First off...a lot of you have been emailing me asking about my grandmother and I just wanted to thank all of you for your well wishes and continued support and prayers. She is still hanging in there, each day getting a little closer to the inevitable. Hospice gave us information on what to expect on her last days and she is displaying all but two of the signs. I feel really blessed to be able to spend these days with her. I love her so much and when she asks me every single day if I am coming the next day...you better believe I am! It feels nice to hear she asks my mom what time I will show up. It is so awesome to still be able to get a hug and kiss from her. Please continue to pray for all of us. This is hitting me VERY hard and I think I will be taking up the counseling that hospice offers. I feel it can't hurt to talk through my feelings with the people that do this on a daily basis. I believe my cousin, my mom, and myself will be talking to the counselors, especially since we are her caregivers in these last few days. Please keep us in your prayers.
Secondly, a lot of you have called and emailed to check in about Erik as well. Again, I appreciate all the kind words, support and prayers. I am SO blessed to have such amazing people in my life!
Erik left his station last night at 2am to head down to the fire. They arrived at a very full base camp where they ate breakfast and just waited for the morning briefing. The rest of the day was spent...well...doing a whole lotta nothin'! He managed to call me quite a few times and was able to relax *some*. In his bored state, he was able to tour the museum at the faigrounds...The California State Mining and Mineral Museum that is. He said it was considered the "best" rock museum ever. :)
After being up for over 24 hours straight, he is now sleeping in a hotel in Madera for the night. He will be up early to head over to base camp for a briefing and then for assignments.
I will be sure to keep all of you up to date with what is going on as I find out!
For those interested in the continuing story...here is an article...
Followed by some pictures: