Archive for July, 2008

92 and stubborn



Nine’s death has sent our family reeling. I can only hope that the damage is repaired someday. Nine would be devastated. I hope that the grief and anger will fade into respect for family again. But more important matters are at hand. We have collectively been working very hard at getting my 92-year old grandfather […]

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little funnies



I love the stage Gage is in right now…three thinking he is going on nine! All his ‘V’s are ‘Z’s and ‘F’s are ‘S’s. For example, “Mommy, I sarted in the zan!” or “He is so sunny.” Last week, he snuck up to me with what I interpreted to be a great deal of excitement. […]

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yuck



I am seriously wondering if there is a mother out there who can claim she has never been vomited on? Because I am thinking you are either blocking it out of your mind, you have good reflexes, or your child is some freak-of-nature that avoids the stomach flu. I remember long before Tim and I […]

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eulogy



Along with quite a bit of speaking from the heart this is what I said… Nine (our loving nickname for Caroline) was in a single word the matriarch of this family. She was the rock to which we clung. Most of us talked to her on a daily basis, often multiple times throughout the day. […]

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the thoughts of children



When the children walked up to Nine’s casket, they each had different things to say… The twins immediately said, “Nine sleeps.” Gage turned to me inquisitively and asked, “Where’s God?” As if he was going to meet him there and was left disappointed. I had to explain that God is all around us but we […]

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nine



My Aunt Nine died. And if you followed the Letters from Tim blog, you know “Aunt 9”. I, along with my family, am devastated. She was the matriarch of our family…a position she fervently took on once her mother passed in 1991. Aunt Nine was our first stop on the ‘Insane Road Trip.’ As we […]

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Tim and I have discovered that home is where you make it. Many told us we were crazy to take our kids across the country on what we have named the ‘Insane Road Trip.’ And…we still may be. But there are a few things I know for certain… 1) If you want you children to […]

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conflicted



My Aunt Nine and I, along with my children, witnessed something incredibly disturbing yesterday. We were enjoying an afternoon at the local pool in Chagrin Falls, Ohio (the first stop on our “Insane Road Trip”). We noticed soon after arriving that there was a mother that appeared to be bullying her oldest son. We paid […]

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a sound so sweet



I never would have guessed that the swoosh-swoosh-swoosh noise of my washing machine would be a sound so sweet.  But after nearly six weeks without a working washing machine, there could be nothing better. On June 3rd, our house got a direct hit from lightning (the second time in five years…I hope the third time […]

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simple thanks



I was inspired by three distinct declarations of thanks over the past 24 hours. The first came from my dearest friend, Stacy.  Among the most lively and interesting book club meetings, she expressed her gratitude for not our friendship but the pull that it had to finally incent her to make a life decision…moving to […]

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