Friday, May 18, 2018

Hello there!

My very long blog break was very much unintended.  Part of it was just lack of motivation.
But more recently it was because of a trip to Canada and Colorado.
My husband has two sisters and a brother in the Toronto area that he had not seen in many years so we spent 4 days of quality time with them.
We then flew off to Denver where we explored for a couple of days.
 And finally, the whole purpose for our trip. was driving to Alamosa to attend our eldest son's college graduation.
We were only able to spend a few days with  him as he was in the process of moving, but I'm happy that we were able to be there, even if it was a very quick trip.

This past Sunday, we drove back to Denver and stayed overnight.  Our very long journey back to Kuwait started on Monday, consisted of three flights and a nearly 12 hour layover in London.  But things never go smoothly when flying and on top of that, I received a message from my brother that my mom had fallen and broken her hip.
 
Since we were already in transit, there wasn't much I could do except try to get a connection each time we landed so I could find out what was going on.  We arrived back in Kuwait early Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, my mom had a partial hip replacement and this coming Monday she's being transferred to a VA Hospital where she will receive rehabilitation.  The problem is she has major arthritis in her knees which was what contributed to her fall in the first place.  (Her knees are the reason she wouldn't fly to Denver to meet us so she could attend the graduation.)

I'm hoping she'll have a speedy recovery, but if I feel like she needs more assistance, then I may need to go back to spend time with her.

So, that's where we're at for the moment.
Just wanted to say a quick hello!

I'll share more of our trip in the coming days.

Best wishes,

20 comments:

Teresa Kasner said...

Tammy, you're quite the jet-setter! I'm so sorry to hear about your mom hurting her hip and having to have surgery. That is just scary and awful. Where does she live? I am sure she'd love to have you with her for a while. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* to your son for his graduation! Where will he live now? What kind of job will he get? Exciting times for him.

*T*H*A*N*K* * *Y*O*U*!*!*!* for the fabulous stitched card, I just did a blog post about it.. :-)

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betsy said...

Hello Tammy! I’m tired just thinking of your trip. The older I get the less I like to fly such long distances but I’m hoping to head off to Japan later this year to spend some time with Alex. Congratulations to your son on his graduation. What kind of job will he have? I am so, so sorry to hear about your mom. How stressful that must have been for you to be in the middle of traveling and not know what was happening. If she lives close to me I would be happy to go and visit with her. I’m a poor replacement for you, but I would be happy to do that. Thank you for this sweet, sweet gift that you sent me. I treasure it and our friendship.
Blessings,
Betsy

Mereknits said...

I don't even know where to start, maybe with a big congrats to all of you with your son's graduation. IT takes a loving family to get those boys though school, I should know! Still it is a huge accomplishment for your very handsome boy. So sorry to hear about your Mom, I am wishing her a very speedy recovery and I hope you do not have to make the trip all the way back here. I want to thank you for thinking of Little B and myself. Apparently he was the talk of his class, not sure they have seen a jersey from Kuwait before. I love my gifts and I feel so honored you would think about us with all of your travels. Please rest my friend, you must be exhausted. Thinking of you Tammy and sending positive thoughts your Moms way.

kathyinozarks said...

Hello Tammy, Sounds like a wonderful trip and congratulations on your son's graduation-how exciting for him!
So sorry about your Mom, that had happened to my Mom a very bad fall and sadly she went right into alzheimers after that. all the best for all of you.
Hugs Kathy

Anonymous said...

Glad you were able to see your son graduate. Congratulations to him!!!

Sending healing wishes to your Mom. May her recovery go quickly and smoothly.

Gracie Saylor said...

Hi Tammy! Congratulations to your son on his graduation! I'm so glad you were able to have good visits with some of your family on your trip...and I hope your mom heals rapidly. My youngest daughter and son-in-law and I are preparing our house for sale and hope to have it on the market by July 1, 2018. I am making some progress in downsizing my possessions [except for art supplies and yarn, although I did part with two skeins of yarn today :-) ] My oldest daughter and her family have already moved out which has been planned for awhile but is still a difficult transition. I have not had a place on my own as an adult so have some personal pioneering ahead! Wishing you peace and joy. xx

Beca said...

Congratulations on your sons college graduation. Hard work pays off and I know you're mighty proud of him. I hope your mom heals soon. It must be hard for you to be away from her but hopefully she will recover quickly. I hope your trip was refreshing and if you are anything like me you're probably happy to be back home.
xx Beca

Createology said...

Congratulations to your son for Graduating. Wonderful photo of you. Healing Energy for your mom and her broken hip. Traveling is not the fun that it used to be. Glad you made it home safely. So good to see you post. <3

Angie said...

Congratulations on your son's graduation! The three of you look so proud in the picture! What will he be doing now? Where is he moving? I expected that you would take a break in blogging due to your long trip, but it's nice to hear from you and to know that you made the round trip journey safely. So sorry to hear about your mom. I hope her recovery goes well (maybe you want to fly back and spend time with her?)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Sounds like your trip was wonderful and congratulations to your Son, you must be very proud.
Sorry to hear about your Mum and wishing her a speedy recovery.
Take care
hugs
Carolyn

Kit said...

I love seeing the pics of Denver. A place I lived for awhile and hold special memories. Sorry about your Mom, I hope she heals up and does well and I am glad you are finally home and can rest up. :) Kit

Wanda said...

What a lovely set of pictures. And a big congratulation to your son. Loved scrolling up and down and enjoying your trip.

Melanie said...

I can understand the blogging break and the reason behind it. I feel that way a lot myself lately! I'm sure it's not exactly "fun" to travel from Kuwait to the US or Canada, but I'm glad that you were able to visit with your in-laws and attend your son's graduation ceremony. Congrats on that! Will your son be staying in CO? So sorry to hear about your mom. Where does she live?

Quinn said...

Gosh, Tammy - what a whirlwind! I hope your Mom recovers quickly from the surgery, and maybe the rehab will somehow provide a bit of relief for her knee issues as well.
Congrats to your son and his proud parents! College graduation - it just doesn't seem like that long since he went to Colorado. But then, time seems to be racing by these days. I'm glad you were able to do so much visiting and travelling - connecting with people and sharing important events is what it's all about, isn't it?
Take care!

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Wow, I can't believe your son already graduated, Tammy. It feels like he started college just last year. Congratulations to him! It's wonderful that you were able to celebrate with him. The trip sounded exhausting but it was sure worth it. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. Hopefully she'll recover soon.

Linda said...

Hi Tammy,

Congratulations on your son's graduation! I'm so glad that you and your husband were able to have that time away, spent with family and celebrating your son's achievement.

I enjoyed seeing your nice photos.

I'm so sorry about your Mom. :( I pray everything goes well though that does indeed sound like a tricky situation. My Dad, at nearly 93, also has many problems with his knees/legs, uses a cane and a walker but is still unstable often. He falls sometimes and thankfully so far, nothing bad has happened but it's always a concern. I hope she has a good recovery and that yes, if need be, you're able to return and spend time with her. ♥

Kind regards,
Linda

Lorrie said...

It sounds like you've had a whirlwind of a time lately. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Toronto and were able to attend your son's graduation. Time does fly. You look very elegant in your outfit - I'm always pleased to see a photo of the author of a blog - we tend to be hesitant in sharing photos of ourselves. I'm sorry about your mom's fall. Aging parents can be worrisome. It sounds like she is getting good care for now. I hope she recovers well.

a rich tapestry said...

I'm sorry to hear about your mother's fall and I hope she's now recovering well. It must have been difficult when you were in the middle of your travels back home. Also I hope all goes well if there's a need to go back to be with her. For now I hope you can take a rest. Long distance travelling must be very tiring. It's good you could be at your son's graduation and spend some time with your husband's family. I'm following the blog posts about your trip with interest.

Maya Kuzman said...

Congrats to your son Tammy! May he have a great and successful future! Also fast recovery to your mother!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Finally finding some time to read blog posts! Yesterday on Memorial Day I finished scanning my final letters, those of my dear Mom. Started out with Pieter's Mom's letters from 1983 on and other loved ones and friends that I had saved by year. I feel so happy for having completed this; what a treasures!!!
Still some more scanning to be done and by June 12 when I'm allowed to move about again, I guess all will be done. So grateful.
Once again congrats to your son's accomplishment and for you for being able to be present!
So sad of your Mom's fall but what can you do when in transit? We never can split ourselves in two... I've had that tugging feeling many times over but it is impossible.
You did what you could and how wonderful that your husband got to spend some quality time with his siblings in the Toronto area.
Making lovely memories is all what counts.
Sending you hugs,
Mariette

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