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I am a person who loves life and loves capturing it in pictures and recording it in many ways. I have been happily married for over 40 years to my wonderful husband Mike. We have raised 4 daughters, were foster parents for 11 years and are now raising 2 of our grandchildren. They are the love of our lives and the light in our eyes. At this time in our lives, we would expect to be planning for retirement, but instead we are planning for the future of these children. Starting over so to speak. At the ripe old age of 50, I found myself as a mom of a pre-schooler again so it's the second time around for us, thus my title. We attend church and teach Sunday School. Life is never dull, as you can imagine. Enjoy the pieces of our lives and allow this grandmother some bragging rights occasionally, ok very often.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Celebration of Life

Yesterday we celebrated the life of a wonderful man.  I want to thank everyone who took time out of their day to join us. I pray that you received a blessing by sharing the day with us. Our family truly appreciates all the plants given in his honor, the cards, the calls, the food and most of all the love shown to us all during this time. I truly feel God's peace. Mike was truly loved by all. He will be greatly missed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"Well Done Thy Good and Faithful Servant"

I have no doubt that Mike heard these words when he went to heaven a little after midnight. He went peacefully in his sleep. I was trying to tell him how special he was but I guess he got tired of listening to me ramble. The next chapter in our lives are going to be difficult at best. Please continue to pray for our family. A couple of praises. The 2 family members who had to travel the farthest were here in time to visit and will be here for his "Celebration of Life" Ceremony. More to come on that a little later. Thanks for all your kind words and prayers.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Major Setback

Mike is currently on oxygen & pain medicines to ease his "distress" in the words of his nurse. This morning when I woke up he was not breathing like normal, it was almost like he was moaning. When hospice came they told me to call in the family that it would just be a couple of days. So we have had lots of visitors today. He isn't responsive but I am convinced that he can hear. We have his music playing softly and I am reading him facebook and email messages. I pray for our children and grandchildren that will miss out on growing up with this wonderful man in their life. I will keep you updated. Praising God for no pain, his sister arrived from California, and our wonderful friends and family.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Time for Hospice

I met with the Dr this week alone since Mike was too weak to go. He has been in bed for days and not eating. The Dr suggested we call Hospice and work on "Comfort Care". In other words, make him as comfortable as possible. I am not naive enough to believe he will beat the odds and I will do everything they say for him. I still believe in God's healing power and He will heal Mike if He chooses to do so. I personally can't imagine why he wouldn't but I can't see the future like He can. Our daughters are arriving to visit as much as they can in these next few weeks. Penny is here from Africa and it's great to see her and Michael. Mike isn't talking much. He will respond when spoken to but he has always been rather quiet. It's been great hearing from long lost friends and the visits are wonderful. I just hate it's under these circumstances. There just isn't much good to report! We know many many prayers are being prayed on our behalf and we are humbled. We appreciate all the kindnesses shown to us. Little things mean so much. We love you all. Here's an oldie but a goodie of Mike & Belle.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Prayers Requested

This is so very hard to write. Mike is too weak to continue chemo and radiation. Without these treatments or a miracle, there is nothing that we can do except pray. He is so tired and still isn't eating. They have given him something to increase his appetite but it hasn't worked yet. He is sleeping a lot and not in any pain which is a praise. Our family covets your prayers in the next few days and weeks. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. Watching someone you love so much suffer and not being able to do anything for them is unbearable. I have tried to post positive updates but our hearts are broken. This is the reality of cancer.

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Mike is not doing great these days. His bilirubin is 32 which is down from 36 last week but still extremely high. ( A normal person's bilirubin is under 2) This is the bile backing up in his body causing him to be yellow. His appetite is non existent. He lost 6 lbs in a week and due to blood work which indicates he's not drinking enough, they canceled chemo yesterday. They did administer fluids but not the chemo drug. He has been doing better since our visit yesterday. Please specifically pray that:
He eats and drinks more.
His bilirubin level drops.
His lab work shows improvement Monday.
His strength improves.
He is very weak. This is all part of the treatment but it's hard seeing him so sick. We truly appreciate all your prayers. I say that a lot but I really mean it. God bless you.