WOW! I decided to tackle life head on and get the most out of it – apparently life did not like that idea and hit back, HARD!

St. Valentine’s Day – while trying to not get sucked into all of the commercialism and junk, our family got horrible news. My husband’s cousin, Jimmy committed suicide. I could rant and rave about how selfish and cowardly suicide is, but I will not. I just pray for Jimmy’s soul and ask my faithful friends to do the same.

Funerals are never a happy/fun time – even less so when it is a tragic unexpected death of someone so young. Patrick and I made the decision to not take our five children to Jimmy’s funeral. Maybe it would have cheered some people up, but Jimmy left behind five young children (the youngest is 5 months old).

While at the funeral luncheon, the patriarch of the family received an emergency call on his cell phone, his mother – the matriarch of the family was being rushed to the emergency room. The next day, she was moved to a hospice for her remaining days. The beginning of her life forever at home with our Lord was coming, soon.

Fast forward through a lot of praying to her passing from this life into the next… My husband stopped by the hospice on his way to work. He realized she was going to go soon and called into work. Grandma passed away peacefully at Noon – she had a lunch date with her husband and Jesus!

This past Monday (3/1) was the funeral for my children’s great-grandmother, Rita. I scanned and printed more photos in the past week… in that process I heard a lot of really awesome family stories.

I was hoping to spend yesterday (3/2) my birthday – catching my breath. My parents called and invited me to lunch. I was so looking forward to eating at the local Irish Family Restaurant. Plans changed when not five minutes before my parents arrived to my home the secretary from the high school called. “We have Christopher here in the office. He is not feeling well and would like to come home.”


Christopher has a fever.

Some time during the night, Mary Ann threw up a few times.

I have two children home sick from school. So, I will not be catching my breath today either. I’m holding it! Throw up stinks!! YUCK! EWWW!!! My washer and dryer have been running non-stop. I will have to sanitize the bathroom again (I seem to be doing that every few hours). Dishes have to be washed and put away immediately. I will not let the germs sit around to multiply and get me sick! (Knock on wood – cross my fingers – lots of prayers for good health to stay with me)

So, if I disappear again for a while…

I warned you!

I’ll catch you all up on the fabulous books I have been reading and the Amazing Digi Scrap Race: Season 5 layouts that I have gotten done. Maybe a few photos too.

Right now – I need to go clean something, again!