Conversations with Nicholas: Philanthropy Edition

This is how the conversation went down when I got home from work yesterday... Nicholas: Hi Mommy! Me: Hi, Babe! How was your day? N: Good. Mom, do you know about MS? Me: MS? The illness? N: Yes. It makes it very hard for people to walk and is very expensive to try to cure. Me: Oh. Yes, I've heard that. Are you raising money for MS at school? N: Yes...(starts … [Read more...]

Scrapbook Saturday: N’s 5th Book Done

I'm so excited! I've finally finished N's 5th book (from June 2009 to June 2010). I'm particularly glad because it brings me up-to-date to start a family Project Life for 2010. Excuse the slices of yard you see next to and above the layouts, but that's what happens when you don't get any natural light in your home and you have to put the layouts on your toddler's high chair on the front stoop. I … [Read more...]

Autumn & Donating Organs

I really love the Fall. It was always one of my favorite times of the year growing up. The temperatures were cooling down, basketball season was gearing up, and you had Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas packed close together. But, every Autumn since Mark died has been really hard. I've written about it before, so I won't rehash it now. This year, Fall started out differently though. I … [Read more...]

I Hate Columbus Day

I either love Columbus Day or I hate it. I hate it because it was the last day that Mark was home. The Tuesday after Columbus Day he went into the second hospital and never came back. I was off of work for Columbus Day and together with Mark's parents we decided that it would be the test day for Mark to see if he could take care of Nicholas by himself. Until then, Mark's parents stayed at our … [Read more...]

Conversations with Nicholas ~ Dog Heaven Edition

On the way to school early this week... Nicholas: Mom? Me: Yes? N: Do you think that Brittany [our dog who died about 1.5 years ago] has found Daddy Mark? In Heaven, I mean? M: Of course. I think that Daddy Mark was waiting for Brittany the second she got to Heaven. What do you think? N: I think so too. And I think they're playing fatch. M: "Fatch"? Do you mean "fetch"? N: No. Fatch. … [Read more...]