Here is a photo of us with Alexis (the patient), Jill and Austin, the big sister. We were in the lobby of Thornewood Castle, a bed & breakfast inn that is owned by Jill's mother-in-law. Shortly after this photo was taken, Alexis serenaded us with "Over the Rainbow." Alexis' version was much cheerier than Eva Cassidy's rendition!
Doesn't Alexis look as healthy as can be? Yet she has had cancer since she was 11 weeks old. It's mind-boggling, even to her doctors. She is a gift from God, as are all of our children; she's full of love, life and spunk. We loved her and her sister on sight. (You, too, Jill, but we really know it's all about the kids, isn't it?)
Jill caught a photo of us, on the phone with David (calling from Provence). He called just before we were about to leave Thornewood.
Speaking of David, we have heard from him nearly every day, either via telephone, Skype chat or facebook chat. Technology is a wonderful thing, when your child is far away from home!
David is having a fabulous time, and has enjoyed many aspects of French culture, especially the food, and life in a small village. His grasp of the language is increasing. He has visited the local street market, the Pont du Gard, the towns of Lacoste & Rousillon and a small airfield where his "host father" takes flying lessons. He even played a round of golf at the local golf club! We're excited to see the many pictures he has taken. He will be arriving tomorrow around mid-day, and I am looking forward to seeing him!