Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Very Sad News and Very Happy News

Happy New Year Everyone!  May 2012 be more amazing than we can even dream!

Vicki, the kids and I had a fun New Year's Eve. Kaylen and I played Barbies while Vicki and Kelton built a Star Wars model he'd gotten for Christmas.  We all played some Lego games collected over the past year. We baked cookies, watched TV, and finally rang in the New Year with horns, poppers, screams and party hats.  The kids were begging to be allowed to stay up until 5:00.....they had both crashed by 1:15. :) 

The next morning was not as much fun - at all.  I got the text from Casey that something was very wrong with Jordan, our 14-year-old dalmatian.  His front legs were no longer supporting him, he was falling, and was in pain. He'd had ongoing problems with his back legs, and had always relied on serious "upper body" strength to pull himself up onto beds, the couch, and the floor. He's had other health problems, but never seemed to be in much, if any, pain, so this was the sign we'd been waiting for in his very long, and good life.  It was sad to see him go, but we could not let him suffer. He left this world on January 1st, 2012.  He was so loved and is already missed by us all.  The kids made posters to help express their grief and preserve his memory.  This would be a great place to post them.....but I didn't take a picture of them. I guess I should.

Now, in a 180 degree turn, we have great news: 
Vicki sold her house in Virginia - and it closes next Friday!  We've been waiting since Friday to see what the house inspection would turn up, and just an hour or so ago we got the good news....enough was found to drop the price a bit more, but not enough to end the deal for anyone! This is a huge relief for both of us....one more step forward into our life together, as she ends what were still huge obligations in Virginia. 

So, reminds me of the "Facts of Life" theme song...."You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life, the facts of life...."

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

Lynilu said...

I'm sorry to hear about Jordan. It is so hard to lose an old, special friend. But it is good that you had the kindness to let him avoid suffering. :'(

Otherwise, I'm happy to hear that Vicki's house sold! wonderful news and another chapter of your lives opens! Woo hooo!