Tomorrow we will be celebrating Ron. Tomorrow is his last day of work at ConocoPhillips. He started working for Phillips Coal Company in 1976, in Dallas. In 1978 we moved to Denver with Phillips 66. In 1987 we moved to Bartlesville and in 2002 we moved to Houston when Conoco and Phillips merged. He has worked very hard during those years- never even taking a sick day. (Even after having surgery in China, he was right back at work) He was one of those people to go in early and leave late- but he also always had time for the kids and their activities. If his job required him to stay all night- he did. He has been of great value to his company. And even greater value to his family. He has taught us a great work ethic and has shown awesome self discipline and sense of responsibility. As he worked hard he also saved money and planned for the future. We are getting ready to realize that "future" in building a new home, just west of SanAntonio. I hope he truly gets to enjoy the fruits of his labors. (Although it already looks like complete retirement is not to be had yet. He already has part time job offers that are pretty appealing) With all of these changes and some other responsibilities at our house and at my store, my plate is full. But my heart is also full- with gratitude to Ron for all of his hard work. And to Heavenly Father for all of our blessings.
Let the adventure begin :)
Lately I find myself trying to work on several different "projects" all at once. Like...when I was putting up a Christmas tree, I was trying to figure out how to close out our modest prom section at the store. When I was driving mom to the doctor, I was trying to figure out what color counter tops I want in the new house. When I was working at the store, I was trying to figure out a few retirement gifts for Ron. When I was working at the temple, I was trying to figure out how to set up a projector for our Relief Society Christmas party. When I was at a planning meeting Tuesday evening, I was trying to figure out how to get some Christmas and birthday gifts bought, wrapped, and sent. When I was sitting at church on Sunday, I was trying to figure out how to make some small zipper pouches and covered pillows. When I was sorting toys and putting them away, I was trying to figure out when I could make pie crust before Friday. I'm sure that when I am sitting at the dentist office tomorrow morning, I will be trying to figure out "something". Yep, I would say that I'm pretty distracted. ha
On good days, I am lucky if we don't run out of milk and toilet paper :)
As if we didn't already have enough things going on at our house...
We spent yesterday at the corner of Palomino Springs and Buckskin Trail. We are getting ready to build a house there. We met with a gentleman who is going to clear out all of the underbrush and cedar trees. He will be doing that on the 8th and the 15th of December. We also met with a builder. I needed to ask alot of questions about certain details that the architect needs to know. We are meeting with the architect again next Monday. He has done a couple of preliminary drawings. I still have the opportunity to "change my mind"- so I'm taking full advantage of that :) All I can say, is there are tons of decisions to be made..but it is going to be awesome! I am absolutely certain that I am the luckiest lady on earth. I am still pinching myself to see if I'm living in reality or if I'm dreaming. Oh...did I mention that Ron's last day of work is Nov. 30? (Yep, he is retiring after 36 years. Imagine having the same employer and the same wife for 36 years- how boring is that? :) There will be another post on that topic. hehe
Second round of chemo done. Thanks to Mike and Carrie for the pink hat. (Yes, she lost most of her hair this week- what didn't fall out, we did a quarter-inch-buzz-hair-cut on :) The pink hat looks good with her pink make up and purple ear rings. She will probably be sick for a few days- hopefully not feeling to bad by Thursday for Thanksgiving dinner.
We are adjusting the sails at our house. About three weeks ago my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The doctors were able to determine that from a CT scan, a blood test, and a biopsy. They decided that she should have three treatments of chemo therapy, then surgery, and then three more treatments of chemo. She had her first treatment two weeks ago. Her second one will be the end of next week. She will probably loose her hair. The girls and I have a assignment to purchase some cute hats and scarfs for her :) In the past three weeks there have been, some "angels among us".
The attendent at the CT scan had a great sense of humor and friendliness about him.
A complete stranger in the St. Lukes lobby (when we went for the biopsy) was quick thinking and found us a wheel chair. (We had no idea, when we arrived, how far mom would have to walk to find the waiting room for her proceedure)
The nurse that administered the chemo therapy was particularly sweet. (we spent about 7 hours with her) She even helped mom hunt through the sucker basket to find two of the same flavor :)
Mom had a sweet friend that sent her a card and a check for $50- saying to use that for parking or co-pay. (very few people think about the parking expense- probably only someone who has "been there")
And last, but not least, Ashley spent an evening helping mom with a foot soak and pedicure.
Mom will have her third chemo treatment on Dec. 6 and then surgery will probably be scheduled right after Christmas. If the tumor inside her liver turns out to ovarian cancer, the cancer is stage four. If it doesn't respond to the chemo, it could be something else- then the cancer is stage three. (there will be another CT scan, in December, to see how that tumor responds)
Here is a good photo- that we took this summer when Annie and her boys were here.
All of the great grand kids, call her GG- (Great Grandma).