The alarm bell rings at 5:15 am and I reluctantly climb out of bed at 5:30 am, headed for the kitchen. My first thoughts of the day are on Mom. “Good morning” I whisper in the quiet darkness of my home. After getting the kids up, I begin making breakfast as I do every morning… Continue reading Egg Sandwiches for 3
The tapping of the raindrops on the skylight reminds me of cozy afternoons spent with Mom complete with a steaming cup of tea, piece of lemon bread and candle flickering in the late autumn chill. Memories like this are a gift – etched in my mind for a lifetime. Thinking of times spent lovingly in… Continue reading Beaches and Tea
Did you ever spend a moment looking at your shoes and wonder about the places they’ve been? I must admit that this is something I’ve never thought about until my sister and I wandered into Mom’s closet last Sunday. We were looking for a sweater or something special of hers to wear to Mass with Dad. Our… Continue reading Put on your Walking Shoes
Sitting at dinner tonight in a quaint Italian restaurant on Cape Cod with my beloved dad and sister, it occurred to me how blessed we are as a family. The three of us spent much time talking about the grandchildren in our family and how each them brought something special to the celebration of mom’s… Continue reading Hold Your Hand High
On my second round trip drive from St. Joseph Parish School’s tonight all I could think about was a heating pad and my comfortable, warm bed. The thirty minute commute to Andrew’s school is worth it for many reasons, but a sore back and late Back to School Night had made me less than happy… Continue reading Heaven is for Real
Many of us feel inadequate in one way or another in this life. Perhaps in our professional work, family life or within our friend groups. My mother constantly reminded me that this type of thinking was not from God. When I close my eyes I can still hear her say “God loves you just the… Continue reading Bring the Gift of Yourself
Sizzling sausages, buttery pancakes, and fresh brewed coffee – the smells of breakfast at Nona’s awoke me this morning and for a very brief moment I felt that all was right in the world. I would descend the stairs of her sunny Cape Cod home and there she’d be in the kitchen, smiling and cooking… Continue reading Birds of the Air
This may seem like an odd question but I promise it is an appropriate one. In fact, it is a question my siblings and I have found ourselves asking often over the past 3 days as we prepare to celebrate the life of our beloved mother. At a time when stress levels are high, sleep… Continue reading What Would Joanie Do?
I hadn’t planned to write anything tonight but then I remembered her beautiful face shining in the late Cape Cod sun and the promise I made to her just a few days ago – “write about what a beautiful family we were.” Watching my precious father, sister and brother walk my mother to the gates… Continue reading Heaven Gained a Saint Today
Have you ever prayed for a sign from God when times got tough? On Tuesday, August 13, 2013 I was at the Cape navigating the early stages of mom’s cancer diagnosis and praying for anything that would indicate God was aware of our difficult plight. On this particular morning, mom told me that a single… Continue reading Ladybugs and Love
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