Monday, July 28, 2008

Time to catch up

So I'm finally getting back at it. The last month or so has been busier than I expected. Needless to say, I haven't taken much time to blog. The first week of the month I spent with family. Matt and Mindy, my brother and sister-in-law were in Michigan where we grew up for a week of vacation. It was fun to spend time with them and catch up. Twice a year is definitely not enough! I miss them a lot. Not all of us went both directions, but two of the days included riding the Kal-Haven Trail. The sunset pictures in this post were taken off the lighthouse pier in South Haven. There will be more pix from the 4th of July another day.
Two of my very favorite people!

I like the cloud in this one. It looks like it's at the beginning of a road wandering off to who know's where. Maybe the road they take when they ride off in the sun set, literally.

This water lilly is in the lake just off the dock at my Grandma's house. Some see weeds, some see beauty. The lilly pads may grow a bit faster than desired, but the flowers sure are beautiful! For me there aren't many things more entrancing than watching light dance on water.
The following weekend I spent some time at my sister's house watching girlie movies and enjoying some DeBrand's (notice this link is brown for the chocolate:) If you like chocolate and have never had DeBrand's, you're missing out, let me tell ya!

This last week, my mom bought herself a new knee (refer to previous post). She told me on Saturday that the pain afterward was worse than birthing me. Granted, I was only 5lb. 13oz. but I was her first, so I'm sure it was no picnic. I'm happy to say it's much better now. She's home and recovering nicely. This last weekend I got to go be nurse, cook, gardener, physical therapist, and dictator. That last description was hers. I think deep down, she appreciated it, but she came as close as my mom will to cussing at me once or twice when I was helping her with the physical therapy. I called her today to check in. When I called today, she said she hadn't done her exercises this morning because she had to go to the hospital for routine post-op blood work, and then to see a friend at the doctor's office. I told her I'd give her a reprieve, but she better do them after lunch. She just laughed and said, "I thought you went back to Fort Wayne". She was quickly reminded that if she doesn't want my "encouragement" she should not answer her phone;) I'm glad to know her pain is better, and she's actually moving very well.

I'm going to end on a pretty sad note. Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the day we, as crew on the Africa Mercy, lost our mate, Colin. He drowned in the rip currents off the Liberian beach just 2 days before his 22nd birthday. I didn't know him well, but I had friends who did, one in particular who was at the beach with him that day. Would you please keep his family and those he left behind in your prayers?
Tell you what. That is a sad note, but I'm not going to end there. If you read this post and respond before I leave for work tomorrow, I'll send you a sample from DeBrand's. Your comment needs to include your favorite kind of chocolate! (This is really just an excuse for me to go to DeBrand's, don't be fooled!!! hahaha)


Laura Shue said...

I am the first and I would like something with caramel I believe:)

Anonymous said...

I'm the second and am not in it for the chocolate. I just want to say that I know many have gone through the same process & lived, and while painful, my recovery has been made easier by family & friends who have prayed, brought food, and offered help with whatever I needed.

Rosetta said...

I'm not in it for the chocolate either-so if I qualify, splurge on something for yourself because unfortunately, I can't do chocolate. It was good to hear from you again. I enjoyed the pictures! You really captured the beauty of the sunset! Thanks for sharing them and for the update on your Mom. I spent some time in prayer for your friend's family and his other friends this morning, including you.

Sherri said...

It was great to read an update from you again Cheryl. You've been busy doing what you do best...helping others. You're a blessing!

Loved the pictures of the sunset!

Mary said...

Good to read up on you again. Sounds like a busy month. I have yet to meet miss Mindy, but hopefully one of these days I'll get the opportunity. Joel has kind words to say about her...and he doesn't like anybody.

Glad to hear your mom is recovering well. I am sure she did appreciate your encouragement and help with everything at the house.

And...I'm too late, but if I had read this any sooner...I would so be in it for the chocolate.

Julie said...

Hey - it's fun to read your blog!

I absolutely love the pictures you took in MI!! (We're heading to South Haven this Sunday)

My mom "bought a new knee" too - a few years ago, and it sounds like I played the same role to my mom as you did to yours :-) Keep on her about the exercise - it was very tough and painful for my mom too, but exercising (no matter how little it is) will be worth it in the end :-) Keep up the encouragement.

I am looking forward to reading your blog and getting to know you more :-)

Nicole said...

There you are girl, I was about ready to send the troops out looking for you :) I am so happy to hear you have been having a great summer and what beautiful pictures of Michigan. South Haven is a really neat town Kris and I stayed there last year and really enjoyed it! So glad to hear an update on you!!

Anonymous said...

Cherb, those pictures are amazing! Have you ever thought more about doing something with photography?


heather said...

Shoot! I missed the chocolate! What a bummer. That's what I get for not checking on your blog sooner. :( I've never had that chocolate before.

Great pictures of the sunset. Looks like a great evening.