My studio is still a work in progress... my girls & LaVaughn are cookie monsters...the big empty jar is for fresh baked cookies! The kitchen is where we will soon be focused on next...painted cabinets & new lights-woohoo.
Lulu is looking more like a big dog...we are losing that sweet puppy face...
Starting with 2 pages today and then 2 more pages tomorrow!! I have had the new SC Documentary line for a month or so-I just had no time to use it. I almost forgot that I had it. So after I dropped LaVaughn off at the airport on Monday I came home and began to do a few pages. I'll post the two I have finished today-I need to work on my titles from the other 2 pages tonight.
LaVaughn's mother passed away last month due to lung cancer that spread to her brain-she just turned 57. She went to emergency last summer because she was having leg problems, this was just a few weeks before she was to walk the stage and get her Doctorate Degree in Philosophy Education. Sadly she she never made it to personally receive her degree. She stayed in the hospital for a week and couldn't make the trip for her graduation. Me and the girls went home that first week(last summer) so I could help be with her while she had to go through testing to figure out what was going on. I remember she had such a strong & positive attitude-always teasing the staff. The staff heard that she was to receive her doctorate and changed her name on her room door to Dr. Green and referred to her that way. It was such a great accomplishment for her.
She was determine to beat whatever was going on. Over the next few months of test after test...then going through chemo & radiation she was always strong & hopeful. It was hard helping her cut her hair on another trip we made home-she said I was her executive assistant when I was home to help! We couldn't be home as often as LaVaughn would have liked he made trips home when he could. He asked her to come live with us but she was not ready for that. Luckily she had her brother Rick who was extremely dedicated to caring for her-moving in to be there when she needed. And a group of girlfriends that picked up the slack when uncle Rick had to go to work or just needed a break.
We thank Liz, Shirley, Neecie, Garnetta and her aunt Verlean who went to doctor appointments and stayed home with her when needed...and countless other friends & family who were there when called.
We all had hoped and prayed that she would beat this-as we watched her slowly decline. It was hard to see such a strong & active woman become so frail. At one point she was told that the cancer was gone. Then soon after she made two more emergency trips to the hospital-the last trip she never left. The cancer had spread to her brain and there was nothing more that they could do for her.
When we heard that she was back in the hospital last month LaVaughn rushed home and a week into his visit is when he learned that the cancer was back. Laurena's birthday was June 10th-it was her last harruh. She celebrated her last birthday in the hospital with tons of family & friends. Even though she was losing function of her body she had a great birthday. The next day the doctor had to tell her that he had done all he could for her. LaVaughn had to rush home to get us...by the time me & the girls made it she could only give a squeeze with her right hand. I am not sure if she was there, she was just breathing. The next week was hard for us making daily trips to the hospital watching her fade away from us. I wish LaVaughn didn't have to go through that.
What is also so sad is that Laurena had to watch the same thing happen to her husband (papa) just 4 years before this.
Grandma had such a beautiful funeral and we miss her.
LaVaughn finds it hard not being able to call his mom. He is home in Detroit this week to take care of her things. Luv you honey. Grandma & her girls taking care of her veggies one summer when we were on vacation in Detroit while living in China.