Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Last year one of Thomas's past students was put into foster care and they were having a hard time finding a home for her. Thomas and Natalie had it in their hearts to volunteer their home. They started the Foster Care training program and since we would be helping out we thought we would go along and get certified too. That placement fell through for them and a good home was found for that child. We completed the program and last month were officially certified. We told our case worker though with Jennifer and the kids here at this point we only had room for an infant. We really didn't think it would happen. Then the phone rang Monday and our case worker said "How crazy is your life right now?" "pretty crazy, why?" "We have a newborn that needs a placement" "WE'RE IN". As we sat in the hospital room holding a four pound baby waiting to finish paperwork we got a text from Natalie saying they were just called to take in a 5 and 6 year old. Now we're all in and our life has gotten even crazier. This is definitely our calling.
Friday, June 15, 2012
|Kim, Cookie & Me on Jennifer's wedding day 2005|
My week in Ohio is coming to a close. Tomorrow Felicia comes into town with Zach to spend Father's Day near his father's final resting place. Then Cookie will spend a couple of days with Kim.
I haven't done much but sit in the house with Kim sometimes just while she sleeps the day away hopefully taking the edge off of her immense grief by taking some of the lonliness out of her empty house. When she can we run errands. I drive and she tells me where to go; the doctor, Post Office, Grocery Store, bank, cemetery.
The one good thing about the week is the time my sisters and I have spent together. Not doing anything, just talking and sometimes just sitting quietly or sharing a bag of dark chocolate Chex Mix and sometimes crying. We were never close as kids but in recent years as bad things happen we have been there for each other. Just being there and becoming friends.
I don't feel I am done here but I need to go back to Maryland to see my sweeties including my biggest one, Tom. Jennifer flew into Ohio today to drive back to Maryland with me. Kim,even now being the big sister, insisted I couldn't drive myself back, even giving me her credit card to buy her plane ticket (which I didn't take and that made her angry LOL) It seems right to have Jennifer with us though like she has been with every other crisis. I leave her in good hands. I'll be back, a sister's work is never done.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
|Sue, Mark and their new grandson, Simon|
I've been in Ohio since we came in for Evan's funeral. Evan's funeral, I can't believe I'm even saying those words. This is all so surreal. Natalie brought me to Ohio and I couldn't be more grateful for a daughter in law from heaven. Tom and Thomas met us here and we stayed with my brother Mark and his wife, Sue. When Tom, Natalie & Thomas left I stayed two days with Mark and Sue. They were so gracious. Thank You!
|Eric,Amie, Aiden & Macie|
|Macie, Eric Kim and Aiden last Christmas|
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
This year we took Memorial Day very slow with Shawn gone and remembering Andrew and what happened last year.
We hung out at home just family
and finished up the last of the Easter chocolate
Then we went over to Thomas and Natalie's for a little cook out
Then they went to Post where the USO had a Sesame Street Live show free for the kids.
They all wore their Army hats.
The USO also gave them each a bandana and an Elmo flashing toy.
Then to Rita's for some Italian Ice
Good all things considered
THEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED
Andrew's big brother. Evan, a four time deployed Airman
DIED of a self inflicted gun shot wound.
He had gotten out of the service a couple of months ago and had a new job and new son.
My heart aches for his wife, Felicia
|I'll be in Ohio staying with my sister for a few days. |
I don't know how you get past loosing two sons