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6776_image_libby_lehman_flowers_.jpgLibby loves to stop and smell the flowers and apparently decided to stop and call Ricky as well.

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O Happy Day!!!!!!!

I got a phone call today from none other than Libby Lehman herself! It’s the first chat we have had in months - none since her last severe seizure, the one that subsequently put her back into the rehabilitation facility, and ultimately led to her being placed into hospice because she had simply given up hope and wanted to end everything. The prayers of all of us who love her have been that during this time she might, on her own, find the will and strength to survive.

So… back to the phone call. She told her family a bit of news and wanted to share it with me. She said, “This dying thing isn’t working out, so I just might as well live and have fun!!” She said, “I love you!” and I assured her I loved her too. Her words were clear and articulate - better than I have heard from her since her stroke!

Libby enjoys her beauty treatments. I already knew that before calling me she had just returned from a manicure, so I asked about it. She said, “Yes, I had THREE attendants”. After I replied how wonderful that was, she said, “...I wanted four!” Ha ha ha ha! It’s so good to hear Libby in such good sprits - bantering, joking, and being bossy.

I mentioned that tomorrow night (August 6) Justin and I are going to see the Lady Gaga concert in Denver. Her reply was, “Don’t get in a fight!” … which is a comment she made because the first and only fight I’ve ever had was at the Lady Gaga concert three years ago. That’s another story for another time. The point is - Libby remembered it!

She told me that tomorrow she had dinner reservations at 5:30 for Ruth Chris’s Steak House and she was planning on ordering filet mignon.

This truly is the best she has been mentally since her stroke. Libby has been in a position where she had to choose - sink or swim. Our prayers have been that she would find a way out of the dark hole she has been in and reach for a brighter day. I can say with confidence that today is most assuredly a brighter day! I am doing a happy dance! Let me hear a whoo-hoo for our dear sweet Libby!