Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Friends, it has been a long time. We have had one hell of a summer here in L-town. We are beginning to heal from the loss of our boy, but we still miss him and the joy he brought to our lives. Charles' allergies have been on the rampage and no amount of allergy medication brings him satisfactory relief. I am feeling much better after a two month bout with my thyroid. After many visits to the doctor and endocrinologist, they've ruled out Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism. We were quite relieved to receive that news, and these days, my health is on the mend.

We are so truly blessed to have such a lovely, supporting family. To aide in my recovery, our eternally optimistic Aunt Peggy and magnanimous Momma-in-Law Judy came to stay for a week at a time. Lucy, Charles, and I loved every second we got to spend with each woman. They were a great help to all of us, and we will be forever indebted and grateful.

And now onto what people really read the blog for...Lucy! Here she is with her Papi. She's just learned to wave and blow kisses. Here she is blowing kisses to Mom.

Due to sheer laziness and desperate need of a haircut, I have been wearing a hat most days. Lucy, wanting to be like Mom, also likes to wear hats around the house.

This is from a few weeks ago. Papa Walter and Grandma Boo came over for a nice dinner and visit with Lucy. We just love them.

Along with a love of her Grandma J, Lucy has developed a love of Twizzlers (also thanks to Grandma J). This must truly be genetic because if anyone knows Charles, they know he can polish off a whole bag by himself!

Grandma, Grandbaby photos... Here they are on their first full day together for the first time since the Spring. Once again they became fast friends.

Exchanging "tall tales" and stories.

On their last morning together before Grandma left for home Lucy took a ride on her shoulders. Lucy's styles her own hair every morning after breakfast with a magic pomade... Pancake Syrup! It adds just enough texture and shine for a classy dame like Lucy.

lucy and aunt peggy

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As mentioned in the post above, Aunt Peggy came down for the week before Momma Judy. We had a great time together, and I was able to rest as much as I wanted and needed. Unfortunely, I did not have my camera out until the day of departure. Quite conveniently, Lucy struck up a conversation with her Auntie as she was walking out the door. I think she was trying to delay the goodbye. It worked and we were able to spend just a few more minutes with our wonderful Aunt!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Rest in Peace My Sweet Boy

My little boy passed away at 2:30 PM this last Thursday. It was untimely, unfortunate, and devastating, but his liver was failing and his body just got tired of fighting.

I adopted Ted when he was barely and month and a half old. He was the runt of his litter and in my eyes irresistable. It would be the first time in my life I would experience love at first sight. For the longest time, he was my whole heart. We were two peas in a pod. As we grew and matured together, so did our family. Charles easily stepped into the role of Dad, and Lucy the annoying little sister. He loved us with a fierceness I can't begin to explain, and we loved him just the same. He was loyal, and he was our protector. He was crazy, yet he brought sanity to our household. He was a gift; the most precious gift no amount of money could buy or replace. If you were to open up my chest to peek at my heart, you would find a paw print. He left his mark and taught us what selfless love truly is. Our lives will never be the same. He was wonderful.

===THEODORE KHAMPHAKDY HORTON 11/18/1999-08/30/2007===

Ted, we will miss you everyday until we get to see you again. Be a good boy.