Nan Mustard's Recovery

This blog is a record of Erin (Nan) Mustard's recovery.

Monday, April 23, 2007

She made it

Dear Friends and Family,
Yes we are at sea, just saw the Farralon Islands go by a few minutes ago. It was an emotional moment when we passed under the golden gate bridge sitting at a little table sipping iced tea. Who would ever have guessed during those long days in Boston that this would ever happen and that Nan would feel up to a cruise.
Our day did not go routine. While we had planned to just get up and load up and leave I ended up having to complete an appraisal, our course the computer stopped working for about two hours and I was not sure what the outcome would be. But finally I think the Lord showed me a tiny error I had made on a sketch and when fixed everything starting working again. We quickly loaded up and Nan did everything she could to help. We drove to Hayward and they were ready with the final TPN box, then to the port of San Francisco, unloaded nan and all the 7 boxes and suitcases, went to find parking, got lost but finally got parked. Then they were very kind to help us board and get settled. Then came the muster where all have to go to the muster station to learn how to escape the ship when it sinks. Well the steward let Nan stay in the room and I went, bumped into Mary and let her know we were doing well. She was so relieved to see us.
Then when the bridge was coming up I pushed Nan up in the wheelchair to see it and to grab some grub. I had to fix two appraisals which Loree kindly emailed to me and I got them fixed I hope and they were going out over the data card just as the ship sailed out. Close!
Now we are at sea and there are no ways to communicate cell phone wise. We were told by Cingular that all cruise ships now have a cell phone tower on board and charge $2.49 a minute to let you talk, wrong, this ship has no such tower but we are hooked up to Mexico cell service so we may be able to get messages when we are in port at places.
I am still processing the reality that we are at sea and will be for the next 11 days. we will miss our precious Keanna who has a birthday while we are gone, I will miss hearing from jason and jo, from Loree and STeve and Heather and Jean. But for a few days work is far behind.

Please continue to remember us in prayer, that nan will be able to hold onto her health and enjoy this precious opportunity we have been granted. We really wish each of you could be here with us and it seems like fairy land that we are here after all the grief and suffering nan has experienced in the past year and even beyound that.

So we say good night and we are thinking of you.

Love to all,

Thanks family for your help in getting us here. Thanks STeve for covering for me while I am gone. Thanks Loree for wearing so many hats and doing each perfectly.


  • At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    Have a great Trip and We will see you in 12 Days. Blog if you can. We will not try to Cell call. Too Expensive !!

    Love You,

    Bob & Carrol.

  • At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim and Nan:

    You guys are amazing...enjoy the cruise, you deserve it. We arrived from Mexico as you were leaving on the cruise. Art tried to call you as he wanted to make sure you were on board.

    We used our cell while in Mexico, hope we don't get a huge bill. I would love to see you when you come back from the cruise.
    --Connie and Art

  • At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I know it must be nice to live a dream. You and Nan will enjoy each moment together on this cruise more than anyone else could because you each know how precious and how few special moments there are. There are valleys and mountains it gives life perspective. (encouragement) The view is best from the mountain but all the work gets done in the valleys. You and Nan have been in the valley working hard for a long time. Enjoy the view!

    Your land lubber friend,


  • At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey you guys, Have a great time- Be well both of you and enjoy the change of scenery and venue! Buena Suerte!

  • At 5:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bon Voyage!!

    Have a safe a wonderful trip.

    You guys are amazing, God be with you on the cruise, keeping you safe and happy.


  • At 5:50 AM, Anonymous Marilyn in Lincoln said…

    Hey you two -

    Good news - you made it to that ship. Now you can settle in and have fun aboard the ship. What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy life!!!!

    Hugs to you both,

  • At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just a brief hello from a faithfull reader and one who prays for you on a daily basis. I am also a Cingular employee and please be careful of the International roaming charges you will incure when using your phone in Mexico.....they can run high. In the future if you will be traveling out of the US there is a Cingular World Pkg that can be added to your plan that will reduce the amount you pay per minuet when you call from outside the US.

    Thank you Lord for allowing these 2 wonderful people to enjoy some fun time.

    My prayers are with you, Valerie

  • At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am speechless!!!

    I'll be praying daily, as usual. Rembember that you are both loved, take care of each other and have a relaxing time together.

    Love you much



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