The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Many Thanks!

Thank you so much for all the lovely birthday wishes my mom received yesterday! We were amazed that 38 birthday cards arrived in the mail yesterday! She had at least 12 phone calls too, so we told her that surely is a sign of how well loved she is!

It was a good day yesterday, but very busy! We started the morning with a visit from the home health nurse, then on to radiation, a home assessment from a care agency, a visit from the nurse's aide who helps with bathing, and several fun visits from florists! (Thank you so much Susie, Suzie, David & Fernie, Sylvia & Jerry for the beautiful flower arrangements!) We also squeezed in a visit to DMV for a handicap parking sticker, and a trip to "Inta Juice" where my mom enjoyed a mango, pineapple, peach, and passion fruit smoothie!

In the afternoon, her special delivery from, "Beth's Bakery" arrived! The prune cake was absolutely delicious, which refutes all the comments about how a prune cake sounded so dreadful! If you need a good recipe, Beth is our go-to-gal as her cake was fantastic! She barely knows us, yet she and her children graciously baked this cake for my mom. Your kindness Beth will never be forgotten!!!

My mom had fun opening her presents, one of which was a big photo that her dear friend Georgia blew up onto a big board. It was a picture of "The Three Thirds", which were the three 3rd grade teachers at North Whittier School in 1973! The picture was taken on Halloween with everyone in costume. My mom is the one in the middle. Georgia, or Miss Temme as I knew her, was my 3rd grade teacher! My year in her class, was the most magical wonderful year of all my years in education! Miss Temme was my inspiration for wanting to teach, and my mom was the role model growing up, of what dedicated teachers do year long for their students!

Thank you to Aunt Beth for the gorgeous Fruits of the Spirit bracelet! My mom said that every person she saw in the Cancer Center today commented on it!

The birthday celebration continued today with a relaxing massage at the Hope Cancer Care Center where patients can receive complimentary 30 min. massages after their treatments. We also found a kind beauty operator who makes house calls, and will come to give my mom a pedicure today! She is thrilled, and is in such a good mood. My mom is embracing everyday, and isn't letting any grass grow under feet, except of course for a nap now and then!

Thank you again to each of you, who helped my mom celebrate this 67th birthday with such joy!

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