I regret that I didn't write and share photos more in 2017 in this special space. The loss of Grandma Mary at the end of 2016 extinguished a spark in my heart. I worried that the spark could never return. I now know that her death changed me, Leah, as I know myself, evermore. It … Continue reading Dearest Don Raine – This Was 2017
It felt like an outrageous accomplishment. It felt like the summit of Mt. Everest. And it also felt normal. We made it to his 40th birthday and life with cancer has become so normal to us, I was distracted by daily non-cancer minutia and completely forgot to plan something. While I was distracted, Dan planned … Continue reading And Along Came a 40th Birthday
little monkey! 2016 gave us the opportunity to celebrate the loveliest little munchkin's first birthday, Miss Eva Caroline! Raine and I put together a birthday package for her in September; a colorful combination of handmade art, expensive apparel, and hand-me-down toys and book. Then we got to hold her, hug her, and try to keep up with … Continue reading Lovely Gifts: Eva’s 1st Birthday
I started decorating and helping Raine get ready for the holiday season the day we returned from Colorado (a trip to see friends after Thanksgiving). I was grateful that I did that--I didn't know the majority of December would be engulfed by the trauma and duties of grief, then caught up in the whirlwind of our … Continue reading 2016 Gave Us a Different Kind of Christmas…
MEDICAL UPDATE: (After yesterday's post) Dan's heart showed improvement yesterday so the catheter was removed and he was moved out of CICU last night. Today cytology results came back and there were no cancer cells in the fluid. He was discharged today! Top 10 Reasons Our First Date Was Weird But Awesome (Kind of like … Continue reading Our First Date
We did it! We went to Disneyland! Thank you to all of our amazing donors who helped make the trip possible! Thank you to Allyson Patterson, Aileen Fontana, Charlene Herzing, Doug Herzing, Patricia O'Brien, Javeed Shah, Frank Sierawski, Terrah Barkley, Bronwen Thiebes, Andrea Barry, Melissa Ritchie, April Catlett, Mark Nicklas, Linda Buchanan, Sarah Christensen, and the Lemont … Continue reading Disneyland!
At Dan's last platinum chemo treatment day, February 21st, we joked with our friend Patrick that we should have a "Cheese and Chocolate Party" in six weeks to celebrate the supposed return of Dan's taste buds. We origicnally christened it the "5 C party," the C's to stand for Carlton Crest Cheese and Chocolate … Continue reading Cheese & Chocolate Party
There was a beautiful opportunity that opened up for us to renew our wedding vows on Valentine's Day. In three weeks, I planned a small ceremony for us with our siblings, Doug and Rachel, and enlisted a few friends and community members to help us put it together at the last minute (on a shoestring budget). … Continue reading Our Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony