Monday, May 19, 2008

Day 140: The Graduate

Thank you for the well wishes, and sorry for the cryptic posts the last couple of days. I intended to post a clue (an obvious clue) about the location of the cool trip we have planned, but life intercepted. . . .

First, here are a few photos of Brian graduating at U of Missouri from the School of Journalism with a minor in Strategic Communication. Proud parents and the happy guy:



Over the next couple of days, I'll have more photos of the happy part of this trip to Missouri . . .

The very rough part of this weekend was that my sister in law, Barb, and her husband, shared a room with us at the hotel. They drove up from Texas, and within hours of our getting together, it was clear that Barb's cough was much more serious than just "congestion." She went to the hospital ER, was hospitalized with heart failure, and after several days of tests, it was determined that she needed an aortic valve replacement. They weren't sure whether they could stabilize her condition enough that she could return to Texas for the procedure. Happily, she was able to leave on Saturday, slept well that night, and was able to drive back to Texas. She needs to continue with treatment with medications to be strong enough for the surgery. I'll post some pictures in a day or two of our "re-enactment" of Brian's graduation for her.

An even more difficult, and tragic, part of the trip occurred about 2 hours before we left to drive to Missouri. My daughter is a college sophomore in Minnesota and called, distraught, because her best friend at the school had just be found dead in her room, apparently from natural causes. None of us know how to wrap our minds around the idea that such a thing can happen to such an apparently healthy, young person. Please pray for Veronica's family and friends.

I had intended to leave the clue that we are going to Mexico now for a week! My son and daughter and I are going. My oldest son cannot come with us (the Navy's possessive that way), and my husband just could not get his schedule coordinated with us, so three of us planned this adventure. My daughter has had to reschedule her 4 final exams, and whether she can quite enjoy this trip now is uncertain.

And we also have to drastically shift more of our plans for the trip because my son managed to burn his foot with 3rd degree burns from water from the steam table at his place of work. Somehow, putting flippers on his foot, or getting sand in it, or walking in water, may not be the best plan of action just now. He'll see a doctor again tomorrow, and I doubt that my son will like what he hears about this. . .

So, tomorrow I'm going to post photos, and schedule the posts to appear during the week that I'm gone. I won't be able to say "I'm up!", but maybe one of you can say this for me during the week if you happen to check out my blog posts while I'm gone! I'm hoping I'll have more cool photos of exotic things when I get back! . . . and if you've read this far today, thanks for listening/reading!

11 comments:

Gypsy Girl said...

Woe. I don't even know where to begin. First Congrats grad a very proud moment for you I am sure,2nd hope sis surgery goes well, and last I am sorry your dd has to experience this esp. when you were not home. I will pray for the girls family. Hope your vacation goes off much better.

Donnah C said...

What a few days you have had. Talk about highs and lows. keeping you all in my prayers. Congratulations to your son for graduating.

Mandy said...

Oh sweetie! Congrats to your darling son for achieving such an honor. However, what an awful wreck of a trip. I cannot get over how stuff happens like that. Natural? At that age. There is nothing natural about it! My heart is with her family for sure. I sincerely hope the surgery for your Sister goes well...I am sure she will be on the mend soon.

Melissa said...

Wow what a weekend! Congratulations on your son's graduation. Had to be a very proud moment. So sorry about your SIL and your DD's roommate. I'll keep them in my prayers. On a better note, I'd love to go to Mexico and hope you have a great time.

Ginnie said...

Yay, happy graduation!! Your son is a good mix of both you and your husband. :)

Jeanne said...

Oh my goodness! What a roller coaster you've been on. Congrats on your son's awesome achievement! I'm also so very sorry to hear of the scary and sad events that occurred during what should have been a purely happy time.

I can say this for sure...you've EARNED that vacation!!!

Jen said...

Congratulations!!! Life is full of highs and lows.... Hopefully things will get back to even soon!

Becky said...

Oh, man, what a week! Huge hugs to you and the family. Congratulations to Brian and lots of prayers for Barb and her family and your DD and her friend's family. What a horrible tragic thing. I hope Barb's surgery goes well (heart surgeons are really amazing these days!) and that your son's foot heals quickly.

pat said...

Oh dear, Angela, this was definitely a Dickens weekend (best of times/worst of times)!! Congrats on your son's graduation; I am so happy that your sis stabilized enought to get back home, and my heart breaks for your daughter. I HOPE that she can just use the vacation to process and begin to heal. Hopefully your son's foot will not totally keep him from having a good vacation.

Jess said...

Oh my goodness! When it rains, it POURS. I am so sorry to hear about all the bad news in your lives right now! I hope your trip goes perfectly and you ALL can come back home refreshed and ready to start over. {{{hugs}}}

Heather said...

Having to bid farewell to a child that is supposed to have many glorious years ahead... sigh... that is indeed heart wrenching. I will definitely keep Veronica's family and your sweet daughter in my prayers. And also for your son and sister-in-law.

Angela, every day is momentous - enjoy the sunshine, whether it be in SD or Mexico. ((hugs))