Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thanks to Family and Friends

I have to say something about all the great people helping me.  Meals have come regularly since I've been home from the hospital.  Friends are coming over to do laundry & dishes and whatever else I want them to do.  In the midst of all this, our son Michael and his girlfriend, Kendra are moving to Long Beach.  They've been coming over to keep us company and we've loved having them over.  We watch Giants games together and visit and eat together when possible.  They help out wherever needed and are wonderful people.  Here's a picture of Kendra and our babies, Abbey and Eddie.  They have adopted her as a sister and get really excited when she comes over--Abbey knows that since mom's out of commission, Kendra will play ball with her as much as she wants!  Abbey is snuggled on the left and Eddie is snoozing on her lap.   They love having her around!

Thursday night Dave treated all of us to a traditional German/Russian dinner.  We had Verenika, Zwieback and German Sausage.  It was Kendra's first try and she passed with flying colors!!

Emilie was home the first weekend and it was like having "mini-me" around.  She knows what I want before I do!  I love having her around and wish she was here all the time.  But, she thinks she needs to have her own life, too.  (Kids these days!)  Actually she's a second year Pharmacy student in Oregon and we couldn't be more proud.  We talk on the phone a lot and she's my rock.

Matt, our middle kiddo, is in San Francisco finishing up his degree at SF State. He was around when my accident happened and then had to go start his fall semester.  Even though he's not able to be around right now, when we talk on the phone I'm always encouraged.  He's an amazing man and seems to know just the right things to say to his old momma.

I'd never be able to handle this alone.  Last time I had major surgery I just gave up and hibernated for several years, keeping my contact with friends at a minimum.  When I finally came out of that depression, I realized the great value of having friends--lots of friends with varied talents and gifts.  This time I'm not going anywhere!  I want to reach out to all my friends and am gratefully receiving their help.  I don't want to go through this alone.  While Dave is my very best friend, I love and need my girlfriends, too.  Thanks to everyone who is hanging in with me! 

One last pic of last night's dinner: Oops, I ate it too fast!  Sorry, but when you hear what it was you'll understand.  Old fashioned roast beef, just like momma used to make, potatoes, green bean casserole, fresh fruit and chocolate cake.  Thanks to Leola, who is one of the angels who fly in here around dinnertime and leave such good food!  I'll try to get pictures before I eat next time, but no promises!

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