We’ve had a fabulous weekend here at the Hamlins! Delilah hosted a Stella & Dot party to raise money for the Noreen Fraser Foundation. This is a fabulous foundation that helps fund research and programs for the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers. A cause that I hold very near to my heart, so needless to say, I was quite proud of the efforts and money that Delilah raised for the Noreen Fraser Foundation. You may remember I did this same party to raise funds for Noreen Fraser last year, and it was really so neat to have Delilah tell me that she wanted to do the same thing this year. So proud of her!
I have to admit, I found myself rather emotional watching this week’s episode! Seeing Eileen and Vince go to Palm Springs to honor his late father, Dick Van Patten, was quite touching and heartfelt. He was an extraordinary man that we all felt close to because so many of us grew up with him! As far as TV fathers go, Dick was among the most iconic. So, watching Eileen and Vince honor him at his star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and at his celebration of life was beautiful. It was an honor to have seen him when I did at the Burbank Film Festival last year.
I also found my heart strings being tugged when Eileen opened up about her sister’s recent passing. Eileen and her family have had their share of heartache and loss this year, and my heart certainly goes out to her. As she mentioned, it’s not a far stretch to imagine some of the raw feelings that re-surfaced for her when we went to visit Yolanda at her home.
Yolanda Foster is beautiful without makeup. Far more beautiful than I ever am with my full-on glam squad, makeup overhaul! Being in her apartment with Eileen that day was an eye-opening experience as we were given the intimate opportunity to see her day-to-day experiences. It was quite clear that we were sitting with a woman desperate to feel well and determined to figure out the culprits to her illness while watching her descent into darkness. My heart really went out to her in that moment as I couldn’t imagine, even for a second, having my own life do such a severe 180 due to illness. Yolanda’s situation affected me in a way that made me want to understand what she was going through, and I really started listening to the conversations going on around me pertaining to Yolanda, Lyme disease, and her journey to wellness.
As we can see with conversations between Lisa V. and Kyle, there was already quite a bit of chatter going on about Yolanda and her health. We saw Lisa V. talk to Kyle at lunch and openly admit she’s questioning what’s happening beyond the Lyme diagnosis. And then their second conversation about Yolanda in Tuscany where Lisa V. said, “I’m thinking what she’s thinking is... it’s not Lyme disease anymore” and “so you think the mental state dictates the physical state” in regard to Kyle’s story about her depression after her mother’s death showing itself as physical pain. There’s a whole lot of speculation we’re seeing right now.
Previews for next week show that these conversations about Yolanda’s health start to trickle out more openly among the rest of us, where we begin having some open and rather candid debates and conversations. A spark of curiosity has now been placed among the entire group and that is the true recipe to ignite a wildfire among us.
How beautiful was that trip on the yacht?! I’ve never done a yacht trip before. What a glamorous way to see Italy and Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. All things that I dream of and have yet to do! I can’t imagine it being anything but magical in this fabulous destination!
The whole situation regarding Kyle and her niece Nicky Hilton’s wedding is just sad. For Mauricio, Alexia, and Sophia to not be invited after Kyle had been invited, uninvited, and invited again, within a matter of days, is inconceivable. There’s always three sides to every story: Your side, their side, and the truth. When it comes to this whole wedding thing, the truth is, this is a despicable situation to put a family member in.
Speaking of family members, how crazy was that phone call I had with my parents? It’s so hard living as far from my aging parents as I do. As blessed as I feel to still have both of my parents here on this earth with me, it’s hard to know that my dad just doesn’t want to be here anymore. I thank God every day, though, that my family, particularly my mother, has such a good sense of humor about life. Laughter has helped us get through some pretty tough times together and for that I am grateful. I love my parents dearly, though I think my dad’s days are numbered. It’s just a matter of time now. Please say prayers for him to go peacefully.
Until next week. All of my love...