Thankful Thursday…

Today I am thankful for so much I could not fit it into one post, so I’ll concentrate on what I think is at the top of my list.

My greatest blessing is M E !!!! I know that it may sound a bit narcissistic (that spelling of this word was computer generated) and I don’t care b/c that’s a hard word to spell. I’m a good speller too, “Thank you Sister Madonna 🙂

Okay why am I my greatest blessing ?? I’ll tell you why…Because it’s the same as love. You can’t possibly love someone it you don’t love yourself first. So you really don’t understand blessing’s or being grateful if you don’t think you/yourself are a blessing and you are grateful for the life you have been given.

I’m really a very special person. If I love you, I’m all in. You can trust me with everything. That is special. Day or night I’ll be there for you. Basically I’d give you a kidney if you needed it.

I’m a great person to call when you have a problem. My life experiences are such that I have been through so many different issues, I have many answer’s to problems. If I can’t be of any help to an issue, I’ll pray and I’m pretty good at that. I have a special love of the rosary and I believe that will get you through any problem or situation that is out of your hands. If it still doesn’t happen, I’ll just use my 1st thing to do in a crisis, GIVE IT TO GOD !!!

I’m not saying I’m perfect but I’m pretty good. I love myself, my family, my life, my husband who is the love of my life. Most important I love God b/c all I have has come from Him. My mom is also a very special person as she made sure I had religion in my life and set a great example for me to follow. Thank you mom because w/o you I wouldn’t have had such a great life. You too husband, no one (except mom) has loved me as much as you have.

You’re still the one !!!

You’re still the one !!!

#Love is in Da Blog

This is our first song !! I still sing it to him and it still kind of annoys him but he’ll give me that wink and I know he’s right where I’m at !!! It’s a great life waking up with him next to me all the time <3.

Your Still the One

Our first dance as Mr. & Mrs…

Oh yes, did I mention he is an amazing artist (not his day job) b/c we didn’t want to be starving artist and trust me that is a true thing…This was at one of his show’s with an oil painting he painted. Name of this one is, “The Jazz Piano Player.”

Okay that’s all for now…and yes he’s still the one and will always be !!!! #Love is in Da Blog !!!

A couple of more pics, one of him which I’m pretty sure was when I first met him (I was 16) and he was a college boy and I said to myself that’s the guy I’m going to marry…True Story

and this next picture was one of us when we were younger. I just always liked the picture … Our boys were professional ballet dancer’s and we had just come from one of their shows when they danced w/Joffrey in Chicago. Time’s were grand, b/c everything is beautiful at the ballet 🙂 …

So I guess I need to put up one more pic of the boys at the ballet 😉 …These are pics of our 3rd son when he danced Cinderella as the Ugly Step Sister, and I’m thinking the last one was the Nutcracker and just a random one that I like…

I can’t leave out our youngest and his beautiful wife who were both professional ballet dancer’s. They are now the proud parents of our 7th grandchild…

Connor & Missy/Romeo & Juliet …

Our Beautiful Granddaughter…

It’ noon so I better get busy with my housework and laundry…It’s been fun going down memory lane with y’all…Stay warm and safe, it’s crazy cold around here 9 degrees below zero !!!! Let February be warmer…Blessings #loveisindablog

#Love is in Da Blog

Okay I’m in and do I need this today. Me and the husband have been together for 46 years, OMG (he married me when I was 12 😉 ) …. I just always say that so you don’t know how old I am, but let’s just say I’m not rocking the 60’s so much. But whatever. Me and my guy have been through so much in those 46 years, 43 of them married. I was injured in a car accident, traumatic brain injury (Coma for 5 weeks), paralyzed on the left side. The anniversary coming up on Feb. 7th. #Love is in Da Blog

We lost our son Sean Patrick at 7 months. This is my way as his mom to let him know he changed the world the day he was born and my way to honor him as he was truly loved and his handprint is on our heart forever <3

I’m not going to into all of our crosses, but we carried them together and went on to raise 4 more kids and have been blessed with 7 grandchildren. This year we will be celebrating anniversary #44.

We have many song’s that we refer to as our song but our song from the beginning is

I still sing it out when I hear it. I love him to the moon and always will. I’m sure I’ll have a few more great love stories to tell through the month b/c that’s what got us through it all…L O V E <3

I have been blessed with so much love and I have a great family !!!

Here is our other half of the family that are out on the east coast…

These two are getting married this year Y A Y !!! So excited, this was from 2 Christmas’s ago and their dog. Just the sweetest couple and their dog is such an extension of their sweetness…They are both retired professional Ballet Dancer’s…

Gender Reveal, Baby Girl Frain/Aunt Dawn’s, Maryland

These 2 are the youngest. They just had our 7th baby granddaughter. They to are retired professional Ballet Dancer’s too. They danced Romeo & Juliet together and we knew they were going to end up together.

This is our 7th grand daughter, Mom & Dad above…

I’ll have many more stories ahead, make sure to come back and visit. I guarantee they will put a smile on your face and see a family full of love !!! #Love is in Da Blog <3.

