Mom, my post about eleven and the calendar made me think of things over the past eleven years since you passed away.
I wrote down the years and noted some personal and family events that have happened since January 26, 2003.
- Dad and I kept each other moving forward, one step at a time. Days blurred together, but when you’re going through Hell, you keep going.
- One of my best friends, Gary, passed away in June. At his graveside service tears were streaming down my cheeks, a gentle breeze came to oh so softly dry them. Thanks Mom. I knew that was you.
- In honor of your 70th birthday, I donated blood for the first time. Thanks to your great example, I had the courage to go through the process and do my part to try to give back.
- Dad bought a candy apple red Toyota double-cab pick up. You would have enjoyed it too.
- Your granddaughter, Kylie, graduated from high school.
- Your granddaughter, Ashley, and Nathan were married in July. A beautiful ceremony.
- For the Light the Night Walk annual event, in Portland, to raise awareness and money to fight blood cancers, I single-handedly raised close to $1,500.
- This year must have been a blur or simply uneventful, as I can’t remember much of anything really important.
- Your granddaughter, Natalie, graduated from high school.
- I spent my 50th birthday at the Oregon Coast (I know that ‘surprises’ you ;)…. ) with a great friend, who’s name just happens to be Helen. 🙂
- Your granddaughter, Ashley, graduated from Eastern Washington University.
- Your grandson, Grant, graduated from high school.
- Dad got a great report from his doctor. Cancer free for five years. What a relief. You would be pleased.
- Your great granddaughter, Cadence Anne, was born at Fort Lewis.
- You brought Jeff and I together. I know you picked him out for me. Thanks. 😉
- Jeff and I along with Kylie and Natalie saw the musical Wicked in Portland at the Keller Auditorium. The same place we saw Cats, twice.
- Ashley’s husband, Nathan, was deployed to Afghanistan. Ashley did a great job holding things together, especially considering her daughter Cadence had such a hard time with her Daddy being gone.
- The Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. I remember how you loved to watch the Olympics and how you were so supportive of my opportunity to move to Vancouver for work and encouraged me to make that step.
- Jeff and I became engaged during the time of the Winter Olympics.
- Ashley and Nathan had their second daughter, Piper Joy. Another great granddaughter for you.
- Dad battled chronic kidney disease. On the brink of needing dialysis, he did what the doctors said and turned the disease around. He still is mindful of it, but doing much better.
- On 9.10.11, Jeff and I were married in Athena, Oregon and in spirit Mom, you were right there with us. We had an awesome day.
- Jeff and I spent our honeymoon in British Columbia – Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Nanaimo.
- Natalie and Scott got married in May. Kylie and Eric got married in September – a week after Jeff’s and my first anniversary. With Kylie marrying Eric you gained another granddaughter. You’d love Mila. And Scott and Eric.
- Your granddaughter, Candice graduated from high school.
- Stuart was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. Surgery and treatments followed.
- I was able to purchase a new sewing machine for my quilting and sewing projects. Mom, you would love it and like see what it can do.
- Stuart was sent to the Mayo Clinic for more testing/evaluation. Surgery was set up at a hospital in Seattle. Then things changed. The cancer had become more aggressive and surgery was not the best course of treatment, no longer an option.
- Another great granddaughter was born, Harper Lee.
- Stuart endured 8 weeks of radiation treatments five days a week and chemotherapy one day of that week. The treatments took their toll, yet, following your example, he battled back.
- Cadence started kindergarten. I can see you encouraging her in school. I know you would dearly love the little girls.
- Good so far – the best news is that Stuart is feeling stronger, recovering from the radiation treatments.
- Dad’s health is much better. Encouraging reports from each doctor visit.
- Mom, your Seattle Seahawks won their division, won their conference, and next week they will play in the Super Bowl. I know you would have been so excited to see their playoff games and the ‘big game’ certainly. I know you’ll have the best seat in the house for the ‘big game.’