Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A Tragedy

Evelyn M. had a massive cerebral hemorrhage last night. During the doctors' examination they discovered that she also has a tumor in her brain. My understanding (which could be wrong) is that this tumor is in an inoperable location in her hypothalamus. She has been having increasing memory troubles and motor skills troubles over the past 2 years. The doctors believe she is going to die soon. I went to Grand Forks to be with her and her family. She is a great-grandmother. All of her children were there and some other close friends and family. I spent a few hours with them in devotion and just listening to family stories. Please keep them all in your prayers.

Matt kept me company on the visit. He couldn't go into the ICU, but he was good company on the drive. When we got home all the kids were in their swimsuits running through the sprinkler and building forts.

Clara, Sophie, and John had a rather nice little construction out by our campfire pit.

For supper we had venison chops and steaks. In case you weren't forewarned, this is not a vegan or vegetarian family. And, oooooh we love grilling meat and veggies. Even my citygirl wife liked the venison chops the way I'd prepare them.

And here is Stella. She kept coming back to me with more flowers from the mock-almond bush pictured in the first photo above. She wanted me to take her picture with the flowers. So, here she is with one blossom behind her ear.

I wonder what kind of attention she'll want when she's all grown up. Uffda, a father should worry. But I hope.