Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Let Love Grow

On an overcast day in August we headed to the beach
to watch one of my favourite people ever 
get married to her prince

my God daughter Jillian was a beautiful bride
of course I knew she would be

she is one of those people that is not only a gorgeous girl
but she has a huge heart

the details for this small intimate wedding made me smile
from the location which was at her Grandmother's cottage
with the Confederation Bridge and Northumberland Strait as the backdrop

for those of you who love all things Anne of Green Gables
that is the bridge to Prince Edward Island

to the gifts she gave her girls to all the little touches sprinkled here and there
it really put her stamp on their special day

on the stem of her bouquet was a piece of lace from her Mom's dress
along with a little framed picture of her with her Grandfather
and a little charm that belonged to her Aunt Debbie who we lost suddenly in May

the happy couple with their fur baby Rosco

I have to tell you that this is one of my favourite families in the world
not only have Rocky and I been friends forever
but she married a great guy that has been a wonderful husband and father
then turned around and had 3 great kids

with Lisa & Ryan now married 4 years 
their little one turned a year in April
eyes have turned to Matthew ~ his girlfriend is Morgan is such a cutie

Ryan, Lisa & Mitchell

love their pictures ~ so much fun!

the reception was held in the bride's hometown
where it all began

and after dinner and the cutting of the cake

and of course the dances with Matt

and her Dad

this girl did not leave the dance floor
love that they had so much fun ~ I know I did

(these photos are a mix of mine and ones that Jillian posted on Facebook)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Well hello.....

how was your summer?

we have been adjusting ~ it has been a different one for us for sure
but with change comes acceptance
and we move along
we still work and eat and sleep
and rinse and repeat
and somewhere along the line ~ new memories are made

July was a bit of a blur ~ then my cousin called (aka my best girl)
and she wondered if she could come down for a week or so
with her 2 boys for a little vacation

I checked with Trev as did not know if he would be up to company
but he said yes and we had a great time

the first weekend they were here was the last weekend of July
and we had a family gathering
I think the final count was 25 and the only pics I took were of the kids on my phone

do I regret not getting my "big girl" camera out ~ a little
but I had so much fun just chatting with everyone and enjoying the day

we did some fun things during the week then headed to the cape on Friday night

 this is Gina, Brandon & Kyle
let's just say that these boys were raised in the city
they had no service on their phones ~ no wifi ~ 2 channels on the tv
they were lost

and I think the cottage is a little but too rustic for them
but all in all we had a good time

Our cousin Anne came down on Saturday for another visit
then that night we made a big bonfire ~ roasted hot dogs and marshmallows

we watched the sandpipers take flight on the beach
climbed rocks ~ walked through fields ~ visited the farm
and told stories to the boys 

I love how the sweet william is still blooming at the farm

the following weekend my God daughter Jillian was married
I will do an entire wedding post because I am so happy for this one
I am so proud

then the next weekend was the giant flea market in Sussex
which we always go with #thebestneighboursever
and although we did not bring a lot home ~ we had fun

this past weekend Trevor worked charter both days
driving bus to shuttle people back and forth to the airport as we had an air show

then a family gathering on Sunday for his side which he couldn't attend but I did

I thought I would find it hard being at the camp
but I think him not being there made it easier for me as in my state of denial
I put both him and his Dad off somewhere together

I know when it finally does hit me it will be like a landslide
and I am bracing myself for it

I hope your summer has been full of sunshine and rain showers
smiles and tears of happiness not sorrow

I will be around to visit ~ I have been reading all summer 
trying to keep up

vacation starts on Friday and I for one am ready


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Last of the Flock

This is one of the most painful posts I have ever written
but I feel like I need to get it out ~ document it and my thoughts and feelings

strange really since the world of social media has not been something 
I have been keeping up on the past week or so
other than a couple of Instagram posts and some time spent on Facebook

a week ago Friday my father in law ~ Lee was not feeling well
he had pain in his back and was taken to the hospital by ambulance
things went from bad to worse on Saturday and on Sunday morning
he passed away

it was sudden and honestly I think we are all still in shock
the doctors have no idea what happened other than he had a very bad infection set it
we will not know any more until the autopsy results come back 

the middle child of 5 ~ and the last one to go
over the past I heard the term used more than one
"he was the last of the flock called home"

saying goodbye to this man that welcomed me into the family from day one
that treated me like a daughter
stepped up when my own father passed away
was heartbreaking to me

he was full of life ~ teasing in a way only he could
I loved him so

my boy's heart is broken ~ I know how the pain feels
when you heart physically hurts
I am here for him and will stand by his side
give him his space when he needs it and will wrap him in a hug when he needs that too

in good times and in bad
he was there for me and now it is my turn

he told me on Sunday that now he knows how I felt
all those years ago
maybe I had to go through it first so I can help him now

so thankful for this last family photo taken on Good Friday this year
it was my birthday ~ we were celebrating Easter
surrounded by family ~ it was a very good Friday indeed

2001 ~ our wedding day
Lee with his 2 boys

one from the archives of he and Barb
it is one of my favourites

Sunday morning when we left the hospital 
we went straight to his parent's place
I was out in the garage ~ wandering and looking at all the stuff hanging on the walls
I stopped and looked at the clock hanging there
the time was stopped at almost the precise time he took his last breath
coincidence ~ maybe
but I choose to believe that he stopped in
on his way to heaven.

we had visitation on Thursday night and the funeral was yesterday
so many people ~ he was a man that was well loved
and admired
stories were told, tears were shed and laughter could be heard
it was a true celebration of his life
and after a beautiful service that fit him to a T
and a small reception ~ we went to the cemetery
and said our final goodbyes

a little later on that day ~ we raised our glasses
there is now a void in our lives that can never be filled

Rest In Peace Lee ~ I will miss you like crazy

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Graduate

Last week was quite the week
it was busy ~ but a good busy

you see this little girl

graduated high school

I won't lie to you ~ it has not been an easy road for this one
and we did not know whether this day would ever come

but she made the decision to go back to school in September
and she stuck to it and made it through

she was actually finished in January after her exams
and said she did it and was not going to bother with prom or graduation ceremonies

I am so glad she changed her mind!

prom was Monday ~ she looked stunning in her shimmering gown
it was navy blue and she had plenty of "bling"
so she shone just like the diamond she is

her boyfriend is pretty handsome too
they had a ball at prom


Thursday night was graduation

I won't lie and will tell you that I had tears in my eyes
I was bursting with pride
and I kinda love that she graduated from the same high school
that I did ~ 31 years ago!

love this shot of the girls with their Dad

and one with Mom

I wrote the following on Facebook when I got home after prom
and posted her pictures

I met this little girl when she was 2 ~ she soon had my heart and became my niece soon after. 
She has grown into a beautiful young woman and seeing her tonight brought tears to my eyes 
and a heart full of love. 
I cannot wait until Thursday night to see her in her cap and gown.
I am so proud of you my Goosey Lucy ~ Love you forever Katrina xoxo

you done good kiddo ~ the sky is the limit
you can do whatever you want

and Auntie Lori gets a 3 year break until the next one