cathflores Day 189/365: wisdom // I'm thrilled to subscribe to a monthly delivery from @holstee of #mindfulart - a new gorgeous card arrives each month for display in my reclaimed wood frame (and a stamped envelope to share the card when the next one arrives). "Travel often" - this month's advice, and words I will happily take to heart and into practice. I really admire #holstee and look forward to more beauty and inspiration. #lovesnaps #letterpress #travel 1d

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cathflores Day 188/365: (Monday's) I can see clearly now // rain-washed skies keep my head up, up, up; marveling, eyes sweeping the colors and vastness, feeling the scale of being on this grand landscape. #lovesnaps #skygazing #texasskies #texassunset 2d

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cathflores True North: the concept of finding that within you which orients you, directs you, moves you. One of my true north principles? Travel & discovery: nearby hidden gems and far-flung coordinates raise the same flags in my soul. This airport has kicked off so many adventures for me through family trips throughout my whole life. This compass painted a visual reminder of my joy. #truenorth #travel #perpetualexploring 3d

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cathflores Coral settles under cerulean. Lavender snuggles in. Pink wisps disintegrate like cotton candy. Reasons to reach for and keep a sunset in your heart = infinite. #sunset #texassunset #colortherapy 3d

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cathflores Day 187/365: half a mile above // flying copilot with my dad this morning, warm conversations over headsets, clearer heads in cloudy skies, marveling over the perspective of landscape. It recharged us before we returned to MD Anderson; it reunited us in the skies after this trying health year in our family. #lovesnaps #westhouston #pasture #perspective 3d

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cathflores With my favorite pilot taking a little field trip Sunday morning before the ICU visiting hours kicked off, testing out a breakfast excursion for Mama Jan when she's home & mobile again. These side ideas matter: they keep us reaching ahead. #family #galaxyfbo #lonestarairport #blackwalnutcafe #breakfastviafriendlyskies 3d
  •   corrielanderson Love your last sentence so so so so so much!!! You have such a way with words!!!! 3d
  •   cathflores Photo credit due to the handsome and wonderful @mpflores222 3d
  •   cathflores @corrielanderson sweet friend, your kindness radiates. Thank you so much!! And the encouragement lands at a perfect time: I am working on writing in spare moments, and every stumble I remind myself of the words within and the folks cheering me ahead with writing! 3d
  •   blackwalnutcafe Thanks for flying in! Hope the breakfast was well worth it! 2d
  •   cathflores @blackwalnutcafe Sunday found us taking a breakfast break from a journey with a loved one in the hospital (in ICU). The atmosphere, the warmth of the BWC staff, and the always-perfect breakfast there was exactly the escape we needed. We ️BWC! 2d

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cathflores Here is the face of one brave Mama Jan, smiling because she has just received transfer orders to LEAVE THE ICU -- TODAY! Moving to a regular room this afternoon! Praise the healing strength of a gracious Father who heeded our prayers and yours last Saturday and all the days between; He gave us a little MORE. I can't type through tears very well so let me simply say my thanks overflow; my gratitude runs rivers. Love to you all and more updates soon. #loveheals #blessingsabound #mamajanfan 4d
  •   montywelsh great news 4d
  •   mkdepanian Happy happy news! It's a perfect cap to the weekend! 3d
  •   corrielanderson That's fantastic!!! Fabulous news!! She is such a trooper!! 3d

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cathflores Father & daughter holding up Mama Jan's badges of honor while she snoozes after a record length of time sitting in her special chair...PT in full swing and strengthening each day. #family #mamajanfan #loveheals 4d

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cathflores Day 186/365: peachy // AM bike ride + PM bike ride + a really, really long week behind us = ready to give this new flavor a spin. #lovesnaps #bluebell #texasflavors #icecreamdream 4d

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cathflores Day 185/365: free // today, my brave Mama Jan was able to be free of her ventilator when they removed the breathing tube, a huge step ahead. A beautiful kind of freedom in this health journey this summer. We're free today and every day from oppressive circumstances. Free to sleep late or sip red wine or change careers, to vote, to stand up for ourselves and others and causes in which we believe. Free to explore the treasures of this fine nation. Free to sleep soundly at night under American skies, protected under the blanket knitted by our brave heroes. We're free because others chose to persevere, to demand, to fight for our freedom. God bless our freedom fighters and visionaries. Bailey shows her patriotism in the moments before fireworks sounds send her into a tizzy....she and we wish you all a joyous 4th. #lovesnaps #4thofjuly #america #wirefoxterrier 5d

