This began on March 8, 2011.
It chronicles Mom’s journey of almost three years. Thank you SO MUCH for all your thoughts, prayers, cards, flowers and visits, beginning with her February 22, 2011, admission to Howard County General through her years at Lorien until she left this earth for heaven on February 17, 2014. She is now with the good Lord, and reunited with many family and friends who went before her. Regular blog entries ended on March 8, 2014, but periodic updates on news about the family will continue.
Mom would like that.
EIGHTEEN months. A year and a half. Wow. I can hardly believe it in some ways, and yet in others when I contemplate life events such as Randy’s move to Tampa, Scott leaving Total Wine and More, and Andy and Nina’s wedding – I realize that life is moving on. I have to trust the new testament’s teaching in which the dead brother looked back and saw the behavior of his living brother and prayed for someone to witness to him. It means that Mom CAN see us and IS aware of these life events; it’s just that our direct communication is currently not working!
Yesterday, Scott and I had lunch with Wayne and he showed us the “dummy” of his poetry tribute book to Mom. It’s called “Forever and A Million Years”. If you’d like a copy, send me an e-mail to email@example.com. It goes into production this week. Later in the day, I met with Dawn Merrill (Mom’s chief nurse) and Tyrone Snowden (Mom’s respiratory therapist/singer) who sang at her memorial service. It is wonderful to stay in touch with these special people.
Everything is generally pretty good in our world. Andy is away for work for a while. Nina starts graduate school in 2 weeks. Scott’s golf game is excellent and I am not traveling. I start teaching again on September 3. Hope you are enjoying your summer!
Happy 85th birthday to Mom! As I said on FB, I wonder if she got to start counting birthdays over when she got to heaven, so she’d be two today.
Scott and I met Wayne, Samantha and Justin for lunch earlier at the Double T in Ellicott City. One of Mom’s favorite places. We had a nice time together catching up. Wayne is publishing a book of his poems in memory of Mom. It’s called “Forever and a Million Years” because that’s how long they used to say they would love each other. We all look forward to receiving our copy of the book. Scott helped Wayne edit it along the way.
Tonight, Andy and Nina will join us for dinner and I’ll make lots of Mom’s favorite foods. It’s a day Mom celebrated for weeks, so it seems fitting to celebrate her day. Andy leaves for work travel in a week and a half and will be gone for a couple of months. Nina starts graduate school at the end of the month. Master’s degree in School Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. She’s just finished three years as a Montessori teacher and was ready to go back to school.
Randy is in Hawaii (on Oahu) taking lots of pictures! It’s his first trip and he has been so excited waiting for his departure to come – which was last Friday. He’ll head to Maryland for a visit in late October.
My request for today? Enjoy one of Mom’s favorite foods! Omelette, crispy bacon, filet mignon, crab cake, cheeseburger, bagel bites, grilled cheese sandwich, dove candies…or chocolate anything – and think of Mom. She’d like that. Here is a picture of her on her 79th birthday – when I got her signed up on Facebook! Love, Laura
Sharing selected pictures from Andy and Nina’s honeymoon. Oahu and the Big Island. June 23 – July 6, 2015. Pure happiness. The last picture is Laika’s dog house, which Andy built for their mini-backyard. Laika is their puppy-to-be arriving in early October. It’ll be interesting to see how much Laika USES her little house. Ha ha!
Lucky # 17. Seventeen days until the wedding of this lovely couple. My son, Andy and his fiancée, Nina Mahboubi.
As I walked tonight to get my 10,000 steps in today (thank you fitbit), I thought of how I will miss Mom on Andy’s wedding day. Interestingly though, it would have been awful for Mom to be at Lorien and unable to attend with everyone else gone to the wedding… That would have broken her heart. I felt so conflicted today…wanting Mom to be here and celebrating this wonderful event…but wanting my “non-sick” Mom to be here…the one who I enjoyed so many family events with for 55 years. Sigh. Then, I looked at the suncatcher…I know Mom will be there and I am sure I will feel her there on June 20.
The kids are so happy and everything is coming together beautifully. They will honeymoon in Hawaii with one week on Oahu and one week on the Big Island. As it should be! Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as their special day approaches! Love, Laura
Wow, it’s almost May. How did that happen? I wanted to share the joy of the surprise bridal shower that I was honored to host for Nina last Sunday, April 26. I’d been plotting with Nina’s mom (Doris), and Nina’s cousin and maid of honor (Jessica) for over a month. Almost 20 wonderful friends and members of Nina’s family attended and it was absolutely joyous! I did the food and Jessica did the decorating, games, favors and more. Other cousins, Teeyam and Niki, teamed up to record Andy’s answers to questions that Nina had to guess later. We broadcast it on a 44 inch flat screen, which turned out beautifully thanks to Scott’s technical skills. Andy was asked by Teeyam about his favorite gift that Nina gave him since they’ve been together. He didn’t hesitate. He said, “a second date”. Nice one, son! :-)
Here is the beautiful bride to be, the table in waiting for more goodies and a glimpse of the decorating! Mom would have LOVED to have been at this event. I know I will be missing her DEEPLY on Saturday, June 20 at the wedding. I know it will be an amazing ceremony and the start of a great life together for Andy and Nina Vaughn!
Brother Randy and First Sister-In-Law Hope are dealing with Tax Day Eve. Niece Whitney just had her moment in the sun as an actress on an episode of “Blackish”. Wayne is doing well and happy that spring has sprung. Scott is beginning a transition process at Total Wine (long story). I’m still in the rat race at work and teaching graduate school…yet happily so. My executive physical results are surprisingly pretty darn good. Andy and Nina’s wedding plans are coming together for a lovely “small family” event of about 100 ppl on June 20! MUCH ADO AND ALL GOOD!
Well, I am going to be SIXTY YEARS OLD this coming October. I am better than I deserve (love that phrase)…and I have more amazing, magnificent friends whose love and friendship fill my life. Many of THEM will also be SIXTY YEARS OLD this year. No disrespect to my older and younger friends, but the class of 1955 was pretty awesome. So, it seems to make sense that the second half of 2015 should be devoted to celebrating with those friends. Let’s “go there”. A weekend trip later this summer with Jan Senn. Friend since we met in Mrs. Hoffman’s 3rd grade class in 1963 (Toledo, Ohio). We’ll venture to Pittsburgh to get together, which is “about half way” from her home in Ohio and mine in MD. The incredible bucket list trip in September/October with my high school friend, Clare Martone, her beau Bill, along with Scott and me will be to Athens, then a Windstar cruise to the Greek Isles and several days at the end in Istanbul. Sixteen days total. NEVER done such a thing in my life! My birthday is day one onboard, and Clare’s is the last night onboard. Doesn’t get any better. November weekend trip to the east coast beaches of Florida with dear friend, Gina Hall. Met in 1984 and never looked back. We talk EVERY day. It’s amazing. Like Jan, Gina is “older” than me. Ha ha! The first weekend in December, the Windy City will be jolted by Cindy Coto and me as we arrive to ring in our early October birthdays a bit late; she on the 1st of October and me on the 3rd. Cindy and I met in October 1978 and have had a sister connection ever since. Cindy and I celebrated our 30th together in the Big Apple, so we are branching out this time. Tonight at yoga, I felt Mom there – encouraging me, lifting me up to enjoy all of this and to revel in the moments of celebration. Mom always celebrated her birthday for a month or so. I think I am going to go for six months!
Love to all! laura