The Russell Ranch

Mark 'n Di

Mark 'n Di

Monday, October 15, 2012

Today is the first day of the.....

Oh my! It hasn't only been days or months ~ it's been years since I've blogged. So very much has happened to the Russells at Richmond Place, who are no longer at Richmond Place (for instance), that I cannot give you details. Suffice it to say we have been down a path of sorrow, anger, disappointment, frustration, and left us with lots of questions. Today, we are gone from our beautiful apartment, our daughter got a rare form of cancer, have a 14-month-old grandson in Heaven, Moffitt Cancer Center has eliminated Mark's position, and unemployment has run out. On the bright side, our daughter's cancer has been cured ~ thanks to God and some very fine physicians and care staff (who give God all the credit). And we were able to purchase a really nice 5th wheel RV. And we have spent quite a bit more time than usual with our children. We lived in the really nice RV for a year ~ until I could stand it no longer! I never thought I was claustrophobic ~ but I am! Yes-sir-ree! I had to have my card-making supplies handy, as my hobby helped me keep my sanity (that thought is up for opinions), and slowly, the RV turned into one big craft room. Hubby says "slowly" nothing! ha! While we were living in our totally paid for RV, I socked away the money we would have spent on rent and now we are renting a double-wide mobile home in the park where my mama lives. So living in my mama's back yard is another plus. And now we are facing another family dilemma. My sister-in-law Rachel, is not doing well at all ~ in fact, she will not live much longer. They are in Anchorage, Alaska, and our hearts are all breaking. The first sibling to have to face this. *many tears* Grant is off to college in California (way too far from home, trust me!). Katie is working this semester, and plans to go to Florida to college in January. Nice time to go to Florida. Winter is the ONLY nice thing about Florida...just sayin'... Well, my eyes are crossing, so I guess I better wind this up. I will try to do better, but I know I've said it many times and I have no credibility left... So until next time... Diana


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