Saturday, March 8, 2014

And the search begins

Well as a temporary Houstonian, the first order of business was to find somewhere to live! We spent yesterday and today searching the web and the city for a place to call our "right now home." This has been no small task! You forget that you're not just looking for an apartment, but a furnished apartment, with included utilities, that will do month to month leases! Luckily, with this being a city that caters to the hospitals and the patients they treat, we had some options. None of them would be what you call affordable, but you gotta do what you gotta do! I think we're going to settle on a two bedroom unit about 1.5 miles from the hospital. Once I fill it with my family it will be perfect!!! As for that, the plans for who will spend the next couple of months here with me are as complicated as my medical situation! It will be a revolving door of my mom, dad, brandt and the kids, aunts, cousins and friends! And I wouldn't have it any other way! I look forward to my time with all of them. They each add a special flavor to the recipe of my wonderful life! My hope is that Brandt and the kids can be here for a good chunk of the time rather than a week here or there. We'll see! Fingers crossed!!!
Today also included another day of seeing the beauty Houston has to offer. We spent the afternoon at Herman park. The weather was as beautiful as the park itself! It was a wonderful way to relax and unwind after a pretty taxing week. I picture myself spending many future afternoons walking the paths, enjoying the gardens, and chasing the kids through the park! It's amazing what a little fresh air can do for your mental state! I also have to add that we had a delicious dinner at Pappadeux, thanks for the recommendation Ruben and Brittany!
Tomorrow should be pretty low key, but Monday will be the CT simulation that lays the ground work for the radiation treatments that will begin the following week. After that we will hop a flight for West Palm Beach, Florida and I will be HOME! I can't wait to get back to my husband and kiddos, even if it's only a week, I'm making the best of it!


-a relaxing day at the park
-my silly friends that crack me up with every message and pic I open of them (Erica and Andrea!)
-my wonderful cousin Gracie who is taking her "keep Mary smiling" job very seriously!
-possibly finding a temporary home for the next couple of months!

Lifetime Jewel:
-I've said it before, but I am truly humbled and overwhelmed at the support my friends and family have shown. The prayers, messages of concern and donations are more than I ever expected. I am glad that I have somehow, someway touched yours lives, even though it is merely a fraction of how you've touched mine. There are no better people in the world than you guys and I am so lucky to have all of you. When this battle is won, it will be because of you! Thank you!
Lucky Bamboo Jackpot!

Simply beautiful! Herman park beauty.

Thanks Ruben and Brittany! It was yum!!!

The sisters and my cheerleaders!

Herman Park!

Japanese Garden in Herman Park


  1. So glad see you happy and optimistic I'm not full so much optimism right now; ( well my dad had suffered a couple of strokes and and doc's want Him on a spring which caused bleeding from the colon .so in other words a double edged sword .Horrible so operated him from that and the operation went well but then he suffered yet some more strokes. So battling "I take care of Daddy battle" kinda hard. So reading about optimismo as said in Spanish gives me strength Mrs. HAWES ;) KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO BEST SMILING!!!!

  2. I hope apartment hunting won't be too stressful for you! There are certainly a lot of options out there, and sometimes that could be bewildering. It would be great if you can find an apartment that's near your hospital. Take care and get well!

    Carter Hughes @ H2 Real Estate