Monday, June 29, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Not much later, Mom called, telling us she had died...right around 11:30 our time...
It is hard to believe I haven't had this woman in my life for the last nine years. I have had two more children since then, and another on the way. I think about how she would love watching my kids play and teaching them card games or yahtzee. She would probably make chocolate chips with them. It really makes me sad to think they will never know her.
She was widowed at the age of 54 when my Grandpa died of cancer. She found a job,bought her own house and car (a '77 Chevy Nova that didn't even have 100,000 miles on it when she died) When my mom and her siblings were growing up, she ironed for other people so she could send the kids to Catholic school. She had to bury her third child, Jim, after he drowned at the age of 16. And she was a woman who loved the Lord. She was up early every morning reading her bible, and then on to church.
My Grandma was my favorite person growing up. When we lived near her in Indiana, I loved it when it was my turn to spend the night with her and then go to work with her. She was a cook at the rectory for the priests of her church. They all loved her, and her cooking. (somehow that gene missed me)
Grandma taught me how to play cards, and loved Yahtzee. We would go over to her friends' houses and play games. She loved to dance and would take me with her...and she loved to bowl. She was a fun person to be around.
After we moved to Florida, I would spend my summers with her, and when I went away to college, I chose to go back to Evansville so I could live with her. She was the first person I told when Mike proposed to me. (I was living with her) She told us "you remind me of me and Grandpa."
She would giggle when I would get something in the mail from Mike after missing him so much. She would get aggravated at me when I wouldn't keep up my end of the deal of living with her, and my room would be messy. She couldn't tell a joke without giggling at herself half way through, and always made me laugh.
I often wonder what she would think about me now, nine years older, soon to be a mom of four, just like she was. I hope she would be proud of me. I would love to have her over for coffee and a game of Kings Corners, I think I will teach it to my kids today...
I love you, Gram and I miss you...
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Which leads me to today...we (and by we I mean Mike) put up the new closet system in the girls' closet...and I must say he did a phenomenal job! Armed with level and drills and screwdrivers, he helped get the girls a little more organized...now hopefully I will find my living room floor again...
Tonight we went to the kids awards ceremony for baseball where Caleb was given MVP of his team, and had been nominated for most Christ-like for the season....Elisa got her first trophyand Bekah broke hers minutes after receiving it....Next week...VBS and all the fun that comes with that!!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
It all started with my plans for a wonderful Mother's Day. I had to work on The Day, so I did some serious planning for a VERY memorable post Mother's Day week. Here are all the things I did for Donna. After reading this, I'm sure you will agree that I went above and beyond!
- I took Donna out to dinner with the family at a fabulous restaurant!
- I arranged for her parents to come over to the house and watch the kids after dinner.
- I reserved her a WONDERFUL room with a view of the Smokey Mountains for a 5 day retreat.
- She was served EVERY meal in bed for the entire duration of her stay.
- She had a bed all to herself...adjustable to sit up and lie down I might add.
- No one ever complained about the 120 straight hours of HGTV.
- I arranged to have a personal servant respond immediately every time she pressed the red button next to her bed.
- Personal leg massagers were provided to lovingly rub her calves.
- I got her lingerie, including fancy robe and panties.
- I arranged, via e-mail, for flowers to be delivered to her bedside.
- I took care of getting the kids transported to baseball games, classes, etc as well as having child care provided for her entire stay at her "sanctuary".
- Because of all the "planning" I did, she had dinner's delivered to her home for 2 weeks after returning home from her Mother's Day retreat.
Now...who wouldn't want a Mother's Day like that? I think I did a fantastic job!
And that, my friends, is the rest of the story.