On the way down from our hike we passed by the lookout parking lot and Kathy in her typical spunky fashion decided that we would come back up the next morning for a sunrise party.
And so at 5:00 am we got up. .
made pots of coffee. .
gathered our bacon and eggs and scones .. .and walked to their campsite where they were ready with their pot of coffee. .
their grill, their bread . . beaten eggs and milk for french toast.
We drove as quietly as we could out of the campsite and giggled the whole way.
(well okay the girls were giggling the guys were saying something about. . .how they couldn't believe they were doing this)
It was a cloudy morning so we were really really happy that there was a sliver of sunrise.
The boys set up the patio heater. . and the grill.
We sat around drinking coffee until it was properly breakfast time.
. . .and then we ate our breakfast . .
and drove back into camp around 8:30.
Everyone needs to do that once in their lifetime. . .
or in my case. . .maybe twice.
It was the best time.
We didn't really feel like a big hike. .
but we needed the exercise and we wanted to see the last of the alpine meadows in bloom. .
so we made the trek to the three brothers mountains.
Girls are so much easier to get in picture ops don't you think?
After we caught our breath ..
we ate a snack. .
took a few shots . .
and started back down. . ..
. . .and then he spotted this shiny piece of foil.
He had to see what it was of course since we are such good hikers to carry everything back out with us.
A helium balloon must have escaped the clutches of someone. .
and if they are looking for it. .
they can come claim it.
It may not hold it's air anymore ..
but then it still can make a person smile.
all for now. .
On Friday afternoon the parents and the sisters came for supper and retrieved their kidlets and siblings. ..
and we were alone. .
for a little while.
On Saturday evening after supper ..
Tim and Flo our "old" camping friends showed up at camp.
They had the good sense to pack their jammies and so they stayed the night.
We had camped together with our children for so many years we lost count.
We remembered that Stuart was left home with his grammie and grampa the first year . .
but showed up on camping pictures when he was two. .
and then we camped together almost every summer until we bought the farm.. . literally.
By then. . our kids were mid teens and wanted to stay home . .
and so it fizzled out.
We pulled out our old Rook book ..
and spent time reading through the scores and through the reasons we had been together. .
and I smiled at the notion that my extent of documenting through those years was on a Rook score book.
Flo and I visited. ..and the boys visited. .
and we walked and ate and made meals together . .
and then it ended all too shortly and on Sunday night. .they headed home. . .
and we were alone. .again. .for awhile.
I watched facebook status like never before.
At some point in the afternoon, I became incredibly hungry for fresh Lepp Farm Market Corn.
We went for a quick drive . . and came right home to stare at the screen some more.
For the remainder of the evening . .we passed the time grilling fresh sausages, peppers and corn.
while we sat in our tent and waited to hear the outcome of my brother Gerry's procedure to open up the veins in his neck.
Meanwhile, far far away in the land of Mexico in a small clinic. .
my sister by love, my niece ..sat and waited for news from the doctors.
It seemed a bit sureal to get snippets from time to time. .over the chat.
Now we know the outcome of his procedure.
He had four veins which were narrowed and clogged and the doctor there opened them and released the blood from his head.
People that love them. . and care about those that love them. .
helped to pay for the procedure.
How grateful they are. . and how grateful we are.
Now we wait and see what the outcome will be.
In the meantime . ..
while my beloved and I waited. .
the phone rang. .
the emails came in. .
the phone rang. .
and messages were left.
I am overwhelmed once again by the love that has been expressed.
I am so humbled by the outpouring of love on my brother and sister by love's behalf ..
and on ours as well.
Thank you for praying. .
thank you for loving...
If you wish to continue to know the outcome of Gerry's procedure in Mexico ..
please check out his blog at the right top corner of my blog. .
(Gerry and Heidi as they left for Mexico this morning. .taken by Tanya ..which I stole borrowed off of facebook :)
As I write this. .
my brother Gerry is having an MRI in a clinic in Mexico to see if they can help him with his MS.
He travelled with Heidi my sister in law and their daughter Tanya this morning to seek a treatment that is very hopeful for Multiple Sclerosis patients.
My brother has been struggling with MS for a number of years now.
Though the needed to retire early, he has been a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ for most of his adult life.
We do not know what tomorrow will hold for him. .
but we know that he is in God's hands.
We are praying for healing.
We are so thankful for everyone that has helped to make this procedure possible for him.
We are excited for Gerry and Heidi and for their family.
As I write this. .
I wonder if they are really doing the procedure tonight?
If you believe in prayer..
please lift my brother Gerry up.
I'll keep you posted.
Thank you my friends,
all for now . .
Updated 10:30 Sunday morning.
Gerry has seen the neurologist, he is prepped and they are doing the doppler on the veins right now. His procedure will be after that and so we should know more in a few hours.
I'll post here when we know. .
thank you for praying everyone.
Updated 2:45 pm from Tanya
UPDATE: After waiting, and waiting, and waiting....we were finally called into the recovery room to find....a dad who had not had the procedure :( Something was wrong with a generator or something so the doctors told him to rest for a few hours and then they would try again. Back to the waiting game!
Update at 8 pm
Did you see the update on his blog?
OH ..what an answer to prayer.
I talked to Chrissie ..and chatted with Heidi/Tanya. .
and he is doing so well ..and heading back to the hotel .
here is the status update ..copied from Tanya.
Wow ..how amazing. I just can't wait to hear more.
I'm so excited.. .thank you for being such great friends..
your emails and chats have meant the world. .how blessed I am.
He's out!!! Blockages in all three veins and
two in the left jugular. So four blockages in total. He is doing well,
groggy, but fine. No immediate changes to report. He is eating some
supper and then we are allowed to go. Will write more once we are back