So many of you sweet readers have been contacting me, asking
What is up?
Why haven't I been blogging?
What is going on with the family?
Well. Call it sad. Call it depressing. Call it coping and trying to keep busy. Call it whatever.
Our only light is that little grandtot Whitney is doing well, and gaining weight, cooing, smiling and I am going to see her tomorrow!
The newest burden placed on our hearts is that our seventh grandchild on the way was not meant to be. It breaks our heart to know this wee one won't be born. This is the second time that has happened now in our family, and I feel such ache inside my gut for the two grandchildren we will never know. I am choking back the tears even as I write this.
Our son-in-law says it best in this heart-wrenching post about their wee child that was on the way:
On the parent front, my dad is slowly losing weight and the cancer is taking more and more of a toll on him. I am trying to get up there as often as I can, and handling all his crazy bills, doc stuff, hospice and grocery shopping. It's 240 miles round trip each time I go. Thank goodness for flat rate shipping boxes, I can often pick up things he needs here in my town, ship them out and he gets them the next day! His elderly cat Issaiah is also on it's last days, and the cat wanted to go outside. It has not come back and he can not find it. Even his hospice nurses helped him look. My dad feels it left to go find a place to die. Kinda foreboding on his own health situation.
Goodbye Isaiah, you crabby old cat.
On top of all that sadness, my step father Lowell, from Florida, is doing very poorly. It is most likely pancreatic cancer. More tests are being done. He gave up on the Florida doctors at the VA who were dinking around and messing up appointments and taking forever. Instead he bought extra health insurance coverage and he and my mom went up to Ohio. My stepsister Tanya has taken them under her wing to get him to see better doctors and go to the big clinic in Toledo. Some tests were done, and more are to come. So in the meantime, my parents decided to just rent an apartment up there nearby so as to not impose too much on Tanya. She is doing all the running and paperwork and planning for them, bless her heart. We are going to see if we can get down there in a week or so to help out too.
So that is what is going on. I will try to write some happier posts in the future.
One bright note, we have had unusually warm weather in Wisconsin for November. I made this little video clip while sitting out on the front porch.....