Since my last post, my life has faced many challenges. The first week of August, my sister Patty was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had spread to her liver. Preparing myself to be strong and to be her support person would prove to take all I had. Our biological mother had passed away when I was 21 and Patty was 19. I soon would take over the role of not only Big Sister but Mother as well over the years. Patty did not lead a very healthy life style, thus resulting in lung issues, along with diabetes. Sometimes I would be pretty hard on her through the years. I think because I did not understand why she would not change her habits to stay healthy. I wanted her to be healthy, but she chose a lifestyle that would not warrant that very style of life. I loved my sister very much. In the three weeks we had left I would reiterate to her my love for her. I hold on to the fact that I know she was going to heaven and now she is in no pain.
I have processed her passing in many ways, through climbing mountains, hiking some difficult trails, to creating, which seems to be my way to heal. I will soon share some of those journeys. God has given us so much beauty and we are all so blessed. I can look all around me and just smile.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart Roger, for 41 years. We have 3 beautiful daughters and three awesome son-n-laws, they have given us 9 grandchildren ( six boys and 3 girls). We live on 2 1/2 acres in SouthwestWashington. I am a farmgirl at heart. I love to create using many different modalitites from photography to working with fabric. I am always on the search to find treasures to use creatively in my finished products.