Here’s a brief update on the Who’s and Whats-Its in my life…
Darla & Spanky & Mommy L (often referred to as MIL for D)
The countdown has begun to their Flight to Germany. Our parentals should be pulling into their driveway as we speak. They will be staying until the flight out on Sunday? (I keep wanting to say Monday, but I’m sure they will be on part of the leg of their journey, and not quite in Germany on Monday so I’m half-right.). The Air Force has hauled them overseas for the next four years. It will be a wonderful experience for them. They get to take Mommy L with them so they will have support in their house until they both get acclimated and get some friends over there. With work they will both be busy right of the bat. But I’m sure it won’t be busy enough for D & I to get waves of *sigh* depression. It will be quite the experiance for them. We hope to save our pennies and go over there when they are two years in.
She has a lot going on in her world right now. She has a brain tumor and the doctors gave her an estimated 5 years, whether it’s cancerous of not. It’s in a place where they can’t get to it without making her a vegetable. It does cause her to have severe seizures L She has bone cancer which she was taking chemo and radiation for. She has a tumor in her foot (thanks to the bone cancer) that needs to be removed. She just found out she has a Bun In The Oven so that will put a damper on the chemo/radiation/and possibly the surgery. She is engaged to Matt. She has four kids that are Child Genius, ADHD and two autistic boys. I wish she didn’t live so far far away so I could be there for her.
Butch & Zach
We are headed to Nevada next week. Flying over to see his oldest son Zach graduate from High School. Then we get to pile us (4 adults – we’re bringing another guy E along for the ride and dropping him an hour from our place) to drive home. It’s a 20 hr drive. Without stops. Three grown men and me in a Honda Civic. It will be fun, and a whirl wind of exhaustion. Zach is coming to stay with us for an, as of yet, undetermined amount of time. Could be a month. Could be four. Could be a year. We will see. Great kid. Tall, skinny, adorable, and quiet – just like his Dad! J
He had his first doctor appointment last week as I put in the previous post. He goes back next week for a dental exam. They think they will be able to get a full exam in to determine how to get rid of them extra teeth he has. Good luck with that pipe dream!
He went in for his ADHD check two days ago. They had to draw some blood, hooked him to a port and took two vials. He didn’t even cry. I was so proud! He handled it like a pro! He starts his meds today, so cross our fingers it will help and not have any side effects!
This weekend will be a kids-go-to-see-their-dad weekend. So we will spend all evening Friday driving. Saturday will be spent cleaning house before Mommy comes, and finishing cleaning out the spare room for Zach. Mom will be here Mon/Tues to stay with the kids until we get back. The drive should be Thurs/Fri so it won’t be for too long. The fun-ness will be waking the kids up at 3am so Mommy can take Me/Butch to the airport, since we have to be there two hours early and fly out at 6:30 am Wed.
I would like to wrap things up with fun life lessons.
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written." My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."Remember that I will always share my spoon with you! Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves