It’s late – prayers have been said, books have been read but a dim light casts a white glow into the dark hallway. I slowly push the door open and find him staring into the distance. “What’s up buddy, time for bed?” I ask. “I’m just contemplating where Nona is at this very moment.” he responds.… Read More Bedtime thoughts…
The flaming red and orange leaves, illuminated by the late fall sun, cast a glow on the beautiful cemetery grounds. Stepping onto the grass where she lay caused my heart to stop, for just a moment, as I caught my breath and remembered that I was standing on holy ground. “I’m here…I love you…” I hear… Read More She Hears…
If asked about your faith in God, what would you say? For most of us, I guess it would depend on the day and our present life circumstances. I was recently reading a journal entry about Mom from 3 years ago, which caused me to ponder this important life question in a whole new way.… Read More Who do You say that I Am?
She willed herself to attend despite the pain in her bones and throughout her body. It would have been very easy for her to make an excuse to stay home. One month before our Lord called her to heaven, riddled with stage 4 cancer, Joan Mary donned her best smile along with a perfectly beautiful… Read More Look Out, Not In
I am sure everyone reading this post has had a moment or two in life when he/she has asked this question. I’ve asked it myself over the years and perhaps more frequently over the past few weeks. And then something happened today. I was thinking about this question while on my morning walk in the… Read More Where is God?
My emotions were mixed today, heading out to the annual Montrose School Mother Daughter Brunch. I was proud that my baby girl Emma would be leading the crowd in prayer as the Senior Class President but also sad that this would be my last time attending this lovely, memorable event. I was also quite nostalgic thinking… Read More Moms are People too
As I gazed into the cupboard during my nighttime lunch making ritual, my eye caught the marshmallow fluff. My sensible self said “no way – too much sugar for their lunches!” Then I though of Mom who always made us peanut butter and fluff sandwiches and I immediately grabbed the jar! Mom knew when to keep… Read More Eat More Fluff
The busyness of Andrew’s Saturday sports schedule was a welcome distraction to the reality of missing the person who has been a central figure in my life for over four decades. As she had taught me, I tried to just be in the moment, enjoying the beauty of the warm sun on my face, the brilliant… Read More Courage and Grace
It’s hard to believe that one month has passed since my beloved mother has passed from this life into the next. My sister and I were talking tonight and shared that we still expect her to walk back through our front doors. It just doesn’t make sense to us that the one who loved so deeply… Read More Walk the Path of Love
Driving to the Cape early this morning, it was hard to keep my eyes open amidst the dark, rainy weather pelting the SUV as we hummed along RT 495. Luckily, responsible Emma was driving, happily listening to her music thus there was no risk of veering off the road. As I closed my eyes and… Read More Blessed are the Humble
We all have those times in life when things just don’t go as planned. Mom had those days – big and small – and was challenged to handle them as any of us would, with faith and courage. The gospel reading from this past Sunday was about faith. Jesus spoke to his disciples saying “If… Read More Expectant Faith
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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More 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… Read More Heaven Gained a Saint Today