I love this photo taken by my son Gary
So very happy that my mother was finally released yesterday after a week spent in the ICU/hospital. She's now slowly recuperating and gaining strength in a rehabilitation center for the next several weeks. We are were blessed with a miracle. I was blessed with many precious hours spent by her bedside.
Unwinding a little today with a nice nap, time in my sketchbook, and rice crispy treat baking with Isaac before returning to her tonight.
Life is good.
My mother sustained a traumatic brain injury from a fall last Friday resulting in bleeding, swelling, and skull fractures. She is in ICU, and continues to amaze us with improved daily progress. We are anxious to learn the report of this morning's CT scan. I'm so grateful for the love, unity, prayers, and support of family and friends who have become family.
We love you with all our hearts, Mama!
smiling:: at how good it is for him to spend some time with his brother.
listening:: to the happy sounds of board games being played on the kitchen table.
loving:: the relationships and memories being created between these cousins.
walking:: with the kids this morning to visit the neighbor's beautiful horses and friendly dogs.
drawing:: A little in-the-car sketching on our road trip here. I love to use photo references from an old Pictorial History of the World, published in 1894. A goldmine of images I scored for $20 at my local thrift store. Sometimes, I think I was born in the wrong century.
enjoying:: the stack of books I'm working through on this trip. Lots of time for extra reading.
making:: thought I'd bring along my baking gear. Fun to do something a little homey while we're visiting.
seeing:: this is the view from the back deck off of Curt and Jessica's home. I could watch these clouds all day. (The thunder and lightening storms at night have been thrilling.) With all this expanse of sky and empty, flat land, it makes one feel a little exposed and vulnerable, especially being so used to the familiar security of the mountains that surround us back home. But this is a different kind of beauty. Bringing with it a peaceful stillness where you can feel and breathe and just be.
Enjoyed every minute of our family outing today. Sometimes it's hard to satisfy and find activities where we are all interested and content. Especially so on family vacations. Somehow, surrounding ourselves in nature always does the trick.
:: Thursday was our day for celebrating. A time to have some fun and lighten things up after all these days of stress and worry. After I fixed us a big waffle breakfast, we went to see the new BFG movie (one of the kids' favorite books from their childhood. Isaac even convinced me to read it to help get me in the mood.), went up to American Fork canyon with some Subways for an impromtu picnic, explored and hiked around Cascade Springs, and then drove over the mountain down into Midway where we stopped at the good old Timp Freeze of my childhood for some fries (best in the world... thick and greasy... just the way I like 'em!) and icy treats. It truly was a perfectly happy day.
:: Keith and I went to a jazz concert Friday evening. The venue was small and intimate and held in a local botanical garden. Perfect. Not only loving every minute of that performance and music, but so fun watching (out of the corner of my eye) the older lady next to us get up and dance (like nobody's watching!) Wishing I had the guts to get up and do the same.
:: taking home a stack of "just right" library books.
:: watching a new season of The Great British Baking Show with Isaac.
:: picking berries with the kids at Eldon and Sharon's.
:: being invited by my dear friend to head out together for a little overnight get-a-way this week.
:: knowing that G & G landed in London today. For this Anglophile son's dream coming true.
:: baking and sharing a batch of mint-chocolate cupcakes yesterday.
:: knowing that a month from today, I'll be holding my missionary-boy in my arms once again!!!
:: having the time and the desire to do some drawing practice today. Glad that the process seems to be getting easier.
This week was one of the most difficult ones of my life. My husband Keith lost his job (last day on Friday) and I was told that same Friday that the lump removed on my forearm the week before looked like cancer-- "a soft-tissue sarcoma" according to the lab report-- with the potential to metastasize to the lungs. (I've had an unexplainable month-long cough.)
After a few days of grueling, all-consuming fear and shock... not having the emotional and physical energy for anything other than sitting in my chair and waiting for the phone to ring... facing the huge uncertainty that my life may be shortened... having to see the fears and tears in my children's eyes... touched by the overwhelming support, love, and concern I received, along with the power of prayer and fasting from our dear family and closest friends... meeting with an orthopedic oncologist yesterday and getting my questions answered...we finally received word this afternoon that the pathologists consulting at UCLA determined that what initially was thought to be a sarcoma tumor actually is a benign tumor that can mimic cancer, and often gets misdiagnosed as such.
I am relieved and so thankful for the reminder that life is a precious gift. That those that love you most will be there for you through thick and thin. That miracles, big and small, happen every day.
And finally, an important FYI, my friends: please don't ignore those weird lumps and bumps!
Hi, I'm Emily!
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