This was taken just before Mandy’s First Birthday. I have always loved this picture, taken so long ago. Me and my girl.
She looks so much like both her children and it thrills me to see this. Ever wonder what love looks like?
This is it!
On Friday I went and had my medical appointments at the VA. The news was not great, but I’m not dead, so there is always room for improvement.
After I finished that, I popped off to my daughter’s home, and played Words With Friends, while she finished up her work from home day!
I also played with her sweet puppy, Freya as we waited to go and pick up Savannah, and afterward drop her back at the house with her Daddy, so we could leave for dinner and a show.
After dropping Savi off, we drove to Nashua and went to one of our favorite Chinese restaurants. We ordered two appetizers and one meal that we split, Mandy had a fruity cocktail and I had my new drink of choice, a nice Scotch!
Then we headed to the John Edward Event, which was just down the street. Surprisingly, it wasn’t mobbed yet, and Mandy dropped me at the door and parked.
We entered the event, and Mandy eyed some seats, but just as we reached them, some people swooped in and took them. So we scanned the room, walked to the other side of the room and sat down.
The event started on time, and almost immediately John was talking to two women who sat just across the aisle from us.
Now here’s the thing, although many of the things he said resonated with the women, there were a few things that did not, and I believe the reading was seeping out, over to us. The items listed below he was so adamant about and when the ladies kept declining, I suspected they were for us.
Here are the things that he said that did not fit them, but fit us so perfectly.
During his reading, I felt a very overwhelming hotness inside. Not like a hot flash at all, but almost like I had a furnace radiating through my body starting from my stomach.
I tried to raise my hand to alert him about the organ donor aspect of the reading, especially when the women said no so many times. But he kind of waved me off.
But I am convinced that those words were for us.
Once he turned to read away from us, the hot feeling disappeared as quickly as it had come on me.
My daughter is more skeptical than I am. She mentioned that a lot of the reading did resonate with the other two women. And that is true, but I wrote down the things that felt important for us. So in that first 20 minutes, there were more things that made no sense to us, but to the other women.
But thinking back to when we arrived and how we had lost those first seats and moved closer to the woman who was selected for the first reading. made me feel that we were right where we were supposed to be.
At the very end of the event, I was chosen to ask a question of John. I asked him a question about the horrific ways people die. When they come through to him, do they talk or reveal much about that?
He said that Spirit does not want to be remembered for how they died but rather, how they lived.
So, people, I guess the biggest thing I got out of that one question, was I needed to move away from how Katie and my friend Candy have died, and focus on how beautifully, happily, they had lived their lives!
Looking back on that day when I was just eighteen, and Mandy’s father and I made the trip to the hospital to deliver our child, still thrills me beyond words.
Back then, you did not know what your baby would be until it popped out. But I knew, yes, I knew that this baby was going to be a girl. I just had a feeling. All through my pregnancy, this bond with my unborn child made me certain it was a she.
I looked into that beautiful little face and I felt a love like I had never felt before!
Her birth was something that is still the best moment of my life. Watching her come into this world and take her first breath filled me with a happiness that I’d never known. It was simply magic!
Mandy was born five days before Christmas that year, and to this day, and forever, she will remain the very best Christmas present that I ever received!
Mandy has grown into a beautiful, wonderful, woman, and probably the very best mother I know. She adores her children and they adore their Mommy. I am so proud of her.
Today I look back over her life, and I have made a short montage of Mandy through the years, and the people she loves and who love her in return.
Happy Birthday, Mandy!
Monday found me driving south for a medical appointment. It is a long way to go, but I like the doctor I am dealing with.
After the appointment, I headed to my favourite place. My daughter’s house, where I was greeted with big hugs and kisses from Mandy, Savi and Quinn. So much love! What a wonderful thing!
One of the best things about being with them on Monday was that I got to play with them on the swings and monkey bars, and we also played hide and go seek! I just spent the better part of an hour simply laughing and playing with the kids, and it was the most wonderful thing in the world.
Being surrounded by their love made me feel so blessed. I am so lucky to have them!
Best of all, despite the long drive for me, I will see them again on Wednesday and Friday! Wednesday Savannah graduates from Kindergarten, and Friday I am babysitting the kids as there is no daycare that day, and Mandy has an important work day. Long ride, but oh, so very worth it!
What a great way to start my week!
