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April 02, 2010


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Life is so hard to write about sometimes. It kicks us out of bed each morning and pushes us through those hard times and sometimes I just don't want to give it the satisfaction of writing about it. But, I think you're right. There are those times with sun, as well. My amazing brother in law (who was recently dealt one of life's hardest blows) shared an inspiring quotation with me. I thought you might get something out of it too: "A quality life is God's greatest gift to us. Life is to be well lived in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. There should not be a waiting period." Marvin J Ashton. I'm trying to wrap my head around it.
Always, Andra


That is a lot to deal with. And sadly, I have no useful advice for any of it, other than to say that I hope you get some warm, bright sunshine soon. It really does make a difference, doesn't it?


I'm so sorry things are tough for you now. The academic job market is particularly tough (is that the way he is headed??) but doable -- two of our three graduating Phds found jobs this year.

My mother had a benign brain tumor when I was in high school, and she fully recovered. I wish the same for your friend!


It's so good to hear about your life. Thank you. I'm so sorry about your grandpa. Sending you a big hug. Peter will be okay. He's perfect exactly the way God made him, and I think everything you are doing to help him and the sacrifices you are making for him are incredible--even though I'm sure they are frustrating. I also want to say that no matter how "settled" you think you are, you never really get to settle. Life is a constant changing surprise and the littlest things can turn everything upside down. I still can't believe how much my little car accident in December has affected my life. There's always new opportunities and new trials. Nevertheless, I so hope that things go well with Ryan's job search and that you can finally buy your own home.


I love Andie's quote. For me I always feel like I am waiting the next "next phase". I really need to start focusing on this phase!
Keep your chin up:)


I keep waiting to be really settled, I'm doubting it will ever come. Hang in there!


When do you want to get together this week or next? Are you going to book club tomorrow? We should talk. We both need it!


You are one of the strongest women I know! I know that you can make it through this rough time in your life and anything else that comes your way. With that being said,

You're right, cancer does suck. I've had 2 grandparents pass away from it. It's a terrible thing to have to go through, especially since you are so close to your grandparents.

I'm guessing your friend with the tumor had an acoustic nueroma like Justin did. Hard to go through too, but if you're going to have a brain tumor, I'm told that's the one to have. Justin has made a full recovery, (with the exception of being deaf in one ear and dizzy at times) it just takes time to adjust and to heal.

Peter is perfect! All kids have things they struggle with and sometimes they are "ahead" and sometimes they are "behind." (All my kids have things that they're behind in too.)He's an extremely smart boy and has a great family to support him.

I don't consider myself settled yet either. I think life is a roller coaster most days. I'm still hoping that you guys will end up out here because that would make the ride much more fun!

I'm keeping you in my thoughts, prayers and heart. Hoping things get brighter for you. XO

PS- Call me anytime!!!! Please.



First, let me soundly agree with you: Cancer Sucks. Let's needlepoint that on a pillow next time you're in town. Chad's been photographing people with cancer again, and it's remarkable to watch these amazing people champion through that horrible disease.

I also have to say that I'm continually impressed with everything you're doing for Peter. It sounds like you feel that it's not enough, but you're one of the few parents who is doing everything you can possibly find and still searching for more. And have been doing it since that little angel was a small tyke.

I hope all else is picking up as the sun is trying to find its proper place in FRONT of the clouds.

Call if you need anything!


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