Holding Space

With Shelly Vaughn


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So much food… so much love

We have had many local friends show love to us by providing meals and gift cards. (Someday I will eventually get caught up on “thank you” cards for all of you.) The time and money that we saved is immeasurable. There were many days that I felt too sick or tired to even think of food for the family. And there were other days that I felt pretty good, but because meals were coming I could spend time enjoying other things (like time relaxing or going somewhere as a family) instead of worrying about what to make for dinner that night. We will forever be grateful for everyone’s help with this. Our dear friend Jeanine Muller organized the “Meal Train” and kept it going for us when we needed it. This Tuesday’s meal from Jen Wedo included a beautiful bouquet of roses to mark the end of treatment. And tonight’s meal (the last on the schedule probably until reconstruction in the summer) was brought by Katie Ruhl and was surprisingly celebratory! Thank you to Katie for recognizing that this was worth celebrating- with sparkling grape juice to toast with the girls, a full spread of snacks and dinner, and delicious food to eat together as a family. We feel very blessed to have been shown love and fed by everyone so well over the last 10 months- our bellys and hearts are full. 

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Lake Tahoe

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We have seen love from so many people in so many ways over these last few months and this week was no exception. Rob and I were blessed to be able to go to Lake Tahoe for a few days- just the two of us. The timing worked out so we could squeeze it in before my surgery. We had such a fun, peaceful time together. Tahoe is SO beautiful! I’ve been wanting to go there for years and I can’t believe it really happened! We went kayaking, hiking, on a dinner cruise, up a huge gondola, and to the beach. Rob got some beautiful pictures, of course. I’m so thankful that I felt well enough (most of the time) to do what we wanted to do. And forever grateful to Kim Geibig Amigh for opening her home to us during this time in our lives.
(This picture is from the gorgeous sunset we saw during our dinner cruise!! )