Sweet Memories of Carl

This wonderful man married my mother 46 years ago…within 2 months of my marriage to F and my brother’s marriage to his wife….long lasting togetherness!

He has been known for his ‘stories’…retold with joy again and again, his love for his friends and family, and his great love for his church and his God. I am glad to know he is now in a peaceful, joyful place joining others who he loves.

with his sweetie pie…I love this picture!

look at that great smile

with my boys and their girls…now husbands and wives

he loved his hats :)

a bunch of his family...

another hat...

he 'inherited' lots of different members to his family

yup, another hat and a great smile!!

this is his favorite

with me, out in the Florida sunshine...

D and D

look at this handsome devil without a hat!!

young

…and older..

a hat from Jamaica, along with a snack :)

aren't they cute??

2 honeys gone :(

Many of the family photos I have… wound up in a CVS folder and made into a book for Carl, but now I can’t easily retrieve them…so those of you who didn’t know Carl can be grateful I’m about done. BUT those of you who did know him, know that I would post a bucketful more if I thought it would help us in our grieving process. I posted what I found on my computer…didn’t leave anyone out on purpose…just couldn’t find more right now!!

So…as Carl would say…ADIOS!

with love and happy memories,

Diane

Christmas Plans

How about a recap from one of the first blog posts from Childhood Myths??   December, 2010


How did those letters go that your kids wrote to Santa? Did they ask for too much…did you help them adjust?




1. Kids do not ‘need’ lots of toys – help them see the difference in needs and wants early. Make sure they understand that they will not get everything on that list, nor should they. Santa has many children to give to and shares his toys around the world.


2. Do not give your children all that they ask for. It saps the excitement from each moment because they begin to understand that, no matter what, they really will get it all.


3. Christmas morning at our house was always “stockings first”. The kids had to wake us up so we could go downstairs together for our stocking stuffers…small things – fruit, matchbox cars, socks. Everything was ‘oohed’ over and appreciated.

not really awake, but ready!
older, and much more ready…with Corky

 

4. When we, as a family, opened gifts under the tree it was always one gift at a time. Everyone watched until that gift was opened, then we moved on to the next, including Mom and Dad. We alternated gifts from Santa and ones from parents. The kids knew they needed the right grateful attitude when opening presents…or we just might stop;)

5. All during the holidays have the kids help. Chad and Scott helped make cookies, cook, wrap presents for others, straighten up. After Christmas Day see if the kids can find toys they’re ready to let go of (ones their new gifts can replace). Have them go with you to drop these things off at a shelter or another organization that helps people.

still in jammies, but helping up a storm!

 

Try to instill that attitude of gratitude early. It can begin to enhance their ability to think of others on their own as they get older.

Christmas brotherly love :)

 

Good luck during the holidays with gratitude!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

…and because it’s necessary…a photo op for new Christmas baby:

precious!

 


 


 


Never Forgotten…

It is hard to believe…

18 years since my heart was broken into pieces…but he is never really gone if my heart glued itself back together with beautiful memories…

Believing…makes all the difference…he is still with me, with all of us…bringing us joy and peace, if that is what we choose!

I choose my sweet Fred..always and forever!

Out to celebrate life tonight, with the TLG…toasting memories with our B52′s….

Love you, my sweetie!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

C & S Wedding Venue

A wedding…accomplished!!!   What Joy, Happiness, and Perfection!  Because I took so many photos…I know you’re very surprised!!… I will share bits and pieces with you over time:))

The ceremony and reception were held in the back yard of the happy couple…just a taste of the guys with the bride:

gorgeous, aren't they?

 

And now for an overabundance of venue pics for you…C and S did all of the artistic touches themselves…just amazing!!

they built the dance floor!

clever cover for the propane tank!

memory ribbons

..and finally, the guys getting the lights ready for the dance floor!!

Delightfully done :)  I’m so proud of all the people who did such a wonderful job on a beautiful venue!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Believing in the Magic of Christmas!

An original post from 3 years ago…do I still believe these words?? Absolutely! Have fun with your young ones…which will lead to fun with your kids as they grow older…


So…do you believe in Santa?

