Month: March 2014

Monday in Indy

Last night a friend texted me that she had seriously planned to drive to Indianapolis to be with us while JJ has his surgery. It would have been a 6-7 hour trip for her. She decided not to come only because she is sick.… Continue Reading “Monday in Indy”

Indianapolis

We left home at 10 a.m. this morning for our trip to Indianapolis. The weather was perfect–blue skies and warm-ish temperatures. We were all in good spirits and the trip was fun. Too bad JJ has to have surgery. I told JJ that next… Continue Reading “Indianapolis”

Pre-Indianapolis Blessings

We are almost ready for our trip to Indianapolis, except for last-minute packing and tasks. Today is Shabbat so we had a relaxing day. We usually spend Shabbat studying, talking, and relaxing, and we did that today. EJ works with a man who is… Continue Reading “Pre-Indianapolis Blessings”

Lost (Again)

For some reason, neither EJ nor I slept well last night. However, we had to get up relatively early to go pick up the rental car. Before we left, I walked across the street to our neighbors to ask if they’d keep an extra… Continue Reading “Lost (Again)”

Happy Birthday, EJ!

Today is EJ’s birthday. I fixed him a spendiferous breakfast of deluxe scrambled eggs, a bagel, and a banana. When JJ woke up, we sang “Happy Birthday” to EJ and ate the cheese cake we bought yesterday. There were two pieces each of four… Continue Reading “Happy Birthday, EJ!”

5, 0, 2

For the last few weeks, ever since JJ’s surgery was scheduled, I have been giving ourselves a task or two to accomplish every day. That way we get everything done that we need to get done without getting overwhelmed. This morning’s task EJ and… Continue Reading “5, 0, 2”

Packing…

Yesterday morning we took JJ to have the lab tests that the surgeon wanted him to have before we meet with him. The Phlebotomist (the woman who took his blood) was one he had had before. She’s always pretty solemn when we first enter… Continue Reading “Packing…”

L’Chaim!

On March 11, after the oncologist had given us the results of the after-Chemo CT Scan and blood tests, he exclaimed to JJ “You are going to INDEEEAAPOLIS!” to have surgery to remove the cancerous lymph node in his back. The oncologist sounded so… Continue Reading “L’Chaim!”

Taxes & Cactus & Cake

When JJ was a little boy, I used to tell him that sometimes Summer and Winter battled each other–with one day warm and another day cold. The times when they fight is called “Spring” and “Autumn.” In the Spring, Summer eventually wins the fight… Continue Reading “Taxes & Cactus & Cake”

Busy Days of Prep

We have been busy making plans for JJ’s cancer surgery in a few weeks. Little by little everything is coming together. When I talked to the surgeon’s nurse last week, she told me about an organization named Pro-Care that has partnered with local hotels… Continue Reading “Busy Days of Prep”

Butterfly Wings

Many years ago, I thought that if I ever wrote a book, I’d title it “Butterfly Wings.” Everyone would think (or so I imagine) that I had given it that name because butterflies are beautiful.  Only I would know that I had named my… Continue Reading “Butterfly Wings”

This Too Is The Kindness and Truth of God

Whenever a person–or someone he cares about–is diagnosed with a serious illness or other forms of suffering, he begins to wrestle with issues of life and death, the purpose of suffering, and beliefs about healing. He can ignore these things at other times, but… Continue Reading “This Too Is The Kindness and Truth of God”

A Wintry Day

We woke up to a beautiful wintry world. I don’t know what the official totals are, but I think we got at least 7 inches of new snow. I believe I must be the only person in the whole Midwest who welcomed the snow… Continue Reading “A Wintry Day”

The Doctor Appointment

Last night I didn’t sleep well. My thoughts wouldn’t shut off and I tossed and turned until after 2 a.m. Then I came downstairs. JJ was still up because he couldn’t sleep either. I settled into EJ’s recliner. Several cats settled next to me.… Continue Reading “The Doctor Appointment”

Hurdles

We ran out of milk, so this morning I walked to the little store a block and a half away to buy more. The temp was 37 degrees! The high temp was almost 50 degrees! With temps so warm, I left my mittens at… Continue Reading “Hurdles”

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