Thank you, everybody, for the way you have left me comments and been so supportive and encouraging to me in the past month or so while I've been any place but here. It's been a really REALLY rough month for me because I have been having really bad issues with a heart condition that I have had to deal with over the past few years. Also (this is the bigger issue lately), I've been dealing with the fact that my dad might have cancer.
There's been lots of testing that's happened and it's not been determined that he does have it but they still have yet to rule it out the way they've been able to rule out lots of other things so far. Today is a big day for my dad/our family because he goes in for what should probably be the last stage of testing that will determine truly what is causing all of the issues. We find out test results later on this week (if all goes well) and perhaps we might finally have some much needed answers.
To say that this all has been really hard on my dad/my family/myself would be would be a ridiculous understatement. Just the possibility of cancer is devastating to us as we've already had to deal with this twice with a brother and a sister of my dad's (so an uncle and aunt) who both passed on within the past two years and then once with another aunt (also his sister) who has been fighting (and is now remission finally!!!) cancer over the past three years. Perhaps it's silly to even think it but I just thought that my dad could never possibly end up having it, too.
Much like you all, my friends have been so wonderful for me through all of this. Jillian has been the best (as she always is) even though she's got a super busy schedule with gymnastics AND school and mini Saige and Frank have also really been great company to have when I just want to/need to/ end up sitting and crying because I just can't help myself. And I've also been blessed to have another good friend who is quickly proving to be another other other other BEST friend. (So, if you are counting? I have FOUR friends who are my besties!!! Isn't that amazing? How blessed am I???!!!)
My newest best friend has not been formally introduced mostly because we've all just been spending a ton of time hanging out and getting to know one another. Basically? Jillian, mini Saige, Frank, and I have been "hogging" her all to ourselves because she's just such a fun and sweet and NICE and awesome girl. We've realized that it's not fair that we keep doing this though so it's finally time for you all to meet her!!! Please say hello and meet my new amazing bestie, Ramsey Rae!
Ramsey Rae is brand new around here not only because I just met her but also because she just moved here from North Carolina. She moved up here to the DC area because her mom grew up in Northern Virginia (which is just outside of DC) and her grandmother is getting older so they wanted to be closer/near by in order to help out her grandma who needs more help these days.
Ramsey's full name is Ramsey Rae Robins. She was named after her grandfather (Ray Ramsey) because there were never any sons born on her mother's side to carry on the family name AND also because her grandfather Ray (who isn't alive anymore) was a really amazing man. Her last name is Robins and comes from her father (who she doesn't live with except on some holidays and some long school breaks) because her parents got divorced a few years ago and they both moved to different states.
Ramsey has been a really REALLY great friend to me lately because (as I have already mentioned so far) she's been through a whole lot in her life. Also, her mom is a doctor of psychology and she does counseling for people AND works as a professor (teaching psychology and counseling courses) at the college level. Ramsey know a lot about how to get through really hard stuff in life and she's a super great listener and she's just plain really loving and she gives great advice if you ask her for it. She NEVER gives advice unless you ask for it though because she really does focus a lot on just trying to listen and be there for you. She always says that one of the greatest gifts that a person to give to another is to just be present and that's what she tries to do. (AND she's really REALLY good at it.)
Jillian and I have both been able to spend a lot of time with Ramsey in order to really get to know her better and that's been great since - 1) there's a lot of new and really great things to learn about her in order to really know her and 2) she's just such a great friend to know especially in a time like now when I've been having just the worst time of things. Don't get me wrong - Jillian and mini Saige and Frank have been AWESOME and I haven't been able to get through any of this without them too but having Ramsey in the mix now too has been such an incredible blessing beyond anything I ever could have realized I would need right now.
Anyway, I've got more pictures of Ramsey Rae (but we don't always call her that - Jillian and I just think it's so neat that she has TWO names) but I just wanted to share this much today at least since I have been "teasing" you all so much with them. I'm going to share more of the pictures with you throughout the rest of this week so check back on the blog and keep an eye on my instagram for them. :)
Thanks for being patient with me and reading my blog! I'm glad I can finally share all of this with you all and if you could keep my family in your prayers and thoughts, I would so appreciate that. I'll see you later this week with more pictures of Ramsey.