Continued Conversations with Lucas

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Love and Laughter!

Expressions of love:

L: Mommy, this is my favorite place on your cheek to kiss you.

B: Aww, thanks.

L: It’s soft and cute and it smells so good, like a rose!

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L: Mommy, I love you and Daddy so much!

B: We love you too, Baby!

L: But I love you sooo much. I love you more than soccer! And superheros! And even more than kitties!!

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L: Mommy, when I’m older and live with my wife, you can visit me every day.

B: Can I get that in writing?

L: Sure, Mom, no problem.

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B: Can I call you “Cute Cheeks?”

L: Well, sometimes.

B: When?

L: Maybe just at home because otherwise it might be kind of embarrassing. Also, not if someone is here for dinner.

Boys will be boys:

L: Here you go, Mommy [puts a tiny, unidentifiable object in my hand.]

B: Um…thanks? What is that?

L: I don’t know. I found it in my pants.

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L: [whispering]. Hey Daddy…

J: What?

L/J: [Loud whispering and peals of laughter]

L: Shhhh! Don’t tell Mommy! She thinks poo-poo is gross and not funny!

A window into the soul of an introvert:

L: Mom, kids are a lot easier to meet than grownups.

B: Oh yeah? Why is that?

L: Grownups get really excited to meet kids. It’s a lot to handle. And they’re big. Kids are much smaller and less excited so they’re easier to meet.

Can someone else answer these questions?

L: Mom, does God know the future?

B: Yes, I think he does. [Additional explanation attempted].

L: Oh. Mom, are there bad guys in heaven?

B: Well…

L: Also, do people who don’t know God go to heaven?

B: [Gives a woefully inadequate answer]

L: How can God and Jesus be the same person?

B: [Tries to explain with a metaphor]

L: And Mom, one more thing..

B: [Bracing myself…]

L: Can you imagine if there was a banana peel on a big patch of ice? It would be soooo slippery!! HAHAHAHAHA!

Random Funny-ness:

L: Mom, summer is my favorite season. What about you?

B: Summer is my favorite season too!

L: After summer I like spring best, but fall is only my third favorite, because it’s a little droopy.

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L: I’m going to tickle Daddy’s ear ball.

B: Do you mean earlobe?

L: No, I call it an ear ball.

B: Well I call it an earlobe. Because that’s what it is.

L: No! Mom! Pretend you don’t want to and call it an ear ball, because that’s what it looks like. Trust me, it’s better.

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J: Uncle Greg almost missed his plane home! I fell back asleep after my alarm went off and he forgot to set one.

L: Oh man, if Uncle Greg missed his plane and stayed in Florida, Aunt Tina would have to get a new husband. And that’s expensive!

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Four Years!

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An old picture popped up on Facebook today, reminding me that I started this blog exactly four years ago! Jaime had surprised Lucas and me by coming home from work early. He and Lucas set off for an adventure at the Hands On Museum so I could have a free afternoon. I had been considering blogging for several months, but hadn’t quite mustered up the courage to get started. Lucas was two at the time, so free hours were hard to come by.  I decided I’d better seize the opportunity and I got the blog up and running while the boys were gone. Jaime joined me as a writer about 10 months after I started the blog and combined we’ve written 124 posts to date.

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Heading out to catch the bus to the museum on April 25, 2014.

This morning Jaime and I had a little adventure. Today was Lucas’s star student day at school.  Lucas made a poster this weekend sharing some things about himself, and Jaime and I were invited in to see him present his poster and to tell the class about a family tradition we have.

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Lucas’s poster.

Lucas, preferring to stay out of the spotlight, made his presentation as brief as possible 😉 . It was still lots of fun to see!

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Jaime and I shared about how soccer is a big part of our family, starting with Jaime’s dad growing up in Peru, and trickling down through Jaime to Lucas. After our presentation, we headed to one of our favorite local joints so I could get a coffee and Jaime could have lunch.  When you eat breakfast at 10:30, lunch at 11:30 just doesn’t make sense, but as you know, I never say no to coffee!

 

Right now, I’m sitting here looking out the window, in the same spot where I started this blog four years ago. That day I got to see Jaime and Lucas out there hand in hand.  Today it’s the FedEx guy and some well-fed squirrels. I have more free hours nowadays which is nice, but we have far less time for adventures with Lucas which we greatly miss. My health has declined on paper, yet my life is still just as full and happy as it was four years ago. Some things are easier, like maintaining a heathy body weight, and some things are harder, like exercising. There have been ups and downs along the way, but through it all, God has been faithful.  My heart is still filled with the bright hope I felt on that first day which led to the title of this blog.

Thank you for following along with me these four years! I’ve found healing and hope in expressing my thoughts during the challenging times.  I’ve found joy in sharing the triumphs and blessings as well as the everyday experiences that make up my life. I’ve found community as readers have reached out with love and encouragement and shared their own experiences. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you, and for sharing yours with me.

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Then…

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And now.

First photo by Wendy Martin Photography, second by Jess Marie Photography.

 

Great Strides 2018

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We’ve got another cold and wet day today. Although I’m longing for warmer weather, unfortunately these temperatures aren’t outside the norm for spring in Michigan. But here’s something good…spring means that Great Strides is coming up! That’s something that always warms my heart.

Here is a write up about the walk from the official Great Strides page:

On the 30th anniversary of Great Strides – the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event – we celebrate the many milestones we have achieved thanks to our supporters. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in over 400 walks across the country to support the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis and raise awareness about this rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that makes it difficult to breathe.  Their dedication over the past 30 years has resulted in tremendous progress.

The CF Foundation is leading the way in innovative research and drug development, promoting high-quality, individualized care, and helping people with CF live better today. Nearly every CF drug was made possible by the Foundation and because of funds raised from Great Strides, people with CF are living longer, healthier lives and pursuing their dreams.

While we have come so far, we still have so much work to do. The lives of people with this disease are still cut far too short.

Last year our team raised over $4000 and we hope to match or exceed that amount this year! Please consider joining our efforts in some way. Our walk this year is at Washtenaw Community College on Saturday, May 12th at 11:00am.  To join our team, visit the Breathe4Betsy team page. If you’re not local but would still like to be a team member, you can join as a virtual walker and raise money for the team. If you’d like to support our fundraising efforts, please visit our personal pages ( JaimeBetsy, and Lucas). You can simply show up and walk with us as well!

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Come walk with us!

It’s hard to describe what it feels like to be joined by family and friends in these efforts. My spirits are lifted and I’m reminded that in spite of the many challenges this disease brings into my life, it also affords me blessings. One of these blessings is experiencing the great love and support of so many wonderful people. I am truly grateful!