Visiting The Romano Duo in Surprise Arizona – Lillian

May 24 2018:

Tomorrow morning is the beginning of the Team Member L and Romano Duo adventure! Lillian is riding back to Surprise, Arizona with mom and Frank for a vacation for her!! Which means respite for me!

It’s been nearly 3 years since I’ve had respite from Lillian. I’d be telling an un-truth if I said I wasn’t a tad bit excited. And, I know she is too!! May the force be with The Romano Duo … And all the Angels too!! Photo from September 2015

Lillian with Romano Duo Lillian's 14th Birthday Party Virginia Foothills Park 9.13.15

May 25 2018:

They’re off!!! Let the “almost” respite begin for me ….. As I have Thomas here with me. 😜

Lillian’s gonna have a great time!!! Yay for her to get a vacation!! She gets to spend nearly 2 weeks with The Romano Duo in Surprise, Arizona!! Wahooo!!!

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May 27 2018:

Sent an hour and a half after she left on Friday!! Ha!

I am incredibly happy she’s getting this time with The Romano Duo and I’m getting a break.

After nearly three years straight of her needing me, talking to me constantly, and being me walking buddy; I’m bouncing back and forth between thinking I should be doing something, being relieved that I don’t have to do anything for her, feeling sad because she’s not here, and feeling free because she’s not here. Crazy stuff …. Yet, all good stuff!!

Text from Lillian 5.27.18

May 30 2018:

I’m as excited about this as Lillian. Well, maybe almost as excited. Turns out one of our Chromosome 18 friends, The Bakers, live near Surprise, Arizona!!!!! Katie came over to the Romano Casa and spent a few hours swimming and hanging out with Lillian.

The Bakers were one of the first families we became friends with at our first conference in 2009 in Vegas and every conference thereafter. Katie deemed herself honorary big sister to Lillian. One of the major reasons going to conference is so incredibly important to Lillian. So beautiful!!!xoxo

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June 3 2018:

She’s been swimming and watching movies and eating donuts!! Lillian is having a great time with The Romano Duo.

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June 10 2018:

She’s back!!!!! And she’s cracking me up! “We stopped at the alien store …… “ Only driving through the Nevada desert!!! And, “Patty and Frank say a lot of cuss words under their breath.” And, telling on herself. “I stayed up all night long while I was there. I stayed up till 2:00 one morning.”

Lillian Home from Surprise Arizon 6.10.18

Yummy and Honeysuckle Drunk and Look Up and Tree Whispers

June 7 2018:

Sunset walk with Thomas. Yummy clouds. Yummy sunset. Yummy trees. And yummy company!!! I inhaled the honeysuckle scent until I was honeysuckle drunk. I seriously adore this smell. It is my absolute favorite! Ahhhhh!!!

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June 8 2018:

Looking up. Breathtaking!

Looking Up Trees and Sky 6.8.18

June 9 2018:

The tree on the right whispers to the tree on the left, “Hey! Check out this amazing view we get every single day! And it’s always different. The sky, clouds, and sun are so good to us. They deeply love us!”

Trees and Sun and Lake Vintage 6.9.18

Kindness and Thoughtfulness and Soul Pleasing Lunch and Butter and Strawberry Love and

June 6 2018:

Went for a quick swim in between doggie walks (and one grandma check) and look what had arrived while swimming.

Thank you Kasey J. Claytor for your kindness and thoughtfulness! Can’t wait to sit and savor these.

Kasey Claytor's Books Sent to Me 6.6.18

June 7 2018:

Such an amazing and soul pleasing lunch!! Roasted eggplant garlic soup and raw vegan coconut mango cheesecake from Great Full Gardens South Meadows Reno. Romaine, cucumber, carrot, and onion salad topped with kalamata olives, cashews, pumpkin seeds and green garlic dressing with a side of dried okra; provided by me! Left me in, “That was da** good food heaven!”

Roasted Eggplant Garlic Soup 6.7.18

June 8 2018:

Oh my gosh! Why had I not seen or tried this before? I sautéed mushrooms and sweet onions with a pat of this a few nights ago. And just now melted and drizzled it over fresh popped heirloom popcorn. Good grief! So yum!!! They have nailed it. Love the ingredient list too!

Vegan Butter 6.8.18

June 9 2018:

Sweet strawberry love. I’m nearly finished eating this 2 pounds of strawberries all by myself. And look at the gift waiting in the middle for me!!! I love you too Strawberry!!!

Strawberry Heart 6.9.18

Amazing and Beautiful and Starlit and Shining Bright and Bee

June 3 2018:

Walk with Thomas before dinner. We watched for about fifteen minutes as this momma duck led her wee ducklings through the rocks to the water.

It was difficult to watch and not want to help as they kept sliding down the rocks. They finally made it!!! Safe and sound!! Whew! I circled the ducklings and the momma in blue because they blend with the rocks.

There was quite the cloud show.Rainbow cloud in the second photo. The photo doesn’t show all the colors; yet, it was amazing. Incredibly beautiful!!!

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June 4 2018:

After dinner walk tonight with Thomas. Just missed the sunset; yet, still incredibly beautiful! Followed our walk with a starlit swim in the pool. Ahhhhhh!!!! Feeling incredibly blessed and grateful!

Walk with Thomas Vintage Lake 6.4.18

June 5 2018:

Shining bright for all to see and feel.

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June 5 2018:

Photo bombed by a bee. He thinks these are beautiful too!

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Book Musings: Your Life is a Book

June 9 2018:

Your Life is a Book – How to Craft & Publish Your Memoir

In the past I have stayed away from books like this, choosing instead to read deeply spiritual, mystical, and inner exploration type books. Recently, while pulling holds at the library, I was drawn to this book and others like it. Although I checked it out, the book sat for weeks while I read other books.

I’m grateful that there are times when I listen to the inner knowing and do things without question …and really, don’t even know that’s what I’m doing. HA! This book was exactly what I needed, when I needed it. And, surprisingly was also deeply spiritual. Imagine that!!

Your Life is a Book Book May 2018

Loose Tooth and Cheers

**THROWBACK POST**

April 26 2012:

You see it? That tooth right there? Been loose for about NINE months. We’ve been wiggling it for 10-20 minutes every day for the past 3 weeks to get that sucker out! We had an appointment this past Monday to get it pulled; which I cancelled cause it was SOOOO close! It is OUT and Team TLC will be celebrating! Think this calls for a dance party!

Lillian and Tooth 4.26.12

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April 26 2012:

Here’s to Thomas having a good week at school AND here’s to ME for finally getting that tooth out of Lillian’s mouth and here’s to Lillian for being so strong and courageous!! Cheers!!!

Toasting 4.26.12

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” …. their really saying, I Love YOU ….. ” courtesy of Thomas who was singing this song tonight … “What a wonderful World”http://youtu.be/m5TwT69i1lU {We listened to a few different versions after he was singing it and his favorite is Louis Armstrong!) It truly is a WONDERFUL world ….