Our First Move to Houston 1/30/20

On February 1st 2016, Robbie had been in treatment in Oklahoma with MD Anderson coordinating with Robbie’s Dr. His blood counts had dropped dangerously low and even with blood transfusions, they wouldn’t come back up. It was looking like we were losing him, because he couldn’t have further treatments with his blood counts so low….

My Uncle Don 1/28/20

My mother’s brother Don (Riechers) passed away yesterday. He was the last of her siblings still living. She had 7 brothers. One brother passed away at a couple months old and her youngest brother died at age 3. The rest lived long lives. Her brother Don was a twin. A wonderful and kind man that…

Pause…Breathe…Think… 1/27/20

I’m reading more books about grief and I’ve learned that grief can throw your brain into a fight/flight mode, which explains the overreacting I have been experiencing. One coping strategy that I read about is to “Pause, Breathe, and Think” to try to slow your response, calm yourself down, and hopefully engage your brain first….

Grief and Filters 1/26/20

When my father passed away 17 years ago, I couldn’t understand why my mother lost her filter and would say anything. Although she was known to speak her mind on occasion, this was a whole new level. Now I find myself doing the same thing. I hear myself saying stuff and I wonder where did…

Zip Line in Costa Rica in 2018. 1/24/20

2 years ago in Costa Rica, we also took the kids on a zip line off a mountain. Robbie was recovering from lung surgery and was still using a cane from leg surgery, but he wanted to go and had so much fun. All our children enjoyed the adventure. I miss him so much. His…

2 Years Ago 1/22/20

One of my favorite pictures of our three kids taken 2 years ago in Costa Rica. We arrived at the hotel that we booked and it was well below what was advertised, so Ruth quickly researched and found another hotel nearby. They came and picked us up, helped us to our rooms, and ended up…

Drowning in Grief 1/19/20

I’m not sure if it is due to the fact we started a new year without Robbie or because his one year anniversary is coming up, but I’m drowning in grief the past week. It impacts everyone around me. I am wondering if this is my new normal and if so, how do I cope…

2 Years Ago: Costa Rica Trip 1/18/20

Our family trip to Costa Rica was two years ago this week. Thanks to the help of many people, Robbie was able to go to Costa Rica and visit the sloth sanctuary and other places of interest. He talked about the trip the rest of his life. We have wonderful memories from our time together…

Sweet Gift 1/6/20

We received a sweet gift in the mail today. A sloth that is weighted and also can be put in the microwave for warmth with a lavender scent. It is very thoughtful. Robbie loved sloths and every time I see one I think of him. ❤

Another Attempt at Healthy Choices

The stress, grief ….you name it, our healthy life choices have been put on the back burner or maybe Mars and it shows. With a new year, it is time for a fresh start. I’m not sure how long we will last, since we love anything unhealthy, but we have kicked off 2020 making better…