Today our brother-in-law turns 58. Back in the spring he was told he wouldn't see this day. You see, Michael has cancer.
After the diagnosis he closed his law practice, Lynne took a leave of absence from teaching and they clung to each other awaiting the inevitable. I won't go through the whole story — but here is a link to a recent post on Lynne's blog... the blog that she started to chronicle their journey.
The news right now is good in that Michael doesn't feel sick and there are no doctor visits scheduled until October. They've basically been told to just go and have fun. Plans are now being made for the immediate future. Good plans. The kind of plans we all make. Plans to do. Plans to go. Plans to see. But, I think we all take this kind of planning for granted. Lynne and Mike don't. Everyday is another opportunity to live their life together — something they certainly don't take for granted anymore! Happy Birthday, Mike!! Have a fabulous one!!!
AND TELL: stamps are from Papertrey Ink (Star Prints, Polka Dot Basics, Floral Fusion); cardstock is PTI (Kraft) and Stampin' Up (Real Red, Brocade Blue, Summer Sun); ink is from Stampin' Up (Real Red, Brocade Blue) and PTI (True Black); also used Spellbinders Classic Circle Nestabilities, two circle punches (one from Stampin' Up, one from Marvy), and the Swiss Dots embossing folder made by Provo Craft for the Cuttlebug.
A technique note, the embossed "medallion" on the card was done following this tutorial on Alli Miles' blog. And, tomorrow I'll be sharing the last four cards I made for Ken's mom for her birthday. They may be my favorites of the bunch — and they also use this medallion technique. Be sure to come back to see them!
Last night Ken and I went to see Julie and Julia (after enjoying the fine cuisine of Steak 'n Shake). Have you seen it yet? I loved it — and I think Ken liked it, too. Yes, it's about Julia Child's life and yes, Meryl Streep is wonderful. But, it really tells a story of blogging — including the uncomfortable part about how we can become self-absorbed and neglect the relationships that are most important to us. (Yes, Ken, I did hear that part. Please forgive me for the MANY times I've been guilty of that! Including today...)
Tonight is the Carolina Panthers first preseason game at home, so Ken & I will have another date night that includes good old American cuisine (hot dogs) along with America's current favorite sport, football. And, right now I better work at some of the other things I've neglected in the busy-ness of the week — like laundry. Dusting. Vacuuming. Mopping. Straigtening. Bathrooms. OK — you name it. Gotta get a move on...