March 8, 2012

Day 68 - Birthday!

Day 68 - Birthday! by Karin Beil
Day 68 - Birthday!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Today we celebrated Cheryl's 32nd birthday! We had a fun time playing with blake during the day and then took Cheryl, Seth, and Blake out for dinner. Cheryl and Blake did a great job blowing out the candle!

Happy Birthday, Cheryl!!

March 7, 2012

Day 67 - Chicago

Day 67 - Chicago by Karin Beil
Day 67 - Chicago, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
We drove into the city this afternoon to visit my brother-in-law, Jeff, who had a brain tumor removed yesterday. He is doing very well just 24 hours after being in surgery for 7 hours. He has a long road ahead of him and we ask everyone to keep him in their prayers.

March 6, 2012

Day 66 - Praying

Day 66 - Praying by Karin Beil
Day 66 - Praying, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
What a beautiful cloudless sky today! While out for a walk with the dog, I felt like I had a clear shot of Heaven as I prayed for Jeff. He was in surgery when I took the photo. My niece's mantra for today is "Faith not Fear". I have faith and believe in the power of prayer. Thank you God!

March 5, 2012

Day 65 - Old Friends

Day 65 - Old Friends by Karin Beil
Day 65 - Old Friends, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Cathy and Kathy are dear friends from a school I taught at back in the 1980s. Berkley School was closed by our district in 1992. Our Berkley friends have been meeting for dinner on the first Monday of each month ever since. Berkley School was a very special place, where regular ed. and special ed. students both received an outstanding education in a very caring environment. Every member of the staff was topnotch. I've been a more regular attendee at these monthly dinners since I retired and am so happy to be friends with such wonderful ladies!

March 4, 2012

Day 64 - Fetch

Day 64 - Fetch by Karin Beil
Day 64 - Fetch, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Lucy isn't a dog that plays with many toys, but she does enjoy a game of fetch with one of her toys as long as she gets a small treat every time she brings it back. When we throw it down into the family room, she gets quite a bit of exercise running up and down the stairs.

March 3, 2012

Day 63 - Jeff

Day 63 - Jeff by Karin Beil
Day 63 - Jeff, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Scott's brother, Jeff, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last Monday. After being transferred from Rockford to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, he and his family met with a wonderful team of doctors who mapped out his treatment plan. He will be having surgery on Tuesday to remove as much of the tumor as possible before he begins radiation. He was able to come for a few days before the surgery since his body needed a few days to clear his blood of any traces of aspirin. The family gathered at his home this afternoon to share love, laughter, and dinner. We love you, Jeff! Our prayers are with you!

March 2, 2012

Day 62 - Snowflakes

Day 62 - Snowflakes by Karin Beil
Day 62 - Snowflakes, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I poked my head out the backdoor and snapped a quick photo of the huge snowflakes that had just started coming down. Our weather has been crazy all winter. Today, in the span of 90 minutes, we went from hail, to rain, to snow.

March 1, 2012

Day 61 - Treasure

Day 61 - Treasure by Karin Beil
Day 61 - Treasure, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
When the snow melts, we're never quite sure what treasures will be found left behind. While out for a walk with Lucy this afternoon, we found this treasure. Certainly makes me wonder....