Sorry I have been neglecting you guys on here!! The past few weeks have been soooo busy! As you all know, we are moving to California…IN 2 DAYS!!!!!!!!! I cannot believe it is almost time already! We have everything packed up and ready to put on the truck. We will be leaving Friday morning and heading West. We cannot get into our new apartment until Monday so we are not in a rush to get there. This way we can take our time and enjoy the views! I am anxious but also so very excited to see something new. I can’t wait to get the pups to the beach!! I will be posting lots of pics once we arrive and let you know all about the adventure!
When I was young, Nanna, Amber and myself would go on vacation every summer with our cousins John and Susie. Since my birthday is in the summertime, July 31, I usually got to pick where we went to. I almost always chose amusement parks even though I was too small to ride the fun rides. One year, I wanted to go to the beach. So we planned our first trip to Dayton Beach, Florida. I was probably about 5 years old at the time.
I was so excited about going to the ocean. I have always loved to be in the water. I would go swimming everyday now if I had a pool! On the car ride to Florida, John stated telling me how there are sharks in the ocean and how they will come to shore and bite little girls. I was terrified then! I made up my mind that I was not going to go near the water if I was going to be bitten by a shark. Nanna tried to tell me that he was only playing but I was scared now.
When we arrived, I would only get in the swimming pool at the hotel and refused to go to the beach. Finally, Nanna convinced me that it was ok because Amber got into the water and she didn’t get bit. That made me feel a little better about it. I got in the ocean, but not far in. I still wasn’t too sure I wouldn’t get bit by a shark! After a little while of playing, the problem now was getting me Out of the ocean! I loved it and I still do.
I am so excited for our move to California since the beach will be right there for me anytime I want it 🙂
Is it Friday yet????? This week has lasted way too long! We have been so busy getting things ready for the move to California. We have been getting a lot of things packed up so our office is now full of boxes. Jeremy and I decided to sell most of our furniture that we have now and buy all new stuff when we arrive out West. That will be much easier on us moving everything into our new place since it will be just him and I. We are ready to get these next few weeks over and start this adventure!!
Jeremy’s dad is coming in town tomorrow and staying with us for the weekend. We guess he knew he better come and see Jeremy before we get gone as it will be a long time before we get to make it back to Tennessee again, probably a few years. We hope we get some guests out West after we move! His father will fly out there but we don’t know about anyone else. I hope my Aunt Linda will come visit! Her husband is originally from San Diego and I think he is on board to come out!!
I will be busy all evening getting the house in order for our company. Jeremy has tomorrow off of work, lucky dog!! We both are off Monday and Tuesday so that is good. Except for I have to go to the doctor Tuesday. It is time again for my 3 month test to make sure the cancer is still gone. Pray for me!!
While I was sick, I decided once I got through the cancer, it was time for a change. Jeremy has tried for many years to get me to move again. I have never really wanted to. I love Atlanta so much I just couldn’t imagine living any place else. Going through something like cancer makes you look at life completely differently than you did before. I now realize that life it too short and I need to take me chances and try new things. At the end of August, right after I had come back from Chicago, Jeremy and I were in a car accident. It was awful! That was it for me, I was ready for something different and as we were going down the road, I told Jeremy we can move now. He had wanted to move to either Florida, Texas or California. I said I wanted to go ahead and give California a try. So the current plan it to move out west in June. I am so excited for it! I think it is really going to be great there. And it is Jeremy’s kind of place so I know he will love it. I can’t wait to see Remy and Bubba’s reaction to the beach!
I cannot have children due to the radiation I received during treatment. I never really gave having kids much thought up until I was told it couldn’t happen. The doctors gave me the option to freeze my eggs before I began treatment so that I could do in vitro later on to try to get preagnet. I didn’t want to do that because it is way too expensive and not a guarantee. Another option I had was to save me eggs for a surrogate to carry for me. Another person carrying my child is just not something I would do either. Jeremy and I have discussed adoption but we aren’t quite sure yet if it is something we will look further into in the future or not. Jeremy said it is my choice if we do it or not. He is fine with whatever I decide on that. I really don’t know at this point in my life. That is something I will have to think about and make that choice later on down the road.
Life had endless possibilities and who knows what the future holds. I have been through things I never imagined I would deal with so I know there is no telling what’s coming up next.
I just finished this book over the weekend, A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. It is a true story of this remarkable woman’s life and all of the obstacles she overcame. Cupcake was born and raised in Southern California. When she was just 11 years old, she found her mother dead in their home. At that time, she and her brother found out the man they had always known to be their father, in fact was not. Their biological father then decided he wanted to show up and be in their lives because he realized there was money to be gotten from the death of the kids mother, and Cupcake and her brother were taken from the only father they knew. Their mom had an insurance policy that he wanted to get his hands on. Although he wanted the money, he wanted nothing to do with the children. He made a deal with a lady worked as a foster parent for the kids to live with her and they would split the check she received each month for taking them in. Not long after, the foster mother began to beat Cupcake and the lady’s son began to rape her. She ended up running away several times. She wound up in another foster home in which the father of the house would force her to have sex with him. She again ran away to the streets. She found what she thought to be love from a gang that she joined. Her life of crime really began then. Robbing, drugging, drinking, stealing, prostituting, you name it, she took part in it.
She got out of the gang life and moved to San Diego. She continued to drink and do drugs but firmly believed she did not have a problem because she was able to keep a job the whole time. Barely, though. She was always drunk or high at work. Cupcake was lucky to have a boss that cared enough about her to not fire her and kept giving her chance after chance.
Finally, she woke up and realized this was not the right kind of life. She went to rehab and joined AA & NA meetings and got off of drugs and alcohol. She also removed herself from her friends that did drugs still to not be tempted. Cupcake got herself into a community college and ended up in law school and became a lawyer.
It’s a wonderful, yet shocking, story of overcoming whatever is put in your way and coming out on top. It’s a great read!