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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another Day in My Life

Our cemetery visit was okay on Sunday.  It was a beautiful day and I had memories of Mom coming along to visit the grave sites.  I did tear up when I saw Mom's name on the stone, but she is with my dad now and more importantly with God!
We then went to the little diner in Forest Junction and enjoyed our sandwiches and each other's company. (They have home made bread and pies!)

On Memorial Day we had a cookout.  It had rained in the morning but cleared up.  It was cool by us but we are campers (my sister and I are) and we wore our sweatshirts and toughed it out (for a while).  Then we went inside and visited at the kitchen table as the boys were in the living room watching baseball.  It was a good day!

Today I am going for a long overdue massage.  Hubby got me a gift certificate for Christmas and I think it's about time I use it!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

My Mom's Family

 
Back in the day, family portraits were taken.  My grandpa (far right) was a second generation cheese maker and had his own factory.  You may have heard of Laack's Cheese if you are from around here.  (Those are his descendants.)  Mom had four brothers.  One died as a young married man with a child.  He died from pneumonia.  Mom is the youngest of the girls (far left).  I think this picture was taken circa 1933.  She wore the same dress for her confirmation picture.
 
 
Tomorrow we are going to the cemetery.  My sister and brother, his wife, my husband and maybe our son.  It will be the first time since Mom's passing.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Throw Back Thursday - My Sweetheart

 
This young couple had their picture taken in 1979 about six months after dating.  I loved him then, and love him now!  He was standing up for (one of ) his sister's wedding.  They didn't want me in the big family picture.  Shame on them!  A year later, we were married!
 
Neither of us have the hair anymore (Thank God on my part!).  Both of us have gained a person between us (and I am not talking about our son, but weight!)  Hubby lost half of his hair, shaved the mustache when our son noticed the gray (that was a long time ago too).
 
I miss being that thin, but don't really miss being that young.  Time has mellowed us.  We don't argue
much  (except about the cable company and the evils of brussel sprouts).   I loved dating but still enjoy just being home knowing he is in the other room (don't tell him that or he won't take me out to dinner any more).
 
I really do need a current picture!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Coming out of Mourning!

I am coming out of my mourning fog (get it?).  The sun has been shining the last two days and it has made a HUGE difference in my attitude.
 
Thursday I went to a baseball game with my sister and the Senior Center.  What an exciting game.  A lot of yelling (it was kid's day at the park).  A winning hit in the bottom of the 9th...yeah!
 

 
So glad Brewer Stadium has a dome!  It was 45° and at time drizzling.
 
(The weather man reported last night that the next three months will be cooler than average here.)
 
Friday I went to Jazzercise...that makes twice this week.  I am starting all over and trying to get my life back to normal.
 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Elvis and Me

About a month ago we celebrated the National Red Hat Day by gathering all the chapters in Two Rivers for a banquet.  My sister and I didn't want to go because it was only two days before Mom passed away, but we went anyway to get our mind off of things.

We enjoyed a dinner and then some entertainment!


The guy on the right is supposed to be the younger Elvis.  He had a good voice and a bad wig!
The other guy was the older Elvis and did not disappoint.  Both interacted with their audience and the women had a hoot!



I was honored as I was the first one to form a Red Hat Chapter in our city.  (11 years ago?...not sure).


I received fabulous gifts and prizes!  Many won a raffle prize.  Fun night!


Monday, May 12, 2014

My Mother's Day

Mother's Day can be difficult for those who have recently lost a mother.  It was for me.
I was fine until I went to church and some offered their condolences and started to talk of  mothers.
The tears flowed but finally subsided during the first hymn!
 
When I got home, our son was in his room on the computer and hubby was also on the computer.
I sat in the living room feeling blue.  This is not Mother's Day!  I am supposed to be surrounded by family; going out for a buffet lunch with my Mom.
 
My bff, Linda, had invited us over for the afternoon.  They were having an Easter Egg hunt for the grands since they were in Reno for Easter.  Spring had finally arrived, and even though we needed to wear a jacket at times, we enjoyed the outdoors.  There was a wonderful cookout.  None of the kids fought (yeah!). 
 
Hubby stayed and watched the baseball game on TV.  It was a close game, and getting to an end, but I had to go to the bathroom.  Everyone said to go, that I had plenty of time.  I got back and our team had won!  (Next time I'll hold it).
 
It turned out to be a good day after all!

Friday, May 9, 2014

A Hole in my Heart

My mom's death has left me with a hole in my heart.  I have been trying to fill it with sweets and endless time on Facebook.  I don't feel like cleaning or crafting or doing anything constructive.  I HAVE been writing out my Thank Yous. 

I also spent time reading Heaven is for Real.  It was an easy read for me (I am not a big reader, but couldn't put it down).  I  have always believed Scripture, but still, I found the book to be comforting....perhaps because it is more contemporary.

I think of Mom with my sisters, brother and dad who went before her.  I think of Jesus putting his loving arms around her.  She has been restored in a heavenly body.

Still, I miss my times with her and have a hole in my heart.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Our Weekend Up North

We had quite the weekend!  Stopped for the seafood buffet at our usual place and ate too much!


Carolee (my friend and Stampin Up Demonstrator), Shirley, bff Linda, and myself (with a goofy expression)!
Can't get everyone to look good at the same time!


Enjoyed playing in the breakfast area..  Linda snapped our picture.

Saturday we spent the day making cards and shopping for craft supplies!
Here are some of the cards we made:



We never did make it to the hot tub that night, but put our PJ's on early and just relaxed!


You know you're up north when there is snow on the ground in May and the deer get so close and pose for a picture!




Friday, May 2, 2014

So Thankful

The funeral was quite touching, although the pastor did make a mistake and say "Connie and Jim."  Excuse me, but that's MY husband!  It actually was kind of funny.  The flowers were beautiful.
I do wonder, why do people wait till someone is gone to come and visit?.  Mom's best friend, who she had not seen since being in the healthcare center, came with her daughter.  I think she is 97.  Mom would have loved to see her!

My cousin was in an accident on the way to the funeral  (Shirley's dad; she is my second cousin).  Well, the car he hit was was also going to the funeral....one of Mom's nurses!  Thank God all are well, but her new car isn't and neither is my cousin's car.  Shirley got a ride from the nurse's Mom, and my cousin got there in time to eat and visit.

Shirley came home with me.  Her dad drove a rental home and has to come back in ten days to pick up his vehicle.  We wonder what it will cost.  The nurse's car may be totalled.  Hope she isn't the type of person to sue.  I don't think so.

I kept it together pretty well during the day.  Oh, I had my moments, like when I just looked around at Mom's family and thought she should  have been  there.  I could tell, all in all, that I was being held up in prayer.

It was so good to have Shirley with me.  She was such a comfort and we shared stories of my Mom.
I suppose I should go back to bed so I can be rested for the drive up north this morning.  We are all looking forward to a fun weekend!