time with RJO

My phone didn’t cooperate in navigating me from the wedding brunch / gender reveal party in Virginia to Webster Street in Philadelphia. So I followed signs to I-495 then to I-95 and used the rental car’s GPS (which I didn’t pay for because I have a phone that does that) to get me the rest of the way by some convoluted route. I’ve since wised up and downloaded the WAZE app, which I’m sure will treat me better when I head back down the road tomorrow to catch my return flight in DC.

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My four days here with Rachel, John, and Oscar have been hard and wonderful all at the same time. Wonderful because I love these guys and enjoy their company. Wonderful to lend a hand where needed, wonderful to start a book project with Rachel, wonderful to chauffeur her on the wild and crazy streets of Philadelphia (pain meds make driving unsafe), wonderful to be part of a short visit from Taylor and Beth, wonderful to eat John’s cooking, wonderful to hear six-year-old Oscar read. Just all-around wonderful.

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Of course the hard part is that Rachel is so sick. Her lovely smile belies the pain behind it, which is with her constantly, even with the pharmaceuticals. Next Tuesday she begins ongoing three-week cycles of chemo (week on, week on, week off, etc), a kinder chemical than before that won’t take her hair or make her as sick. The goal is to shrink the nodes that press on nerves, and therefore reduce her pain.

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A little after-dinner I Spy.

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Of course that was after the champion puzzler Oscar (and I) put together the puzzle.

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Yoda listens intently to Mauri’s newly recorded “Just a Closer Walk.”  We’ll have to ask him to write a review.

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Oscar is also a great builder of all things Lego and Transformer and Hero Factory and who can name all those small-boy creatures?


I was promised a morning before-school family photo, so I held up publishing this post to include it here. Please remember to pray for this dear family. You could pray for the rest of us too.

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7 Responses to time with RJO

  1. Craig MacDonald says:

    Thanks for the pics and the reminder to pray. And tell Mauri that’s wonderful. Very good way to start my morning.

  2. Pam MacDonald says:

    I heard Mauri’s song while Craig was playing it. I have always loved Mauri’s singing and this recording is just as wonderful as the other songs I’ve heard from him. I agree with Craig…a great way to start the day!
    I will continue to pray for Rachel and the rest of you. Such a difficult thing to watch happen…praying!

    Love you!

  3. Kati McKee says:

    A precious time together. Thank you for sharing. Praying for God’s presence for you all.

  4. Deborah Johansen says:

    You never cease to amaze me, Sherry. Such wonderful and thoughtful pictures and comments. Thank you for sharing your travels, experiences, observations and stories.

  5. Shari Bowman says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Sherry. I remember when Rachel and Anne-Marie used to play together, mostly with dolls, I think. She’s a very brave gal.

  6. Aneta Hullinger says:

    We continue to pray for all of you. Safety as you travel home and for the walk each of you are taking daily. Hugs to you all, sweet cousin.

  7. Julene says:

    Thank you, Sherry. I have been praying for Rachel and the entire family… and will keep on. “Just a closer walk” is wonderful! It was especially nice to hear it while catching up with your lives.

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