Come on, Santa, smile!!

That is always the question, isn’t it? Is there really a Santa Claus? How do you answer your children’s questions – blow it off, ignore it, answer from the head or from the heart?





























We wanted our boys to enjoy those light-hearted, magical beliefs as long as possible. I still believe in Santa…the spirit of a giving soul expecting nothing in return! Shouldn’t we all be more like that “Jolly Old Elf”???







If your conversations with your children can begin to focus more on the gifts Santa gives to everyone else, how kind and industrious he is – it may help your children to develop some of those helpful characteristics in their own lives. Santa letters, Santa cookies to give to others, special Santa wrapping paper and bows, trips to see Santa, watching TV specials — how can that be wrong?

peeking!!!

Make sure your child knows what you believe. You do believe in that loving spirit, don’t you? If you’re confident in what you want for your children in the way of believing or not, then no remarks by kids at school or by crabby relatives can shake them from those beliefs.

a present from Santa :)

The light and sparkle in your kids’ eyes should not be extinguished just because others may think your children are too old to believe in Santa. Hold on to what you want for your own kids. Chad and Scott never thought that we had lied to them when they were young but that believing in the spirit of Christmas continues into adulthood.


I believe in Santa, do you?

Happy Parenting!

D and C



















 

 

Super Saturday #27

Hurray for Super Saturday #27…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) Christmas cards…ready to be mailed:)))


2) a Michigan State win…hurray!! On to the Rose Bowl!

3) finding very old-fashioned ‘elves’ while putting decorations on the Christmas tree…

in this mess...

 

these little guys are probably close to 40 years old…way before the ‘elf on the shelf’ phenomenon!!

So much fun, this time of year….find it and enjoy your happiness!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #26

Hurray for Super Saturday #26…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) Thanksgiving with these folks!!


2) hosted here…

the new Mr. & Mrs. hosted:))

their newly beautiful dining room

S made this bar/buffet :)

table looks great, doesn't it?

 

3) food…before and after…

What is all that, you ask?? I took 2 appetizers, a veggie, and a salad…

pineapple meatballs...crockpot

cheese sausage bites

green bean casserole and brussels sprouts slaw

the turkey was brined and smoked...delicious!!

busy carving

full plate

...and empty!!

I am always thankful for my wonderful family!! This year was especially exciting in so many ways….adding beautiful people to bless us all, being able to enjoy an incredible meal with the newlyweds in their beautiful new home, and always being grateful for wonderful memories:))

 

Happy Parenting and Thanksgiving to you and yours!

D and C

Super Saturday #24

Hurray for Super Saturday #24…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) spending time with my mom


2) my lovely TLG friends…who celebrate my honey’s life every Nov. 10th…cannot believe he’s been gone for 17 years!! Luckily for me, I know he is still with me:)))

then...

 

and now…with my buds!!

3) my 2 new ‘daughters’ took me to see Mamma Mia the Musical….as an early Christmas gift. It was so much fun to spend time with them …. and I LOVE musicals:))) Thanks, darling girls!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

UpNorth #2

I had more photos….you didn’t think I’d forget about them, did you?   After days in the 90′s, these days in the 70′s are delightful….ahhh:))

UpNorth involved both sets of temps over 3 days!! Yikes! That’s why we always need to take clothing for all kinds of weather around here!!

Alden is a perfect UpNorth destination…always beautiful!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Still Believing…

Do you remember last year for my birthday when a heart from a windchime ‘magically’ appeared near my frozen sidewalk?

This is the heart which I found at this end of my front porch after shoveling the sidewalk(which I never do…)

I have always believed in lovely messages from my honey, and that was a special one sent for my birthday!

 

This year, on the day before my birthday, I was out with a friend and noticed my watch had come off my wrist at some time during the day. I checked all over the restaurant and car, inside the house everywhere…arghhh! I never go without my watch, so I wasn’t happy!!


In the morning…on my birthday…there was my watch…outside the front door, at the other end of the same porch! Happy, happy, joy, joy!! Not only for just having the watch back…but because I definitely believe my F2 sent me another birthday message:)))

 

Believing and loving…never ends!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C