After getting through all that, a tragedy greeted us the first day of 2012.
The phone rang at 4:30AM New Year's Day. Paralyzed with fear, my stomach flip-flopped and my mind raced. It was my stepdaughter's husband asking to speak to my husband in a grave voice. I handed the phone over and braced myself.
To make a very long story short, my youngest stepdaughter was involved in a fireworks explosion and lost her left eye. We are all devastated. It was a stupid, stupid thing that should never have happened. She is now recuperating at her mother's home and faces more surgeries and a prosthetic eye at some point. I'm so grateful that she is still here and that she didn't lose both eyes. There's so much more I want to say, but I'm still in shock over it and feeling a little overwhelmed with my own situation.
With six kids there is never a dull moment.
I am finally in Baton Rouge--my new home. We spent the first few days setting up the internet, visiting relatives, and running errands for my mother. Trying to carve out a little space for myself in a 700 sq ft apartment has been quite a challenge. My mother seems happy to have me here, so that's all that matters at this point.
Here are a few shots I took with my iphone over the last couple days:
|Coffee Call - famous for beignets and cafe au lait! YUM|
|Bread pudding at Cafe Americain|
Topped with pecans, Bailey's Irish Cream, and chocolate rum sauce
|Boudin Balls at The Chimes Restaurant|
Pronounced "Boo-dan" but silent on the 'n'
a Cajun specialty consisting of rice, sausage and various spices;
kind of like rice stuffing
My pants are already getting a little snug. :(
|A wallhanging at The Chimes|
|Double D & me at The Chimes|
|I've GOT to have one of these! (the tail, not the car)|
Baton Rouge is known as Tiger Town, after all.
|Snowy Egret devouring a perch or brim|