This is the year I’m updating a family picture…Get ready everyone, this is going to happen. Time for a new family picture…I love you all <3.

Happy Christmas & Merry Everything

A Christmas Prayer

By Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Loving Father, 

Help us remember the birth of Jesus, 

that we may share in the song of the angels,

the gladness of the shepherds, 

and the worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate

and open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift 

and good desires with every greeting. 

Deliver us from evil by the blessing

which Christ brings, 

and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning

make us happy to be Thy children, 

and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds 

with grateful thoughts,

forgiving and forgiven, 

for Jesus’ sake. 


Our Family

Thank you so much Connie !!! What a great son. Call him anytime day or night and he’s always there for his mom. You just gotta love a son who’s like that. They are just the best kids. They have shared their lives and their beautius baby Ruby !! We have 4 beautius granddaughter’s who are the love of our lives. What a great family, and family is the most important thing in this crazy world.

This is our beautiful little miss Ruby <3…

Here is the rest of the girls…There’s our daughter the nurse, who has been a God send lately. When her dad was hospitalized recently, she’s a nurse and she slept in his room every night to make sure he had the best care !!! Oh and they bought us tickets to the Northwestern game for their dad’s birthday <3

… What great kids. Very thoughtful, that’s where dad graduated from and it was so much fun !!! So blessed to have them watching over us. Next to her is Mariah, and she’s just the sweetest little girl in the world. Grandpapa is next to Mariah and there’s Cordell next to Grandpapa. They have become quite the pair 😉 b/c those are the only two guys with all the girls. We have 2 other son’s out East . This is our family and we are having a blast. Making memories that will go on forever. That’s the best of all. One more picture of me and Cordell. He’s a great guy, and a great dad. Thanks for being there for us. We love you to the moom <3 …

We had a great dinner at Eddie Merlot’s and so looking forward to Chrismas with this bunch. They are my people and I love them so much. Cordell tell your mom, Gigi we are all coming over to decorate cookies… Loving the Christmas Season and all my people <3 …

I had to get these two sweethearts in there. They are just the best little girl’s ever !!! Grandmama & Grandpapa love you to the moon… I couldn’t be any prouder of my family. They are the sweetest family and I’m blessed to be the mom and grandmama of this bunch !!! I love you all <3, to the moon. Get ready for the holiday baking, it’s going to be a blast !!!!

Olivia and Mariah all ready for the game. Their mom always makes them look totally adorb !!!

One more thank you to our son Connie (that’s what I call him, he’s really Connor) but it’s just a thing between a mom and her son !!! Thank you so much for showing us kindness, respect and patience and always being there to help us out. You are a great son !!!!

A Sneak Peak…Monday’s Masterpiece

So far so good with the posting on my blog. So happy to be back. I have a feeling of what went awry with the blog, but I’ll save that for another day.

The Artist is working on another Masterpiece. It always makes me happy to see him doing what he loves and what I think he was alway suppose to do. He has never taken any art courses at all, but that just proves what a great artist he really is. Here is a sneak peak at, “Monday’s Masterpiece.”

If your are a sports fan then no introduction is necessary. Let’s see how many of you know this great one. I’m a fan but I wouldn’t of known who this was unless he told me 😉 … Good Luck

Thankful Thursday…

I’m probably a week early, but whatever.

Going back into a Midwest winter, which is something everyone can be grateful for…Not. But it’s going to be okay. I’m just grateful for being on my blog again. It’s going to take a bit to get my, “Editorial Calendar” operating again, no worries though. I’m just grateful for being able to blog and post.

So if your reading this, just post a comment in the section below so I’ll know that I truly am back… 🙂 Thanks so much for the help Mr. John. It worked, blessings to you for helping this blogger.

I just had to post a picture of our absolutely precious newest granddaughter !!! My heart just melts. Our family is truly blessed.

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday and it really is. Having an amazing fall here in the Midwest, but we all know what’s coming…I really need to get out and get my tree pictures i.e. leaf peeping. I have seen a few that makes !!!!

I saw this today and I grabbed it with my phone. I loved it and making, “Lists”…Really I can’t do the day, any day, w/o a list. Top 3, To Do’s, Daily, yadayadayada. I’m sure you get the picture.

The weather has been prrrrfect up until yesterday but I think we’ll eek out a few more nice, sunny, warm days before everything goes south. I think they call it Indian Summer…I know, that you can only call it that after the 1st tracking snow. Yes, I’m also a weather geek…There really isn’t a season or storm that I don’t like.

I hope this makes you smile !!!

This one’s for you Mz. Cheryl !!!! Because I knew you <3 This song really says it all for me <3 I love you friend <3 …

Happy October

I’m going to just get something up b/c I’ve been away for a bit…You know, time just goes by so fast. Can’t believe it’s almost that time of year.

The family Northwestern vs. Wisconsin

Tickets to the game !!!! Birthday present from the kid’s for grandpapa. Thank you so much. It was a perfect day. The game wouldn’t of been complete w/o breakfast at Walker Bros.

