Monday, July 25, 2011


The electronic tickets finally made it to my inbox. I fly out of Portland on the morning of August 3rd. After a short layover in Chicago, I'll be on my way to Abu Dhabi! It's interesting for me to notice that I'm really not too anxious--just excited. It's been a wonderful month of traveling around, visiting family and friends, and now...I'm ready to go. (Although saying goodbye to Katie will be hard.) Stay tuned for photos and ponderings from the other side of the world!

Blogger is still being a booger and won't allow me to comment on anything--my own blog and others. Just so you know I'm not being unsociable!

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Spending time with my sisters was on my happy list for the summer.


In Burns with Lani on the 4th of July.

In Boise with Arlene on the 9th of July.

Thanks for the good wishes for my dad--he is doing very well. :-)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

...a change in plans

I left my parents on Sunday and traveled four hours to visit my youngest sister Lani and her family. We were enjoying time on her patio when the text message came from mom: At ER, will fill you in later. Wha??? I thought it was mom being treated--she has upper respiratory issues. Finally, more info trickled in--Dad had had a minor stroke and was being admitted. So...instead of going on to see Arlene in Boise, Lani and I came home. Two of my brothers are here, and one more is on his way. Arlene will be here after work today. (She doesn't know it, but we're turning the kitchen over to her.)

Dad is home and doing well--a bit unsteady on his feet and confused, but otherwise....ok. His room is upstairs at the top of a very steep and narrow staircase. So...our task is to shift things around and make a room for him downstairs. We made good progress yesterday, and it's good to have so many hands to help. If you read this, please send prayers, positive thoughts and/or well-wishes to my dad and our family. Thanks!