathways and would have loved to see it in bloom, but still, it was something to behold.   

A remnant of the quarry
These are Texas Mountain Laurel.  They smell like grape bubblegum!

Thursday was a warmer day, and jam packed with activity, so ....

.....to be continued!



NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH, Deb! I would LOVE to see that in person. It is just unbelievable. It is a big garden, too. I am glad you were able to see that and enjoy it. xo Diana

Linda said...

I think that would have been my favorite trip too. I'd LOVE to see it in full bloom!

Gill - That British Woman said...

imagine all the work that took to transform that. When would be the best time to visit there then?

boopnut said...

Full bloom mid August in San Antonio, TX!

Linda said...

Dear Deb,

This is a place I would so enjoy spending much time at...and walking, breathing in the fresh air, just taking in all the beauty.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great place to visit...Gorgeous!