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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 23, 1975, was the morning I called my mom and said "Happy Birthday, I'm in labor". About 6 hours later our second daughter was born on her grandmother's birthday. Yesterday just after that daughter left the house my mom called so I answered with "I'm supposed to call YOU on your birthday". She laughed and said she was wondering what time of day to call Sarah. This is what happens when she works the night schedule at the hospital. Mom is having a birthday party Saturday at my youngest brother's house in Lincoln, Ne, so I won't be there but I did mail her gift to John's so she will get it at the party. My daughter took the week off work which is giving her several days alone since her older sister came last weekend and took her kids home with her for the week!! Sarah and Shane will go out there (Niceville, FL) on Thursday, spend a few days there and then bring the kids home. As for me, I am having an extremely quiet week here with no grandkids around. I'm already bored!!! I should get some cleaning done, though. Oh, mom did call me again yesterday to tell me that my uncle (dad's brother) called her for her birthday and they had a good visit and he asked how old she is now (87) and he said they are both just getting too old. He is 95 now and dad and his older sister is now 97. I think I would feel the same way at that age! Mom did agree with the health issues and all the friends and family no longer here but she does have a bunch of grandkids and great grandkids there in Lincoln. Now if only they would spend a bit more time with her.
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    Sounds like the grandkids are keeping you company more often lately. Do they like to go for walks in the park? Maybe during those bored times, just jump in the car and go explore. Of course, when there isn't so many of these darn pop up storms! Families, what can you do with them..sometimes they can be difficult to deal with. I have issues with mine too!
    Have a great day! Thanks for all your support! Even with as busy as you are, you are always stopping by my blogs and friend feed! Means a lot!! emoticon
    1692 days ago
    Kerry, I can understand your comments, and agree with your attitude. As you know from many of my stories, my Mother passed away two years ago. My Mother was a very active, "stubborn" Portagee! I'm saying that will LOVE, because if it weren't for HER ATTITUDE, I am sure things might have been very different, and her later months unbearable.

    In the prior years to her death, my siblings, all older (two sisters, and one brother) all had their own "agendas" to do. Like one sister "TALKING HER into selling her home for $10.00 to THAT SISTER's own benefit," then the Other Sister, telling her...."Oh THAT'S LIFE, we all SUFFER!" And my brother, NEVER VISITING, until the LAST WEEKS of her life, with the "POOR MOM" attitude, but like my Mother said..."Alligator Tears!" The THREE siblings all lived within 5-15 minutes of her, while on the other hand, DH & I lived 1600+ miles (25+ hours straight driving) for the prior years, then over two+ hours Drive the final years.....but yet, WE DROVE, FLEW, or whatever to see her at least every month or so, when far away, then weekly to every 10 days, during her last year.

    Our LIVES, our VISITS, our TIME, is what we make it. My other siblings, never would take the time FOR "FUN TIMES, Laughing and Joking with my Mom" maybe to bring her a Special Lunch or Dinner, or taking her for a ride, or a walk outside the Nursing Home, but DH & I DID! I am not patting myself on the back, but whatever WE DO (You, me, and caring others) do it with LOVE!

    We can not change others, make someone do things, but if WE DO WHAT IS RIGHT, be the BEST EXAMPLE we can be for OUR LOVED ONES, especially showing the younger ones, like OUR GRANDCHILDREN and KIDS, then we will be rewarded...if only in our hearts.

    1703 days ago
    Kerry happy birthday to DD. I wish the grandchildren etc would spend more time with your mom. People get busy with their lives and seem to forget the old folks. We make a habit of visiting when we can.
    1703 days ago
    You are so lucky to have so many generations of your family around. My mom would be 88 today, she died 23 years ago and I miss her every single day of my life. Your mom sounds wonderful, I should look her up sometime and say Hi! But I'm much too shy, so I'll just tell you to tell her 'Hi' for me.
    1703 days ago
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