So, I have waited to post about this until I knew how big a part of our lives it would be. My dad recently (and thankfully) went in for a routine check-up and found out that he has colon cancer. He had surgery a couple of weeks ago and they removed part of his colon, and they also determined that he will need chemotherapy for the next 6 months. Yuck.
While this is not the easiest for him or us, I feel really blessed to be a part of my family that deals with life's challenges one step at a time and with a sense of humor. Many emails of love and support have been sent, and at the same time emails full of good-natured jokes with my dad being the 'butt' of them. (Get it? Well, my dad will.) Oh, and he's also 'cracking' many of his own jokes too.
Anyway, this is not going to be fun; I feel really bad that my dad will feel crappy for the next few months, but overall we are feeling very positive and moving forward.
p.s. I have a TON of pictures just waiting to be posted, so I'll get on that soon.