June 12, 2009 - what a day. It was the day of Don's open heart surgery to repair the badly damaged mitral valve - 7 1/2 hours - the waiting - the worry - the ups - the desperate downs - always held steady by our son who suffered along with me, yet helped me through it all. Thank you Rusty - I love you! And the support from our daughters and their families - the visits to the hospital - the time spent there so I could have a break now and then over the next 9 days that Don spent in the hospital - I love you!
Now - one year later -
June12, 2010 - up early, but not as early as last year. Final preparations for the day - then off the a local park when Don was doing a 5K walk with co-workers. What a way to start the anniversary!!!
Don enjoying the view of the bay before the race started . . .
Don and some of his co-workers before the race . . .
And our grandson Jahn - who did the race with Grandpa . . .
Jahn-Zyel with a sign for grandpa before the race . . .
Don and co-worker Grant - who couldn't stay for the race - but came to cheer Don on . . .
Here come Don and Jahn - about to cross the finish line . . .
And Ben and gets into the race too . . .
And then it was time for a picnic in the park with all the co-workers and our daughters and their families . . .
A year ago we'd never have dreamed this would be where we are - what a day - what a year!!!!!
A while back I showed you some purple wisteria on a fence in town. Today I have the most beautiful white wisteria to share. We stopped at a farm stand to get watermelon and some salad vegetables - ended up with some cherries from California - first of the year and bags of other fresh things. Next to the parking lot was the most amazing white wisteria - and with my little pink camera in my pocket I couldn't resist.
Ok - just one more meme. This one is from Jenny - and it is such fun, and quite a challenge to come up with "S" things. I think it is a good way to delve into our creative minds. I came across this meme on A Garden of Daisies - both are great blogs to visit.
S is for Sunny days and a Sunny yellow kayak on the lake . . .
S is for Sleigh ride - this is the center of an amazing quilt made by my friend Diane. . .
S is for Sweet Little Boys - building with legos and a Sunday Afternoon . . .
Notice that Jahn-Zyel is wearing his grampy's watch . . .
S is for Security - protection when getting x-rays of your teeth . . .
S is for Seagulls - in all their beauty. I do love to photograph them and try to capture them with their wings out . . .this was taken at the Alaska Ferry terminal in Bellingham - and we had to wash our car the next day . . .
S is for Silly Sewing Frogs - that Buddy E., he loves to get into things whenever possible.