Summer Challenge

Freshman year of college is DONE.  I’m home.

Home, sweet home!  It would be much sweeter if Mom was here, but I guess we don’t always get what we want now, do we?  But, that’s okay, because it won’t be long.  She has had her transplant, and so far, we are doing well!  My Mom looks great!  She doesn’t always feel the greatest, but we were told what to expect.  We hope that after this week, the stem cells will graft, and my Mom will start feeling stronger each day.  For those of you needing a laugh, check out the lovely outfit they made me wear the other day when I went to visit…

Speaking of laughs, me and Timyka made a video for my Mom to lift her spirits: <—-I never said we were good singers…lol.

Even though I’m home, and it’s summer, the fact that my mom isn’t here sucks.  A lot of the time, it’s just me and my sister, because my dad wants to stay at the James with my Mom.  Him and my grandma, along with my aunt and some of my mom’s close friends, keep her company and stay the night with her so that she doesn’t have to be alone.  Sometimes I feel sad that my mom is stuck there, but I know she is always in good company, and that is the most I could ever ask for.  It makes me sad that so many cancer patients feel alone in their battles, and I thank God every day for placing such special people in our lives that have stuck with us during this rough patch. People have gone above and beyond for my Mom and our family, and that keeps us going.

Emilee has been on my mind a lot lately.  It’s been over a month since her passing, and there hasn’t been a single day that I haven’t once thought of her.  Summer was our favorite time.  We used to lay out by the pool like it was our job!  Some of my favorite memories of Emilee we’re during one of our many summer adventures.  It breaks my heart every time I want to dial her number and hangout, she was always around, and ALWAYS wanted to spend time with her friends.  On the other hand, I will smile each time I think of camping, Elizabeth’s grave, or even when I lay out in her bikini that she let me borrow, and I never returned… haha sorry, Em.

Each summer, I’ve been bound determined to make it the best one yet.  This summer will be different, for sure, with my mom recovering and my best friend gone, you might say it’ll be a quite a challenge. But you know, so what?…  challenge accepted.


4 Responses to “Summer Challenge”

  1. Oh Bri…..this is so special! I always wanted to write but never took time to put the words on paper. How sad that people don’t take the time to do just that. I’m so very proud of you! I love you to pieces. XOXO Nana

  2. I wish when people were about to leave us forever, theyd sit us down and make us understand the whys and hows, so we wouldnt have to forge the rest of our lives not knowing.

  3. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, would you mind emailing me when you get a chance?



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