Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friendship

My family and I returned home from our vacation on Wednesday and we had a wonderful time.  We were able to hear Big Ben in London and ride the London Eye, to view the Eiffel Tower and all the major sites in Paris and to tour the gorgeous Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland.  We came home with a lot of pictures and a lot of wonderful memories.

This trip wasn't without it's challenges.  Back in January I shared in my blog that my husband had been diagnosed with ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Over the last six months there has been some progression of the disease, most notably in my husband's ability to walk.  Walking short distances around the house or from a car to a building is possible with a cane, but any longer distance than that tires him out too easily. This trip required the use of a wheelchair and it was a big hurdle for all of us, both emotionally and physically.

But this post isn't about the downside of maneuvering a wheelchair on planes, trains, subways and busy streets.  This post is about friendship and support.  This trip could not have been possible without our friends, Paula and Jerry.   They were our neighbors when we lived in California (1998-2001) and they remain best friends today.  Paula and Jerry currently live in Cambridge, England and we have been looking forward to visiting them since they moved there last year.  Their unselfish support the two weeks we were visiting will be the one clear memory that stands out from this trip.

So, Paula and Jerry, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship, love and support.  We look forward to visiting again!

I'm looking forward to sharing a few pictures (I promise, not too many) and a few of my European finds on upcoming posts.  Right now I'm still trying to get caught up on work, laundry and mail.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jane

45 comments:

  1. Welcome back Jane and looking forward to your photos lots of them!Hope your husband is doing well too!

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  2. Glad your back safe and sound Jane! I can't wait to see photos of your trip and new goodies. It is SO nice to have friends like that... it's definitely one of those treasures we all need in our lives! It sounds like the perfect vacation for all of you...Theresa

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  3. Oh, welcome back! I can not wait to see your pictures from your trip...there is no such thing as too many pics... ;)

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  4. Jane,
    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip...looking forward to seeing all the pics. Your friends sound like some awesome folks and I'm happy that you and your husband were able to visit with them. I think about you and your husband a lot and pray for the both of you and will continue to do so...take care and I will be looking for your pics:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. I am sooooo glad you had a great time and made wonderful memories!!! can't wait for the pictures!

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  6. Glad to see you back. I'm so happy you were able to take this trip and see your friends. Can't wait to see the pictures!

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  7. Can't wait to see the pictures of your trip.

    Welcome home.

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  8. Oh it is so good to see you again!
    I can't wait to see your finds, since you have such a great eye I know they will just be wonderful.
    My niece just got back from her trip to England her great grandmother lives there and she gets to go every 5 years to visit, she is 12! I can't wait to one day go to all of these places of such culture and history. It must just take your breath away.
    Welcome Home
    Amy

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  9. Welcome home. Since I am a new follower of yours, I didn't know about your husband's health issues. My mom was diagnosed with ALS several years ago and I know very well it's challenges. I wrote about it here: http://upintheatticwithpammyj.blogspot.com/2009/09/september-5-1997the-day-earth-stood.html
    My best to you and your family, and I will add you to my prayer list.
    Can't wait to see your vacation photos!
    Warmly,
    Pammy

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  10. Welcome back. How nice to be with familiar faces when on vacation.

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  11. Few things mean more than a simple act of kindness from a friend. You are blessed.

    Diane

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  12. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. I look forward to all of your photos. It sounds like you have wonderful friends.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  13. glad you are back safe and had a wonderful time. It sounds like you have some great frinds over here. Can't wait to see the pictures. Have a wonderful day. Angela

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  14. Bring on the pictures!! ;)

    Gald you are all home safe and sound. I can't wait to hear more about your trip, you should do 'installments' for each place!

    How wonderful to have freinds that gracious, it must have made for a comfortable stay.

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  15. Jane, so glad you're back! Really look forward to seeing all of your wonderful pics and hearing fabulous stories. It's truly wonderful to have friends that you can count on, and make a wonderful experience for you and your family.

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  16. Jane,
    Welcome back to our side of the pond! Friends are so special, and it sounds like your lended so much to making this trip a memorable one!
    I am looking forward to seeing your photos, some sites I've personally visited and other's I've yet to see!
    Once again... welcome home!
    Dee Dee

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  17. Home Sweet Home. Welcome. It is a good thing to have great friends such as these. peace&blessings...olive

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  18. Hi Jane,
    It's fun to visit and it's always great to be home!
    Looking forward to the photos. Great friends, great times :)
    Warmly,
    Deb :)

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  19. Welcome back! Sounds like a wonderful vacation. And even nicer that you had some good frinds to share some of it with. I can't wait to see some photos. Bring them on! And the more the better!

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  20. so happy you are back, I've been praying for all of you. It is so good that you were able to make this trip, with the help of great frineds, while your husband is still able to travel. I'm sure you'll have stories to tell and memories to share for years to come!

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  21. Welcome back...looking forward to pictures. Your friends sound like very special people....good friends are treasures...hugs, Linda

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  22. Jane, glad that you are safely back home and that the trip was a wonderful experience. How special to be able to visit your friends who live there. I will definitely look forward to the photos of your adventure and the treasures that returned home with you. Rest up! ~ Sarah

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  23. Who needs souvenirs when you have great friends like you have.The memories will be with you always!

