|"Francis with sock monkey" by Don, my stepdad|
|Harper and Mingus|
Then, in December my grandmother had a stroke and went into hospice care. Grandma died just after the new year. She had dementia for the last few years of her life, and with each visit she seemed more and more distant, so it felt like we had in a sense lost her long ago, but now she was really truly gone.
|Me and Grandma|
The day after the funeral, my sister, who at the age of 22 has already had thyroid cancer, was told that she also had blood vessel cancer. Fortunely we found out that this was a misdiagnosis and she does not have blood vessel cancer. What a scare we all had for a week.
|Me and my sister Christie|
When I returned to Portland my boyfriend Dewey took me to the coast for my belated Christmas present.
While there, he gave me a ring. Not just any ring, but an ENGAGMENT RING!
That's right. I'm getting married. I never really thought of myself as the marrying kind, but I must admit that I'm pretty excited to be getting hitched. I couldn't think of a better partner in crime.
So, now I'm planning a summer wedding. And I'm going to be a stepmom to the most awesome kid I know. I'm not sure what else life is going to throw at me, but right now things are pretty grand.