Thursday, January 2, 2014
First Baptist Church, Lebanon, TN - December 14, 2013
This was the scene from the balcony of the church about one hour prior to the wedding ceremony of my niece. It was quiet, peaceful and one of the most beautiful settings I'd experienced in a long time. Bill and I simply "sat" with our thoughts, emotions, fears and excitement. For so many weeks prior to the wedding, we had no idea if we'd even be able to be there, so we also sat there with tears of joy and thanksgiving. The ceremony was simple, elegant and perfect. She was a beautiful bride and we couldn't be prouder of her. We are so thankful that she chose to attend the University of Tennessee for her undergrad studies and now is in her second year of Vet School also at UT. We will have her here for another couple of years and secretly wish she might join a Vet Practice locally so we can keep her forever.
Aunt Sharon, Uncle Bill and Niece April
December 14, 2013
Not the greatest picture in the world of Bill and me....I think our weariness shows both in our posture and our faces. Bill was less than three weeks out from his last chemo treatment and the trip wore him out, but like I said, we were just thankful to be there!
December 14, 2013
I wanted you to see this picture so you could see our other niece, April's younger sister, of whom we are equally proud, plus my gorgeous sister and brother-in-law! April honored me by asking to wear MY wedding veil and I thought it worked perfectly with her dress. It has been almost 37 years since that veil was worn the first time!
We had a wonderful Christmas! Bill's strength has returned slowly, but steadily. We have taken full advantage of our first holiday season in the condo by entertaining small groups several times and hosting my family's Christmas celebration. It has been just what we both needed - precious time surrounded by friends and family.
The New Year rolled in quietly and peacefully. I am not the least bit embarrassed to tell you we were both sound asleep at the stroke of midnight. We spent yesterday taking down Christmas decorations, talking about the challenges we faced in 2013 and making plans for 2014 which will also begin with more challenges.
Bill had his post-Chemo PET Scan this past Monday and we will meet with his Radiation Oncologist next Tuesday to discuss results and determine where we go from here. We are told that radiation is in his future no matter what the scan tells us "as a precaution!" He is not looking forward to that, but in his usual fashion, is facing it head on and doing everything he can NOW to pave the way by being as healthy as he can. He is eating well and gaining weight. I am reading everything I can get my hands on about what he will be able to eat while undergoing radiation and how I can help him be creative in getting calories in his body!
We are just so very, very ready for this to be in his past and he be given a clean slate! We've already spent many hours discussing what we will do with this clean slate and how we will be different. I'll be sharing some of our thoughts in upcoming posts! In the meantime, I hope that each of you are looking forward to 2014 with anticipation and remembering 2013 more for what you gained than what you lost!
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