Life is good.........
When I went to babysit this am, Patrick mentioned choo choo trains. So, after dropping Erin off at school Patrick and I took an adventure on the Metra. We went alllllllllll the way down to the Ogilvie Center. For an hour (next train available) we watched the trains come and go. Then, on the train we went. Patrick was anxious to meet the "guy" (conductor) so he could give him the "kicket." Throughout hours we were "travelling" we played and laughed. We spent the hour downtown in the train station....AND We had an amazing time! Patrick kept talking about the kicket and giving it to the "guy." And everywhere we went people stopped and commented on how beautiful he is.
Life is good.........
Several of our family members and friends are in the path of Irene. In Maryland they have already received recorded messages telling them power may be out 4 days....and the storm hasn't even been there yet! People are buying out flashlights, milk....all the staples they will need should such a disaster ensue. In my heart I know there will be people who die from Irene, and I am already thinking of the loved ones left behind. Sound a little morose? Not meant to....my point is that perhaps we can all offer up a prayer for those who will be affected by this devastation.
I wish you peace...
It's hard to believe that our oldest son is 42 today!! I'm not quite sure how HE got so old when we are so young ;). But OLD as he may be, he is so young at heart, as the picture below proves. Jim is a wonderful man, very compassionate and so in love with his nieces and nephews. He would do anything for them (like the picture below where they dressed him up).
We're glad you were born, Jim! We love you!
Got a call from my aunt in DC this afternoon to let me know they were all fine and didn't experience any damage from the earthquake! WHAT earthquake said I! I'm wondering if Mother Nature isn't really upset with all of us. I can hardly wait to see what the winter will bring.
I hope all of you are out of harm's way.
So, today I was sent a text from our 12 year old grandson, Jimmy, giving me the website for a blog he has created! He made sure to tell me it only took him an hour to put it together! Now talk about intimidating…..this younger generation is nothing short of brilliant. So, I wonder, just how is it that their brains can absorb and create as much as they do at such a young age? AND, just imagine how much they will accomplish in their lives! If one compared our brains to those of today's youth, how would they differ? It's a mystery!!!!
Speak positively to yourself every day. Look in the mirror, take a deep breath, smile, and say "I am filled with positive energy and light."
Here they are…the 7 little blessings I wrote about
Jimmy McDermott, Jack Pontow, Meggan Pontow, Patrick McDermott ….sitting on sister Molly McDermott's lap (and hiding her!), Ally Pontow and Erin McDermott.
They are such rays of sunshine for us.
Last evening after the baby shower for our niece and nephew, I went to a fundraiser for a friend's son who died. Nick left a wife and a little girl, not even a year old at the time of his death. As a bereaved parent I know all too well the agony they are experiencing. There were a couple of hundred people there, golfing and having dinner, in honor of Nick. T. The money will be used for his little gir. One of his friends created a video of Nick's life, as a child, in high school, married, and finally pictures of him with his wife and baby daughter.
Memories provide us with both joy and sorrow. As I watched the pictures of Nick, he looked so alive, so real....and yet untouchable. Nick and his brother were best friends....the void for his brother is like a black hole.
Our hearts hurt so deeply for his entire family. If you have an extra thought, please say a little prayer for his family. Blessings and love to all...............
This was one of those weekends when almost every moment is jam packed. Jen and Chad and the kids and dogs were in so we could celebrate Jack, Meg, and Ally's birthdays.....a bit later than the real dates, but, then the tornado in June and no power cancelled everything. Luckily the weather was beautiful and cool Fri night so we were outside. Nothing warms my heart more than to see our 7 grandchildren romping around laughing and playing. It is so healthy for them to have a relationship with each other. As soon as Jen sends me the pictures I will post some of them.
Saturday's celebration was a baby shower for our niece and nephew. This is their first baby and also the first grandchild on both sides of the family. Needless to say we are all thrilled. The sex of the baby is unknown, but we all have our "intuitions." Stef is due in just a few weeks. I recall being pregnant and due in August with two of our children. The heat and humidity makes it pretty nasty. ;) Anyway, there is nothing like a new little life to bring renewed joy to a family.
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable