Aunties, Pink Piggy, Halloween and 5K
All three kids once again got to go spend some time with their Aunt Becky. They adore her, and we appreciate her efforts (quite the adventure getting to Bremerton and back) to help out in this way. Someone forgot to tell the powers that be that a middle of the night low tide is unacceptable when the Warwick kids are visiting. So no beach time this time around, but it sounded like they had a grand time at the corn maze and bouncy house, not to mention out for pizza. Upon arriving home I overheard Mr. Polite, (Elijah) ask her how long she would be staying. I find that hilarious as this is the same kid who asks me the same thing on my work days, the difference being he wanted Aunt Becky to stay (play) while I think what he is really asking me is "how long do we have to follow your rules?" Regardless I have always loved being an Auntie!
A few weeks ago a stuffed animal joined the menagerie that is Miss Miriam's 2 year old world. She has many and can usually be heard at any given time talking and singing to them. She has quite the imagination and I think she will probably be one of those kids with an imaginary friend when she gets a little older. She has attached herself to Pink Piggy like no other! She always needs to know where it is, and it is the only animal out of the crib with her each and every morning. And good luck if it has been misplaced at naptime or bedtime, we spend a lot of time hunting for Pink Piggy and if our efforts fall short...real tears! Thank you Gramma Becky for Pink Piggy! (might wanna snag another in case this one really does become lost)
The entire Warwick family went out trick or treating on Halloween and had a really good time. Titus, some sort of snake/lizard. Elijah, a monster. And Miss Miriam, Minnie Mouse. Tommy, Krystal, Gramma Bev, and I went as ourselves. This was the 1st year that Elijah was brave enough to march up to the door (hooray) but not so much Miss Miriam. She would follow her brothers only so far and stop(she needed her hand held) 10 feet from the door at the 1st few houses, (we then carried her up to the next few) and she went home with Gramma shortly thereafter. Titus and Tommy would have stayed out a whole lot longer but Mommy was tired after about an hour so back to Gramma's for the rest of us as well.
This past Saturday was the much anticipated 5K in honor of Krystal, planned for weeks by her friend Nadya. Mother Nature tried to put a damper on the event, with wind gusts exceeding 30 mph, trees down, branches flying, and power out for some but we persevered. What a wonderful expression of love and support, from near and far, from family and friends. It was a much needed spirit lifter for many, a lot of laughter, some tears, and encouraging words from strangers. I met a nice lady who read the article in the Bothell Reporter, who was herself a 30 year brain tumor survivor. She wanted to come and meet Krystal just to let her know that although her story will end differently than hers, she was praying for her and the family. This was incredible to me, that a total stranger, with no ties whatsoever to any of us would come out on such a wickedly wild weather day to share this with us. She could have stayed within the comfort and safety of her home and yet chose to reach out to one in need. I did not think to ask her name but this woman's act of kindness will not soon be forgotten. The U of W Police department was well represented, as was Mar's Hill church. We were able to say hello to friends from Bothell High School, WSU, childhood friends, former neighbors, former bosses, former co-workers, even former husbands. There was an army of volunteers who cannot be thanked enough, and please know we appreciate each and every one of you who braved the elements to support us on what was a most amazing day. It truly was a blessing!
Our previously scheduled hospice care conference has been postponed for another week or so. Tommy and Krystal have chosen to have one last MRI that has been arranged for this Thursday, so the care conference will happen sometime after that appointment.
Our gratitude is immeasurable, as we feel the love and support shown to us from friends, family, and strangers.
Thank you so much~