Early Friday morning Jan and I drove to the Cape for the weekend. We are so fortunate to be joined by Rea, Shuie, and Yonah, Aaron and Stephanie, and Shira and Leo. We miss Josh and Katherine but alas they are in San Francisco and could not come in for just the weekend. I love seeing and interacting with my family. We have spent a great deal of time watching our grandson grow and each day he looks different.

I am so looking forward to this coming week. Tuesday, I plan to go to school to the first teacher’s meeting and see my colleagues as well as assist my substitute to ready my classroom, if she needs help. Wednesday, I see the orthopedic surgeon and Friday I meet the kidney surgeon and by then should have our next phase in place. I will be so relieved to get on with this treatment. I have been very emotional during this waiting time. Too much thinking.

It is our 34th wedding anniversary today. How fortunate I am to have spent this time married to one of the most wonderful people that I have encountered in my life. Jan is my best friend, my advocate, and my overall support system on my life’s journey.

For today, I’m sitting at my dining room table with Aaron working on a very huge jigsaw puzzle (we always spent summers doing his together), I plan to take out my pastels and see if any inspiration arises, I plan to walk on the beach for a short while in the sunshine, and remind myself how fortunate I am to have these days at the end of the summer here at the cape with my family.

I will continue to be grateful for what I have but will also ask for many days like this in the future. This is a also a special prayer day for me since my sister is having more complications and could use all the help she can get. If you have a few moments, please say a little prayer for ELLEN.

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