Family...the word means many things doesn't it? Family in the old days meant Mom and Dad and kiddos...or maybe just a "you and me". In the here and now the word "family" encompasses many aspects of living as a "unit". Single parents, gay parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, adoptive parents, friends that gather for dinner on a regular basis....however you want to use the word family it's OK because in the end the real meaning is "LOVE". Last week our Granddaughter, Summer, called and asked it she could celebrate her birthday at the Pines. She said it would be her and her boyfriend, her Dad and Evelyn, her Mom and Brian, (her Mom's boyfriend), her other Grandparents, and her siblings. Of course I said yes and we discussed the menu and who would bring what for the party. Later she called and asked if it would be OK if her Great-Grandparents could come too. You bet! Unfortunately, they weren't able to make it. Shout outs went to the uncles also. I always hoped my kids would not have to go through a divorce. But life happens. Change is part of that and today we all gathered to celebrate a birthday of one of the sweetest young ladies around. Summer has the perfect name because she's always happy, full of life, and brings sunshine every time she walks into a room. It was a lovely afternoon full of all the good things about family life. I can look back on my life and like most people know I've made mistakes along the way. But looking at the happy faces of family gathered to celebrate together, it's proof that many good things happened along the way too.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Before this day is over I'd like to wish every Mom out there a Happy Mother's Day. Maybe your Momma isn't with you anymore. I hope you have wonderful memories to think back on. I would like to tell my Mom how much I love her and how thankful I am for her and all she's done for me in my life. She's the best in the world! I know you're thinking that your Mom is the best and you'd be right! That's how I wish everyone could feel about their Mom today. I also need to say how much I loved my Mother-in-law. Jack's Mom and I were good buddies and partner's in crime...the lawful kind! We shopped and gardened and laughed over many escapades in that Volkswagen Van! She was a Southern lady who like nothing better than to sit and "yak" with you about all kinds of subjects. I miss her as I know Jack does, especially on this special day. My day started out early with a call to do a c-section. I wasn't thrilled to be there at 7am but after seeing the Mom, Dad and baby I thought that perhaps this was what Mother's Day is about and I remembered that I had a Mother's day kiddo too! Our next patient was an elderly lady who fell while talking with her son on the phone and broke her hip. I know she wasn't crazy about being in the hospital today either! So I'm grateful I came home and had a beautiful weather day with Jack and 3 of my sons. I just got done talking with my son who lives in Oregon and I sure do miss him! Happy Mother's Day to my Daughters in-law, Amy and Evelyn..you guys are awesome! Here are some of the Mom's I love:
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The other day I was walking the yard trying to find something to photograph. The sun was setting and I clicked this pic of the trees with the sun on them...they look so fallish!
Sunday, May 7, 2017
When we travel back to visit family in Chicago I always say "I'm going home". Maybe because my dear Mom is still with us and perhaps because my sister, Midge, is still living in the area. Or maybe it's because they live in the house we grew up in. However, I've lived in Ohio for 40yrs and I was 23 when we left Illinois, so I've lived and grown older here more than "home". My other siblings all live elsewhere....Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida...but I wonder if they say they are homeward bound when they come to visit? I guess I'll just have to ask them! The saying goes, home is where the heart is. In that case it's anywhere family is gathered. Jack and I "gathered" with family this weekend to visit Mom and see how she was doing after her hospital stay last week. Thankfully, prayers were answered and she didn't have to have the pacemaker. It's still a possibility, but for now it's a wait and see game and she did really well while we were there. She is very happy to be home!
we (I) want too. Win win, right!? We drove it home with me at the wheel since Jack still doesn't have vision good enough for that long haul. It drove great and except for the lead foot take off that threw ol' Chubbs off his pillow, I didn't get us killed or anything! Whew! So it was good to go home and see everyone and it's always sad to say that dang "goodbye". But it's also good to be home here and get back to our routine. The flowering treesat the Pines are still looking good.