From: sarah @ becking . com
Subject: Hello Amy!
Date: October 22, 2007 9:46:57 AM CDT
To: hello @ silverbox photographers . com
I know that we spoke about family photos months ago but…..was wondering if there was a day in the late afternoon (in the next month or so ) that we could meet at Stewart park or some place close to both of us to do some family photos. I have put it off too long. I am just so much more comfortable behind the camera.
Anyhoo…just let me know if there is space in your calendar. I am not after anything but some nice outdoor images of the kids and us, preferably playing (I guess we should try to pose for a few). Any crisp fall day will do.
PS Bring your kiddos along if you would like. They can run and play in the park…It might distract my kiddos from what is actually going on (better smiles!!) I think that I have ruined them as far as posing for pics is concerned.
Sarah’s surgery was completed about an hour ago. Although we haven’t seen her yet, reports from the doctors are fabulous.They removed all carcinoid they were able to find. And they tried very hard to find it all. And they didn’t find any carcinoid anywhere we didn’t already know it existed. Exclamation points!! Exclamation points!!!! Exclamation points!!!!! ....
Everything that happened was expected, and they didn’t do nor find anything unexpected. They removed what we were pretty sure already existed, and were unable to find anything else to worry about. I’m restating, trying to figure out if there’s a better way to say that this is essentially the best possible news that could have come from today. A long, great day, broken up by a big storm and brief power outage in the hospital (waiting room, not the operating room).
Sarah will be in ICU starting here in a bit, for a day or two, then in a regular room for another few days. Enormous thanks to all for all, on behalf of all of us in New Orleans.
even ku gets a pass today, stupid shoe-wearing mythical birds.
She was a loving wife, a great friend, had a happy spirit, saw the best in people, and was an outstanding mother. The kids and I are in Malden now, will be returning to Columbia tomorrow. Sarah’s mom and dad are en route to Columbia now to be with her brother and his family.
There’s simply nothing about it that seems fair or right, but I guess that’s why they call it fate. Perhaps the incident two years ago was simply a wake up call so we could fully appreciate these past two years, which we certainly did....
I close this e-mail the way I’ve ended most phone conversations, go hug your friends and family.
Sarah loved you all, and I appreciate that love flowing back toward us now.