Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Guess he was running out of stories to tell his grandkids!
My sweet hu-honey!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Most recent pics, I am sure there are others that I could have chosen but, I loved these two, and because this is MY blog, I can do what I want!
What can I say...I have put this post off because I wasn't sure if it was necessary, and maybe it isn't, but....some things just need to be said. Letting go, was easy, saying goodbye was hard. My Mother (no such thing as mother-in-law) was a tough lady, she laughed hard, cried hard, and was hard of hearing (lol). There isn't a hand in the world I would have traded to be holding at 4:36 pm on October 25th. She gave it her best, and her best was always given in everything she touched, and believe me she touched many people's lives. Will she be remembered....you bet she will. From her closet full of clothes, with the tags still on them, to her hair having to be done every week, just so....to the grundel of Christmas presents she started buying for EVERYONE every year in January (no wonder she was always broke!) to the scrumptious meals she would conjure up from left-overs you didn't know you had in the refrigerator! Her love of reading was, contagious. She loved to read. . . and. . . yes she loved variety in books (!) One thing for certain . .
(Her children's reunion a few years ago)
she loved her 7 children and their spouses. She loved her grandchildren. She was a great friend to everyone. Stranger was not in her vocabulary. Much can be said but a book would have to be written to do so. Mother lived life to the fullest. Life was not always kind to her, but she never complained. Her joy in life was her family, and she let you know it. Her faith was unshakable. As she walked through the veil that beautiful Saturday afternoon, I was proud to be able to hold her hand and reach through it with her, if only for a moment. Then I had to turn it over to someone waiting for her. I wrote this little poem for her. I promised her I would. Just one last thing I could give her.
I give to you my hand my Lord,
I've done my best,
My earthly tests,
Please take this walk with me
Your mission here on earth complete,
My child you've served me well;
Come take my hand, I'll walk with you,
Now through sweet Heaven's veil.
Love you and miss you - Frances Higgins 1925-2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Lolipop (Lauren) is a flower picker, so is Brookie Cookie, (they have a lot in common, attitude #1!) they love flowers, and Pop (Bob) makes sure that there are flowers to be picked! Ryan, well sweet Ryan....he is just a smeller of flowers, (silly boy) he actually decided he wanted to know if they tasted as good as they looked, and he gets right into it too! Owen....well he does what you tell him to do......most of the time.....
Monday, November 10, 2008
Yesterday afternoon when Brooklyn came home from school she was very interested in the changing leaves. It has taken a while but the leaves have finally started to change colors. She decided to go out on the deck and collect some colorful leaves. She has quite a few "collections". She can't pass a gravel parking lot without grabbing handfuls of rocks for her "rock collection", she has an extensive "leaf collection", and most recently yesterday afternoon, unbeknownst to me, she started a "stick collection." She gathered some sticks and leaves and had them on her little picnic table in the family room. After a few hours, I started to clean up the family room and picked up her sticks and threw them away, she hadn't mentioned them or touched them in a while and I wasn't aware that they were a "collection." She noticed when throwing a peice of paper away that her sticks were in the trash. She immediately ran over to me sobbing (dramatically, no real tears) and asked why I threw her "stick collection" away. I told her I was sorry but I didn't know they were a "collection" and that we could retrieve them out of the trash (it was a brand new trash bag and nothing else was in there). She then told me that "I always ruin her life" and that "her heart was breaking." When I asked why she said because I threw out her "collection." I managed to retrieve the sticks from the trash after several "you always ruin my life" stabs and that was still not good enough because one of the big sticks was broken. She did end up forgiving me later on.
Last Wednesday I was not feeling well so I went to bed early (8:30). Apparently, Madison in her haste and clumsiness missed the last three steps on the staircase and fell. Her ankle swelled up and Brad put ice on it and sent her to bed. The next morning she woke telling me that she couldn't walk. I had no idea what happened since I was in bed before she was. She told me what happened and I figured she probably just sprained or twisted her ankle. I was sick with a stomach virus so Brad took her to the doctor for x-rays...still neither of us thinking anything besides a sprain since Madi tends to exaggerate and be very dramatic. The x-rays came back showing two small fractures near her growth plate in her ankle. So, you guessed it...........A Cast! She is in a cast up to her knee for a month. She can't bare any weight on her foot and has to rely on crutches. Last March she also took a tumble down the stairs (girl needs to learn to hold the railing and S L O W down) and hurt her knee which put her in a brace for 2 weeks and then a full leg cast for 2 weeks....there was no fracture that they could see but they didn't want to take any chances because it was very painful for her and it was also near her growth plate. YES, you guessed it, SAME LEG! I swear she is going to have one leg shorter than the other if she keeps this stuff up! Today I had to take her back to the doctor because her foot was numb, turning purple and cold. They took her cast off and replaced it with a new one. The first one was a little tight and a spot had been rubbed raw where the bend in her ankle is because the padding was bunched up and her foot is swelling. Every time her foot swells it puts pressure on that area. She needs to sit her butt down and elevate her foot as much as possible. But you know MADI!!! She has a new cast on today and is feeling better. Just gotta keep her off her feet as much as possible. Easier said than done though.
this is our little Brookie Cookie who loves sparkly things, and this Halloween was no different...can witches be adorable!? YES mine can! I am thankful for my Brookie Cookie who always makes me laugh, because she is so much like her mother! Nat tells me stories of Brooklyn and it is like going back in a TIME WARP! WHOA, Nat took this beautiful pic of a pond in her neighborhood, I think it is just the street over from where she lives.....I am thankful for my eyes that can see such beauty all around me, and for the beautiful colors of every season!
Friday, November 7, 2008
we will have to catch up on pics at Glen's wedding!