Yesterday morning I set my alarm for 6:30 a.m. When it went off, I turned on CNN and they were saying that the shuttle had launched 9 minutes earlier. I was kicking myself that I hadn't known about the launch and had missed my chance at seeing it from my parent's home. They mentioned on the news that remnants in the sky from the shuttle were beautiful at that moment, so I ran to the window and the above picture is what I saw. Believe me, my picture doesn't do it justice...the sky was glowing over the water. It was one of those rare sights that I was just lucky to be able to see.
We brought my mom home today. She spent 5 days in a rehab center and even though it was one of the the best in the city, it was horrible. She couldn't stand it there, although she did enjoy the therapy part of it and will be doing some outpatient therapy a couple of times a week. She still isn't moving around well, so she has some strength to gain and more progress to make. Each day is a little better than the day before and she (and my dad) are so glad she is home. I'm going to be here a few more weeks to hopefully help them get into a routine and for my mom to get around better. We all decided that if she was going to be sitting in a chair most of the day, it might as well be her chair and watching the boats go by instead of in a dark room, behind a curtain with a roommate. I really feel for people who have to go to places and have no other choices, or family members to look out for them. Even in the best of places there are mistakes made.
I will have more time now that we are home to hopefully read some of your wonderful blogs. I tried at the end of the day to read a few over the past 2 weeks, but I simply couldn't stay awake. I think I will start to get a bit of my energy back now that we are going to have a routine here. I can't wait! I've missed your blogs, I've appreciated the way you all have continued to send me messages and all of the prayers for my mom. You will never know how much it has meant to all of us.