Sunday, June 29, 2008

June 29, 2008 - Day 1 in Pittsburgh

Well, here we are in Pittsburgh. Family House is very nice - we are in a suite (for $50.00 per night) , as that is all they had available when we got here. I will probably try to switch tomorrow - for a double ($ 40.00 per night). I will get some pictures together in the next few days to show everybody, but - for now - I have posted a couple of pictures.

The drive yesterday was beautiful - we came down through the Alleghenys, and the mountains were so majestic. Also, the weather held for us - didn't rain until we hit the Interstate outside of Pittsbugh - then it just poured cats and dogs, but - we managed to make it intact, although we did get lost once - a detour that took us all around the county did us in! That caused an argument, I can tell you, but - we survived, and - nobody got physical. Since we were supposed to check in before 8:00, and we didn't get here until 8:30, we were getting nervous, but they were nice to us and let us in anyway.

Today was just like other weather we have had lately - sunshine one minute, rain the next. We went to church at the United Methodist Church down the street from us - see the picture. It was MAMMOUTH - a landmark around here - looked like we were going to St. Patrick's Cathedral - and there were about 80 people at the service - seated about 800! Anyway - beautiful church, and very different - they had two cantors, and that was interesting. The minister's sermon hit the mark - about trusting in the Lord, and having faith.

We went to Pittsburg Civic Gardens today, and also the Pittsburg Conservatory - beautiful gardens in both places, and the Conservatory had a butterfly room, an orchid room, and some of the most exotic flowers we have ever seen. I can't wait to put the pictures in a slideshow.

Tomorrow, we ride the free shuttle from here to Montafiore Hospital, where Butch has tests at 8:30, and we meet with Dr. Gamblin at 10:30. There are 19 hospitals here that are part of UPMC! It is HUGE, and when you see the pictures, you won't believe it - it makes the Mayo look like General Hospital! Again, no parking near the hospitals, so - shuttles provide all with rides back and forth.

Before we left home, we went to Alexandria's 8th grade graduation, and her softball game. She looked so grown up at her graduation, I could hardly believe this is our little girl - she is beautiful.

I will post tomorrow, and I hope to be giving good news- we have waited patiently this month for this day, and kept the faith. Until then - keep Butch in your prayers, and know that we love you all.


Sharan said...

So glad to hear that you are safe and sound in Pitts.; sounds like you guys had a really nice trip and the conservatory sounds really nice - looking forward to the px. I envy you the ride thru the mountains.
Glad you got into Family House; from their website it sounds alot nicer than a hotel. Both you and Butch are in my prayers and thoughts; we love you. Love, Sharan

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