Posts Tagged ‘Family’

The Family Christmas Party has Arrived

Today is Saturday and it’s the day of our family Christmas party. I love this day because we get to eat good food and be with family. Our family is quite large and when we get together it requires a large building and a lot of food. LOL

This year was our turn to plan and put it together. My mom, my sister, my boys, my sister’s kids, and I put together these wonderful books. One book was a phone book that we will hand out to all the families. The other books are family trees for each of my grandma’s siblings. I just know this year will be special and everyone will just love it.

So I’m off to get ready for the party. Tomorrow I’ll make a post about the party and how much fun we had. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some pictures as well.

Spending Time with the Family

Next weekend is our family Christmas party. Each year in December my entire family gets together to eat a meal and socialize together. There are approximately 200 of us that get together and it’s so much fun.

Each year the party is planned by one of the family members. This year is our turn and we’re making family phone books. This book will include all the family members, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, and anniversaries. What a great way to keep in touch with each other.

Well the reason for this post is because I’m helping my mom make these books. Today I spent the better part of three hours with my mom, my niece, and my nephew putting these books together. It was nice to spend this time with them because it’s not something that happens a lot.

I love being with my family and helping others. It’s very nice and makes me feel good. While helping others is something most people think about doing during the Christmas holiday season only, I enjoy doing it throughout the year.

To Jenny & Steve’s Precious Angel

This post is hard to write, but it’s one I must do and I know I will feel better after I complete it.

On November 4, 2010 my cousins Jenny and Steve were blessed with a beautiful little angel. Her name is Laila and she weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces and she was 19 inches long. She had black hair and she was as precious as could be.

She had a heart condition that took her life on November 22, 2010 and it was a sad day for her mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. While we miss her very much we can’t be sad because we know we will see her again.

During the funeral services our pastor shared some wonderful verses that made me understand why the Lord took her that day. He also shared some visions that he had regarding this little angel. Those also made me feel better.

One of the stories our pastor shared was about Laila’s great grandpa. In his vision he saw grandpa sitting in a chair holding Laila. I can see this as well and what made me smile was the vision that I had of them together. You see, grandpa loved to smile and laugh and he especially enjoyed making his grandchildren do the same. So when I saw this vision of Laila and grandpa I saw them sitting in an office chair going round and round. The neat thing about my vision is immediately after mine was done, our pastor said that he saw Laila smiling and she was learning to giggle. What a comfort that was to me and I knew at that point everything was going to be ok.

While losing a loved one is hard, sometimes it’s even more difficult when you lose a precious baby that you’ve only had in your life for a short time. We will always have Laila in our lives and she’s one of the most beautiful angels in heaven right now. She’s laughing and having a good time with God, her great grandpa, her cousin Alyssa, and many others that are in heaven with her.

Laila, we’ll see you again soon. Keep smiling and having a good time. We love you!

The hardest thing to do

There are some things in life that just aren’t fair. Choices we have to make, decisions that have to be made, and things we have to deal with in life. You get this whether you are a parent, a daughter, a sister, or a grand daughter.

My aunt called a family meeting to discuss the future of my grandmother tonight. I will tell you my heart sank to the floor when this happened. It brought back all the terrible feelings I had when the hospital called a family meeting just hours before my grandpa passed away. Of course, I knew this was not the situation with my grandma, but it still brought back those memories.

My grandma was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I think that is one of the worst diseases to have and one of the worst diseases for a family to have to deal with. It’s so sad when you walk into a room and your grandmother, who has known you all your life, doesn’t know who you are. It’s hard to deal with it when she is so mean and doesn’t remember any of it. She doesn’t remember the harsh words she used or the way she treated you.

This is the case with my grandma. She is in her 70’s and she is going through this. My grandma used to knit and crochet all the time. We used to tease her because she could do it in her sleep. She’d be sitting in her chair watching her soap opera’s, knitting and the next thing you know, she’s sleeping and still knitting. LOL Grandma would make the most beautiful sweaters, blankets, and pot holders. Every time she would leave the house she always had a sack that contained her yard, her knitting needles or crochet hooks, and whatever it was she was working on at the time. It didn’t matter if she came over for a birthday party or a BBQ, she had her sack with her. Grandma doesn’t knit or crochet much anymore and when she does just about the only thing she does is dish rags.

During our family meeting tonight we discussed grandma’s fate. It was the hardest thing I’ve been involved in. Dealing with my husband’s great grandmother having Alzheimer’s 10 years ago wasn’t nearly as bad because I was not apart of her care. Dealing with my grandpa’s illness and my grandma having a brain tumor and dealing with her illness was hard because I was right in the middle of it. Giving up an hour a day three days a week and 4 hours on Monday nights was hard, but I did it.

We haven’t made any official decisions as of yet, but I know for sure the next three weeks are going to be a struggle for the entire family. Getting grandma to get out of bed and into her chair in the morning will be a challenge since she is over 250 pounds and is having issues with her right knee. The other problem will be getting her to bed at night. She is used to her routine and is not will to change it for anything.

It’s so sad to see this happen. I just pray that my grandpa, my dad, his sisters and brother, my mom, my sister, my cousin, and I will be up to the huge challenge that we face in the coming weeks. Putting my grandma in a nursing home is not something we want to do, but I’m not sure my dad and his family are ready to deal with all the care that we are look at doing. I pray that my family will be able to stand up to my grandma and make her do what she needs to do and I also pray that we are strong willed and will be able to do what needs to be done.

Grandma I love you and I hope you understand that we are doing this because we love you and we want to help you so you can live the rest of your days in your home, sitting in your chair, watching your soaps and crocheting your dish rags!

Tell Me Thursday – 3/26/09

missy-chillin-with-sunglasses-onThis is a picture of my oldest sons cat Missy. She is sitting on the chair chillin’ with Josh’s sunglasses. Isn’t she so cute? She doesn’t come downstairs very often, but on Saturday afternoon she did. She took over the recliner and fell asleep for a while. It was a good laugh for sure.

Wordless Wednesday – 3/25/09


About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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