This will be a short post. I had a bittersweet day. Jeannie and I shopped at an awesome place called Sandstone Gardens. I asked if the palatial building, that housed room after room of home decor and garden accessories, had been built as a mansion. The clerk said no, that it was built for the purpose they are using it.
They also have a restaurant, which reminded me of a French bistro I've seen in many pictures. We shopped until our table was ready. I had lasagna, salad and strawberry shortcake. First dessert I'd had in a couple of days. Tasted good. With the music softly playing and the tables set as it would be for a high tea, it was a relaxing atmostphere, perfect for visiting with Jeannie.
Today, I took a few pictures of the rebuilding process of Joplin, devastated by the EF 5 tornado on May 22, 2011. Tomorrow night, I'll tell you my Joplin/Tornados story and I'll post some of the pictures I am taking.
On the bitter part of the bittersweet day, please send positive thoughts and prayers to my sister, Nancy Swanger and her family in Morgantown (Hilderbrand community), West Virginia. Her oldest child and only daughter (mother of 3 school-aged children) Christina (Chrissy) Swanger Stone, has terminal cancer tumors in her intestines and pancreas.
They admitted her to the hospital today with several blood clots and was told the tumors were progressing faster than the doctors had predicted. They suggested they give up on the treatments they had been doing. (Chemo) My sister is, of course, devastated, but she has to stay strong for the other members of the family who are being shattered by the fact they are losing their mother and wife.
I've never been quite so lost as to what to do or say. All I can do is ask my friends and family to pray for all of them to pass through each stage of the days ahead with a peaceful heart for what must be and an acceptance of what they can't change.
Until next time,