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cathflores Day 184/365: one letter at a time // 5 days in a medically induced coma means missing communication with my Mama Jan dearly and feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for her return to a wakeful and cognizant state today. Still intubated, we rely on the alphabet card for "talking" - but being able to do this reminds us of how fortunate we are for all we have on a "normal" day. Still in the ICU so we're not out of the woods yet, but we cling to hope & progress today. And hand squeezes. #lovesnaps #loveheals #family #icuimages #mamajanfan 6d
  •   corrielanderson Wow, I'm sorry to hear this but glad she is awake! Sending love your way! So so so much love!!! 6d
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  •   crochetmeamy How is she doing today? 6d
  •   cathflores @corrielanderson ️oh how we feel the love!! Thank you, darling friend! 6d
  •   cathflores @montywelsh hugging you across the miles; thank you so much! 6d
  •   cathflores @crochetmeamy progress today! Extubated this AM! Big breathing treatments via mask so still going to work it on the alphabet card...but today is better. So much better. 6d
  •   crochetmeamy Oh good! Love to hear progress being made! sending love to you both today!!! 6d

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cathflores Day 183/365: (Wednesday's) quintessential summer // a summertime tradition for us is blackberry picking, and an ancillary tradition is Marc whipping up blackberry cobbler (dessert is usually my gig, but his kindness with this is something I adore). This year he made it in mason jars (loooove) and the comfort factor during a hospital week was huge. #lovesnaps #blackberrycobbler #dessertsinjars #pioneerwomanrecipe 6d

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cathflores Day 182/365: (Tuesday's) USA & enduring friendships // my hubs @mpflores222 and his best friend since childhood, Matt, have long been #USMNT fans, meeting over the years for game watching gatherings, buying each other scarves and jerseys. Tuesday was a valiant effort for #1N1T and it was hard to see it end there...for now. The future is bright, and #ibelieve in this talented crew and their inspiring teamwork & heart. #lovesnaps #soccer #AO 6d

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cathflores Day 181/365: badge of honor // this morning I thought about how Mama Jan was already well-accessorized with tubes and wires, leaving little room for #scarftherapy on her person today. Instead I saw ribbons needing a project and whipped up a badge to call out her bravery: pink, gold, sassy stripes of brightness. She might be asleep, but I've no doubt her fierce heart is simply laying low until it can leap into a healing fight. #lovesnaps #mamajanfan #bravery #family #loveheals 1w
  •   amandamojo Perfect. You are an awesome Warrior Daughter. 1w

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cathflores Day 180/365: (Sunday's) search within // this weekend marked the second June in a row that my mom has been an ICU patient, and as she sleeps in a medically induced coma, it sadly reminds me of the difficult June of 2001 after her liver transplant. These moments in themselves are trying but if we string them together, we can see a path to a return to healing. This quote, spotted at a wonderful little market near the med center on our way home tonight, has long been one of my favorites. I must embody this even in chaos. #lovesnaps #peace #innercalm 1w

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cathflores Moments of proximity. We spoke volumes with our eyes, we got hugs and kisses and important words in before the intubation and sedation takes her to a place of healing and quiet for the days ahead of us. #loveheals #family #mamajanfan 2w
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  •   mkdepanian What a beautiful picture, Cath. Sending extra love to you and the fam. 1w

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cathflores Day 179/365: hope springs eternal // my Mama Jan was admitted to the hospital yesterday with evidence of an infection in her lungs - just 3 weeks ago we were dealing with this same situation. This morning things deteriorated, necessitating an ICU move, and now intubation/sedation. She will sleep in this light coma as her teams try to discern the cause and associated treatment. I'm glad I got to see her before sedation. I'm glad the 7th floor ICU hopeful drawings and letters are still bright and comforting. This one moved me to bigger tears this morning. I'm glad for the strength of our family, pulling together as we do so well. #lovesnaps #family #hope #mamajanfan 2w

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cathflores Day 178/365: (Friday's) youthful spunk // kitten eyes are the cutest to me, so tiny and full of mischievous plans. This kitten I've known since she was still crawling around with eyes squeezed shut, and she will now be joining the Bryi's family full time - lucky girl to keep on the path of love from the same hands who have cared for her since Briony rescued her. Furry cuties make for #lovesnaps for sure. #kitten #rescuecat 2w

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cathflores Day 177/365: around every bend // spotted from the driver's seat of a car, a park is just a park...but from the saddle of a bicycle, the park path can be followed beyond a grove of trees, gravel crunching underneath us, steering through curves, to reach a wide open space of sky and shimmering reflection. Remember that for the inevitable blind corners of life: a scenic perspective is never far. @mpflores222 #lovesnaps #thewoodlands #biketastic 2w

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cathflores Day 176/365: (Wednesday's) welcome home // the thoughtfulness of Marc @mpflores222 is in direct correlation with my increasing work travel frequency. My second trip of the week was postponed (an extra 1.5 days home!) and when he picked me up at the airport, he came bearing gifts. These bright kernels of caring & his hugs give me the homecoming happies. #lovesnaps #kindness {photo credit: @mpflores222} 2w

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