I am still basking in the afterglo of time spent with my daughter and grandchildren! On Sunday morning before I left, I played Barbies with Savi and dress up with both Savi and Quinn and then we did these selfies! All of this reminds me that I am a very lucky lady.
I spent a lot of time with Savannah as she was growing up from baby-hood to child-hood! But with Quinn, I got sick just before his first birthday, and I feel like I missed a lot of that age 1-2 years. In the last few months I have tried to get down more and the funny thing about Quinn is that he knows exactly who I am, “OMA” and that I am his!
I really am so very lucky to have these two wonderful kids for grandchildren. I not only love them, but I like them too. And like all grandparents that I know, I am just crazy about them!
It was a big day for me on Saturday. Just after Christmas I started an afghan for my daughter, Mandy. Today I finished it!
It is a full size throw afghan. One she can pull up over herself and both the kids, and snuggle under!
I cannot tell you how much fun I had doing it. I think with each loop of my crochet hook, I melted in a little love. I hope this afghan lasts her for a very long time, and I hope she spends many hours cuddling her babies under it!
Today is my daughter’s birthday. She is all grown up now, with children of her own, and she is an amazing mother to them!
It all started way back when, on a bitterly cold December day. I remember seeing her tiny face for the first time and falling head over heels in love with my baby!
Mandy is all around wonderful, and I am so proud to be her Mum. She is a self made woman, with a wide variety of interests and a way of creating a peaceful and calm environment around her.
She may not always see that, but when I look at her home, her children and those of us that love her, I see a certain beauty that cannot be missed.
So today my dearest daughter, please know, you have all of my love, all my admiration and forever my devotion. Happy Birthday!
Recently, I scanned a few pictures I had of a very young Mandy. Back then, there were no digital cameras, where you keep shooting until you got the picture you wanted. But somehow, I did get a few good ones back then.
So here we go. My daughter, Amanda way back when…
I can see so much of Savannah, when I look at Mandy’s pictures. The same little round face, and chin, and happy, easy going smiles. Mandy has grown into a beautiful woman, with a lovely family of her own.
Mandy and Savannah
Mandy and Quinn
Mandy, Matt and their beautiful children.
The weekend seemed to fly by. It was a good one, as I drove down to visit with my daughter and grandchildren. My grandson is changing so quickly right now. He will be 17 months old next week, and remarkably moves and acts much older . The cutest thing about him is, if he sees any sort of machine, lawn mower, tractor, etc, he stops and watches intently.
The neighbors were mowing their lawn and each time the rider mower passed us, Quinn waved. And his eyes never left the machine! And Quinn loves it when his Daddy takes him for a lawn mower ride too. He doesn’t wiggle around, he just sits quietly and helps Daddy drive the machine!
Mandy made a terrific breakfast while I was there and it was fun to share this with the kids. I brought a fruit tray and when I arrived Mandy had also gotten a fruit tray. All I can say is…fruit is good!
After breakfast, I spent some alone time with Savannah as it was time for Quinn to nap. Savi is five years old now and very interested in how things work. We played around taking pictures together and then Mandy asked her if she wanted to take some pictures of Mandy and me. At first she looked nervous, but she carefully lined up the camera and took a couple of pictures of the two of us, and they came out pretty well.
This is one of the pictures that Savannah took.
Soon it was time for me to go, and I got in my car and headed out toward the highway. As I neared the entrance to Route 93, I could see that all the cars were completely stopped and there was no movement.
In the summertime on the weekends, it is not uncommon for the main routes into New Hampshire to be completely clogged with traffic. I thought for a split second and then opted for a back router going north. Route 28. It’s actually a pretty route. It parallels the main highway and goes through all the little towns. The traffic lights and the mini rotaries slowed me down, but I did keep moving, and when I reached Concord and hopped back on Route 93, things were moving right along. Still, it took me 45 minutes longer to get home than it usually does.
I made lunch for Jack and me, played with the pooches and took a short nap. Yes, even Oma needs a nap!
Then on Saturday night we watched a Bruce Willis movie. “Hostage”. It was very unlike most Bruce Willis movies, this was suspenseful, and kept both of us riveted to the TV. We did not want to miss a moment of this film! Made in 2005, his daughter Rumor also plays his daughter in the film.
Sunday was a slower day for us. I’d been up late watching the film, and so I just did the basics.
Monday finds me making a Recycling Center run and taking out the vacuum and sucking up all the Lili hair!
Have a great Week Everyone!!!