Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It's Back!

My Mom has had part of her Lung removed due to Cancer. And now the cancer is back. And has moved aggressively into the bones. Stage 4.

She was slated to start Chemo & Radiation, but ended up in the hospital. They found she had fluid around her heart & removed an entire liter of fluid.

She's been in the hospital for over a week now & FINALLY got to start Chemo today. It's Leap Day & I'm praying that cancer will just Leap right out of her body.

It's been hard on all of us. My kids are all so close to my Mom & none of us are ready to loose her. My family appreciates your prayers.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Will You Be My Valentine?

It's official. My 20 year old son, Zach, became a man. Yep, it's true, here's how it happened: He got on line & found a Florist in a small northern Arizona town, called them, to inquire if they could deliver Flowers on Valentines Day to his Sweetheart at her work. And proceeded to tell them the kind of arrangement he wanted (her favorite color is purple.) He did a pretty good job, don't you think? Yes, he has his first real Girlfriend. When he told me the flowers had been ordered, I told him Ahh, you've now become a man! :)

This is Zach & Kendra, trying to Hula Hoop together! :) She came down & spent New Years with us. Yes, Zach who has always said he will never get Married, or have a girlfriend for that matter, has succumb to love. It's been really fun & funny to watch! They are really sweet.

He also mailed her a Valentines card & filled it with Disney Princess Valentines. Who is this kid?! :) He is hoping to work like he did last Summer at a National Park, only this time he's looking, not at Mt. Rainier again, but at parks close to where Kendra lives, so they can spend a little more time together, rather than just Skyping, Texting, or talking over the phone. It's a whole new world.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Twitter Tuesday! Valentine Style!

Happy Valentines Day!

This edition of Twitter Tuesday is in honor of Valentines Day! So, I thought I'd share some Tweets with you that have to do with Love! :)

Brian Houston from Hillsong Church, Australia said this:

SING for your souls sake -
LAUGH for your spirits sake -
READ for your minds sake -
LOVE for your hearts sake!

And I Like this one from Love Quote Jones:

Dance like the photo isn't being tagged,
Love like you've never been unfriended,
& Tweet like nobody is following.

Here's one By: Epic Women . . .

Forever is composed of nows.
(Emily Dickinson)

And I have to say I Love this one by Funny One Liners! Remember all those "Love means . . . " Posters, cards, etc. :)

Love means never having to say anything
because you're both looking at your smart phones

Remember this next Tweet from The Notebook This Valentines Day & Every day:

Laugh as much as you breathe
and love as long as you live.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


The weekend before Christmas my son went to see his Girlfriend in northern Arizona & meet her family. He decided to take a Greyhound bus to Flagstaff, that's as far north as it goes & she would drive down & pick him up there. I saw him off here in Phoenix & he had a great time while he was gone.

Until his return trip turned into a nightmare. He got back into Flagstaff on the morning of his return trip, the bus was to leave after 2 in the afternoon. He checked in & they told him his bus had been canceled & they were putting him on an earlier one, around 1. So they went & had lunch, a little disappointed that their time together would be shortened. :)

When they came back to the bus station for him to leave he was told the Bus had broken down, they were working on it & would try to get it there at 7 that night. He asked what if I go back home with my girlfriend & leave another day? They said if he didn't leave today he would have to purchase a whole new Bus ticket.

So they hung out in Flagstaff & headed back to the station at 5 (to be there 2 hours before departure time like they always tell you to) They get there & the station had CLOSED at 4! Which they neglected to tell him that much needed fact. His girlfriend needed to leave, we didn't want her driving home for hours alone too late a night.

So he would have to sit alone, outside in the cold & snow in a strange town, for 2 hours to wait till 7:00, to see if they were able to get the bus fixed & there. And if it then didn't show he (who does not have a smart phone) would then have to find a way to find a Taxi to come pick him up, find a hotel to have them take him to, then make his way back again in the morning to the Bus station to try to get another ticket home. Does this sound reasonable to anyone?

So I told him to have his girlfriend drop him off at the Flagstaff mall. I knew it would be open, warm & safe, & he could eat. Then my husband & older son left for the 6 hour, round trip, drive up to Flagstaff to pick him up.

Yes, Greyhound abandoned my son. He is a college student who works every summer at different National Parks around the country & could have been a very good, long time customer of theirs if he had just gotten basic customer service, but they didn't even afford him that. He had no issues what so ever traveling alone before with the Airlines.

The way I see it, at the very least, Greyhound owes him reimbursement for half of his $66.00 ticket price, since they only took him half of his trip! And for our tank of gas for the trip we had to make up there to get him. I guess were out of luck for the wear & tear on the car going up & down the mountains in the snow, and the time this Mother spent worrying about her child.

I can not tell you how disappointed in this company I am. It is pretty safe to say that I will never let him, or anyone I have influence over, to travel by Greyhound ever again.