Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday at The Dallas Arboretum

   Summer and I started our day with an early morning run to Starbucks while still wearing our pajamas! We didn't go in, though! Did the Drive Thru!
We were ready and waiting for Sabrina and Rayne to pick us up.
Just FYI - Sabrina and Rayne are staying with her mom since they evacuated from Puerto Rico while Summer has her small suite in the home of  Sabrina's lovely Aunt Sherry. Both live in Rowlett.

I was looking forward to giving Rayne a tin of pumpkin muffins!

She loves them so! 
She had one from Starbucks recently and when she tasted it, she said, "Well, it's not like the ones Bella makes!"
That smile was all I needed to make me want to bake up another batch and put them in the freezer so I will have them ready to give the next time I see her!

Rayne and her two sweet friends from her old neighborhood are smiling behind us....

We were a happy lot!

Sabrina's son and his girlfriend rounded out the group.
It was a beautiful day to be at the Arboretum!

Rayne Roo!!!

Summer and I were the slower of the group and paced ourselves by stopping at just about every shaded bench we spotted.

The flowers were gorgeous!

Most of these photos are compliments of Summer and Sabrina.
Sabrina has a brand new iPhone (her other one was a casualty of Hurricane Maria) and it has a portrait setting that blurs the background. SO pretty!

You can tell that these are from my camera!

But I love the subjects!

It was good to see Rayne and Mummers having fun together.

Kids don't stay little long.

Having young people with us worked out so nicely.

The girls and Rayne had a lot of energy....and Casey and Mary Ann are young enough to keep up with them all and Sabrina nearly always runs circles around everybody else.

The Gardens have misters in several places and they made these cobwebs look like works of art.....

as they are! Notice the hole in each one.

Is that where the spider is lying in wait?

Whiterock Lake and the Dallas skyline behind this area where we ate lunch.

After experiencing the trauma of the hurricanes, the Arboretum provided the healing only nature can give. The trees in PR are most all stripped of their leaves - but they are growing back.
It did them good to see the splendor of fall.....they don't have autumn like this there.

The day went so well. Summer paced herself. Alas, just as we were about to head towards the exit....
her body simply stopped her in her tracks.

From my Facebook post this evening....

We all had such a good day at the Arboretum.....until we were heading toward the exit when Summer's body just gave out on her and she could not take one more step due to the excruciating pain. We had to get a tram to take her all the way out of the gardens and right to the car where Casey helped her off the tram and into the front seat. We got her back to her house and put her to bed and gave her medicine. When I left Sabrina  was still with her and the meds had kicked in and she was calmer. Please say a prayer for my daughter. She is figuring out her limitations and trying to make allowances for them but this Fibromyalgia has a mind of its own and can stop and drop her in her tracks with little to no warning.
However, though the day ended in great pain for her.....she did get to live Life and that's very important to her.

I am home and just spoke to Summer on the phone.
She slept for a few hours and the pain has backed off some.
We still have a lot to learn about this Fibromyalgia......but Summer is going to do what it takes to figure out how to deal with it. So many have shared tips and advice and personal experiences.
I actually read all the ones I have received by blog comments or personal messages to her last night.
It helps to know that there is hope.
Thank you for giving that to her.


Linda said...

What a lovely day. My heart goes out to Summer as she works to find what works for her in dealing with Fibromyalgia. Your support will be very necessary in the coming weeks and months. That’s what families do.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Praying for Summer! Glad you had a lovely time at the arboretum!

Ginny Hartzler said...

I am so sorry! But glad that she did go with you and had fun until the end. She is not letting this keep her down! Or keep her from having fun!! Way to GO Summer!

Bluebird49 said...

Something has to help. The pain and stiffness is very real--a complete body pain...and a very emotional pain, too. <3

Hootin' Anni said...

No matter....pain is real!!!! Hope she will be able to work things through it and live life to the fullest!

Love your outing Linda. My favorite...FAVORITE photo is the one of you and Summer in the shade. So, so sweet it is.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

What a fun day!! Loved seeing all the pretty pictures.

Susie said...

Linda, So good to see sweet Rayne. She is a little doll. I am praying for Summer. At least she got a day in the fresh air and enjoyed some family time. That girl seems to give her all. Blessings for a new week. Love, xoxo, Susie

Sandra said...

it makes me feel good to see them safe and sound in Texas and everyone looks so happy. what a fun time and the flowers are wonderful. I would love to have the iPhone but yours take good pics to.... soon we will need no camera just a phone.. enjoyed all the family fotos

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is a lovely place and gave for some great photo opportunities for sure Learning limitations is not easy but one I'm sure she'll overcome. Keeping Summer in my prayers.

Cheapchick said...

I've never known fibro to stop you in your tracks, perhaps she has that plus something else? Like a slipped disc? Fibro tends to make you so bloody tired you think you can't take another step but not the intense pain she experiences (your overall tissue hurts but not like stabbing). Maybe she needs a new doctor, it really seems like no one is able to help her properly

ellen b. said...

Fall at the Arboretum looks wonderful. Glad you had a good time together.