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So we had a little party for Ms. Astrid (Kim) to meet the whole gang before she had to leave us. Quite an adventure with my closest friends and family. It is all laughs and hugs at our little backyard shin-digs. Here is a peek inside....OPA!!!!
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A path to the light has been found, a new beginning has emerged from all the pain. I can not begin to tell you all that the last couple of weeks has brought to me. Another doctors appointment and Kim coming to the Big Easy!
First thing first Kim (aka Astrid) came to stay with me in NOLA! I can't tell you how excited I was for her to come. I was like a giddy little school girl the whole time, waiting impatiently. When she finally arrived Robbie & I swooped her up and took her for a stroll in downtown. I do say I wish we would have had more time there as we were having a grand time. We visited shops, saw the sites, watched local dancers & musicians, revisited places from the Tomboy years and made great plans. It was a magical day and I was so happy she got to meet all the wonderful people in my life.
We headed out to the doctor the next morning and of course mother nature was dishing out some freezing temps with sleet and snow. It was beautiful and serene to see the snow falling through the pines. We had a plan to listen to her playlist the way there but the music quickly faded as we were chatting away.
We went through our checklists for the doctor because...we forget. I teased her about her "SURPRISE" after we left the doctor...I know she was so excited that I planned this without her knowing anything! We talked and talked about everything and anything. It was a great drive there!
Arriving at the doctor we got all checked in and had some laughs with their Valentine Bag display. Drop a little sweatheart into the bag you liked the most. Good Times! Well we finally got called back and Kim went first. Before doc came in she shared with me some truly inspiring words from her book that left us both in tears. We held hands and prayed as the moment sank in. Doc came in and we shared with him her words of inspiration and we all hugged it out. LOL<3
She broke out her list and started firing questions as I took notes in the corner...again we forget. Then it was my turn and I started firing away with my questions and Kim was in the corner taking notes. We came and accomplished the goals we set out for our recovery and left with our hopes and hearts filled! I have to say each visit to see him is very emotional. We laugh, we cry and we PRAY! Words can not express the true depth of how much I have been blessed to have Kim & our LLMD in my life. They are both truly an inspiration and my saviors. All three of us will do great things...you just wait and see!
So the moment yall have been waiting for....THE BIG SURPRISE!! As soon as we left doc's office we headed to our surprise destination. Kim was so excited and we talked about all that we accomplished in our visit.
We finally arrived at The Paragon Casino!!
Kim was SO EXCITED!!! We got checked into our room and I did my last IV treatment while she got ready. She helped me fix my hair because it is sooooo dry and frail from all the antibiotics it just looks like a big rats nest most of the time. She worked her magic and BOOM brushable hair!! I was one happy lady! We got dressed and headed down to see the gators in the lobby and off to the casino. I did not have a care in the world that night I was free from my port & IV and with a true friend. Kim says I was walking tall that night, beaming with confidence, I personally did not feel so confident...I just didn't care. I was not there to impress anyone just wanted to have a great time and unwind with her. I was kid free, hubby free and stress free...could not ask for anything more!! We played the penny & nickel slots most of the night and we met some interesting people. THANKS to W for the great service lol! After we were done in the casino we popped back to the room to freshen up and then headed for dinner in the little 50's diner they had. We brought the food up to the room and talked some more. We came up with some great ideas ( I will be sharing after my visit to Austin...so stay tuned). I had the best night hanging out with her. I felt free for the first time in a long time.
The next morning we packed up and headed down to check out. While we were checking out I stopped to take some pictures of Kim in the lobby and out of nowhere an older gentleman asked who she was. He assumed because I looked all professional that she was someone famous getting her pictures "did". Funny enough the man was the piano player for Crystal Gayle...GO FIGURE!! So I captured a few shots of our up and coming star Kim and Mr. Dunlap. Just a side note, did some researching and he and his brother also played for Loretta Lynn and are in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame!
On our way home we were passing an old PIGGLY WIGGLY and we both looked at each other and said "I haven't seen one in ages, lets go!" So, we went and in that split second decision changed the course of our lives forever.
We went in to buy some shirts and ended up making some new friends. Kim was telling the ladies all about Lyme and I was talking with the cashier and coming up aisle 8 was a Cajun as true as they come. He was speaking in that Cajun tongue and my messed up brain was having a hard time keeping up. He then asked me if I knew God's name...and I just looked puzzled. He then said God's name is HOWARD.
I turned and looked at Kim and said you have to hear this. One thing led to another and before we knew it we were in the back of the store where he was smoking some turkey necks. It smelled sooo good. He was so sweet and asked if we had time and I said of course. He said to meet him upfront and so we headed up.
On aisle 8 of the Piggly Wiggly a new mission and dream was born.
I can not tell you the details of this yet but you will know all about it shortly.
After a short while he came up aisle 8 bearing a big gift. He had brought us some yummy ribs to take home for dinner. Now Kim and I both know he bought those for us and we are truly grateful for his generosity because he did not have to. One of those moments in life when you know a kind and giving soul and makes you feel the urge to Pay It Forward! Thank you for showing us your true soul, we love ya Mr. Gautreaux!! <3
To say the least Kim & I talked of our new plans the whole way home. I took notes of our conversation and all the details from our trip. This is one of the best days of my life, I will never forget the birth of this new beginning. Our lives and the people around us will forever be changed because of this day.
There will be more to come on all the developments but just keep this in mind BIG things are happening for these two ladies...BIG DREAMS COMING TRUE! Our path to the light has begun.
2-7-14 New Beginnings Pinky Swears LOVE YA SWEETIE <3
Here is to US and our NEW future!