These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Friday, March 14, 2008

I Missed "My" Internet!!

Rather than replying to each of your comments on the previous post, especially since we are way past that now, I'm going to proceed with a new post and catch you up to date.

I left Wednesday morning and drove straight through to Wichita. It was about eleven hours, something I usually don't do, but I was doing very well and just decided to keep going. The trip was largely uneventful. Even the "eventful" parts were pretty blah, a bit of road construction and a semi turned over on the highway. Yawnnn.

Once I arrived in Wichita, there was no Internet available. Scott & Connie just moved ... well, make that, "are moving" ... to a new home, and the phone (and DSL) and dish people were coming on Thursday to hook everything up. There were some rather bad mix ups, however, and without a lot of detail, it didn't get done. So no phone, no Internet, no posting to my blog or checking email.

Thursday evening, Kylee had a choir concert, which was just as cute as can be. I was impressed that 6th graders sang three songs, and actually sounded like a choir, harmony and all! Of course, they were followed by the 7th/8th grade choir, then the high school choir who were very good. It was nice all the way around. I was also impressed by the choir teacher who politely and gently, but firmly chastised some teens who shrieked when a friend came out on the stage as part of the 7/8 grade choir. The teacher walked to the edge of the stage, looked down at the shriekers in the first row right next to us, and said that that kind of demonstration and behavior was unpleasant to others around them and wouldn't be tolerated. If it occurred again, they would be asked to leave. Thank you for an administration and teaching staff that expects young people to be aware of others around them and is not afraid to hold the youngsters to a standard!!

I took some pictures and a couple short videos of Kylee and her choir performing. Geez, they were cute! Then when we got home from the concert I got out my computer to load the pictures so we could all see them. When it powered up, I was surprised to fine a home network that was unprotected, one of the neighbors, so I had the Internet!! The signal was very, very weak, however, and it took forever for anything to load. I thought I might go to a Starbucks or some such place today to post. I didn't, however, because the day was insanely busy. Fortunately tonight the signal is good enough to keep me connected, so here I am!

The citizenship ceremony today was pretty cool. There were over 200 immigrants from 39 countries there. I spent a lot of time while we stood in line waiting to get in talking with a beautiful young woman named Stephanie who was there with her friend/boyfriend from Iceland. She is just 26 years old, has two small children from a previous marriage, and I thought she was married to the man. She said no, they were getting very serious a few months ago when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and marriage became the least of her concerns. The cancer has spread to her liver, a kidney and probably some other areas. She receives radiation every day for two hours. Next month she is undergoing surgery in which they will remove the bad kidney, 3/4 of her liver, remove her intestines and examine them carefully for any signs of cancer, then tuck everything back in and keep her in an induced coma for a couple days to allow the pain to subside before bringing her out of it. Through all of this, Stephanie continued to smile, not a forced smile, but one of positive belief that she is going to lick this monster.

She is not delusional. She knows her odds aren't great. But as Stephanie explained to me, she refuses to let "it" win. She said she has lots of days that are pretty awful, but she says she wants to enjoy as many days as she has left. She tries to be as normal as possible for her children, but loves the support of her parents (she called them "her heroes"), her friends, and especially the man in her life. You know what? I'm betting that she will win. Don't ask me why, but I think this woman has something special about her that will carry her a long, long way. I told her I would keep her present in my prayers. Now I'm asking all of you to do that, as well. Please?

The ceremony was neat to observe. There were people from Mexico, Canada, several Central American countries, from South America, several African countries, Germany, Australia, Russia, the Middle East, and all over Asia. It was amazing to watch the variety of faces and listen to them as each stated the country from which s/he comes. And the beaming of their faces when they received their certificates at the end, walking across the stage almost like a graduation exercise, most of them holding the certificate and staring as if they held a treasure was great to watch. Connie was the only one who stopped in the middle of the stage, waved her certificate, then held it to her chest for us to see and photograph!

Impressively, there were about a dozen people who took their oath today who were in uniform. Yes, they are already serving in our military forces, even before they became citizens! How cool is that?

