Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Story of Jack-O-Lantern

Well,,,,you all know that part of my heritage is from the Emerald Isles.....and a part of my heritage that I feel so very connected to. My dear, beloved Mother shared with us the magic of Ireland in stories, amazingly woven, stories throughout my childhood.

When I hear Gaelic, I feel so at peace, like I'm where I should be. When the Gaelic comes to me in song, I feel transported across the ocean to a home I have never been too, but one that I know I need to go.

So since today is Halloween and we are going to carve our pumpkins in a little bit, I thought I'd share with you all the history to why we carve pumpkins on All Hallows Day.


The Jack-O'-Lantern was brought to North America by Irish immigrants. According to the legend, Jack was a mean, miserly drunk. Jack was smart enough, however, to entice the Devil into climbing an apple tree so he could help himself to the juicy apples near its top.

As soon as the Devil climbed the tree, Jack cut a sign of the cross into the tree, thus preventing the Devil from climbing down again. Jack then extracted promise from the Devil that he would never try to take Jack's soul.

When Jack died, he tried to get into Heaven but he was turned away because he had been such a mean drunk during his lifetime. Jack then went to the gates of Hell, looking for a place where he could spend all eternity. True to his word, the Devil refused him entry.

Jack asked the Devil where he was to supposed to go now. The answer he received was, “Back where you came from!” Since it was a dark night and Jack had a long journey ahead of him, the Devil gave Jack a lit coal from the fires of Hell.

Jack took the coal and put it inside a turnip, which he was carrying at the time. He used this unusual lantern to help him find his way.

Ever since that day, poor Jack has been doomed to roam the Earth, searching in vain for a place to rest.

Children in Ireland carved potatoes and turnips to make lanterns to be used on Hallowe'en night. When large numbers of Irish immigrants settled in America as a result of the Irish Potato Famine (1845-1850), they started using pumpkins for this purpose and so our familiar Hallowe'en tradition of the Jack-O'-Lantern came into existence.

So there you have it!!!!! Now when you see a carved pumpkin, you'll think of poor Jack who wanders aimlessly, being neither accepted at the gates of heaven or hell.

~Ooooooo,,,,,there are Witches in the Air

~Ooooooo,,,,,there are Witches in the Air, and I caught a photograph of our sweet Witch Greta flying through the air on Sunday!!!

My Witchy Witch

and here she is in color....

The Halloween spirit.....

and here.....
My creation

Pretty cool, huh? We took these while she was jumping on the trampoline. The Witches dress is a costure I altered for her many years ago, it is a 1940s Vintage Black cocktail dress....paired with funky stockings and a spooky hat, my little Witch really seems like she is flying through the air!!!


Sharing a beautiful Montage

Sharing a beautiful Montage about a little girl named Hannah!


Sunday, October 29, 2006

Ack! he's eating my brains!

I found this image while exploring Explore

Ack! he's eating my brains!
Originally uploaded by Turtblu.

at Flickr and just had to share it, as when Emma Sage saw it she just laughed and laughed.

We have to carve our pumpkins tonight. We sadly missed last night at my Dads with Uncle Mikey and Aunt Patti, as we were without power for four hours yesterday, and my pile of wet laundry needed tending to as soon as the power came back on.


Saturday, October 28, 2006

Toys R Us The Big Toy Book

Guess who is in the TOYS R US BIG TOY BOOK?
Whoohooo...she made the BIG book
On Page 47......
Page 47
Sitting Pretty in the Jeep Hurricane.....
The Big Toys R Us Book
Litte Miss Emma Sage
and on page 41, is our friend Emma Grace!
Emma Grace
Emma Sage met her friend Emma Grace at a Toys R Us photoshoot a year ago........and her Momma and I have become e-mail friends. The two got to see each other again this past September at the NDSS New York City Buddy Walk.......and there meeting up was so delightful, as the two of them wer so excited to see each other and greeted each other like long lost friends!
Here is a link to the photos I took of our adventure into NYC this spring for the photoshoot that took this shot for the Big Toy Book [can you tell I'm so excited my little girl made the BIG Christmas holiday issue!!!!]
So look in your Sunday papers tomorrow, and if you happen to have an extra copy you don't want, I'd love to recieve it so I can add it to her box of treasures.

