I hesitated to write this post now, so close to the holidays. My blog break will likely extend a bit longer than I originally thought - and the reason for this is that my dad passed away this month.
He was diagnosed with cancer 7 years ago and there have been many ups and downs since then but, overall, he was doing quite well. However, things got progressively worse in the past year. He was hospitalized numerous times and each time we thought "this is it". But then he would improve, and be well enough to go back home. We knew that, at some point, this would no longer be the case - but this didn't stop us from hoping that he would once again pull through. You are never truly prepared when the time comes, are you?
My mom is now alone and, as an only child, I will be the one to support her, both emotionally and in the more practical aspects of day to day life, many of which my dad was previously responsible for. It will be an adjustment for everyone but things will get easier with time, as they always do.
This photo was taken back in the 70's on one of the hundreds of camping trips we went on:
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina