January: Our year did not start out in the happiest way. After learning of Emery's diagnosis of neuroblastoma, I left Unalaska in a hurry to meet Bonnie, David and Emery in Houston, where our sweet girl was to begin treatment at Texas Children's Hospital. Little did we know how long we would end up being there! Thankfully, she did really well, but January was pretty scary.
While back in Houston, Emery was getting bigger and sitting up! Doing much better and tolerating lots of medical stuff....not the most fun, but she was a trooper.
Hurray, last chemo treatment and Gigi prepared to go home to Alaska after 9 weeks. Emery did not go home till April, after surgery.
One last trip to Dallas before going home and my good friends Karen and Kelly drove in from Abilene for lunch. Now those are some friends!
May: Rich and I cooked up some goodies for the "Just Desserts" concert
Susan and Aidan July: Then to Dallas to see Sarah, Miles and Elle
and Emery and Bonnie flew in to meet us
Rich is quite the pumpkin carver and bested all previous efforts this year with his haunted house.
November: Back to Texas! Yes, we do travel a lot, don't we?! Baby Beck was due at the end of November and we went early in case he decided to come early. He didn't, so we took a trip to Abilene to see Susan, Corey and kids while we waited.
Grandpa Rich and Aidan had a big Lego project that they worked very hard to complete.
What an adorable baby boy--welcome to the world, Beck!
December: We traveled back to Unalaska, returned to the work routine, and enjoyed quiet holidays at home. I'm not really sure what to say about 2010. Several of my friends have had a difficult time this year and we have commented more than once that we wished we could rewind and do it over with different results. I'm thankful that our family is doing well--we have a healthy new grandson and Emery has come through her treatment with flying colors. Aidan, Ally, Elle, Emery and Beck keep me smiling and warm my heart. At the same time, I know that people I care about still struggle with health issues or the loss of loved ones or jobs or are sometimes ovewhelmed with life's challenges. I know that we are not guaranteed an easy life or even a happy life but my wish for all of you is that 2011 will bring you peace and love to make the hard times a little less daunting. Happy New Year!