Hunterdon/Warren Field Hockey Champs

The Voorhees High School Field Hockey team won the Hunterdon/Warren tournament this afternoon at Hunterdon Central High School [on Turf] by a score of 3 to 2.

Let me tell you, this was a very exciting game. Both teams played awesomely and the stick work and passing was amazing.

Greta's cousin Erica was awarded the MVP!

Here are a few pictures of the day. [again, I don't have a good camera these days, so this was the best quality I could master of the event]

HunterdonWarren Field Hockey Tournament Champs
Greta is in the second row, 2nd from the left,,,,her cousin Erica is in the second row, 1st from the right.


The final score
Final Score.....Voorhees 3 ~ Warren Hills 2
[a very intense game.....very intense]

and look what greated us as we got home.......a beautiful rainbow!
The ending of a beautiful day

Friday, October 27, 2006

Bring a friend,,,,wear your costume

Wednesday's dance class was an extra special dance class....it was 'bring a friend' and 'wear your costume for Halloween' day.

Well, Emma Sage just adores dance, and she also adores her cousin Fiona, so that is whom she chose to join her at dance.

This dance class and dance school [Broadway Bound] is truly an amazing place for Little Miss to be dancing at......the teacher is wonderful and all the little girls in the class [there are 9 dancers in this class] are sweet, friendly and so very nice to my little girl.

Emma Sage is in heaven with the beautiful wooden floors [the last two years dance class was held in a nursery school, on a small carpeted area, with no bars or mirrors] fully mirrored room and dance bars for ballet, plus this class combines ballet and tap [and Emma Sage just loves to tap, tap, tap, tap].

Here is a group shot.....I don't have a good camera these days, and missed Emma Sage looking forward.....Fiona is on the bottom left with Emma Sage sitting right next to her. Arn't these little dancers adorable?
Halloween at Dance Class

I'm a Little Daisy

I'm a little Daisy, dressed in blue
I am a Girl Scout, you are too
When I go to meetnigs, I sing and shout
I love being a Daisy Girl Scout!!
[sung to tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"]
Our Little Daisy

Guess who is a Daisy Girl Scout?

Yup,,,,Little Miss Emma Sage!

We had our first meeting today [8 girls in the troup]......and guess who is a co-leader?

Yup.......you guessed it,,,,ME!

Funny story, I was not planning on being a leader [just not enough spare time] but told the director of our council that I would be at every meeting [just incase they need something] and the next thing I know, I'm 'co-leader' with another Mother [Cheryl] who also had no intentions of being a leader [but when no one will take the responsibility of a troop....and you want your daughter to be a Girl Scout, you step up to the plate and pitch in]

What a wonderful day. Emma Sage had a blast and all the little girls are wonderful. As you can see by the smile on her face.....being a Daisy Girl Scout suits my little girl wonderfully.

Welcome to Holland.....the song

Here is a beautiful song about the unexpected, but glorious, trip to Holland [giving birth to a precious child with Down syndrome]

Welcome to Holland - by Will Livingston
Click above to play

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Boo.....What fun....

The homeschooling with Down syndrome group I belong to had this link posted today. Emma Sage has been having the greatest time with this cool virtual pumpkin carving tool.

Pumpkin [click the word pumpkin]


Monday, October 23, 2006

Buddy Walk

We had our local Buddy Walk on Saturday. It was a beautiful fall day and Emma Sage had so much fun! My sister and her children joined us. I loved it,,,,my siser was even able to nurse baby Gabriel while walking the walk!!! Our local Buddy Walk is quite small and it is in a remote area of the Reservoir, so that most of the walkers are just family and friends.....but it was so much fun to meet up in a relaxed setting with all of our members [we are a very small group of maybe 15 to 18 regular members on a monthly basis] and the children had so much fun playing, dancing and doing the walk.

