Monday, September 24, 2007

Cancer seems such a mean way to end a person

GreatGrandma Loves- Easter 2007

It's just amazing how it can just ravage a body in a matter of weeks, until there is simply nothing left. Sallow, wrinkled skin loosely draped over a shell of a person continuing to attempt to fight off the inevitable.
I know that death is a part of life. It happens. I guess i just wish that it didn't have to happen this way.
And i wonder how much worse, and painful, and drawn out we make it with all our amazing "medical advances".
Also, even though i accept death for what it is, it is so strange to witness someone a step away. I have seen it three times now. Once with a friend with aids(that was the worst), and twice now with cancer.
I really hope God has something really really wonderful waiting for these beautiful people as they go to join him. It is horrendous how he asks them to leave life.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Road Trip

A phote essay by me, Blythe age 5 3/4

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Amazing Melody Wachsmuth

(i copied this from my friend Mel's blog. i thought she has wonderful and needed perspective, for all of us)

Tea and Scahnes

My Old Testament professor invited the class over to his apartment for tea and scahnes. You may be wondering what a scahne in the U.S. we actually call them scones. My professor is charmingly British and would not allow us to drink out of anything other than a cup and saucer; in fact, we even attempted the British manner of holding the scahne plate and the cup and saucer in one hand.

I find myself quite amazed by this professor. He is jolly, lighthearted, and full of an incredible zest for life. During class, his dry British humor is accompanied by a twinkling eye that communicates such merriness that you find it impossible not to laugh both at his joke and his manner of delivery. He is the only professor I know that comes to class wearing bright purple shorts, bare feet, and some kind of t-shirt of a music group(on Wednesday it was Eric Clapton ). One night in class, someone's cell phone went off, and he began dancing a jig(I say jig because there is really no other appropriate word for what he was doing).

And yet, this is only part of the reason for which I am amazed. My professor has been married for many years, and about 20 years ago his wife was diagnosed with MS. Now, she cannot speak, cannot eat, nor do anything for herself. When we were over at the apartment, she sat in an immobile state in a recliner. Although I am enjoying the class immensely, I wonder if I am learning more from just watching the life of this professor- a life that is exhibiting a faithfulness of love, a life that retains much joy and hope amidst the sadness. This is a life that is clearly being lived to the fullest every day, and yet pointing towards something not yet seen in the future.
For those who aren't completely sick of my wonderfully delightful holiday, I posted a few pics on my post on 9/9 to back up the ridiculous stories. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Happy 30th Becca!!!!!!!

In celebration and honor of my little sister's thirtieth birthday so far i have slept in, had like a 2 1/2 minute workout, and finished reading 1984 (thanks lindsay for the light, cheerful read) while lounging at the pool. (thanks becca for getting up before six to keep the streets of Riverside County free of juvenile delinquents)

Here's a look at Becca's pool and community center. It's almost as nice as Raleigh Scholls.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

California Dreamin'

lish the dish, smelody, and me

I miss my good ol friends like CRAZY! I've known both lish and mel for twenty three years now(man are we old!) and it was super great that mel was able to brave the traffic to join us for brunch in Laguna Beach. We ate and ate and ate and then took a stroll on the beach, where we acted really mature and sang our very special three part rendition of the national anthem (it is sept. 11th you know).

the view from breakfast

So lish and i just hung out in San Clemente for the rest of the day. She is awsomer than a thing that is really really awesome and i love her to pieces and wish more than anything that we saw each other more than once a year or so. Sigh.
me at the pier in san clemente

Oh and also, i spent yesterday enjoying the happiest place on earth (shh my kids don't know. i wasn't sure they could really be "happy for me"). It was AMAZING.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

I hurt myself today

So surfing was pretty great. We went to San Onofre, the beach where surfing in California originated. I had this mega sized 10ft board that was great for stability in the water, but a beast to handle otherwise. I got up on my third try but only for a few miliseconds. Anyway, i pretty much tore it up (aka caught like 7 waves and then barely made it back to shore due to exhaustion).

So after chilling on the beach for a while we headed to my sis's bff's house. We had a really yummy dinner at PFChangs with Kelleigh and her boyfriend and my sisters special friend, Leffert. Then we headed to Muldoons Irish Pub for a while.

Though being a fifth wheel and drinking water was really fun, i traded it in to join the band for a while. It was pretty fun. I showed off my mad tamborine skills, which we all know pretty much makes or breaks a song, and sang background vocals for a bunch of classic rock and Stevie Ray Vaughn songs.

So i was feeling alright(especially when some random guy asked me if I had a band and then told me not to worry, that my band would find me. Phew! Good to know.)until we tried to head home around one and we found ourselve in a sea of red lights. Apparantly CDOT (or what are ever they are called) decided to close down the freeway. So we spent a very special couple of hours with six lanes of stalled traffic in the wee hours of the morning. Oh well.

So anyway, we're just now heading out to San Diego for the day. We'll see how long we last. I'm kinda funny how i kinda usually need sleep.
p.s. so it's my palm that's injured. I totally bruised it from all that crazy percussion work. I'm such a geek.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

You take your car to work...

Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa
This is where my sister and i spent the whole GLORIOUS day yesterday. I'd write more but i don't want you to cry from bitter jealousy. Plus we're running out the door to go surfing. (my friend Lish's husband is a private instructor so hopefully i won't die or get eaten by a shark)
Later dudes.(i am SO fitting in)

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Ella sat on the toilet this morning and went potty within a few seconds!!!!!!!
As you can see, i can hardly contain my excitement...
though i do look upon the coming weeks and months with fear and trepidation.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Thoughts from the Backseat

"Some people say that Satan is the brain and God is the heart...
or maybe God is the brain AND the heart...
Actually, God is everything"
Blythe age 5 3/4


(and watch out Raleigh Hills!)
(and i would normaly apologize for the excessive use of exclamation points, but believe you me, they are warranted!)