I arrived at George Mark’s Children House in San Leandro, California on Friday, October 24th. When I first entered the house, I was instantly welcomed by the warmth and comfort of home. The building was very busy and filled with life. As I now enter day five I have experienced the tremendous emotions that surround me here. Abby, Leslie, and Hugh are in a beautiful room called Treasure Cove and Hailey, and I are across the hall in Railroad Xing. Each room has a unique theme hand painted on the walls. Each one is lovely.
Abby’s condition continues to decline rapidly, but I have been enjoying every second I spend with her. The way she looks at me just melts my heart, and I want to reach out to her and tell her she will be okay, it’s okay but I can’t.
As you get to know the nurses, doctors, staff, and volunteers more and more, you see a huge heart and passion for life in every one of them. From the wonderful home cooked meals in the beautiful dining room to the water therapy sessions at George Mark’s is amazing. We love the other families here and enjoy spending time with them walking the grounds, having breakfast or just sitting on the couches at the nurse’s station talking about their children and hearing their stories. I just added Franco’s Caring Bridge link to the site, and he is one of our best buddies here at the house.
Last night I experienced the passing of sweet Andrew across the hall. His story will forever remain in my heart, and I already miss talking to his grandma. He is in a wonderful place now. I must say that this House makes you realize and truly understand what is important in life. Right before I left Pittsburgh, I watched the Nooma video 020 Shells with our journey group at Discovery and Rob Bell’s story about letting go of all of the shells to get the starfish has also guided me on this voyage. Every moment I miss my Carly, Zane, Remi, Matt and Kate (and our furry ones Teva and Kali) that love gives me the strength and comfort to follow the current of the ocean and reach out to the starfish here in California…