The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen28 Comments

The summer vacation from school comes to a screeching halt for our family starting next Thursday (yep 4 days from now) and although there have been good moments, truthfully I am not going to be sorry to see this summer go. It has been tough. I have felt at times like there wasn’t any more stretching that my already exhausted self could do.

So today I am going to share all that has been going on around here. The highs, the lows and the in between.

 Growing Up

In May my oldest daughter Samantha graduated with honors from middle school. We are now looking the world of High School straight in the eye. Her father having been a teenage boy once with eyes on cute girls like his daughter is, feels fairly certain that these next few years might be payback for those teenage years.

I am sure there will be much to write about that little endeavor in the coming days….

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

In other growing up news, my newly minted 12 year old son Caleb has now moved onto the bold new world of middle school and 7th grade! How the heck did that all happen so fast? Wasn’t this just yesterday?

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

Here he is heading off this summer on his first EVER week-long Scouting expedition. It rained every day and he had to share his cabin with a really BIG wolf spider, but he seems to have come back no worse for the wear.

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

 We Are The Champions

Well not me really, but my 8 year old daughter Rebekah and her softball team won her division championship.

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

 It was all pretty exciting!

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

The Summer of The Cankle

Samantha went on a week long pioneer trek with our church youth group. I have received various reports back that this kid of mine is made of steel and that she was pretty much an iron lady during this week long experience. She pushed and pulled a handcart, helped others without a second thought and did it all with a very badly sprained ankle injury that she got somewhere along the trail. Now 2 months later it is no longer a cankle (although it was just that for a long time), but it is still not completely healed.  Since she is made of steel, she does NOT let that stop her in the least. So maybe we have nothing to worry about our upcoming foray into High School?

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

The Summer Of Hospital Pictures

In early June my mother suffered a fairly significant stroke and as I look back at a lot of our major milestone pictures from this summer they have all happened in the hospital.

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

The hospital staff was amazing and with intensive therapy during her stay she made some tremendous progress. Every day is still a constant concern and we can’t be sure what tomorrow will bring, but we are happy to still have her with us.

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

 There Has Been Ice Cream

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

There Has Been Rain

Summer in the Southern Arizona desert means monsoon season. Some of the rain storms can be so intense that they can cause some significant damage. This picture was taken after our trampoline was blown up onto our neighbor’s roof. The roof is OK. The trampoline, not so much. Oh well, Christmas is just around the corner and maybe Santa will bring us a new one!

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

Saying Goodbye

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.

Last Thursday we had to say goodbye to our sweet Zoe Lou. This has not been easy and as I watched each family member give their tearful goodbyes, I just didn’t know what we would do without her. She was the first into our home sixteen years ago and has watched over and cared for every baby that came after her arrival. She was fearless in protecting her family and keeping us safe. It was heartwarming watching her nightly check ins to ensure that every one was where they should be. I still turn around expecting her to be right behind me, but she isn’t there and that void is something I think will be felt for quite  a while.

Rest now sweet girl. Free from pain. We will love you forever.

This Smile

Even on some of the toughest days that this summer has had to throw at us, I have been blessed to have this smile directed my way. And it has made all the difference.

The Summer Of Cankles, Hospital Pictures and Saying Goodbye.



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  1. So much in one summer and not sure where to begin. So sorry about your beloved dog and sending extra hugs and love to you all. Still can’t believe summer vacation is over for you all though as we are only about half way in and still have more than a month left here still to be honest. Wishing your family a wonderful school year ahead now though, too ;)
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  2. So much to say. I think I have to start with HOLY COW I never realized how much your oldest looks just like you. Then I saw that picture and my jaw dropped. Prayers for your mama and for the kiddos I bet saying goodbye to the doggy was a hard day fore everyone. Love that even through the hard stuff you have found joy too.
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  3. I’m stuck on your baby dog. I so know this pain. In October it will be a year and the loss is still so raw. They embed themselves so deeply in our hearts. It’s a good thing, but ever so painful when they have to leave us.

    Have a blessed day my friend. You’ve a wonderful family. ♥♥♥
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  4. Oh poor sweet Zoe. Losing a pet is terrible. And I know you have been going through so much with your mom, but I’m happy you still find lots of joy in between this summer. Can’t believe it’s almost over for you!
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    1. Thanks Kristen. It has been quite the summer indeed. Hope you and your sweet girls are enjoying your summer. I am just jealous Alaska was not in our travel plans this summer, especially when we hit 115 plus degrees!
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  5. Lovely post! I’m glad to hear your mom is doing better. I’m so sorry about your dog though. I have one of my own who is getting up there in age and I don’t want to imagine the day she’s no longer following me around the house. She’s like our baby.

    It sounds like you’ve all had fun some adventures over the summer though! I hope middle school and high school go well for your two oldest!

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    1. Oh I am sorry. Hug your sweet puppy for me. Still a week later it is hard to believe our Zoe is gone. We all still bring her name up and look for her forgetting that she won’t be there. I think we will be a while doing that.
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  6. So sorry about Zoe. I said goodbye to my 18yo cat last October and it was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do as an adult.

    Thanks for sharing all your summer highs and lows. Wishing your mom a speedy recovery just like your daughter’s cankle!
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  7. Thank you for sharing. So much!! But especially the part about your mom. I was sorry to hear about it and I had wondered how her progress was going. Each year brings new joys and sorrows. But this summer looked like a big one for you and your sweet family. Hope things pick up from here!
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    1. I have not been very good on updating people this summer and I really should have. There was just too much sometimes. I am actually looking forward to the coming school year as a lot of the things we have been waiting on are done and some other things are definitely looking up. I think it is going to get better from here.

      Thanks for being such a good friend. My kids say all of my online friends are imaginary, but you are all very important to me!
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  8. It’s so weird because we’re not even halfway through summer. Friday is our halfway point. The kids go back September 6th. You must have been out for weeks wondering why we were all in school until mid June!
    Man, your family is so beautiful!
    I am so, so sorry about your mom – wishing her the best for recovery.
    I’m so so, sorry about Zoe Lou. I know that love. It varies, but it’s powerful. She’s your oldest baby – and has looked after each one after her. I imagine (and know) she had a long (for a dog) and REALLY happy life with you all. Remember that. She must have been so happy.
    Now I’m crying..
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    1. Thanks my sweet friend. Me too, I am still crying a week out. She did indeed have a happy life and over the last week we have laughed and reminisced about all of the adventures she/we had together. Bears, snow igloos, running with the wind on her back through the forest, stealing licorice and more.

      Enjoy and share (that is the very important), the rest of your summer so that I can live vicariously through you!
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  9. I’m so sorry to hear about your summer. I’m glad, for you, it’s come to an end. I will send positive thoughts into the universe so that it all gets better or at least a little happier. Good luck with school starting. I can’t believe it’s that time of year again.
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  10. I’m so sorry to hear about your pup. Along with all the other stresses with your mother and every day life, that must have been heartbreaking. Here’s hoping that the last few days of summer have been full of happy memories.
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  11. Your summer sounds kinda like mine. We still have another month til school starts again, but life in general doesn’t seem to be settling down. I hope your kiddos have a great school year and that your mom continues to make good progress.

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