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Saturday, January 16, 2010

pops


early this morning, as we were sleeping, the phone rang.
it's a sound we've heard all our lives, but over the past month or so it's tone has changed. the feelings of joy and eager anticipation it once stirred have been replaced with anxiety and worry, especially when the ring comes at a time when most people are safely, soundly, asleep in their beds.
early this morning, as we were sleeping, the phone rang.
for all the years i've known him, pops has gotten up at 0-dark-thirty every morning, drank a cup of some black tar-like substance that he calls coffee, and ridden his bike around miramar lake a few times. from day one of april's tryouts to rain's last game of winterball, he has been out on the field at every practice and every softball game that april and rain have. pops has always been very active and generally healthy.
early this morning, as we were sleeping, the phone rang.
just as we feared, the news was not good. it was kim's mom telling us dad was having trouble breathing and they were taking him to the hospital, again.
in the past 60 days he has taken more "bus" rides than anyone should in their entire lifetime.
i am scared for him. we all are. his body has already gone through trials that have taken the life right out of others.
when he was young, hollywood made smoking look cool. movie stars, celebrities, and all the "in" people were doing it. wanting to be one of the cool kids, he started smoking, at age 15. for decades he smoked the strongest cigarette available, camel brand unfiltered. when she was a little girl, kim would sneak into his room and throw packs of his cigarettes away. he would just buy more. incredibly, his 3 pack a day habit ended the day april was born. he just quit, cold turkey, and never touched another cigarette. good thing kim was so young when she had april :)
he is one of the 1-2 people out of every 100,000 that have contracted guillain–barrĂ© syndrome. it knocked him down, but not out.
he has previously survived 2 heart attacks, and now lives with an implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD).
all of this, and he was still leading a pretty normal life. resiliency is his middle name.
life has changed drastically for pops in the past 60 days.
as 2009 wound down so did his health. in all the years i had known him i never once saw him in pain. he is one tough hombre. his threshold for pain exceeds that of anyone else i know, which is why i began to worry when i noticed him staying at home almost every day and having difficulty walking. i'm not sure if it was our pleas, the memory of his mom whose own stubbornness prevented her from doing it and ultimately was the reason she had a fatal fall, or maybe it was simply the immense pain he was in, but he put his pride up on the shelf and began using a walker to help him get around. there's no shame in accepting help, only in sinful pride.
that was november.
in mid december he received a diagnosis that would test the strongest of spirits, stage 4 prostate cancer.
those words came off the doctor's tongue like a garrote.
pops said very little.
we visited him at his home later. tiny orange plastic bottles filled with life-sustaining chemical coctail littered his nightstand. they were a vibrant vision into a baneful future many of us will share.
2009 could not end fast enough, but as we waited for the ball to drop on new year's eve our phone rang. on the other end of the line was kim's mom. her frantic scattered thoughts barely permitted her to speak. a broken sentence advised us that dad was having another heart attack.
his third.
we rushed to their home and arrived just as the ambulance was preparing to take dad to the hospital. we followed, and waited.
our family rang in the new year together, near dad, in the icu lobby at ucsd medical center.
God allowed him to make it through that night. nearly a week would pass before the doctors allowed me to bring him home.
minutes after i dropped him off my phone rang. it was dad asking me to take him back to the hospital.
he had an echocardiogram done just before he was released that morning. a doctor read the results after we left the hospital and immediately called to request he come right back. we hurried back to the hospital, a blood clot in dad's heart and the fear of God in mine. again they kept him a couple days.
the reasons are many, why i woke this morning fearful to answer my ringing phone.

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we just returned home tonight, sunday, to hear that dad needs surgery tomorrow.
it's a catch 22 roll of the dice. if he doesn't have it, he may not survive much longer.
however, if he has the surgery, his weakened heart and body may give up under the strain.
he's fought through so much already, but i know there is plenty more fight left in him.
i wish his heart could just be as strong as it once was.
i wish he could leave the hospital.
i wish this was all just a bad dream.
i wish.
we pray that he is still strong enough to make it through this.
we are all not ready to lose him.
we never will be.
get well and come home soon pops.

