So, bad stuff first. My wonderful father passed away in April of this year. He fought that cancer for years before it finally got the better of him. And although I miss him like crazy and think about him every day, part of me is glad that the battle is over. Those last few months were so hard - anyone who has watched a loved one in pain knows what I mean. You would gladly cut an arm off if it meant they wouldn't suffer.
Everyone has been strong and supportive and my brothers and sister and I are focusing on making sure my mom is okay. She's a pretty tough cookie, but I worry about her being by herself too much. Everyone is so busy and it's hard to remember sometimes in the day to day rush.
But lest you think this is going to be a completely maudlin entry, I actually do have a couple of good things to report. First, my brother and his wife had their second baby last week, a sweet little girl they named Isabella. So tiny and adorable. Cannot wait to dress her in a million cute outfits, LOL.
The second piece of big news is that I am going to India for work. !!! I will be in Pune for 10 weeks starting in mid August and ending at the end of October. The coolest part is that I was able to tack my vacation on after that trip so I will take 10 days to visit Nepal and Bhutan, which are two of my bucket list countries. !!! The best part is that my company is paying for all the airline flights, so I am saving quite a bit there. The only bad part is that I will be doing this all solo. JP is not really up to it, physically, and we are not up to bringing him over, financially. So. Boo. But...India! Nepal! Bhutan! I am really excited and so glad I got to tell my dad about the trip before he passed. He was really excited for me.
Anyway, I guess that is enough for now. No idea if I will try to keep this up or not. We only have one computer in the house now and it's impossible to type on my iPad and the crummy excuse for a keyboard that you can attach to it.
But I'll try to check in semi-regularly...I hope y'all are doing well. Sending good vibes and happy thoughts out into the ether...