Madelyn and her mom are a part of our hockey family. Madelyn has been my friend since this time she was in the stroller coming to the rink every day. She sits in short sleeves at the rink and warms me up by sitting on my lap and finding treasures in my purse. We have a great time. And her mom Missy, is training for the marathon in Fargo in two weeks and running with my name on her back while raising money for the American Cancer Society- how cool is that?
Madelyn and her brother Parker, who played with Nolan this year on his hockey team. Pretty fierce looking!
I don't think I'd mess with either one of them!!
Have you heard of scentsy before? I got the last breast cancer edition from the Mjoness family at the benefit. I was extremely touched by their generosity.
The Griego family made me this pink and black blanket for chemo days. I didn't bother to wait to use it, its been a constant companion every day! Thanks for sharing the warmth with me!
My cousin Brenda brought these to brighten my day and now I can't wait to brighten the garden. She also cooked a wonderful meal for us and had it waiting in our fridge after the benefit.
My new blog friend Roxane, and author, who blogs at Peace Garden Mama, brought me an autographed book! If you don't have this as part of your children's collection you are missing out!
Thanks for the continued friendship Roxane! I loved meeting your daughters and seeing you at the benefit!
This next bit deserves a post all by itself, but at the rate I am moving these days, I'm not waiting. This is the reunion celebration I attended the night before the benefit. Sitting from your left to right are Kim, who for all intents was our big sister, then Elizabeth, Kristi, Karla, myself, and Carrie. We called ourselves... well its original and of course means more then whats just at the surface, but we were the Moorhead girls. For at least a year or two we were all friends in high school.
But then life moved on. We moved on. In factions of twos and threes, we broke off. Until about two years ago. On a fateful fall day. I went to brunch with my family and literally ran into 3 of them having brunch seated in the booth right next to ours. We had hockey to get to, but I bet I spent 20 minutes or more chatting and catching up since it had been probably 20 some years since I had seen them.
I've often wondered what brought us back together? I knew at the time it was no coincidence. But I couldn't fathom what. Well I think it was all clearly laid out to us in an uncanny sequence of events. My dad was first, passing away July 5th of last summer. Not long after, Elizabeth's Dad would pass away from an extended illness. Less than a couple of months later, Carrie's Dad passed unexpectedly away. In some fashion or another, we were all able to be there for one another.
It was Carrie who made my appointment with the radiation oncologist, weeks before I would come in to see him. She knew of the journey I was walking and because of confidentiality had no way of telling anyone. You see, Carrie has also dealt with, and continues to deal with her own health issue.
I realize why we were brought together. You see, we've gotten our language back. We no longer have school and teachers, and Shanley boys to bond over. But what we do have now, is shared life experience. Husbands, kids, jobs, lives. Several things came from our wonderful night together. One is that Elizabeth so eloquently declared a "truce" of sorts with our 14 year old selves so that anything and everything said and done in "immaturity" could rest in peace now. And the second thing is I realize that Cancer has somehow made me more comfortable in my own skin. I am stripped bare and laid wide open. And from that, its created a space. A healing space. Where new arises from the old. Thanks girls for all the old, and all the new that will continue to grow between us.