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tomorrow and, God willing, the days that follow, we will be by dad's side. it is the least we can do for him. during this trying time our blog may be silent for a while. we appreciate the support you have all given us. i know many of you will be praying for pops with us, so i will try to keep you posted.
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due to the h1n1 virus the hospital is not allowing anyone under 14 to go in. that means rain is unable to see grandpa. she wrote this note to him:

dear grandpa, you should know that i loved when you would play war with me and you would always win. mostly. it was fun when i would sit with you on your bed and watch ncis and csi new york and cover my eyes in your shoulder when it was scary. i liked especially when you would watch me play softball and i would tell you about when i hit the ball really good. now you have to sit and look out a hospital window. i wish i could see you. curse the stupid h1n1! i should be able to see my favorite grandpa. get well soon grandpa. i love you! - rain

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april is away right now and may not be able to come home, so she wrote this:

Steadfast, hardworking, ridiculously intelligent, and one of the funniest people I know, my grandpa has always been someone that I greatly admire and strive to be like. I have always been in awe of him. Many a day in my childhood I would sit with him in his squeaky old pink rocking recliner playing with his earlobe as he would rock back and forth. The small grandfather clock above the television would tick tock in the backround along with the gentle squeak of the rocker and my grandpa would answer the question on Jeopardy before Alex even finished the question. He was always right too. I knew I wanted to learn everything I could just so I could be half as smart, or even smarter, (Still not smarter. Slowly working on it.) He had a large collection of animal encyclopedias, huge binders with slick fold out pages on snow leopards, lizards, bears, you name it animal, fish or insect it was probably in there. I would sit and thumb through them reading all animal facts and oogling all the amazing pictures. He would read them with me sometimes and throw in his own two cents on what he heard about the animals. My grandpa also had a set of dinosaur books which I loved. I read and memorized all the scientific names for the dinosaurs, drew pictures of them, and played in the backyard digging up dinosaur bones. I wanted very much to become a paleontologist and he fed my interests in the sweetest ways. My grandpa would take me to the museums in balboa park when they had dinosaur exhibits and he would always take me to the Wild Animal Park when they had dino mountain, which was a trail where they placed animatronics of all the different dinosaurs, they moved, roared, and hatched baby eggs. He would read the signs to me and talk to me about the dinosaurs as we walked hand in hand around the park. He always supports me and my interests no matter what they are, driving me to school and practice for soccer and softball. Both of which I hardly ever missed, my track record good, though not nearly as amazing as my grandpas who has never taken a sick day, and has never missed a day of work in his entire life. Though he never finished High School, (Joining the Navy after the first semester of his senior year) He still got his GED passing the test with flying colors without study and went about his Navy business fixing planes and radios. He was always handy with anything mechanical. He would work on cars and garage doors and just about anything that needed fixing, his large hands were always covered in some form of grease or another when he was in the garage. I was always with him, playing with my action figures or trying to be like him by building something with wood, or rather not so much building as hammering a nail into a scrap of pine and calling it a successful display of carpentry. I distinctly remember the creamy orange smelling goo that he would squirt out of an industrial sized tub which did an amazing job at cleaning the gunk from his hands. Though really the thing I loved most and most treasured moments of my childhood is just sitting on his lap in that squishy rocking chair while grandma quietly flitted about the kitchen. It was always warm and toasty in my grandpas house, the clock monotonously ticking and the television a soft buzz in the backround. Sometimes he even had a large popcorn tin and we ate carmelized and cheesy popcorn the crumbs getting all over us. Then he would put me to bed, tucking me in and playing a mix cd he made of slow ballads of his favorite old country songs. While I don't necessarily enjoy country whenever I hear a song from that cd it strangely brings me right back to my childhood and my grandpa's warm house and even warmer hands as he tucked me in with a "Goodnight Sweetheart" and I smile and feel at home.
i love you papa.

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kim is having difficulty finding words right now. she quietly said "i love you dad. you are my hero."








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92 comments:

melissa oholendt said...

Praying for your dad Kim. Praying for you guys too. Love you.

J. Castro Photography said...

Praying for you all. We love you guys.