There is one little girl that Emma Sage adores. Her name is Devony and Emma Sage loves to play with her.

Two little swingers.....Emma Sage and Devony

My little Swinger
My little swinger........I just get lost looking into Emma Sage's eyes.

Kelsy, Fiona, Connor and Gabriel
Kelsy, Connor, Fiona and Gabriel at the BuddyWalk
Greta and Gabriel
Greta and Gabriel........ah, cousins, sweet, sweet cousins.

Otto Hanging around
Otto hanging around at the walk.....

Doing the Limbo
Doing the L*I*M*B*O

Limbo queen
How low can you go.....

How low can you go?
What fun!!!
Emma Sage's new beloved Kitty, Nona [from one of her favorite books, Strega Nona] passed away. Nona was out and got hit by a car. We have never lost one of our kitty's to the perils of the road, and it is so sad that our first loss was such a loved kitty.

Pure Joy......

We had a funeral for Nona and she is buried in the back gardens, and Otto made a little cross planter box to put flowers in it for Emma Sage.

Emma Sage has been saying, "My Nana died........My Nona died, I"m so sad."

So what is a Momma to do......

Emma Sage has a new kitty.

She named it 'LOVELY'.

Last night Greta was telling Emma Sage that 'Lovely' was not a girl but in fact a boy.

"No, she a girl" Emma Sage replies...

"No, Emma Sage, Lovely is a boy, see look he has a penis" says Greta

To that Emma Sage replies....

"That's not a penis, that's just her tail!" lol!!!

Lovely is a boy, but once he is fixed, it won't matter if Emma Sage thinks 'he is a she'!!! All that that kitty will know is love, lots and lots of LOVE!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

A favorite picture from our Buddy Walk

Two, make that Three Friends in Sepia
This is one of my favorite pictures that I took at our local Buddy Walk on Saturday. I don't have a good camera anymore, so this was a hit-or-miss moment....and I'm so excited that it was a 'hit'. This is Emma Sage and her friend Lindsy [who is such a sweet-heart] and Lindsy's dog Velvet! We actually had met up with Lindsay and her family at our first National Down syndrome Congress Convention in Minnesota in 2004!

I have more to share, but alas....my pillow is calling my name!



Over the coarse of the last three and a-half weeks, so many thoughts and memories have flooded my mind. A whirl-wind of emotions.

I tried to think of one word to describe my Mother. There are so, so many words that could be used to describe her spirit and beautiful aura. My mother was beautiful, both inside and out. She was the most nurturing and giving person I have ever met......and she inspired me to always be and do my best.

As family and friends traveled from across the oceans and across the many miles of her home in America....the word Welcoming came to mind.

As we sat at the Memorial Service given in her honour at the Hunterdon Medical Center last week,,,,,,a room filled to standing room only, and a very crowed Standing room only. From the CEO of the hospital to the staff of housekeeping....every person there knew and loved my Mothers spirit.....her Welcoming nature and ways.

Welcome. The Claudaugh door knocker on my own front door was a gift to me from my Mother....her way of transfering her Welcoming Soul to my home....a reminder that the door is always open for family and friends.

The sign above my porch door, a gift to me from my Mother, is craved with the words "Enter With a Happy Heart"...........another reminder of the Welcoming Spirit of my Mother.

My whole life was filled with family and friends in our home......everyone Welcomed.....everyone made to feel comfortable....to belong.

Friends of mine growing up, would always comment on the joy and friendship that radiated from the woman and men gathered at the kitchen table...while my Mother made tea and offered treats.

If a person had no place to go for the holidays [many of the workers my Mother knew from her daily rounds at the hospital, delivering and picking up the linen....my Mother knew and cared about every person that work at that hospital over the last 27 years]........if they had no place to go....they were Welcomed in her home or our homes. There was always room and fellowship available and offered to others.....Everyone was always WELCOMED.

