You gotta love Bey!! And lord knows I've been having to make a few gallons of lemonade!!! It's been a long and crazy road from August of last year to now! (And that's skipping a lot of shit from 1964 to 2003 to 2007 to 2010 to... You get the idea!) Recovery required time. Work. Support from friends and family. Seriously guys, you will never know how much your texts, cards, care packages, letters, emails, IM's, DM's, meant to my spirit. When first home from the hospital I could go up the stairs and back down once a day. Maybe manage a walk to the edge of our yard. But, little by little - 5 minutes on the elliptical, then 10. 5 sit-ups. 15. Doctor's visits. Treatments. Two steps back. Four forward. I worked in the yard. I wrote. I sewed. I went out very little due to lack of strength and risk of infection. I kept at it. 1 mile runs. 2 mile runs. 20 sit-ups. 70 sit-ups. After months of nothing beyond doctor visits and a few small errands, we made our first little trip to Cades Cove earlier this month. When B sent this pic from our hike to the kids he captioned it:
|"She's BACK!!!" Thanks to all of you, I think I am! Getting to hike my favorite trail again was ever so lovely. And we got to top it off with a good visit and dinner with Fred-o and Irina!!|
And girl! That's not all!! We've been on a roll. Last Friday we took off to Hot'lanta! B was the best sport, helping me find and check out some new-to-me fabric stores! It was good, silly, decadent fun. I got some great cuts that I'll be sharing soon. Just look at that fabric shopping cutie!!!
|If you are in need of African Wax prints in the Atlanta area, check out Fine Fabrics!!! They have an impressive selection!|
If that mother/son dance isn't sweet enough for you, check out Char's dance with his granny. So precious!
And there was plenty of crazy fun had on both sides of the family!!!
|Especially when you get three girls together who used to bust out some Sister Sledge while waiting on the school bus....|
|"We are family!!! I got all my sisters with me! Get up ev'rybody and sing!"|
So, after plenty of fun and a ton of love, I leave you with a vision that brought sweet tears of joy and appreciation to my eyes as I watched in real time...and even while looking at the pictures now ~
|Two of my favorite humans on the planet...|
|...sharing a dance. Both living examples of lives filled with kindness and laughter. Both dedicated to the welfare of others above themselves. My heroes.|