I am thankful for...my family. Love and support through thick and thin. In the last couple of weeks I have been on an emotional roller coaster. Many overwhelming feelings!
Some of you may know that my parents have decided to retire in the Philippines. This is something I fully support and I am happy for them to make this big move back home. Before they left they came for a visit. I was so blessed that they were able to spend some quality time with me and the kids. I was glad they were able to see what goes on with us on a day to day basis here in Salt Lake City vs. our day to day life in Chicago. My favorite was my dad would set up his computer by the window so he could look up and see the mountains while working on the computer. Great quality time and many many laughs during their stay. They left on a Thursday.
That Saturday, my little brother proposed to his girlfriend and she said "YES!" I was so excited and happy for my brother and my future sister-in-law. They are in DC working and loving life. So completely and overly excited to hear about their plans and the details of the proposal. So exciting and overwhelmed with happiness.
Two days later I get a call from one of my aunts telling me that my cousin Tiche just announced that she has stage IV breast cancer and is expected to only live for a month. What?!? Really?!? She is only in her early 40's. What?!? I lost it. I was pissed that I could not call my mom because they didn't have a phone yet, I was mad because this was the first time we knew about her having cancer, I was upset because I was feeling happy when she was suffering. When I found out I sent her a message letting her know I was thinking about her and to stay strong. Her response to me was "I love you too. Let's party! LOL" She always knew what to say to me to make me feel better. She is in such High spirits to help overcome the pain. She was the one that was always taking care of everyone and forgot to take care of herself. Everyone has been able to express their love and appreciation for all that she has done. Family coming together to make things easier.. and this was two weeks ago. Now, time is getting closer and I am deeply saddened again, I just got word that her final days are here. I love you Tiche! Stay strong.
Family. I am thankful for my family!