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

Saturday, January 5, 2008

She's leaving us!

Boo hoo hoo....Annette is leaving us in the morning, and we are so disappointed! I know my mom was very happy to have her here, as Annette literally spent entire days at the hospital with my mom. She had only seen our home and the Longmont Hospital in 4 days! Tonight we took her into Boulder to see a few of the nighttime sights on her last evening here. We enjoyed a yummy dinner and stroll through historic Pearl Sreet afterwards. We came home to rent a movie, and it was such a nice distraction from all the worrying I have been doing since my mom's diagnosis on Christmas Eve.

Tomorrow Annette will see my mom in the morning, and then she will be off to the airport to return to Red Bluff, where her power is still out due to the big northern California storm! I am sure she will be anxious to get home, and see her family, but we will miss her greatly. Miraculously, my dishwasher has been loaded and emptied, the kids are entertained in the back of the car, tears are dried, and both my mother and I have had a shoulder to lean on. How will we get by without Annette? As she reminded me tonight, she is only a phone call away, as are all of you, and we are so thankful!

4 comments:

mrsj04 said...

Wow, what a wonderful friend Annette has been to you all. But then, wonderful people like you and your mom, Denise, attract that kind of friendship because of your own kindness! My thoughts and prayers are with you as your mom prepares to come home and begin radiation. And by the way, she looks great!!
P.S. Welcome home to Kyle...glad he had a fun (and safe!) trip!
Love from California,
Bridgette

Anonymous said...

Denise and Lorraine,

Denise, I must agree with Bridgette about you and your mom being wonderful people. I know that Annette is a great friend as well and I know that she will be missed. But she is right, she is only a phone call away, as well as many others. As you and your mom move into the next phase - know that we are here for both of you.

Lorraine, you are in my thoughts daily! As we approach Monday, know that Antelope will be thinking of you as well. I have contacted many people since I heard and will let everyone know come Monday! Keep up that positive attitude! Miss you alot.

Take care,

Sheri

Wiley said...

Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you Lorraine as you start your radiation treatments this week. Keep on that beautiful smile of yours!


Love,
Charlene

Kim said...

Your visit with Annette sounded truly wonderful and she will be greatly missed! Fly home safe tomorrow, Annette!
Lorraine, I will be thinking especially of you tomorrow as you begin your courageous fight. My prayers and good thoughts will be flying across the miles to you! In friendship and love,
Kim
p.s. And a GREAT BIG hello to you, Denise! Sending hugs your way! It won't be easy saying good-bye to Annette tomorrow, I'm sure. I know that you have my home number, but I also want the peace of mind from knowing that you have my cell phone number, too: (530) 526-4191. That way I can always be there for you. You just pick up that phone! You know the rule: ANYTIME! (smile)
Love, Kim