Good things come to those who are patients.

 On Easter Sunday this year, 
I drove 10 hours across Montana and NORTH DAKOTA by myself to visit this one...

noteboom photography

Just like her mother, she sometimes has weird things happen...

no, no, this picture is when she forgot 
to undo her wedding dress 
before she put it on...

we laughed hysterically and took photos.
took some more photos 
then we helped.

we are a helpful mom that way.  

apparently she forgave me 
enough time has passed since the wedding,

because she asked if I could be helpful again!

and i offered.

numerous times.

Once upon a time, she was a NCAA college gymnast,
and she bulked up those little lady legs of hers.

Apparently her legs protested by the way of 

"Chronic Compartments Syndrome"

which sometimes can kill you
they wanted to do surgery to release her leg muscles 
from its fascia 
it wouldnt cut off her blood supply when she exercised, 
hiked, or just plain walked.

She was in constant pain, and it did go undiagnosed for 5 years.

we were so glad they found the reason why!
Although its rare!
All us family members know about rare diseases!

Yes, thats 4 three inch incisions; one on each side of her legs.

she lives on the 3rd floor.


But its okay, 
her momma (me!)
stayed for  two WHOLE weeks!
And she let me be her mother!
And we are still talking!

But isnt she still married, you ask?

What about Christopher?

What did he think?

Where was he?

Here he is studying.

Here he is studying and being a good cat daddy.

Here is the patient, not studying 
because she has a degree in Political Science 
works in a career of public administration,
and was able to take off 2 weeks from work 
and watch Rupaul, Portlandia and an idiot abroad with me.
Game of thrones Sunday nights.
She was on pain killers.
I think she is wondering
if I will ever stop
with the camera.
I say
Im just practicing for grandcats *cough* grandbabies...


They are still very much married and in love!

Arent they a good looking couple!?


how did they end up in Grand Forks, North Dakota?



Why is Christopher studying 17 hours a day?

This building above is a clue...

You see,
When he graduated from University of Montana 3 years ago with two degrees,

He had a dream.

He wasnt quite sure how,

but he wondered if this dream of his would work out.

So after he graduated, he became a CNA...

while waiting until the following year
for his sweetheart to graduate.

Psst - He was known as the good looking strong man
who took good care of his patients...!!!


When she graduated from University of Montana also...



where was I?

Oh, they got married right afterwards!

At our place!

it burned up!

So he and his honey, 
because Christopher is the most wonderful of Sons,
 made sure we had help 
that we went on vacation with them to Yellowstone!

okay, that really doesnt have to do anything 
with the story right now,
but Christopher is a very considerate and special son in law!

BTW I love this picture - my honey and my new son!  Arent they handsome?

In the meanwhile, while Chris and Annabel both worked in Montana, 

he took a very special test,
applied to many schools...

he waited.

You see,

the schools he applied at,
you have to pay a $$fee just for them to review your application.

and then if they are interested,
 they call you for the first of many interviews
on their time,
no matter where the school is located at.

Its a very stressful, time-consuming process 
and cost thousands of dollars...

But because Christopher had scored so high,
works so hard,
interviewed so well,

and is good looking and smart and nice and fun and sensible
and the best hubby to my daughter and...i could go on and on!!!

His dream came true!

Yes, he studying to be a DOCTOR!!!!!

We are sooo proud of him!!!!

He is just completing his first year,
out of a class of 70+

he is ranked in the top two!


and this is why I was able to tolerate  

Well, the Jose on ice helped too...

So even if my one grandcat likes to sit in cabinets,

And my other grandcat likes to mimic 
his Daddy's 
"blue steel" pose,

We think you are the "cat's meow", Chris!

We are so proud & glad to have you in our family.

Thank you for all you are,
all you do,
we love you lots!



Please leave an encouraging comment for Christopher,
as he is taking finals this week, 
He could use all the good wishes
our blog family can muster!

Muster away,

everyone, please!!


Oh, yes
healing wishes for Annabel,
she is her mother's daughter 
is already riding bikes and exercising.



coming up -

Then theres the story of the prairie dogs
behind the supertarget...



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