Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tis the Season

 In the hallway at work just down from my office area they have these signs set up for a photo shoot. Us girls took advantage.

Me and Samara

 I know we're silly but we try to have fun when we can.
 And Ms Sophie got to go see Santa.  Lillie didn't make it but it's okay Santa knows what she wants. LOL I only have granddog to brag about well other than the daughter and the furry daughter.

Christmas this year is a tad different due to an unexpected bittersweet trip to Missouri. Long and short of it my Dad was taken off the trial drugs for his cancer that has come back in the form of tumors this time because the drugs weren't helping. No other form of treatment available and the one that was offered my Dad refused. He preferred quality of life over longevity which even that wasn't promised . My heart and my sister's along with all the grand-kids are breaking but it's a choice only Dad could make. They have given him 3 months.
When they went to the oncologist my 10 year nephew insisted that he was going too. He has been my Dad's constant companion since this journey began. Well actually since he was old enough to walk. 
So Josiah was there for the verdict.  This is what Jerri Lynn wrote " His eyes tearful with his small hand resting over grandpa's. I watched him pat his hand and then say "well, grandpa we have a lot to do since we don't have much time". He then turned to me and said "mom, I will be spending all my time with grandpa. Will you let the school know I might have to miss sometimes?" Looking back at grandpa he said "grandpa, I'm going to hold your hand until I can't anymore and then you can hold grandma's". How in the world can a 10 year old be so wise" I second that. How can a 10 year old be so wise.  Say a prayer for the family. 
So no tree, no decorations, no stockings, no elf on a shelf and no Christmas cards. Poor David isn't able to get off work due to a project he's on so he'll be caring for Sophie and Lilley and celebrating Christmas and his birthday with his siblings and family here.

Drying my tears now. They come at odd times and without much warning.  Okay I'm done. On to happier thoughts.

We went to the Farm and this time Lilley got to come. She was such a good girl.  Her favorite place was to lay in the door way of the Mini Mansion. She did get down and snoop around some. 
The wind was blowing pretty good and blew her fur around. She's such a pretty girl

She's her furless Dad's constant companion as a general rule. She did great at the farm and stayed close by and minded when told to stay back.

While at the farm we got David's huge heavy tool chest out of the truck and set up. And we got a bed set up in the Mini Mansion. 
Gotta Love Craigslist. Chest of drawers, mattress, box springs, night stand, quilt, shams, and dust ruffle came off craigslist. Oh and the bed frame, head and foot board. David plans on maybe going up over Christmas weekend and start planning out the electrical part of it.  It's coming together slowly but with David at the helm it will all come out right and looking good.

We now have another official RN in the family. My niece Shelby in Missouri graduated from nursing school. Her mom wouldn't have missed today for nothing. Just 9 days earlier she had a radical mastectomy. She had been diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer just a week prior. Nancy has her own journey to follow but she seems to be in good spirits and having a good recovery. She definitely couldn't be happier for her daughter.
I went up to visit mom knowing that I wouldn't be seeing her until after Christmas. She was looking and feeling pretty good. 
Was able to capture this picture of her and Lola right before I left.

Want to share this picture of my co-workers daughter who I have just as many pictures of her as I do my own daughter. Okay maybe not as many but I have quite a few.  You know the bad rap that pit pulls get..... 
Well here you go. Aria is using Molly the pit bull as a chair while playing with her Nana's tablet.  Poor Molly. These dogs are only mean if bred that way. This pup was raised in a loving family and now as a cushion for Aria.

Yep this post was a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Up down and all around.

Probably won't get to post until after Christmas so I hope everyone in Blogland, family and friends have a blessed Christmas.

Until next post...."The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present."


Linda said...

I am so sorry to hear the news about your dad and I admit to having tears run down my cheeks when I was reading what Josiah said. He is wise beyond his years and with a biblical name like Josiah, I am not surprised!
Love and prayers for you all.
The pic of your mom was just wonderful! I love how you find bright spots even in the darkest of times!
Merry Christmas, my dear friend.

Anonymous said...

Great picture of your mom.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

A lovely and touching post - such a brave granddad and a brave grandson.