Since March (the trial and sentencing for Nick's mugging,) events have simply snowballed one right after the other. We keep waiting for things to slow down so that we might breathe and process - but as of yet, they have not. I know without a doubt that I should have been journaling thru all of these days, but I just have not been able to. There is nothing left by the end of the day - nothing that will make sense, anyway. :) But there are certainly many lessons learned and much deep thinking and internal revolution, still much love and gratitude and sweet moments grasped in an effort to remember. I wish I had been able to write it all down.
|Fortunately, Emmie loves to take pictures. That helps us to remember.|
Having labored thru all of that, here are some of the basics from the past month or so. (And a few pictures, too.)
Jeff has been back at work for a month. His hip has healed well, but somehow in the midst of that healing his neck was injured. He suffered a lot of pain, and as the pain subsided, his left arm and hand are numb and weak. He's been seeing a chiropractor, but without much result. He had an MRI of his neck today, so we hope to learn results soon.
|I love Mariam's cheesy grin.|
My mother had her surgery (a partial knee replacement) two weeks ago on August 26. She stayed with us for about a week. She has not recovered as quickly as she had hoped. She is unable to handle much pain medication, so she has a lot of discomfort. I took her into see her surgeon today, though, and she got her staples out and was able to throw out her white surgical stockings, so it was a good day. She has needed a lot of care and a lot of help.
|Dad, doing a controlled burn. :)||He's a closet pyromaniac.|
|Sam. Part monkey...|
|Ben: "When life hands you dirt, enjoy it! Make cookies or somethin'!"|