At the visitation for my Mother.....many, many women came up to me and echoed the same thing.....

"Your Mother had lots of friends.....BUT she was MY BEST FRIEND"........

and I would smile, because I knew exactly what they meant.....my Mother was a dear friend to many and she was also MY BEST FRIEND too!

Yesterday I had breakfast with my Mother. I had to drop Greta off early for the PSATs and I grabbed a coffee and muffin and headed to the graveyard. It was a beautiful morning...so clear and crisp....the leaves of the trees in full color. It was comforting to sit there in the early morning........a place that may seem sad to others, but to me....it is one of the most WELCOMING places, as my Mother is laid to rest there.....and she was the most WELCOMING person I have ever known.

Friday, October 20, 2006


I belong to a group called 'Photo Friday'. This weeks theme is Innocence.
My creation

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower:
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Thursday, October 19, 2006

My Brother

My Brother ~ Two Brothers, One Soul

is an inner city, New York story, of two impoverished boys, one of whom is developmentally disabled, and the bond of love they have for each other. This bond, forged in their youth by their mother, and made under lifes most desperate circumstances, is unwavering even in the face of adversity. In the present, one brother, trying to get free of oppressing debt, falls prey to ruthless men, setting in motion life-threatening events that test their greater-than-blood bond. This leads to a decision that only an epiphany, and courage, can overcome. My Brother is coming soon to a theater near you (January/February), and debuted July 22nd as the closing night film at the HBO-sponsored American Black Film Festival, where it won both the Audience Award for Best Picture, and the Founder's Award for Acheivement in Independent Cinema.

My Brother just made its New York premiere October 6th, 2006, at the Harlem International Film Festival , sweeping the Awards, winning the Audience Award for Best Picture, Best Actor (Nashawn Kearse) and Best Actress (Vanessa Williams).

My Brother was written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Anthony Lover, and stars Vanessa Williams, Tatum O'Neal, Nashawn Kearse , Christopher Scott, Rodney Henry, Donovan Jennings, and Fredro Starr. My Brother was produced by Gregory Segal, Gingi Rochelle and Leslie Ann Fouche, and executive produced by Michael Malagiero. The director of photography was John Sawyer. My Brother was produced by Liberty Artists in association with Angel Baby Entertainment, and produced out of Liberty Studios, the oldest continually-running movie studio in New York City. Check out the website, and make sure to check out the trailer and behind-the-scenes documentary. It is nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress at the festival.
[Above information from the 'My Space' site of My Brother]

I encourage all of you to request that this movie be brought to a big screen near you, so than everybody gets a chance to see this independant film. I have signed up to be able to order the DVD as soon as it is released.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Momma Says Om ~ Life

Momma Says Om's theme this week is LIFE.

What a perfect theme for me to reflect on and try to find an image and thoughts to share after the events of the last few weeks. Our family has experienced many facets of 'LIFE' in a very short period of time.

My image is this.....

Mamie & Gabriel

The oldest member of our immediate family and the youngest. This is my Mamie and Gabriel. Mamie was 87 on September 16th and Gabriel entered our World on October 2nd.


My mantra is this, "Life is a Blessing" and I have tried to live my whole life with this belief.

As a child, I was blessed to be allowed to be a child. Nurtured and loved. To learn, explore and dream.

As a Mother, this mantra has become even more dear to me, as having a new life growing inside your womb and under your heart, brings the blessing front and center to your whole being.

When pregnant with my last child ~ the blessing of life became so dear, because I knew this would most likely be my last journey of carrying and birthing a precious new life.

Soft markers for Down syndrome made the Mantra even more poignant for me, as I met some people on this newest [but slightly different] pregnancy journey who didn't share the same view of the Mantra that I did, that "Life is a Blessing" and tried to deliver fear and judgment towards the new life deep inside my womb.

