My life has quite frankly spun out of control. I have so much to talk about, so much on my mind, and I have zero time to even put the thoughts into words… I have spent most of my online time on Facebook harvesting my farm because writing is just too draining right now… I have missed you all so much… I can’t wait to get to Texas and settle in so that my time is my own again… Know that I think of you often, that I miss you and that I can’t wait to catch up again one day!
One week after my return from Del Rio, TX and Laughlin AFB I was off on an unexpected trip to Laughlin, Nevada with my Grandparents!
You see, when I arrived home in Phoenix it was to the news that my Great Aunt Betty (the wonderful lady who came, along with Uncle Mike, to visit me in Germany last summer while Ryan was deployed) had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
She has Neurocrine hyperplasia and is one of only four people in the world who has it. Basically what that means is that the lining in her lungs sloughs off and settles to the bottom of her lungs. It slowly over time fills the lungs. To complicate that, she is the only one of the four that also has something that makes the sloughed off material multiply. She is currently on an experimental drug and we are waiting to hear how it is affecting the disease.
She is a strong and courageous woman. She is one of my heroes and I know God will reward her for her strength and determination in the face of all of this… but all of us would greatly appreciate your prayers!
Shortly after receiving this news I also learned that Aunt Betty and Uncle Mike were coming down to Laughlin, Nevada for an extended weekend and that my Grandparents were on their way to meet up with them and visit for a few days.
I got a last minute invitation to tag along and I gladly took it!!! Mom and Dad also hopped the bandwagon and we were off for three days in the summer heat of Nevada and some quality time visiting with family.
But first, the drive! (This picture was taken in the middle of Joshua Tree National Forrest!)
Oh how I love being back home in the desert… Crazy I may be but the desert gets into your blood just like green trees and snow…
There’s just something about it!
Do you know what is in the middle of nowhere?
Well, now you do! Welcome to Nothing, AZ! (The middle of it to be precise!)
“On the road again… like a band of gypsies we go down the highway…”
I just can’t seem to get enough of that blue!!!
I love the rocks of Arizona!
Every time I drive through the desert I can’t keep every Western I’ve ever read from echoing through my mind…
One last peek at the majestic mountains of Arizona…
And then we were in Nevada! Welcome to Laughlin…
We’re so happy to be here!
One very long walk and a long elevator ride we found our room. We ended up being on the 26th floor…
What a view!
Once my grandparents were settled in their room I decided to use the few hours of downtime we had before Aunt Betty and Uncle Mike got in to explore the “strip”. I took a stroll along the Colorado River.
There were carp everywhere! Can you see them?
This spring was gorgeous in the desert… everything was in bloom!
And of course, there was a Starbucks! WOOT WOOT!!!
As I wandered along I saw Mom and Dad coming out to join me on my walk!
We headed off to explore some of the casinos…
…and some of the sights. Can you see that sign? Steamboat Wedding!
We ended our walk at the Colorado Belle…
Where they have a moat full of the biggest Koi you’ll ever see…
Mom and I
Dad and Mom
Me and Dad
The Colorado Belle also boasts live music!
After a few hours of walking around we headed back to my hotel to greet Aunt Betty and Uncle Mike. Have I mentioned that they didn’t have a clue we were coming? It was a complete surprise!
They had a riverfront room and I couldn’t help but take some pictures! Isn’t it beautiful?
That’s Arizona out there on the other side of the river!
After a visit we headed down to the Mexican restaurant in our hotel! Aunt Betty loves mexican food and you know I’ve been missing it!
Me and Aunt Betty, my buddy!
After dinner we walked back across the bridge and I had a great view of the strip!
And the Arizona side of the river.
The Riverside. (Our hotel)
I’ll be back soon with another set of pictures from the rest of our trip!