Monday, March 12, 2012

california girls.

A few days before I left for my parents' house, my mom called with the news that my grandma had stage one breast cancer. My mom and her sisters planned to travel to the Bay Area to be with grandma and to take care of her after her lumpectomy and I knew that I wanted to go, too.

I spent a good deal of my childhood in the Bay Area, visiting aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. I haven't been able to go much during the last few years, and it was so good to be back at my aunt's house, visiting with everyone, and to bring the girls with me. Two of my cousins took time off work to come over and meet the girls for the first time, and they played together all weekend. It was so sweet!


Grandma did remarkably well during and after the surgery. They caught the cancer early, and believe that a lumpectomy and possibly radiation will be enough. We pray that it is. She's a strong, independent woman and I know it was hard for her to sit and rest. She brought over her old family album with pictures of her mother, the last twin in the family and Ruthie's namesake, and my uncle scanned pictures for me.

 The twins!
 
 My grandma, back in the day. Such a looker!

We sat out on a blanket under the lemon tree, grandma in a chair, catching up with each other's news and enjoying the sunshine. Ruthie and Afton had the best time of their little lives.


The girls surprised me with how well they did at naps and bedtime. I am encouraged, because I think it means they are able to handle more - more time between naps, more time between feedings - and the thought has me excited for spring and summer adventures!

If it crosses your mind, please say a prayer for my grandma.

11 comments:

  1. I will be praying for your Grandma for sure! So glad you all got to go down and see her!

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  2. Those really are the cutest little twinsies I've seen (besides my own of course!). I'll be praying for your Grandma too.

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  3. Hi there! I also have twin girls and mine are almost 20 months now. They are more and more fun every month! Love reading others twin mom blogs.

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    1. Hi Ruth! I love meeting other twin mamas, too, and so glad you stopped by. Your girls are absolutely adorable!

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  4. Hi new reader! I found your blog through she always loved larking. I will be thinking and praying for your Grandma! Your twins girls are so adorable and I think pretty close in age to my daughter Chloe who's just turned 9 months old!

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    1. Hi Jennifer, thank you for stopping by! It looks like we're PNW neighbors :) Your Chloe is adorable, I love her smile!

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  5. Found your blog through the guest post. Your girls are so adorable!!! We'll be praying for your Grandma's recovery.

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    1. Thank you, Rae! Your daughter is so cute! I can't wait until my girls are that age, it looks like a lot of fun.

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  6. glad your grandma did well with the surgery AND that you could have some important time with family. what an awesome photo of the girls great-great-grandma and her twin! (did i get that right? great-great?) :)

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