"Down syndrome?" they would say. "Your NOT going to have this baby, are you?" were some of the comments I heard.

But joyfully ~ those who did not view life as a blessing were few and I was able to move foreword from their harsh comments with more resolve and appreciation for life.

Five years have passed since the birth of my last little life blessing, and one of the saddest moments in my life has occurred. My own Beloved Mother has passed from her Earthly bounds.....My Mother was the one who cherished me, carried me and birthed me into this world and loved me unconditionaly. She gave me life. My Mother truly believed that "Life is a blessing" and raised my siblings and I to embrace life and live it to the fullest.

A circle, of birth and death......and LIFE is what we celebrate in-between.

"Life is a Blessing......a glorious and precious blessing"

Saturday, October 14, 2006

In Loving Memory.......

Missing my Mom so very much this evening.....made a montage with one of her favorite songs.....

My cousin Karen in Ireland shared this poem with me. She said it reminds her of Philly. I so wish there was not an ocean that seperated us.....as the comfort of all of you here was so wonderful and we miss you all dearly.

Any Woman
by Katherine Tynan Hinkson

I am the pillars of the house;
The keystone of the arch am I.
Take me away, and roof and wall
Would fall to ruin me utterly.

I am the fire upon the hearth,
I am the light of the good sun,
I am the heat that warms the earth,
Which else were colder than a stone.

At me the children warm their hands;
I am their light of love alive.
Without me cold the hearthstone stands,
Nor could the precious children thrive.

I am the twist that holds together
The children in its sacred ring,
Their knot of love, from whose close tether
No lost child goes a-wandering.

I am the house from floor to roof,
I deck the walls, the board I spread;
I spin the curtains, warp and woof,
And shake the down to be their bed.

I am their wall against all danger,
Their door against the wind and snow,
Thou Whom a woman laid in a manger,
Take me not till the children grow!
My creation

Top Pictures on Explore

I must admit it....I'm a Flickr.com addict. I just love the community and all the amazing photographs from around the world. They have a tool called EXPLORE, which is some 'magical' system that ranks the 'top 500' images that were uploaded on a set date in time. I have been honored [and lucky enough] to have 16 photographs of mine hit EXPLORE......but saying that, the magical EXPLORE can change from hour to hour, even for images that were uploaded a year ago [go figure!]

But anyway......here are my two current full rows [my dream is to someday have three rows]

My creation

and the most wonderful thing about my images making it onto EXPLORE is that is gentle way for the world to see the Normalacy of Life with Down syndrome!!!

For Aunt Jan and Mamie....

I created this a while ago, but wanted to share it with you both....and anyone else who would like to see my sweetpea. I was hoping to create a montage of Emma Sage's first five years for her birthday, but hopefully, I'll find the time to do it before she is SIX! lol!

View this video montage created at One True Media
Emma Sage


Homecoming 2006

Greta and her friends are heading off to homecoming this evening. Emma Sage was so excited to help her big sister get ready, but wasn't thrilled at all when she had to stay home with Daddy, while I brought Greta to her friends house for pictures. I got home and Emma Sage greeted me at the door and told me "I cry for you Mommy" and Rick smiled and said she just cuddled in his arms by the woodstove and said "Where'd my Mommy go?"

Since my Mothers passing, Emma Sage has been my shadow.....she doesn't want to let her Momma out of her sight, so this was a big seperation for her tonight.

Katrina and her friends are so [beyond high school] these days and headed into New York City for a show. She went to the last three Homecomings and what is a Momma to do.....if she doesn't want to go to the dance, I can't force her.

Here are a few pictures [which might not be up for long, since Greta hasn't seen them and she might ask me to take them down. lol!]

Homecoming 2006
All four of these girls are outstanding athletes......

Greta and Kristin
Greta and one of her bestfriends, Kristin.