-Jaymie, Audrey & Addi

Tiffany Rushforth Photography said...

From the bottom of my broken heart, my thoughts are with you! I know how completely helpless and worried and heartbroken you are and I am thinking of all of you during this time. I know that there are no words that can help, but I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and if you need anything, please call!!

Rachael Earl said...

Heartbreaking. My heart goes out to you guys even from miles away. I will pray the surgery goes well for him. All of our love and prayers.

Brandi said...

My heart goes out to you. I feel like I can completely understand the fear. I just lost my Granny last week.. it has been hard. I am sending healing, loving thoughts to you all.

jules said...

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dads are precious!

Tira J said...

Praying for Pops and your entire family! We love you guys!

Tira J & David.

shawnreeder said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Pops. Sending love to you all.

pinky said...

Sorry to hear, praying and sending love to you all =*(

HisBirdie (Ali) said...

You all have been in our thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry to hear what is happening. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Cathy Crawley said...

I'm so sorry you guys are going through this heartache. It is just awful to see you Dad so ill, I should know because my Dad has had a very similar story this year. Reading about Pops it was almost like reading my Dad's story. People always scoff when they hear that someone has cancer because they were a smoker, but you have to remember that they took it up when it was 'cool and healthy' to do it and had already been hooked like a junkie when we began to realise that their cigarets were poison. Don't judge the older smoker, it's not their fault, they are victims. I hope Pops makes it through the surgery and can come home again soon. I'm here if you need to chat, because hey, I get it. xxx

Aurora Photography said...

That was an incredibly moving post, tears straming down my face thoughts and prayers are with you and pops.

Autumn said...

Going through very similar times with my Dad. My heart is aching and my eyes are tearing up... my prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Jacob Bergmeier / NoDo Photography said...

Please know that you guys are always in my thoughts and prayers. You are amazing people and it's evident through your story. You have a whole country (scratch that, North America) behind you ready to help out in any way we can... evident to the true goodness of the SD Ohana family.

Shell Bell said...

Keeping "Pops" and all of you in my prayers. Be strong. God is good. xo

angie+matt said...

im so sorry you guys are going through so much fear and pain. We want to send you our love and warm thoughts. We will continue to pray for peace, comfort, and health for you all.

christine said...

i just read your post about pops and i'm in tears. i just wanted you and your family to know that so many people around the world are thinking of you all as he goes through this great big challenge that life's thrown him... what a beautiful entry about such an amazing man. i just know he will get better - he has to. my heart aches for you guys and the pain you must be suffering...i wish i had more to say and more of the "right" thing to say, but i just wanted to say that i'm going to be thinking of you all, praying for you all, and hoping for the best. please please please let me know if there is ANYTHING i can do to help you at this time. please, anything at all. people shouldn't have to suffer alone, especially when they have so many loved ones out there thinking of them.

so many hugs, prayers, thoughts and wishes going out to your family tonight.

love,
christine

Jen Rinaldi Photography said...

I know your pain, I do. I can only say my heart breaks for you, Kim. I know you don't really know me but I am thinking about you and have been through similar pain this past year. I send my prayers to you and your family.

Al Quackenbush said...

You all and especially Kimi's dad are in our prayers. I am at a loss for words, just know that you guys have touched a lot of people and we are all pulling for him.

*Jme* said...

What a beautiful and heart wrenching post. Please keep us posted and hang in there!

Afolabi - Fotos by Fola said...

My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. I will keep your dad in prayers every single day.

Charise Proctor said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all! I will pray for strength for all of you as the difficult days ahead approach and pray that all of your love and support will give him the strength he needs right now.

kymberli q. said...

The thoughts shared by all of you were so beautiful. I am crying. You will be in our prayers. I know we are not the closest or nearest of friends, but if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Janis Foley said...

I don't even know this man and I feel like I love him already... My prayers go out to you and your family... My heart feels heavy, I pray that he'll be alright... ♡♡♡

Nicholle said...

You and your entire family are in my prayers.

Jaime Hough said...

As I read these words, I felt my heart begin to break, and tears won't stop flowing from my eyes. I know I don't know you all that well, just tweets and blog comments here and there, but I truly, deeply feel for you all. My thoughts are prayers are with you all, and pops, and I hope that his surgery goes well.

