I may be seeing my son for the first time in nearly a year. He went to Colorado September 29, 2016 and while we've been in touch, I haven't seen him in person since. He sent a selfie once or twice. But, since June he's gone from sleeping in his girlfriend's car (because her parent's wouldn't let him in), to getting a job and apparently being allowed to live indoors and paying rent. He texted this weekend that he's gotten a $1/hr raise and that he's been told that he'll get a promotion and a $5 raise after he's been there 90 days. I have a lot of vacation I HAVE to take by October 31...he hasn't been able to take vacation and come here for a visit, which he and his girlfriend had said they wanted to do, so I suggested maybe Jabber and I could go out there. My kid actually offered to help pay for the trip. That sentence deserves it's own paragraph. Of course, he knew I'd say no! LOL But it's the offer that blows me away. I don't think he's ever offered to help pay for anything ever. There is a caveat to our being able to go and that is that our little girl dog has developed a terminal form of cancer. She is fine now...you'd never know anything was wrong...but they say that 3 to 6 months is about all you get after this is diagnosed. It's only a month from now, but if she declines earlier than expected we might have to cancel. I haven't even told son that we're planning to come yet. I'm excited just because I love the mountains and I haven't been in like 35 years! I was 17 last time I was in Colorado and it's only a two day drive! But the few real vacations I've taken, I've gone south or east or flown elsewhere. One of my favorite cousins lives just over 1/2 hour drive from son, so we plan to spend a day with her too. Fingers crossed it works out. Really, Jabber and I have kicked around a trip there before, but didn't want to go while son was homeless and drifting because...well...he might have asked to ride back home with us and we wanted him to get settled on his own. So, I guess the best part of this update is: He's working and living indoors and paying rent. Those are really about all I have wanted for a really long time. KNOCK ON WOOD!!! I'm kind of terrified of jinxing things. Seems like every time I say something optimistic, it falls apart. Part of the reason I've done so very little updating. But I'm just kind of bursting to say something...I'm just so excited that I may get to see him - and for my birthday too!