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  24. Welcome home Jane,
    I'm so happy that ya'll had a safe trip :)
    I think I'm over my anxiety and I forgive you for not coming to get me. I still love you ;)

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  25. Hi Jane~ so nice to hear from you again! I am so glad you and your husband were able to take this wonderful trip! And how blessed you are to share it with such great friends! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it! XO

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  26. Welcome back! Glad to hear you had a great time. Looking forward to your pictures and hearing more. How great to have the support of your dear friends on your trip.

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  27. Hi Jane, Welcome back! I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful trip and I can't wait to hear all about it! I am so happy for you that your friends took you under their wings~~very special indeed! Take care, Julie

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  28. Since I just started following you a while back, I didn't know about your husband. It makes my heart heavy to hear that news. I was a physical therapist before I started staying home with my kids. I only had one ALS patient and she was very special to me. We became friends. I'm happy to hear you had a nice time and I will be praying now for you and your husband.

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  29. Hi Jane, welcome back. I wish the best for you and your family and I am glad to here you had a good vacation. I can't wait to see your photos.

    Rebecca

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  30. Hi charming girl....you have a wonderful blog...apart from visiting your blog.. i feel to drop a comment for you here at your blog...since you have a wonderful contents,,,really ..for a non native english speaking person like me...this blog helps to improve communication by reading the contents....

    I would like to keep in touch with u as a blogger and also as a friend...

    thank u...nice blog

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  31. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for stopping by NL & letting me know that you're home again safe & sound.
    I'm glad that you enjoyed our extra daylight hours and I'm looking forward to seeing all the great pix that you took whilst on my side of the pond.

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  32. Welcome back! So glad you had a nice time. How wonderful to have great friends overseas! I can't wait to see your pictures. Hugs and prayers for your husband.

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  33. Welcome back, Jane! It sounds like you had a challenging but still wonderful vacation. I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures of your trip!
    Have a great Sunday!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  34. Hi Jane,
    Welcome back! Can't wait to see some pictures!
    xojanis

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  35. Welcome Home Jane!! So happy you enjoyed your vacation with such wonderful friends. Looking forward to your photos!

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  36. Jane I am so glad that you got to go on such a wonderful trip. I would die to go to England! The only place I've ever desired to see overseas.
    I know what you mean about access with wheelchairs. It is so difficult that it keeps me from taking my son many places that I would love to take him and go myself. But I really am grateful for the access that there is, because it wasn't long ago that people who used them were kept from enjoying many of the things that we now enjoy...at least in the US, because of the ADA law. It opened up so many more opportunities for people here.
    Welcome home my dear.
    hugs

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  37. Glad you're back and a wonderful time away! Aren't great friends just the best thing at a time like this? I look forward to your pictures and posts about your trip. I am so glad I found your blog through the WBC party - I'm a regular now!

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  38. I'm so glad that you are back and that you had a wonderful time. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime. Cannot wait to see your photos.

    Your friends sound like wonderful people. I'm so happy that your husband was able to make the trip.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  39. Hi Jane!

    Welcome back and I am so glad you had a wonderful time. Although there were hurdles, it sounds like you really do have some fantastic friends. And being able to spend time with them is wonderful! I can't wait to see pictures.

    As far as where I keep all my dishes. I joined the party last month (or was it May?) where we all showed where we keep all our dishes. I have a "dish shed". About 45% of my "treasures" get used a couple of times and then I let them go on to be enjoyed by someone else. I wish I could keep them all but, that just isn't an option. LOL

    Have a great day!

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  40. So glad you are back, Jane. You have been missed. Sounds like you had a great vacation and lucky for you they live in England. I'm really looking forward to pictures and especially of your "finds". You and your family remain in my prayers.

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  41. Sounds like you had a very memorable trip. I'm so glad you were able to fulfill this life long wish, in despite the difficulties you had to endure. You are such an inspiration. You are in my thoughts often.

    BTW-I was standing in line at an estate sale and stuck up a conversation with a lady visiting from Florida. We started talking about blogs and told her to check yours out!

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  42. Jane! What a fabulous trip made especially grand because of your great friends. I'm so happy you had the opportunity to go.

    I know about the wheelchair situation and agree....it's not easy, is it? I didn't know of your hubby's diagnosis.... I'll be praying for both of you.

    Huggies!
    Spencer

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  43. Welcome Back,
    Your right, friendship is a wonderful thing. I count you as a wonderful friend! xoxo
    Michelle

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  44. Jane, so sorry to hear about your husband.
    When I was 19, 20, 21 I volunteered a week those summers at a Muscular Dystrophy Summer Camp in Rhinebeck, NY. Although, everyone wanted to work with children, I volunteered the "adults" week. It was really an education on the different forms of Muscular Dystrophy. We were all "assigned" one person to take care of, 24 hours/day and my friend, Geri took care of a gal who had ALS.
    I met some really wonderful people there and we all had SO much fun.
    Hang in there.........

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