On February 7, 2008, my family held a double birthday party celebration for my sister Kysa and her best friend, Denise. (Denise’s birthday was just five days later on the 12th.) My sister Lori graciously hosted the event at her home.
We’d all been in need of a good reason to laugh again. We’d just lost “Dad Earl” to the copper thieves five months earlier, and then Mom had been diagnosed with the breast cancer right after his funeral and had the mastectomy. She’d only recently begun chemotherapy (note her cute khaki cap where her hair used to be), but this was one of the first times I’d really seen her smile since it all began.
Please forgive my sometimes unsteady hand with the camera; it appears I wanted to videotape everything and everyone all at once. At least my intentions were good.