Regina White said...

Sending you all prayers, hugs & love as you have to go through this time.

Candy said...

I just wanted to say you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I have been going through some difficult times with my Mom lately too, it's been a really hard winter. Hugs.

nely said...

My heart hurts for you all. So sorry you're going through this. Please know our ohana is praying for yours. Please, if you need anything, let us know. We'd be glad to help any way we can.

Aaina said...

I can't begin to say how sad I am for you right now. I follow your blog and your goings on, and feel like you're close friends even though I only know you on line only. You all seem so kind and genuine. I will ask Jesus to watch over your dad and bring him from this surgery 110% just know that people care for you and are thinking of you. God Bless your Ohana and pops.

John Beach said...

Hello, I just read the news about my ol' buddy Don. I'm very sorry to hear about this, we had some great times down there on our street since 1988. My prayers are with you all and especially Don. Please tell Don I am rooting for him, He is about the toughest "Character" .(and I use that word in the best way), that I ever met. When he is able to take phone calls again, please let me know and give me the number to call.

Thank You for letting me know.

Sincerely. Johnny Beach.

Joy said...

My heart breaks for you all. I know I don't know you personally or pops, but after reading this post I feel like I do. You are always so kind and I feel like you are people that are a blessing to know.
We will pray for his full recovery and and that you all find peace.

Val McCormick Photography said...

Prayers, Prayers, Prayers for your Ohana! My heart aches for you guys. May the Lord grant you strength and him healing. May the lord guide those surgeons hands during surgery. Wishing you ALL THE BEST! <3 you guys!

Val
xoxo

Brianna said...

You all are in my prayers. You're always so kind and giving I feel this is the least I can do in your time of need. Reading your blog and the stories of your brides is my guilty pleasure. Please know that you have touched us in a blessed way and we are praying the good Lord will watch over your dad.

Peggy said...

My heart is breaking for you all. Know that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your dad. If you need anything don't hesitate to ask.

Katie Neal Photo said...

This brings tears to my eyes for many reasons. Praying for your family. :(

Kelli Bramble said...

So very sorry, I'll keep your family in my prayers!

Helena said...

Continuing to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

mittens said...

*tear* don't even know what to say guys. so sad for what you're facing right now. glad that you have each other and people all over the world who care!! :)

Alice Hu said...

wishing your dad a very speedy recovery.

Wai Reyes said...

Stay strong... we're praying for your family and for your dad's recovery.

Susie Buckley said...

Kim,
Please tell your Dad I think he's the best Father & Grandfather I've ever known. Sending love and prayers your way.

Love, Susie

Leah Simmers said...

oh dear goodness. You have such a way with words you moved me to tears. I feel for you guys and send my best for all of you.

Janet said...

Kim and Family:
We do not control life or death. My Mother told me that when Ed was dying. It is all in the good Lord's hands. We all all just loaned to one another-period the end. Please take good care of your Mother-she probably needs you more than she ever needed you in her life. You are very lucky to have a Dad like yours. I am sorry to hear about his heart attack. I hope he will be okay-please keep me in the loop
Love you all
Janet

Blair Van Bussel - { Blair Nicole Photography } said...

My heart is so heavy for Kim’s dad, and your family. I know how hard it is to try to prepare for the worst, but hoping for the best. I am thinking about you guys, and praying praying praying. I love you guys tons – please let me know if there is anything I can do to help! :)

Alisa Greig said...

oh my, you guys, as soon as i read your title "pops" my eyes began to water--that's what we call my dad at times. my prayers continue to be with your family. reading rain's note--the tears began to roll, then starting april's--the tears welled up too much that i couldn't finish, i need to go back and finish it. i used to dread the day i would be without my parents from a young age, i don't know why. reading this reminds me to be thankful for all the time we have together and to make the most of it--thank you for sharing.

Donna said...

