Hello, everyone. Yes, I know I'm sitting on pictures and video that need to be shared. I know I haven't posted in...well, a very long time.
Summer is always a busy time for us. There are waters to be fished and family reunions to be attended (and this year, for us, planned!). June, especially, takes a hard hit, with both of our birthdays and our anniversary!
This past June was difficult for us, however. Our fun activities were overshadowed by my mother's cancer returning. It has been heartbreaking to watch from afar as doctors slowly pump poison into her body, hoping to kill the cancer before they kill her. My mom is one of those people...well, she's one of those people. Up before dawn, awake till long after dark, she is the heart and soul of our family. She struggled and sacrificed to raise eight kids, and (in my humble opinion) she did a great job. And now, this force of nature is sick. She fights every day. She fights for more time with her kids and grandkids, for more time with her husband, for the mission they have been looking forward to for years.
(Tamara, you have my undying love and respect for watching your only son go through this. I don't know how you didn't go insane.)
I'm not telling you this so you can give me sympathy. I don't need your sympathy. But, my sweet, wonderful mom does need your prayers. They have the cancer on the run (they think), but mom continues to be incredibly ill from the chemo and radiation, and she needs some prayers to lift her. Let's see if we can't ease her struggles, even a little bit.
And, if you don't see me online for a while, know it is because I have weighty matters on my mind. I haven't forgotten about friends and family hoping for an update on my little family. I just have to worry about that little family more right now.
Love to all,