This process ... standing in line, going through security, the ceremony ... took over three hours. When we were done, we went out to lunch with a number of Connie's friends, then came home to prepare for a party that was tonight. More good food, lots of wine or beer, then later in the evening, of course, the tequila came out! The music, over 5 hours, got louder, the dancing was going strong, and the party was a huge success. Many of the guests were people who work with Connie at the University, most of them in the Spanish Language Department (professors, GTAs, former students, etc.) or some who work with Scott. A bunch of really great people, all of whom love Connie and Scott, and that makes the perfectly OK in my book. Connie and several others are graduating in May with Masters degrees, and it was a wonderful time for all of them to let their hair down for a while tonight. If you've been to college, especially grad school, you know what that last semester is like!

Tomorrow morning I'm leaving fairly early to drive to Kansas City, about three hours farther. I'm going to stay with Caroline one or two nights. We haven't decided for sure, but we'll play it by ear, depending on how the animals get along and some other factors. I left a few items with another friend. I'm picking those up on Sunday afternoon while he is off work. If I feel they will be alright in the bed of the pickup overnight, I'll probably stay till Caroline goes to work on Monday morning to leave. But you know how parking lots in apartment complexes can be. Isn't it sad that I must even consider that?

So there you have it. I'm back, at least off and on for a while. Caroline has internet, of course, and I'll be back here in a few days, so I should be able to post more often. Thanks for the nice wishes and kind words to my last post. I did read them, and I appreciate all of you! Everyone take care!

Life is beautiful!!!


  1. I'm so pleased to hear that the ceremony was everything it could have been and that Connie is now a citizen.

    I'm also glad you were able to hear Kylee's choir -- when you talked about the shrieking for the older students -- UGH! It happens all the time at the high school here -- the teachers are constantly telling them to stop -- it's more than annoying. And why they do it? I have no idea. It isn't all students who do this -- just a few. As if they think it's "acceptable" behaviour.

    Enjoy your visit with Caroline!

  2. I forgot to mention how moved I was by your story regarding Stephanie. I love her outlook and her faith -- her courage and her belief. This is so important and you know of course that she is in my prayers. I don't expect your spammer (the first commenter!) to do much but the rest of us certainly will!

  3. Hey, Jen, yes, it was a nice ceremony, and the concert was fun after that one outburst. And yeah, I don't understand why kids do that, and it is very irritating. I likes that the teacher approached it with calm and grace, not in a way that would be outwardly embarrassing. It was obvious that it was an understood rule, not a new thing, and I appreciate that, too.

    I'm at Caroline's now, and we're going to make a run to Target. Yay!!

    Thank you about Stephanie. I knew you would certainly understand and support her. :')

  4. Wow- it sounds as if you're busy living life to the fullest- on the road, no less!

    Thanks for the update on your adventures.


  5. Lynilu,
    Prayers for Stephanie that she may win and be cancer free.

  6. Betty, I am! And I'm glad you're along for the ride! :D

    Annie, you're back! Thank you for the prayers. :)

  7. So glad to know the citizenship ceremony was everything it could have been. I am glad you were able to be a part of a very important time in Connie's life. Glad you were able to see Kylee's concert too.

    Very touching story about Stephanie. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Nice to hear the comments about the choir and the citizenship proud you must have been to be a part of the festivities. The story about Stephanie was so brought tears to my eyes and chills down my spine....having been there, done that but without the other organs being affected. I consider myself extremely lucky and will keep your friend in my prayers. I'm sure you will have a great time with Caroline along with the menagerie LOL. I left Caroline a message last week regarding her RX's but she didnt answer me one way or the other so I assume she isnt interested. No biggie, was just a thought. Have fun and drive carefully. WTG Target instead of Walmart !!!


  9. Daisy, yes, it was a good ceremony! I'm really glad I was able to come for it, and Kylee's concert was just a great bonus.

    Thank you for the Stephanie prayers. I know she appreciates it.

    Ruth, thanks to you also on the congrats and the prayers for Stephanie. I'm happy that several of my readers are women who understand Stephanie's plight first hand. I wish I had thought to get her email and let her know how many are on her side in this.

    BTW, Caroline did get your message and said earlier this evening that she needs to write you back and thank you. :)

  10. How wonderful you were there for an important process in your DIL's life and my heart and prayers go out to "Stephanie" as well.


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