Dear Couple of Weeks....and good morning. I don't think I need to repeat the bunches of lows that I have lived through these past couple of weeks, but through many prayers, God's hand, and my sweeties strong will we made it through.
Dear Highs....I think since I have shared so many lows this past week I need to share a few highs, there are always highs mixed among the lows, how else would we be able to appreciate those good times if we didn't have a little of the bad times to balance out.
Two weeks ago, which honestly seems like 6 months ago, I was privileged to be invited to take pictures of my friend Mary's family who were visiting from the northwest. It was a blazing hot day, and I was still in the middle of my fitful coughing and nose running but I was able to capture sweet moments like this between Mother and daughter.
Dear Family.....Seeing my family which is sometimes a rarity with the busy lives they lead was definitely a blessing this past week.
Also being able to see my extended family, my sweetie's brother and sisters made separate trips for a visit. It was wonderful to see all of them, and to catch up on all the family happenings that we miss seeing due to distance...I was able to capture this tender moment between my sweetie and his brother....
Dear Happy Scene....Walking to meet some girlfriends for lunch on Friday I passed this lady. After passing I stopped, turned around and asked to take her picture....she was so pretty with her bright yellow sweater and that beautiful flower in her hair, it was just a happy scene. She shared with me that today was the 19th anniversary of the death of her husband and she tried to stay happy for him. What isn't happy about a "mature" woman with a beautiful bright flower in her hair?!
Dear Bright Beautiful Sunflowers...you are always a happy scene and I found these right down the street from the hospital.
Dear Yearly Mammogram....I had my yearly mammogram last week and the results were normal...again I say, normal is a good thing.
Dear Looking Ahead....Fall is approaching, altho the next couple of days the weathermen are saying 90's, and I am ready to move forward. This has not been the best summer of my life, I am ready to say goodbye and tuck these events of the summer into cold storage, certainly hoping to gather more delightful times ahead. My September calendar is filling up with Art Institute luncheons, photo walks, a visit from my son & daughter-in-law from California, book club, bible study beginning again and most importantly The Alzheimer's Walk being held here in my hometown, Naperville, IL on Sunday, Sept. 22. Our family is walking together to help in this struggle against this disease that has totally robbed my sweetie of his life along with millions of others.
If you would like to donate to this cause, I would appreciate anything that you could possibly give to this fight. This is not something I ever do via my blog, but I feel so strongly about this fight that I felt the need to allow people the opportunity to give to a most worthy cause. Click on TEAM GARY to be directed to the link to give. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued thoughts and prayers, you will never know how much your virtual friendships mean to me.
"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." ~ Marie Curie
Until next time....