One more sleep

Emma looking over Holly and Joe   

Road trip tomorrow. I’ll leave Salem at about 6:15, pick up Holly and Joe in Portland and we’ll be on our way to Baker City. It’ll take us about 6.5 hours to get out there.

What do you think Holly has in her plans?

Two sleeps

Holly and Emma   

It has been a little over a month since we bid farewell to Emma, the greatest weimie that ever lived. Holly misses her every single day. Boy oh boy can I relate.

All week I have been receiving countdown texts.

Today’s countdown, two sleeps.

Whatever does this daughter of mine have up her sleeve?

Saying good bye

Emma   

We said good bye to Emma last week. I know how much she will be missed and she will always be loved.

What a wonderful girl.

Keep good thoughts for my girls

Emma   

So my flight leaves tomorrow morning at 6:20 am and I will return in the wee hours on Saturday. I pretty worried about my girls.

Emma didn’t finish her dinner tonight, that is until Holly hand fed her. It’s been hot these last few days, so I’m hoping that it is just the heat. Never the less, please send Holly and Emma some really good vibes, the mama bear is a long way from home for a few days.

Jori   

Karen will be in charge of the home fires here. Jori, cruising in at 14.5 years old is slowing way down and having a harder time as each day passes at getting around. Once again, I’m blaming the heat, but she is now refusing about half of her meals. That is never a good sign. Send Karen and Jori a little extra strength and some positive thoughts.

This probably has to be one of the hardest trips I’ve taken. I just have to remember to be positive.

Photos at the beach

Emma and Holly   

When Emma was diagnosed with lymphoma a few weeks ago, I suggested to Holly that we do another photo session while she is still feeling good.

I have no idea how lymphoma goes, we’ve had quite a bit of osteosarcoma, soft tissue sarcoma and one internal lymphoma, but never lymphoma in the lymph nodes.

I would love to hear from anyone that has had this type of lymphoma and what you had to deal with. We just don’t know what to expect.

Anyway, Emma had a fabulous time at the beach. It didn’t take her long to shed the wheels and walk around in the sand.

Oh Emma

Emma   

About a week ago Holly called and said Emma had some lumps behind her knee. Karen felt them on Saturday and said she probably should just get them checked.

Emma will be 14 in October and she has always had a variety of fatty lumps and other assorted lumps so I am sure that all of us thought it was just another Emma lump. The Dr. took some biopsies and we were all very sad to get the diagnosis.

Emma has lymphoma. There wasn’t any question at all on the biopsy.

At nearly 14 years old, there really aren’t a lot of options. She already has really weak hind legs. So the plan of action is to enjoy every day, every minute, every second.

Go ahead and sing at the top of your lungs girlfriend. It’s party time in Emma-ville.

Letter from a bad grandma

Emma   

Holly is in Washington DC this weekend running the Nike half marathon with a friend and her husband Joe took advantage of the weekend to get a few more runs down the slopes.

We have Emma with us this weekend.

I had every intention of taking photos and before I knew it, the weekend was gone. Completely gone.

I am a bad, bad grandma. I feel horribly guilty.

I’m so sorry Emmaweimer. You are being such a good girl. Your momma will be home soon.

 

To the beach!

Emma and Autzen   

We met the grand dogs out at the beach today. It was so much fun. I want to live at the beach.

Best Thanksgiving ever

Emma, Holly, Joe and Autzen   

My youngest daughter Holly hosted Thanksgiving today. That kid rocks the kitchen. I still don’t know where she got it from. The overwhelming love for dogs I get, the cooking, not so much.

I adore her husband, he’s everything a mom could want.

We met before dinner so that I could do their second annual Thanksgiving photos. The weather was perfect today.

After the photos, Holly and Joe scrambled home so that they could finish the preparations for a fabulous meal. I used to not be so fond of holidays, but now they are becoming my favorite time of year.

Joe and Holly, thank you so much for today. It was perfect.

Ryan, Olivia, Odin, Megan, Sadie and Caleb   

My oldest daughter Megan and her family joined us just as Holly and Joe left. Could it possibly get any better for a momma?

Megan and Ryan will be getting married in January and just recently adopted Odin, the pittie at the center of attention.

Wow, what an awesome day.