Archive for August, 2008

Gail & Emanuel

Posted: August 29, 2008 in Uncategorized

Last Friday my parents celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary.  They’ve actually been together for 47 years. They both turned 65 this year.  They have always been my inspiration and my heroes.  I always wanted to be as good a person as is my mother; and I wanted to marry a man like my daddy. 

They’ve been through a lot within those 47 years.  My dad was diagnosed with renal cancer in 1999.  He had a surgical cure when his left kidney, left ureter and a small portion of his bladder were removed. In 2005 his right kidney failed and he went on dialysis.  He will continue to dialyze until he receives a kidney transplant. Prayerfully that will happen soon.  You would never know that he is in renal failure, his unwavering faith and positive outlook keeps him healthy and happy. 

In 2003, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She had a lumpectomy and radiation treatments for six weeks.  At the recommendation of her oncologist underwent gastric bypass at the end of 2003.  She lost 130 lbs.  We work out together every morning.  Her unwavering faith and positive outlook keeps her healthy and happy.

On August 29th, 2005 they lost everything they owned because of Hurricane Katrina.  My father spent 20 years in the Air Force. Seven of those years were spent overseas in Germany and Japan.  They lost all of the antiques that they purchased while we lived overseas.  They have since purchased a new house here in Texas.  New Orleans will always be home to them, but they will never move back. 

This past Monday, they had to euthanize their 13 year old dog.  Tank had been through so much with them. He was there through cancer diagnosis’ and treatments.  He was with my parents whenever they had to evacuate New Orleans because of hurricanes.  He was always there.  He was their baby and their grief hurts my heart. 

 They have six grandchildren and one great grand-daughter.  They are praying that Shug and I will be able to add to that number.  Prayerfully we will.  Until that time, I will continue to thank God for blessing me with such wonderful parents.

Tank Tank

Posted: August 25, 2008 in Uncategorized
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This is Tank.  He came bounding into my parents life 13 years ago.  His mother was a Chow Chow and his father was Rottie.  He had a stroke yesterday.  My parents made the hard decision to let him go this morning. He was my little bruddah and I’m going him so much!

I’m still here….

Posted: August 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

I just don’t have much to say.

My aunt is doing unexpectedly well.  Weekend before last they ready to administer last rights.  When we saw her last weekend she was able to speak and her kidneys were regaining function.  Apparently this happens with some terminal patients; their health goes from bad to worse to better.  It’s just so hard to see her suffering. 

We’re headed back home to New Orleans at the end of this month.  My father’s side of the family is having a family reunion.  We’re looking forward to spending time with The Paul’s. 

On the TTC front.  We’re trying, but not trying.  We do sexy times every day from CD 10-20.  I stopped charting in November when I had an 18 day cycle on F.ema.ra.  Charting stressed me the hell out! I wake up two or three times to pee during the night, I don’t know why but I’ve been like this since I was child.  It would stress me out trying to figure out what time I should take my temperature.  I have always ovulated, never on the 14th day of my cycle, but I always ovulate.  So who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky trying, but not trying.  Stranger things have happened.


Dear 2008,

Posted: August 5, 2008 in Uncategorized


  • 41 unsuccessful months of trying to conceive a child. 41 MONTHS!!!
  • My cousin who has been in and out of jail since his mother’s death in 1998, overdosed in an abandoned house on Friday.  He was 26.  His funeral was this morning.
  • My aunt is dying.  She had breast cancer in 1991. She was cancer free until last year. It first started in her lung, then moved to her spine and hip.  Now it’s in her brain.  We’re going to New Orleans on Thursday to visit her. Prayerfully she will still be lucid when we get there.

There’s more, but this is what has been weighing on heart as of late.  I’m afraid to ask “What’s next?”