I really like the people I work out with.  It's fun how you can go from being total strangers to the best of friends after working out so hard together on a regular basis. Over a  year ago, my friend Crystal Murphy thought she threw her hip out. Crystal is the woman in the right of this  picture holding her weight in the air.  After trying to let her hip heal and seeing massage therapists and really babying it, it didn't get better but got worse.  It became a bit of a mystery.

Finally Crystal went to the doctor and got an MRI.  They found that she had a malignant tumor in her back that was pressing against a nerve, making her hip and leg hurt.  Crystal was diagnosed with lymphoma.  It was such a shock.  She immediately dropped everything and started treatment.  She was healthy, young, had two kids and no history of cancer in her family. Crystal had to go through several rounds of chemo and it worked.  She is finally in remission.  She has started to come back to the gym to get her strength back, her hair is growing back, and she's going to be okay.

Crystal asked Willie and I walk with her Team at the Fruita relay for life.  We are going to walk for two hours and we hope to raise $200 to donate to cancer research.  Crystal's husband's employer will match our donation.  

Cancer seems to affect every family in some way.  My uncle died of brain cancer.  My aunt died of melanoma.  I have no idea who else it will affect in my life. It could have easily been me with the tumor instead of Crystal.  

I have been a part of the relay for life the last couple of years with church service projects and I can tell you it is a great event.  If you can, please donate a little to this cause.  Below is a link to our official relay for life page.  You can also donate via paypal by sending a donation to willie_deford@yahoo.com.  Pass this along to anyone you think my be interested. Thanks!

Mother's Day

Today I've been thinking a lot about when I was pregnant with my boys.  I was looking through old pictures and found one I kind of like. I wish I had a great photographer get a few shots of me while pregnant.  I'm not one for a naked belly with gauze etc. I wish I had a simple black and white photo of me somewhere in our home, pregnant (and fully clothed).  Something classic, timeless.

Willie and I are in the process of talking about having another baby. I'm not sure what will be in store for our family.  Willie uncertain future at his law firm is a big factor for him.  When looking at old pregnancy pictures I found one of me the week before Hank was born.  That was not a good thing to look at. Then I see baby pictures of Hank and Wyatt and think about how wonderful another baby with fuzzy white hair would be.

I've always wanted to be a mom.  My family makes me so happy.  Today I've been thinking that I want to be more of a fun mom.  I can be kind of strict but I want to let things go more often, let the kids eat out more, surprise them with doughnuts sometimes and play more. I might even allow a few name brand purchases instead of generic. Willie is so good at this.

I'm so thankful I have a wonderful mother who loves my kids and supports me in everything I do.  I'm also so thankful for a great step mother and mother-in-law.

We planted our vegetable garden today and after getting in all the soil amendment, smoothing the soil and spacing out all the plants, I was planting and Willie was following me watering.  We were reminiscing about our garden plot at the Boulder Community Gardens. It was awesome.  In Willie's words, gardening was my photography back then. Our vegetable garden is still nice, but a smaller operation.  It's so great having it right out our back door, attached to automatic watering.  We used to dream about having a garden at our house instead of having to drive to it.  Here are a few pictures I dug up from the past.  It's so strange to think it was just us back then.

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