>> Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Gosh, I always feel a little strange when I've not touched bases with y'all at least ONCE per day!!! SHEESH, you'd think you were my family or something!!! ROFL! YOU ARE and I've missed you!!!

I am going to get all weepy-eyed here as I type to once again than you ALL so, SO very much for your support of our family at this difficult time.

We were just recently updated on all of the details and while I thought the family was vacationing in Mexico, it turns out that they were on a Carnival cruise (I've been on before so I can see things pretty clearly in my head) when Elise became ill. When they docked at a port in Mexico, they took her to a hospital. Seeing as how they did not have the ability to help her, they were going to medi-vac her to a hospital in Chula Vista. She did not make it.

The family update today is that Mom and husband are still fighting the Mexican government to release her body for return home and that today, they have actually now involved the American government to help expedite the process and we are all hoping for an answer later today as to when to expect them. Arrangements are all tentative at this time and I can only imagine how difficult this is for Elise's parents.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for ALL of the thoughts, well-wishes and prayers. I also thank those of you who have shared special poems.

I would also like to take this time to express my sadness at the loss of homes and lives in Australia as they continue to battle the worst bushfires in their history. This has a little extra special meaning to me as I reside in California where we deal with horrible fires every year and the past several years have been quite devastating.

Australia has sent over firefighters to help on several occassions that I know of and am EVER thankful for their generosity in doing so. While I do not watch the news on a regular basis, I sit here not knowing whether or not we have reciprocated the generosity, so if y'all know, please tell me! I surely hope so.

My heart, my thoughts and my prayers are with ALL involved and it is my hope they are able to contain these fires VERY soon. Last I read, they were pretty positive that someone deliberately lit them. I hope they are able to find this person/persons ASAP. So, SO very sad.

On a MORE positive note, I had a MOST incredible visit with my grandson, Kaleb yesterday! He was just the medicine the doctor ordered for Grandma!

Kaleb is now ten months old as of Saturday last and started walking about three weeks ago. When I took him from his car seat and brought him into the house and set his feet to the floor, I said, "NO, he's too little to be walking yet"!!! LOL! Don't you JUST know as soon as they start walking, they'll be graduating high school before we know it! He, he ...

Are y'all ready for Valentine's Day??? Any SPECIAL surprises you have planned for DH? Ooooohhh, I just bet some of y'all are going to be NICELY surprised as well!!! I'd LOVE to hear your stories of special LOVE! Anyone have special traditions they celebrate?

When my children were small, I always surprised them with a dining room table full of LOVE and a special Valentine's cake in a heart-shape. With economics as they are at present, it might not be a bad idea for me to start that tradition up again! It is VERY easy on the pocketbook!

I would REALLY love to hear any "frugal" ideas y'all have!!! I've got my notepad and pen ready and waiting! *HUGE SMILE*

I am in the midst of upgrading my Photoshop and as soon as I've all squared away, I shall have a GOODY for y'all and some photos to share!

See you soon ...

Love and hugs,

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