Lots of things going on, and I know that I haven't been posting much of "real life" lately (my apologies to the non-poetry-lovers among us), so I'll just catch you up a bit, in case you're wondering if I still have friends, family, and the young single adult ward in my life! (Answer: yes, I do.)
My daughter Karin and I spent the morning at Kaiser yesterday, where she underwent an exploration of her reproductive system to see why she and her husband are having trouble conceiving a child. She said she is quite comfortable having me share the rather interesting results with you, so I will take a moment to explain that she has two cervixes and two uteri. Other than that fairly remarkable departure from the norm, everything is fine and dandy, so the docs will probably be helping things along a little with IUI (intra-uterine insemination) in the left uterus, which seems to have a better cervix. The issue, for a person with two smaller uteri rather than one large one, is going to be trying to avoid twins (no room at the womb!) and then keep even the one baby from coming too early. Her situation will be sort of like a person with a regular uterus having twins; she will be prone to deliver ahead of time due to limitations on growing space for the fetus. All in all; the doctors are hopeful...and so are we.
On Friday, our cute grandson (Jeremiah) will be flying to San Francisco on his own for a "baseball trip" given to him by his Uncle Ryan for Christmas. Pretty cool gift, right? Apparently, the J-man is really looking forward to spending some quality time with his uncle, and we intend to horn in on it a bit towards the end. (They will come our way to attend church with us and have Sunday dinner before leaving for the airport near our home.) We were supposed to attend a baseball game with them on Friday, but we aren't sure if we will make that because we are trying to attend a funeral out of town if Dave can arrange his work schedule to be out of the office for that day. Sometimes we wish we could clone ourselves and be in three places at the same time, but so far, we haven't figured that out. My sister and her husband will be staying with us Saturday night on their way home from Sacramento, and we can't wait to spend a little time with them, too.
In other news, we'll be attending the temple tonight with the singles ward, then hitting In-N-Out with the whole gang on the way home, as is our custom. Last weekend, our service-oriented crew participated in Mormon Helping Hands, an annual event where approximately 75,000 church members across California and Hawaii volunteered en masse to benefit their communities. Our young people were assigned to clear brush and trim trees in the area surrounding the local community college, and we had a great turn-out of enthusiastic helpers. By all accounts, local leaders in both states are bowled over by the numbers of people who show up, and they thoroughly enjoy finding ways to put the eager beavers to work. It's a wonderful experience for everyone concerned.
Other than that, we are looking forward to visiting my mom this month and attending a nephew's wedding while we're there. Happily, all of our kids will be with us. Nothing better than getting the whole group together, and we will also be celebrating my birthday. I will be turning 60 on the 31st...a whole new decade for me!
Looks like May is shaping up to be another busy one...