This could likely go down as one of the hardest weeks I have had in a long time. It is hard to see your parents hurting. I am so grateful to the many families who jumped in back at home to take care of my kids everyday and even gave me a ticket so that I could be here with my family.
On Monday I dropped off my kids at my friends' homes and then drove to the airport and called Jeff and said I had to leave and told him where to get the kids on his way home from work.
I have lived in many states: New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, South and North Dakota, Minnesota, Louisiana, Tennessee and Maryland. I tend to pride myself that I make the most of any place I live and love it. But if you ask me about the 18 years I lived in New Mexico, I don't have the best to say about the state.
Being back in New Mexico this week has been hard but the silver lining has been rediscovering this state and falling in love with it for maybe the first time.
I have eaten Chile Rellenos every night for dinner. Pure heaven. I have been taking time to run on UNM's campus each day and discover all the beautiful vegetation that I never noticed before. Even the cactus look pretty to me. But tonight after driving back to the hospital I said to my dad, "You can see the sky here!" I had not noticed I have not lived somewhere where you can see the sky for many years, so much vegetation and green. I don't see the sky in D.C. like you do in New Mexico. It almost reminds me of North Dakota you can see as far as your eyes will take you... or my favorite joke - You can watch your dog run away for three days.
It is beautiful!
thank you to everyone for you thoughts and prayers.
and Kristy... that is where my parents live! I will be there in June! Can you believe the luck of the chance of me meeting you - my Peru friend!