Good morning. It’s a quiet start to the day here with only the dogs awake to keep me company, and they are barely awake. It is kind of a nice, peaceful way to start Mother’s Day.
I just wanted to check in and say thank you to everyone for all the words of support. Even if we haven’t responded (which is likely) I wanted you to know that we have read every message posted here, every email and text, and heard your voicemails. We appreciate it so much. First and foremost, thank you for protecting our kids. They are none the wiser, for now.
I thought that I would try to respond to the most frequent comments or questions here with apologies for the lack of personal response.
We love you.
And we feel it. And we are grateful. Your love has been so abundant and has lifted our spirits. We are so lucky to have so many people on our team praying and pulling for us. Thank you.
How are you?
We are doing okay. It all still feels very surreal. I can cry at the drop of the hat but so far have avoided doing so in front of the kids – mostly it happens when I am in the car or I have a quiet minute. If you saw Dave, you would also be in disbelief that such a dire prognosis had been given. He looks good and is still very active even if he has to take a break at times to rest.
On Friday, we met with a benefits specialist from HR. She laid out our options and it seems that the best idea is for Dave to submit his disability retirement papers ASAP. With the retirement plans that we have, this will give us the most support.
We are still having fun too. Thursday night, Grammy and Pop Pop treated us to a show of the Blue Man Group. It was laugh out loud funny and the percussion was just cool to watch. Yesterday we went to a reptile show up in Maryland. (We are kind of an odd family!) Samantha picked our her belated birthday present, a gray banded king snake she has named Eleanor. Dave steered her away from the insect eating bearded dragon. He knows that I draw the line at crickets.
What can I do to help?
Honestly, I have no idea. We are fine for now, I think. If you think of something you think would be helpful, the answer is “yes” and “thank you”.
We are celebrating Mother’s Day today by having brunch with Grammy and later dinner with Grandma. Should be a great day of family. Happy Mother’s Day!
PS Here is a pic of Dave outside the reptile show proudly modeling my school’s GEMS club t-shirt. Doesn’t he look thrilled?! (The kitchen table has been covered in t-shirts as I have been sorting them for distribution!)