Greta and Me
Greta and Me.........I didn't realize how horrible I look these days,,,,but the last two weeks of little sleep, lots of stress and too many tears, does not make for beautiful complections........but I am so happy to watch my little girl grow up and head off to a magical evening with her school mates.

"Excuse Me, Please"

Sitting at the field hockey game yesterday, I was chatting with the head coaches Mother, who had her grandson, Nate, with her at the game. I have baby-sat Nate during the time Beth's parents are in Florida [you know, SnowBirds, who head south during the cold of winter here in the NorthEast]. Emma Sage is standing with us and says.....

"Excuse Me, Please"......and then proceeds to put her hand in her coat pocket and says....

"My cell phone is ringing"

She takes out her pretend cell phone [her hand], flips her close hand 'OPEN' and puts her open hand to her ear.

"Hello" she says

"Oh, Lovely, how are you?"

"Oh honey, you miss me?" Emma Sage continues.....

"OK, Lovely, don't cry, I be home after the game."

"Bye" and she flips her hand back closed and tucks it in her pocket and goes back to playing with Nate.

Nate's grandma and I just stand there and laugh!

**Lovely is one of Emma Sage's kitty's**

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

More on hunting for sharks teeth....

Hunting for prehistoric sharks teeth is something I have been doing since I was a young girl. My PopPop would take my siblings and I, to the stream at the back end of the farm and let us search the banks. My cousins, Charles, Sam, Taylor and Andy spent many years of their youth doing the same thing.....and now our children are on the hunt.

and let me tell you, it is fun!

Here are more pictures from our family reunion last Saturday.

Uncle Mikey....
Heading to the stream

Hunting for prehistoric sharks teeth
The hunt is on......these are sharks teeth that are from prehistoric times when this area of New Jersey was under the sea.

Emma Sage on the hunt
Emma Sage hunting with her plastic spoon.....she actually found some!

Look who got stuck
Fiona getting caught by a bush......too cute!

The long Walk Home
The long walk home.....Emma Sage catching a ride on her Uncle Mikey's shoulders.

Shark Tooth Hunting

Sam, this post is for you!

My cousin Sam asked how many sharks teeth did Otto and Andy [my cousin and Sam's brother] find at Mamies Reunion.

Well, the two of them were out hunting long after the rest of us headed back to the house for dessert.

Here is their find...........

Prehistoric sharks teeth


WonderTime......is a magazine that I love.....I love it so much so that I subscribe to it. This is a big step for me, as I don't subscribe to many magazines.

Actually, I subscribe to only three magazines. Marth Stewart. I love Martha Stewart and have had every issue and just recently just recycled them, using her online site for searching for things in the past that I read about and want to recall. My Mother has given me my subscriptions for Martha as my Birthday present for so many years now. It saddens me greatly to realize that my monthly gift will soon come to an end. Of coarse I'll subscribe myself, but my Momma just loved giving this subscription as a gift.

We subscribe to National Geographic.

I used to subscribe to Mothering, but I just now read my sisters copy when she is done with hers.

But the whole point of this ramble is WonderTime.

I just adore this publication. It is so 'me' and filled with so many incredible ideas and parenting thoughts.

Here is a link to a fun create and play printables for October. Emma Sage just adores cutting [yes, I am so afraid that one of these days she will cut her long braids] but I remind her daily "Don't cut your hair" and she always tells me "No Mom, I no Cut my Hair". I also remember to keep the scissors up high and out of sight. [Yes, I don't trust her! lol!]

Anyway....if you are thinking about an idea for a gift from someone, I would suggest a subscription to WonderTime [that is if you have children.......if not, Martha Stewart is a perfect gift subscription [and it would make my Momma happy to know that others are following in her footsteps of giving a gift that gives you something special each month of the year!]

All Smiles Again.....

Here is little Miss after the snack [and tears] at the stream........she just radiates pure joy this little one. To think a few minutes earlier her eyes were filled with tears.

Timmer Road Bridge

A Tear.....

