It's been a bit of a rough week around here. Two woman I know and love received a diagnosis of cancer. One of them, my grandmother, is 92 years old. She has elected not to receive treatments other than relief of pain as she requires it. She is a spunky sort of grandmother. She has crammed a lot of living into her 92 years. I imagine she has few regrets as she has run the good race and lived a grand life. It is hard not to think about her without recalling one of a million funny stories she has provided for our family. I pray that her doctors can find a way to keep her pain to a minimum and that we, her family, can comfort her in the way that she needs.
A dear friend, the mother of two young girls, also received a diagnosis of cancer this week. I hoped and prayed fervently that this would not be the news that she heard. She is young and vibrant. She has so much to fight for. It is so hard to understand why bad things happen to such good people, but she is strong and ready to fight. In what I am coming to realize is her typical, admirable, concern for others, she actually offered a shoulder for ME when she found out about my grandmother's diagnosis. I admire so much about my friend...her compassion, her grace, her love for her family and friends. I pray for my own strength and wisdom as I prepare to stand shoulder to shoulder in the trenches with her and fight in any way I can.
Finally, it appears that our hope of the domestic adoption is at an end. We knew complications were present that would make it difficult, but it seems they may be insurmountable. It is a bitter pill to swallow, but I am still glad that we made the attempt. I pray for this child and for his family. I am comforted to know he is with his grandmother who adores the ground he walks on. He is loved and cared for. I pray this will give him the foundation he needs to live a full, happy life.
I am so HAPPY to report that tomorrow we will close on the selling of our condo. We moved into our house in December and have been waiting (none too patiently I might add!) for a buyer for the condo. Admittedly, I am a bit nostalgic in saying good bye to our happy home on Potters Place. It is the house we brought Lia home to in 2006. But I am thrilled for the young buyers who will begin a new life there tomorrow. May they have as much happiness as we did.
And so another week begins. If we don't answer when you call it's because we are out looking for the sun.