In 2009, I was encouraged by my friends to give the 365 photo project a try. I love taking photos, and was excited about participating. The daily posts paint a brief picture of my year and open my eyes to the beauty around me. It is challenging to post a photo daily. I was successful in 2009 and 2010, but fell a few short in 2011. I'll be continuing my quest for daily photos in 2012 and look forward to sharing them here.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.