Monday, August 01, 2005

Prayers Please

My grandma fell today and broke her femur (the thigh part of your leg). So she's in the hospital today, awaiting surgery tomorrow. The problem with this is she's 80 years old, and a speedy recovery is especially difficult at that age. She's in great health, but now she'll be in a cast from her hip down past her knee. That means no sitting down, no bending at the hip, no showers, and so on. I'm sure you get the picture. For a couple of months, this will be a complete lifestyle change, and one my grandfather is probably not too capable of helping her with.

It's hard to see my grandparents age. I'd like to think they'll be around forever, but I know that's not the case. It makes me a little scared to get old.

Also in the news... last spring I found out the son of my old boss from my job in Abilene had a brain tumor. He's the sweetest 5-year-old kid you can imagine. Anyway, the tumor was removed in surgery a couple of months ago, but after a recent MRI, they discovered it's grown back. He starts chemotherapy in less than a week, and it will last for the next 16 months. Yikes! A blog the family created to keep everyone updated can be found at:

Please say a prayer for these people if you have a minute.

Alright, enough with the sad. On to the happy... pictures! A few more random ones:

Originally uploaded by emster214.
A lone spectator sits in the stands of JMU's Convocation Center as he watches the boys in the leauge above him play a basketball game. JMU's Dean Keener basketball camp started the middle of July.

Originally uploaded by emster214.
Bail bondsman Dover Harper calls himself Dr. Bond. He works part-time at an insurance agency, and does bail bonds on the side. When I went to take his photo, he was sure to let me know he didn't kill people.

old car
Originally uploaded by emster214.
This was originally a slide I shot a few years ago. (Ok, like four.) I just found a scanned version of it today, and thought I'd revive it a little. This old car was found just outside of Johnson City, TN.


Heather/SHTEZQ said...

You are an amazing photographer. I really enjoy looking at your blog and I truely hope your grandmother gets better

Rachel said...

I'll pray for these people, you and your family. Update us on the situation!

gRaCeY said...

Keeping you all in prayer, especially your grandma. Take heart. :)

afp763389 said...

... :\

Avery's mom said...

love the old rusted out car...that pic has some terrific color contrast. very rustic if you dont mind the pun

Jamie Dawn said...

I know that "bored" feeling depicted in that photo.

I said a prayer for those you mentioned.
My Gramillo died first and then not that long afterwards, my grandpa died.
I was so close to them. It is hard to lose your loved ones. I know your feelings of apprehension about the future and growing old. It means we have to face death and grief. I just hate that.

Steven said...

Prayers indeed for all. I know exactly where you are coming from. My grandpa has had a couple of falls now. He is 85. He hasn't broken anything but was cut up.
I wouldn't worry about getting old now or ever. You're still young and beautiful. ;-)

diseuse said...

I'm pretty convinced that when people say they don't kill people, what they are leaving off is, "anymore."

John said...

I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother’s fall. I know that it’s very difficult seeing your loved ones’ health begin to fail, though having been around a lot of old people in my life, I also know that there’s still a large measure grace working in the aging process for both the elderly and for those who are present to them. Anyway, I’ll be praying for you, your family, and the young boy.

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