I spent April and May at the hospital with my dad as he underwent 5 bypasses...my heart in my throat the whole time. Now my daughter's dad is in the hospital for a spinal cord injury and has been there two weeks. I feel for you and your entire family. I will be praying for all of those that take care of him and want you to know you are surrounded by many people praying for you. If you need anything...we are in La Jolla at the hospital often and can bring you anything you need. God bless.

chris & Jen & the Stew Crew said...

Dave, Kimi and the rest of the fam, this is such a hard and trying time for you all, and as i read the post and see teh words all you have expressed for him, my heart goes out to you ALL!!! I know what its like to go through a time like this and I had to witness the whole thing from beginning to end. Stay strong and keep your spirits hig as hard as that may seem. God knows what your going through and will continue to be with you all through this time. We are always praying for you guys and are on our hearts non stop. I wish we lived closer to each other cause Jen and I and the kids would be over there with you guys helping out with whatever you need, even if that means a hug and someone to talk to. WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

Jasmine Marie said...

We will definitely continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. This was so beautifully written. I pray that God just pours out His love and comfort for you and your family during this difficult time. *hugs*

Adrienne Gunde said...

Such a beautifully written post for what sounds like an amazing amazing person. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time - sending lots of love and positive vibes your way.

Eric Foley said...

My families thoughts and prayers go out to yours. I wish you all strength and positive energy during these times.

God Bless.

Jinksee said...

....words are not coming to me right now. I've been in your shoes. Know that you're now in my heart and prayers through this..

amanda thiessen said...

praying for you and your family

Kate Crafton Photography said...

My prayers go out to your family. Love and comfort to you.

Amy Clifton Photography said...

Praying for Kim's dad and your entire family. The waiting is tough, the fear of those phone calls is awful. I'm sorry! Love him, love him, and love him some more!

Shirley and Gary said...

We are so sorry to hear of your health problems the last little while. I guess we are all plagued with them. We just want you to know that you have een in our prayers and hope that all goes well with your surgery. I"m so glad that Kim has kept us up to date on your family. E-mail is wonderful when we are so far apart.

Love, Shirlee and Gary

Carrie said...

I wish I had words to comfort you. I feel so extremely blessed that you took this time to share a part of him with us. What an incredible man, father, and grandfather. My heart hurts for you, you have my continued prayers and love.

Angel said...

Kim, David, All the Family (Ross & Baxter)... Your dad is someone who has always amazed me! Stern and tough, but with a smile and gentleness that would melt away your fears. I used to laugh with amazement how he would ride 10 miles around Miramar Lake every day and then come home and have a big helping of sausage! I remember talking with him about blue grass music when I first found Allison Krause. Please tell him that I love him and am praying for him! I am praying for all of you! All my love!

~Angel

Nina_VK said...

Think of you all and I will be praying!!

Mike said...

Wow David. I am literally sitting here barely able to type through the tears.
I am so sorry that you and the family are going through this...

You guys are at the very center of our prayers bro.

Barbara said...

This is such a touching post. Wow it really shows in all your words that you love your dad very much. He seems like such a tough guy, I know and feel that he will be back and riding and doing what he loves to do soon! Our prayers are with your dad and your family.

Sentimental Visions Photography said...

I'm crying right now. My Gpa was the WORLD to me! My everything. I send hugs to you all. And to pops.
<3
~christina

V'On said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Don. Please say hello to him for me. Our prayers are with at this time.
Love V'On

Barbara said...

Hi Kim,David and family,
Mom is with me and read to her the thoughts you all left here on your blog. She is really worried about Donald, and would like to talk with him is there a number she can call?

Was Uncle Donald operated on today and was everything ok? He is certainly remembered in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that he made it through surgery. Please keep us updated on his progress.

Love to you all,

Barb and Juanita

Maya Laurent said...

Wow. Such amazing words.

Susan and Rene said...

Hello - My name is Susan. Rene and I are dear friends of your Dad's - - You could call us coffee and lake buddies! We hadn't heard from Don and wanted him to reply to our emails - but he did only once, and didn't provide us with much to go on. It sounded bad back then - and he did not keep us posted. Thank you for sharing with us what is happening with him.

Please tell Don we are praying & pulling for him! We are very sorry to hear all of this bad news. We miss him - the lake & coffee times are just not the same!!

