Thirteen… Sandy’s favorite number (the day she was born),,,
And on this New Year’s eve at midnight, it’s also the temperature… 13 degrees F.
I’m hunkered around my campfire in the garden that is covered in more than two feet of snow…
Trying to stay warm, whichever side of me is not facing the fire is frozen… must be an allegory there somewhere… so I keep moving and turning around the flames.. and watching the sparks fly upward through the bare branches of the tree toward the cold dark sky and the bright scattered stars…
“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” - from an Eskimo legend (and PVD)
Blessings to everyone for the New Year,
January 2nd, 2008 at 11:25 pm And many blessings to you, Dan. Your powerful descriptions make us all feel grateful for just “being”. May 2008 bring contentment and some joy to your life.
January 22nd, 2008 at 6:01 pm Dearest Dan, It is me, PJ (Sandy’s hospice nurse) and I want you to know that I think about you and Sandy many times. I have not been here on your blog for quite some time but did take time today to catch up. I moved back to Montana last summer in August 2007. I am the on call RN for my former employer here in Missoula for Hospice and Home Health. I am free every other week to work on my book and paintings for my book that tells of the lessons my patients have taught me. I will always remember the lessons that I learned and the joy of knowing you both as I helped you all navigate the trail that took Sandy home. You love her so much and still must be having such a challenge in going on with your life. I send you a huge hug from across the mountains and to your heart. Blessings. firstname.lastname@example.org PJ http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/216671294_9ee07abfa9.jpg?v=0
February 5th, 2008 at 2:28 pm Dan, I was thinkng about you and thought I would say hello. I hope you are keeping warm. I’m sure wonderful warm memories with Sandy helps. I have a student teacher this semester so I have a bit of time on my hands. Sandy’s smiling face watches me from the picture on my desk. What a great teacher she still is. I miss her. Love, Susie
April 3rd, 2008 at 2:19 pm Hello! I just happened upon your blog. My son, Isaac, also has an astrocytoma brain tumor - Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma (grade 1) but his spread to his spine. Isaac is 9 years old and we are in the 2nd year of our battle. He had radiation in 2006 and now we are just watching with MRIs. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife, Sandy. I have enjoyed looking at the pictures and reading some of your blog. Many blessings to you. Karen Hatfield
April 10th, 2008 at 11:55 am Dear Dan, Miss your blog. It was nice keeping in touch with you via the blog. If you send your personal e-mail I’ll drop you a line now and then. Blessings, Marion and John Van D