Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Playing catch-up...again

Well I thought it would be a good time to post a bit of what's going on in our lives as I currently wait for Sofie to get through a couple hours of testing this morning.

Life continues to be a growth experience for both of us. We're getting used to our "new normal" and continuing to remember Debra in our thoughts and prayers. I've been channeling the creative part of Debra in some funny ways. Recently it was Book Character Day at Sofie's school. Since she has an obsession with animals, hamsters in particular this year, I set out to make her a hamster costume so she could be the main character from The World According to Humphrey, a charming book that her teacher read to the class earlier this school year. And when I say obsessed, I'm not far off the mark!! Ever since reading that first book(of the series of four) she's wanted a hamster. Life kept getting in the way though. Debra didn't want one while she was sick, then I didn't want one while we were making that transition and moving things in and out of the house. I promised Sofie that when life settled down, we'd get a hamster. She kept saying that won't be until summer!! Boy, she had no idea! Even though things aren't fully in there places, I decided to surprise her on Valentine's day and get her very own Humphrey. She was very clear that she wanted a girl hamster but wanted to name it Humphrey...the guy at the pet store got a kick out of that! So we're now the proud owners of the world's cutest hamster. I'll post pictures(of the hamster costume and the real thing) once I download them from my camera.

Other news in our life...Sofie is starting her first attempt at team sports this week. After watching a friend who plays every team sport at one of her basketball games this winter, I asked Sofie if there was any sport she'd like to try. She thought for a moment then replied, "Well soccer seems pretty easy. There's only two things you have to do...keep the ball from the other team and score." Well, there you have it, soccer in a nutshell! So we've signed up for Durham Girls Soccer League and start practice tonight...fingers crossed it doesn't rain. Most of the girls were on the team in the Fall, but I'm sure she'll catch up quickly. She knows a few of the team members from school, so she's not going into a totally unknown situation. I'm looking forward to being a soccer mom...and yes, I bought a minivan. Both mine and Debra's cars were getting high in miles, so I wanted a more reliable, comfortable car. I bought a Honda Odyssey which is both...I swear, sometimes I feel like I'm driving around in my living room! With all the kids in the neighborhood that we hang out with, it's come in handy to be able to schlep more than two kids around. We both love the car and I'm sure Debra is looking down on us and having a laugh about the minivan mom!

End of next week we head to San Francisco for Spring Break and to attend Debra's memorial service out there. I'll give a full report, if I'm able, for those of you unable to attend.

I'm certain there's been more that's happened in our lives but I can't think of it at this time. I'll try to periodically check in, but just know there will be no more daily postings for awhile!


Anonymous said...

Dear Jamie,

I was so sorry to hear about Debra having passed and so deeply sorry to hear all that both of you endured with your separate battles with cancer. I wish you the very best.

I wrote a children's book, "Gaby Sets Sail," several years ago (geared toward girls between the ages of six and eight) and would love to send a copy to Sofie, if you don't mind. If that is OK, please forward the mailing address to me at

You probably don't remember me but I am a friend of Charna Greenstein.

Again, I wish you all the best and will hold you and Sofie in my thoughts.

Best wishes,

Leslie Lewis

Joanna said...

Jamie, Good to have you back! I have missed your posts. You and Sofie are on my mind constantly, and we look forward to seeing you in a week's time.

Naomi and I enjoyed reading from the Humphrey book during our visit. Can't wait to see pictures of the real Humphrey and the costume as well!

Anonymous said...


I cannot begin to imagine how you are doing all you do these days. You've been on my mind alot recently. You know, dear friend, if I can ever do anything.. all you have to do is let me know. If you need a break from the city and want to come to the "country"... you and Sophie are always welcome here. Lindsey gets out of school right around Memorial Day and back first week in August. Let's try to get together over the summer.

Please be careful on your trip. I'm sure the service will be a wonderful tribute to Debra.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.....always,
Beth Edwards

kaycee said...


Thanks for continuing to post on the blog. We have been thinking of you and Sofie, and it is good to read what you have been up to. Humphrey rules! Lucie's wanted one since reading the book, too, but with a dog and two cats, well, you can imagine the traumatic scenario I'm afraid of.

I know what you mean about driving in your living room. You get used to that.

Lucie would love to play with Sofie any time. Please give us a call if you'd like to get together.