A Tear......yesterday on our walk, we visited the animals [have I ever told you of the amazing farm up the road from us?....there are llamas, emus, pigs, bunnies, goats, peacocks, ducks, geese, pigeons, cows, donkey's, horses of every size and color.........and more] so we are so blessed to beable to visit Ms. Bonnies farm daily. We pass a little bridge and stream [this farm is less than a mile up the lane] and the children always have their snack by the river while we throw in stones and pretend to fish with sticks. Emma Sage got caught on a pricker bush on the way down to the stream and I caught this photograph of her tear drippng down her face. Tugs on the heartstrings, doesn't it!

A tear

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

My sweet little girl....
Pleasure's the only noble end
To which all human powers should tend;
And virtue gives her heavenly lore,
But to make pleasure please us more!
Wisdom and she were both design'd
To make the senses more refined,
That man might revel free from cloying,
Then most a sage, when most enjoying!
Thomas Moore

I just adore this photograph of Little Miss.........I took this on Saturday at the reunion. She climbed right up in to the window seat and told me that she 'I love this seat'....'Can I have one at home?'.......which got me thinking of where in our small home I could build a bookcase and window seat for Emma Sage to climb up in and read her books. Ah, sweet child of mine, I too would love a window seat to join you in and sit for hours reading together.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Mamies Family Reunion

Nothing is Lost
Deep in our sub-conscious, we are told
Lie all our memories, lie all the notes
Of all the music we have ever heard
And all the phrases those we loved have spoken,
Sorrows and losses time has since consoled,
Family jokes, out-moded anecdotes
Each sentimental souvenir and token
Everything seen, experienced, each word
Addressed to us in infancy, before
Before we could even know or understand
The implications of our wonderland.
There they all are, the legendary lies
The birthday treats, the sights, the sounds, the tears
Forgotten debris of forgotten years
Waiting to be recalled, waiting to rise
Before our world dissolves before our eyes
Waiting for some small, intimate reminder,
A word, a tune, a known familiar scent
An echo from the past when, innocent
We looked upon the present with delight
And doubted not the future would be kinder
And never knew the loneliness of night.
Tomorrow it will be two weeks since my Mother died. It is still so very surreal to me.....like a dream that I will awake from. I have had to stop myself from reaching for the phone to call her.....crying as I realize that I can't just pick up the phone to hear her beautiful voice...her words that always made my world so bright.
We had a family gathering on Saturday at my grandparents old farmstead, which is now a park. We had the most wonderful time. The children played, in the delightful and innocent way that children play. We shared stories of Mom and I made four of her recipes that my Mamie had always loved.....trying my best to keep my Mom's generous heart and spirit near.
Here are some images from our day......
Ronan and Emma Sage
Emma Sage and her cousin Ronan peeking through brick fence.
Princess Fiona
Princess Fiona, this little girl is such a treasure.
Welcome.....a word I love.
Mamie and Me
Mamie and Me.....I'm the oldest of 12 grandchildren and there are now 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Mamie and Otto
Otto and Mamie.....Otto looks so much like my PopPop, whom I loved so dearly. The bench they are sitting on is a bench in the little alcove that is named for my grandfather.
Kelsy and Gabriel
Kelsy and Gabriel.....Kelsy is such a wonderful big sister.
This is as many as we could get at one time....
This is as many of the great-grandchild we could gather at one time, without some of the little ones toddling off. There is one stow-away in the picture....Otto's best friend Michael come with us to the family reunion.
Greta, Kelsy and Gabriel....
Kesly, Greta and Gabriel. Greta was so blessed to be at Gabriel's birth, as she wants to get her RN and Midwifery degree after highschool.
Hey, wait for me.....
The whole gang heading off to hunt for sharks teeth.......little Miss was way behind with Mommy and yelled for help....guess how stopped to wait for her. Her beloved Uncle Mikey [my little brother, whom I love so dearly]
Uncle Mikey
I have more pictures to share, but alas....time is running short and I must head to bed as I have been so very tired lately.