Please do keep us posted - I am in MN currently, or I would come to visit him in the hospital. Give Don our best & a big hug!

Best Regards & Wishes,
Susan & Rene

Dotun said...

i will keep Pops in my prayers.

oneshotbeyond said...

Stay strong for him! That's the best you can do for now. I'm sending some healing & comforting thoughts for your entire family.

Mary said...

What an exceptional and strong man your pops is. Such a blessing he must be. Our prayers and thoughts are with him and your family for a speedy recovery, and reading about all he's been through I have faith that he will.

Melanie Watson said...

My heart aches for you all right now. I teared up reading what your girls wrote and knowing how awful this must be for all of you, especially Kim. I will keep praying for you all that he recovers quickly and that no matter the outcome your family will have peace. Much love to all of you.

Ashley said...

I'm tearing, heartbroken. I'm reading your post and hoping I'm in a fiction novel. I am so sorry for pop and for all of you who need to be strong by his side. I'm sending prayers to you all. Big (((HUGS)))

Becka @Studio222 Photography said...

:( I'm sooooo sorry guys. I know that these are just words and I feel helpless to help but know that you guys are in our hearts and prayers and if you do need ANYTHING you can call on us ANYTIME!

xo, Becka and Nate

Jen said...

Ohanas!!!! Just wishing you all STRENGTH through this tough time. My eyes are filled with tears, because I know from experience, what you guys are going through. Chanting [praying in our religion] for ALL of you. And THANK YOU for sharing such a BEAUTIFUL story with us ALL>

cassandra m said...

MANY MANY PRAYERS...MUCH MUCH LOVE...coming to you guys.

lizelly said...

my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

SANDRA BURGESON said...

I AM FLUMMOXED TO HEAR YOUR FATHER IS SO SICK. WHEN I WAS IN SAN DIEGO TAKING CARE OF MY FATHER , DON WAS SUCH A RAY OF SUNSHINE IN OUR LIVES. HE WOULD COME OVER AND CHAT WITH ME AND DAD, AND I ALWAYS FELT CHEERFUL WHEN HE LEFT TO GO WALK. PLEASE E MAIL ME AND TELL ME ALL IS WELL NOW.
SANDRA BURGESON

Cindy Lowe {orange turtle photography} said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this awful news. :( I'll keep your family in prayers.

Sarah Tolson said...

You know I mean it when I say I'm praying for you guys..

Please let me know if there is anything the Tolson's can do for you.. :(

Virginia Vo said...

I cried..i couldn't help it. We are praying for your father Kim. May your family be blessed with God's greatest gifts during this tough time.

Frank DiMeo said...

I am thinking about and praying for all of you.
Many blessings

jenny said...

Prayers to you all. Know that you are surrounded by love in this difficult time.

.E. said...

my thoughts and prayers are with you all right now.. reading your words I know "Pops" is a fighter and he wont give up easily..and neither will you guys.. stay strong.. stay positive. keep us posted.

Lyndsay said...

Praying in Jersey.

Frances said...

I will keep your family in prayer. All of you.

Chelsea Nicole said...

Such beautiful, touching words.. I'm so sorry that you and your family are having to go through this. You guys are in my thoughts. ♥

Rebecca said...

Sending lots of good love your way. Thinking of you.

Sylvia Borgo said...

Dear Baxter Ohana, we are keeping you in our thoughts.

Betsy, La Vida said...

We are thinking of you all during these tough times... big virtual hugs to you!

Araxi said...

My heart goes out to you and the family. Following you on twitter i know how many times you all have been back and forth to the hospital and it must be so difficult each and every time. I will continue to keep Kims dad in my prayers!

Stephen Grant said...

I've been off the radar a while and just seeing this news. This update was a tough read, and I hope it is of comfort to know that I, and everyone else out there, are thinking of you and your family during this time. Take time for yourself now, and be well.

redflystudio said...

I'm so sorry. Rain's words were very sweet.
-Molly

Staja Studios said...

Hey David and Ohana, you all are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need someone to talk with just give me a call. We are praying for the man your family calls "pops" and hope he is able to make it through one more fight!