Autumn Leaves

Nov 8, 2009

Mary and David asked us to rake some of the leaves up on Willow Glen’s driveway and we gladly did it – because it gave Bennett and me a chance to act like little kids again.  We raked a HUGE pile, threw leaves all over each other and the dogs, and then tried our hardest to capture it in a picture.  This is the best we could do with what we had to work with. 🙂

autumn leaves

Like I said, we act like children most of the time.  Maeby was really into the festivities of leaf raking but George Michael had more fun sniffing all of the interesting animal smells in the orchard at WG.

In other happenings of our lives…we will be having another Boltze kid invade West Virginia.  I’ve been begging Billy and Sierra to come live in the Wheeling area since we moved here and, although it’s not under the best of circumstances, Billy will soon be joining us.  After going through the first round of chemotherapy, it’s been discovered that he still needs more treatment – and this time it’s going to be a lot more intense. 

His doctor is in Grand Rapids, and he lives in Traverse City.  Those two places are around three hours away from each other and it would be incredibly taxing on him to travel that far, not to mention how tired he’ll probably be with the chemo treatments.  As soon as I heard that Billy was thinking about moving to GR, I hopped on the phone with Mary and she helped us devise a plan to get Billy here.  This way we can help him out as much as he needs, he has a place to stay and the hospital he will be getting treatments in is right across the road from where I work (and is also the place where Mary works).  He gets to choose if he wants round the clock help from us crazy McKinleys, or if he just wants us around every once in a while.  Either way, we’re here.  It makes me feel a lot better that he’ll be with family.  I think it’s also helping my mom to know that.

All I have to say is that my in-laws are amazing.  It’s not every day that someone stretches out a hand to someone they barely know and it means a lot to me that they’re treating one of my family members as one of their own.  Two BIG snaps for Mary and David!!

With Billy’s permission, I’ll try and keep everyone updated with his treatments on our blog here.  I know it’s not the same as if you were here with us, but at least it helps to know what’s going on.  Like I said before – I’m not exactly thrilled about the reasons that are bringing him here, but I’m really excited to have my big brother in Wheeling!!  I’ll try my hardest not to drive him nuts. 🙂


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Welcome to Wild+Wanderful!  I’m Katy.
Momma. Wife. West Virginian.
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