Goodbye, Eleanor

Saturday night, on May 10th at around 8pm, my sister Beth and I lost our mother Eleanor. She had been fighting cancer for the second time, this time it was too aggressive for her to overcome. I will miss her greatly and deeply saddened not to have had more time to say goodbye, but I am thankful her fight is over. I am thankful she knew she was loved. Rest in peace mom. I love you.

“It is so good to remember”

Just reminded of such great memories during remodeling of an 80 year old house in Cement, OK. While kids in school had so much fun working with Mr. Wade, kids grandpa. He cut every board for each window, each door faceing. I sanded and stained, twice. He, (80 years old at the time– house 72 years old) knew how to do it all. Me, first job as carpenters assistant, kinda like Beth in her welding experiences. Thank goodness I had a pro to learn from, again, and such fun. Grandma Wade had lunch ready at NOON, (pop started at 8AM, stoped at 5PM and lunch at NOON, no mattter what, and I was invited. I had forgotten how much fun that was. Peggy just reminded me, just during a general conversation with friend Chanda. It is so good to remember (or be reminded of) good things that happened in your life. Thank YOU Peggy. I had forgotten. Where is that picture of that 72 year old home? I know you have it Beau.

– Facebook post form mom, April 2, 2011

“A big wonderful long hug”

We had the most wonderful day today and I thank you. Seems like it started with a big wonderful long hug and ended with one too. Dee and especially I enjoyed so much just passing time with you two. You two just made the 6 hours double. I am now home and tired, but HAPPY tired. Did I tell you that I love you? I do. Thank you for taking the time out of your way. I feel special. You are special. Mom

– Faceook message from mom, August 24, 2010.

Crested Butte ’08

Another year of traveling to Crested Butte, Colorado for Independence Day as has become our (mostly) annual tradition. I love Crested Butte and Gunnison County. I love Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. It replenishes my soul every time I come here. It’s one of the only family traditions we have. My grandparents used to bring my father here, my father used to bring me here, and I bring Nathan here as often as I can.

Stay awesome, Colorado Rockies.

Stars for Nathan

Nathan is making his first trip with me to New York today. I’m looking forward to all that I get to show him around the city. We have many good ideas so if you have any that you think a 9 year old would like to see, please give some input.

update: We’ve made it to NYC and found ourselves very whooped after getting unpacked and cramming some fragments of food into our mouth after not eating all day. Nate is loving NYC so far and can’t wait to see what it looks like in the daylight.

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Father’s Day Gifts

I got a clay mug with no clear finish on it in the mail today with every color of the rainbow painted on it. on the front of it was hand painted “World’s Greatest Dad” At the bottom of the box was a card that said on the back “The cup doesn’t lie”.

Nathan’s ticket is booked and my kiddo is coming to NYC next month! I can’t wait to show him around the city.

James Wade

My dad passed away a few days back. I’ve been struggling over the last few days and on the journey of this trip to deal with a lot of emotions. Very painful emotions. This trip, while planned ahead and couldn’t easily be put aside, was a necessary distraction for me to not just fall into an emotional vegetative state.

We arrived in Prague today to the hotel after a long train ride from Budapest. It’s a nice hotel that feels very western, modern amenities like internet let me plug back into the world and check in on what’s going on.

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