|Happy Birthday America!|
Why, hello again!
Isn't it high time I stick my toes back in the water?
But first, I want to send the biggest hugs I know how... for your prayers and well-wishes. The outpouring of support DH and I've received from Blogland is a bit overwhelming ... and I've no words to adequately express our gratitude.
Tuesday morning, Tom's finished his 2nd round of chemo (with few ill effects, thank God!) ... and is looking to "graduate" from simultaneous radiation therapy by mid-month.
Granted, our story's probably no different than the thousands of others who've walked this path. Still, I never envisioned the spirited, good-natured fella I know and love turn into an angry someone one minute ... frighteningly depressed the next. Not sure if I wasn't more concerned (make that, terrified) about the disease, or DH's attitude ... reluctance to eat ... to just engage.
Then, early one morning I stumbled out of bed and into the kitchen .... and discovered DH sitting nearby with a bowl of potato chips wearing a big smile.
As is to be expected (I suppose), there've been infuriating ups n' downs since then ... but the ups are more and more frequent. Woo-hoo!
In answer to those who've asked, the most his doctors will say is, "You're progressing exactly as expected." There's simply no answers to be had at this time; at least until month-end when the doctor orders another PET or similar lookie-loo.
Meanwhile, we celebrate the GOOD hours ...
and some cupcake love!
|Hugs from NYC|
Speaking with "Alabama son" last month, Troy mentioned a "little something" included in my Mother's Day card. When I began to protest -- isn't that what moms do? -- he interrupted, "But, there's strings attached to the check."
... and went on to explain: "For every new beginning, for every milestone and hurdle crossed, please, Mom ....go buy a cupcake. Stick a candle in its center, then each of you make a wish."
Isn't that neat? Ya, I've a pretty awesome son.
|DH says, "I look like ET!"|
In an effort to play along with the rules, we've only observed 8 cupcake suppers so far ... and just about exhausted our local supermarkets' offerings. Between my work schedule and medical stuff, I've little time (and less patience!) to explore the Valley's noted confectionary spots.
So, it's off to the World-Wide Web!!!
|French Toast ... yes!|
Does anyone else recall these folks being featured on Shark Tank? I've not yet placed an order, but will definitely share a review ... once we've made up our minds!
Finally, I want to share a few scenes from a great Father's Day morning ...
|Grandpa Tom, (son) Tommy, Mitchell, Audrey and Vivian|
|Lovely DIL, Shaunna and Viv|
|Mitchell's a quick learner!|
|I get a peaceful, easy feeling ....|
Thanks for sticking by our sides ... and through this post! I'll be back!
Wishing everyone a fun and SAFE Independence Day.
Hugs from Phoenix,