A couple of our girl’s <3…Breakfast at Walker Bros./Evanston, IL

The artist is still rocking out !!!

Thankful Thursday …

I told myself today I am going to sit here and write a blog !!!! I’m not getting up til I post something. I miss you guys and I’m sorry for not posting all summer, but summer’s are for being outside and enjoying the sun and warm temps. It’s also time to love the storms, what can I say I am a weather geek…

This morning I got up at my usual, 7 am ish and drove the husband to the train, to go to work yadayadayada… I decided I would post today and as we all know life happens, distractions, you know. I was cleaning out a closet and came across some old pics. Hard copies, that you can actually hold an look at. Seriously, on some of them I tried to enlarge them with my fingers like I was viewing them on my phone, but it doesn’t work that way with the old pics from back in the day…sorry I digress. I smiled to think how much our world has changed.

I had a bit of a scare last week that I’ll start out with. I didn’t feel very well and it woke me up early on Labor Day Sunday. I couldn’t feel my hands and that scared me b/c I wasn’t laying on them. I thought I was having a stroke. I jumped out of bed and started doing the, “stroke protocols” that I know b/c I’ve been surrounded by nurses my whole life. The husband just said, “Let’s just go to the Hospital and get you checked out.” His father died when he was very young from a stroke/aneursym.

Out the door we went to the ER. I got checked in and they started the usual triage on me. It was making me a bit nervous. They started an IV and started hooking me up to heart monitor’s. Then the creepiness started to set in. I watched real close to what they were doing. I ask a lot questions b/c that’s what I’ve been taught by all the nurses in my life. The looks on their faces rivaled the faces of a Hollywood movie i.e. think “Independence Day” when they saw the spaceship. I’m like, what are you looking at. Fast forward to them starting another line, i.e. a second IV in my other arm and then moving me to a “B I G G E R R O O M” Me, “I don’t want to go to a bigger room, this one is fine and what is that second IV about. Them, the nurses, “Just in cast we need another line.”

I was not prepared for any of this. I figured it was just a sudden drop in blood sugar and here’s some juice and you’ll be fine. OMG this was not the way it was going. Me again, let’s just forget the whole thing and everything is fine. Can I go now ??? Two IV’s, all kinds of heart monitor leads, ECG, x-ray machines… know the last letter. Drawing blood, chest X-rays and then the emergency room doctor was sitting by my bed taking my pulse, watching the monitor, and he has that look on his face that everyone knows not a good look. He gets up and leaves. Me and the husband have been in hospitals enough to know this is not going in a the direction that we are hoping it would go too. I told the husband to call our RN Daughter (our personal nurse) and get her here.

One phone call and she was there … Fast. I realized when she got there she’s me, only younger. She had 2 bags (1 was a purse), starbucks and an extra drink in her thermal cup, just in case for later. I smiled 🙂 …

Scarlet’s in the Emergency Room !!!

Scarlet’s in the Emergency Room taking a Selfie…

Okay so back comes the ER Doctor and he said all my test results were fine and he consulted with the Cardiologist on call because he thought he saw something when he was sitting next to me. The Cardiologist says it was just a, “Blip” it was nothing. Basically I had a $6000 anxiety attack. First mistake was saying what a great weekend we were having. That’s the kiss of death 😉 …

I know long story short, I’m fine…Really, but I am really thankful for everything being good. I was reminded of how quickly life can happen. Anyone who knows me, knows about my car accident I had when I was a new bride.

I suffered a traumatic brain injury, (i.e. coma) hospitalized 5 weeks. Left side paralyzed, physical therapy to get me walking again… That was an experience that changed me for the better, it changed me for good <3 … That was my first experience learning about how fast life can come at you. I don’t remember any of it. My poor family had to watch and wait and pray that I would come back to them…Remember it’s always a good day when you are present <3 …

God wasn’t quite ready for me that day. I had to go on to bring 5 tiny human’s into the world and leave my mark. Today for me I am thankful to be alive and well, as is my family. When I was cleaning out the closet, I came across these pictures from my car accident. Seeing the pictures of that accident along with the trip to the ER last week, reminded me just be thankful. Life is to short to be anything but happy. I love my life and I’m happy to be here. Let’s have the best day ever !!!!!

FYI My featured picture is me wearing the Bengal’s T-Shirt that my sweet daughter Lizzie the RN & Cordell her other half, bought for me from their weekend trip out to Cincinnati…I love it<3 … I’m not a Bengal’s Fan but it’s a gift from two of my favorite people…I love you guys to the moon and thank you so much for being there for me and dad…Family is everything always<3 …

Scarlet & Cordell

Love the shirt…It has been a great year so far !!! No I’m not a Bengal’s fan, but love the shirt !!! Thank you Lizzie & Cordell !! Your mother loves you to the moon …

We always find our way back…This one’s for you … Your mom loves you !!!!

Because I new you !!!
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