Friday, August 17, 2007

Trip to the Hinterlands and West Coast of Michigan

We just got back from an amazing trip to Western Michigan. A family whose daughter passed away of a brain tumor has a cabin with 5 apartments there in a little town called Wellston. The family lets families who are going through similar trials come and stay for free. It's called Little Mary's after their daughter. The cabin has a large playground and a small lake with a dock and boats. Needless to say, fun ensued. Thank you Maurine and family.

Izzy's counts have been higher through this phase of chemo, so she was feeling well and able to do a ton. We went horseback riding, canoeing, paddle-boating, swimming, dock-diving, etc. It was fantastic.

Izzy has her next chemo day on Monday of next week. We are getting so close to the end of the intense chemo, about 6 weeks left. This trip made us realize how great it will be to have her feeling better.









11 comments:

Sara said...

Love, love, love the pictures! I am so glad you have been able to have such great family time together. It never ceases to amaze me that Izzy is doing so incredibly well - what a trooper!

Emma said...

Great pictures! I'm glad you had that awesome opportunity, and enjoyed it!

kira said...

wow. that looks beautiful and like you guys had a blast! What a fun family vacation! You totally deserve it!

Mike, Katie, Brooke, Megan, and Evan said...

That looks so fun--I'm so glad your family could take some much-needed family time and get away! We'll pray the next six weeks go smoothly and that she can get well on her way to recovery!

Jenny Ludlow said...

Those pictures are wonderful. I just wish Izzy din't have those battle wounds (the bandaids on her thighs from the shots). It must be tough being a pin cushion. Way to go on the hand sanitizer overdose during the trip to Chuck-E-Cheese. I love you!

Carol and Tyler said...

The pictures are GREAT! So fun to see you all smiling! We miss those smiles and laughs around here! Give the girls our love and lots of squeezes!!

maxanna60 said...

Hi guys,

It's Ania Hovey. Happy to know that you all are doing well and Izzy is feeling good. Great pictures! All Costley girls are as pretty as can be.

We are in Minneapolis, doing well. We've had a new addition to our family - our son Gregory Stephen Hovey - who was born on July 17. So we are back to changing diapers.

It's sad that we didn't have a chance to get together in Ann Arbor - but we understand that you guys were very busy.

Anyway, all our best wishes to all of you.

Hi from Ryan & Aglaya

Ania

Megan & Jeremy said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! Seems like the weather was perfect too. It's good to see Izzy's smile :) Have fun in Idaho!

Colter said...

We're so glad there is so much fun going on in the Costley family! It looks like everyone had a blast!

Potato Girl said...

I was really touched to think of that family that lost their little girl and are now extending their love and support to other families struggling with cancer. It made me happy to see you all enjoying yourselves there together.

Nicole said...

hey costley's...i'm so glad you saw my blog. i love being able to check up on izzy on this thing. i'm so jealous of your fun vacation. it looks like you guys had a blast!!!