It has been at least two weeks since I have last posted anything:
In that time, Aunt Mary Lou got married and we couldn’t be happier about the union. She has been alone a long time and I for one couldn’t be more delighted with the man she picked.
Stephen is now 6 ft 4 1/8th inches….The 1/8th is of the utmost importance to him. He insists I add the 1/8th. I find that so funny…..On September 7, he turned 15. All he really wanted for his birthday were shoes that fit. Size 16…..Yes 16. I had so much trouble finding them it took me several trips to several stores and several phone calls. It does not seem stores carry that size around here. Finally I found them at Academy Sports. They had two pairs, one black and one white.


The best part of the weekend was when Ann surprised us all by showing up out of the blue. What a great surprise it was to see her. I have so many warm memories of doing things with her. She always has something wonderful going on and many laughs to share.
She just showed up …….It was perfect. We made the cinnamon rolls from Pioneer Woman’s blog. We laughed; cooked, cried, and had a birthday party …..It was just great! Seeing and spending time with Ann was good medicine for the soul.
The weekend before; Uncle Joe surprised us with a visit. Uncle Joe is my dad’s brother. This was the first time I have really gotten to talk to and spend time with Uncle Joe. Let me tell you, he is a joy! I loved everything about him; the way he talked with his hands and shoulders, the way he walked, they way he told stories. He was such a character and a joy to listen to while he reminisced about the boyhood trails and tribulations of their lives running and working in the streets of South Boston at a ripe old age of 8…..Joe and his “lille bruddr” Billy………Joe loves his little brother.
Uncle Joe reminded me of an Irish boxer…..I hope he comes back again when my father is feeling better and up to talking. Those will be some great stories.
UMMM and that brings me to the big question………….How is he doing? To answer this honestly I really don’t know what to say.
I will tell you this:
My father’s sprit is strong…….So amazingly strong. The thrush is mostly gone now so he is smiling and talking more. By now everyone knows he had received brain radiation about 3 weeks ago………The cancer has metastasized…..and the doctors are saying all type of ugly things we really don’t care to hear. What do they know anyway???…..Four years ago these very doctors gave him 3 months to live……..3 months turned into four wonderful years and we are still counting.
Anyway, the radiation is over. That alone will bring any one to their knees….It was tough…brutal is really more like. But, He did it! He also received another perseverance award from the cancer center and balloons and a home made rhubarb pie from me. ((His favorite))
So now here we are……….It is 3 A.M. and I am wide awake. I am supposed to meet Margaret at 6 to run. I wonder if I will make it.
We have started school and that is a whole different story.
Oh! Speaking of exercising I must tell you………My father is still exercising. He is strength training by just using his body. From what he describes to me he is working on his triceps by pushing himself up and down on the bed. He is doing leg lifts and holds……like 40 or 60! That just thrills me. He is so weak and sick but is still exercising……so being a little tired at 6 AM really sounds babyish doesn’t?
Drats! Now I have to get up! Maybe I just won’t go back to bed.

10 thoughts on “Catching up

  1. Hello Lisa, I missed coming here! I was on hiatus for a long time. It appears I have missed a lot of your posts.Well I am glad to be back.And thank you Lisa for always dropping by :-)My friend has the smallest feet!She ends up getting them from kids dept but she gets so frustrated looking for high-heeled shoes when she needs them for special ocassions!(Of course kids dept does not sell stiletto heel!)

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  2. Hi there Lisa,Wish I had your motivation to exercise. Wow…your son is tall. My two boys are only 5ft. They take after both my hubby and myself. Nick is almost 18 and we have no probs getting him shoes..lol.

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  3. Happy Birthday to your son. He is a very handsome boy and tall too. Dark, Tall and Handsome. You brought me to tears they way you described your fathers spirit and the love his brother has for him. I will pray for your family and your father to grow stronger. Your love for him and your family really shows in your writing. You have a very nice blog.

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  4. Hi, Lisa!!!! So great to see you posting again!!! Glad the computer issues are fixed!!! Your son is so very handsome…and tall!!!!! Wow!!! You must be so proud of him…I am very glad to hear that your Dad's radiation is complete…You all have been continuously in my prayers, especially over the last several weeks! You are a wonderful, strong, and very close family…honoring your very special Dad in so many ways!!!! I pray God pours out extra special blessings on you!!!! This was a beautiful post, straight from the heart! Love you~Janine XO

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