Saturday, July 23, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
A is for age: Turned 73 Christmas day
B is for books: Love to read Spiritual books that help me grow - read 13 in 2010 and am currently using BORN FOR BATTLE 31 Studies on Spiritual Warfare by R. Arthur Mathews during a Tuesday evening Bible Study I host in my home.
C is for career: Retired from CPA firm. Spent my working career as Secretary/Bookkeeper/Accounting Clerk & Real Estate Broker.
D is for dad's name: Henry Harrison Errett
E is for essential items to bring to a party: 100% of yourself with a happy heart and what ever the hostess has asked you to bring.
F is for favorite song at the moment: I Can Only Imagine and Amazing grace. Both played at my daughter, Suzettes', memorial on May 24th.
H is for hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico
I is for instruments you play: Piano, but not much any more. Donated my piano for auction a year ago to help pay off our Church building loan.
J is for jam or jelly you like: Apricote
K is for kids: Four! Two Daughters, Suzette & Jacque, & two sons, David & Marc. All but David live in our area, for which I am so thankful. David is in San Francisco.
L is for living arrangements: Single family brown stone home.....that is PAID FOR!!!
M is for moms name: Pauline June Dickey Errett
N is for name of your best friends: My husband, Mickey - my forever friend, Joan - our long time friends - Don & Barbara.
O is for overnight hospital stays: 4 births, major chest surgery, pneumonia
P is for phobia[s]: None that I am aware of.
Q is for quote you like: If you keep things simple they'll stay pure & A lie is anything contrary to the naked truth. I have both of these quotes on my header.
R is for relationship that lasted the longest: My friend Joan, who I've known since I was 6 years old.
S is for siblings: One deceased 1/2 sister, Marion.
U is for unique trait(s): None - very ordinary!!
V is for vegetable you love: Sweet potato
W is for worst trait: Talking too much, amount not gossip, and interrupting.
x is for x-rays you've had: Not too many.
Y is for yummy food you make: Beef Stroganoff
Z is for favorite animal at the zoo: Monkeys
First job: In my father's Real Estate Office.
First funeral: My fathers.
First piercing: Ears in my 20's (first & only I might add)
First tattoo: None.
First credit card: Sear's
First favorite musician/band: Can't even remember this one!!
Last movie watched: Toy Story 3 with Oksana & Aric.
Last beverage drank: Coffee!!
Last food consumed: Banana with milk.
Last phone call: My forever friend, Joan.
Last CD played: Susan Boyle - The Gift
Last website visited: Amazon checking for A Severe Mercy
Single or Taken: Taken for 52 years!
What do you miss? The loss of our daughter, Suzette, and that one son does not live in the area.
Hair color: Gray
Natural color: Gray but blond as a kid and then light brown.
Eye color: Hazel
Makes you sad: That my daughter lost her to fight with cancer and that our granddaughter chose to move.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I HAVE - I AM ------------------------------------------------WOW!!!
This morning I decided to go back and see what word God had given me for 2011. Quit honestly, with all that this year has held for us so far, I had let the fact that God had given me a word as He has done for the past few years, completely slip from my mind.
Thank you Lord for prompting me to go back and re-connect with that word....persevere....you can read all about it here.
Our God is so awesome and wonderful. While I was still believing 100% for Suzette's healing, and while I was thinking we would be persevering in that, HE knew and was letting me know, ahead of time, that even though we were going to be facing the very worst thing we would be called to face we would persevere.
YES...........I HAVE.................I AM......................YES, I WILL!!!!
Thank you Father that you know my coming ins and my going outs, my past, my present........and my future. And, that with you I will always...................................PERSEVERE.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Marc drove to St. Louis (1/2 way) to pick up Oksana on June 4th. We could not believe how much 12 year old Aric had grown these past 6 months and is now taller than his 16 year old sister. You can see his big grin of satisfaction.
Aric will be going to stay with his mom for 2 weeks, but thankfully will be back with his dad and us soon. It's difficult for Marc and Mickey and I to have had Oksana here only 5 weeks so far this year. Such is the plight of divorce.
Today Mickey and I finally conquered another difficult task that we had discussed with Dave and needed to do but had been putting off. We called Dave about picking up some China and Crystal that we had given Suzette. He answered the phone and was in Dallas (aren't cell phones wonderful? !!!) but he said to feel free to go over and get the items so we did.
This is the first time we'd been to their house since the day after Suzette's memorial service on May 24th when we went to clear out all her clothes, but I was still numb that day. Today I was not numb, as I've been dealing with her no longer being with us for 7 weeks and 2 days.
Walking into that house, with everything exactly as she had fixed it and decorated it, without her being there was almost more than I could bare. But life goes on and we must face reality as painful as it sometimes is. I sobbed and bawled my eyes out for some minutes and then we got to the task at hand.
We had given Suzette this 36 pc set of Rose China - Japan - in this Rose Villa 3912 pattern when she was 19!!! 36 years ago!!!
The set was service for 8: dinner plates, soup dishes, bread and butter plates, and cups. Also a serving dish, platter and creamer and sugar bowl set. It is trimmed in silver.
I had a 12 serving pieces set of 8 different crystal pieces. When Suzette and Dave married, on Valentines 1994, I had given her 4 pieces of the 8 different sizes of crystal.
Here I am putting the very last piece into the storage box. We plan to give this china and crystal to one of Suzette's 2 nieces(Jessica or Oksana) or nephew (Aric) as a heirloom from her.
Two other items we also packed away were: (1) a flowered cup and saucer set that had belonged to Mickey's mother and (2) a ceramic teapot, 4 plates and 4 cups that I had made YEARS ago.
Another milestone and big hurdle out of our way. It feels good and the best part of all......we know Suzette is smiling down on us!!!! We love you honey and miss you sooooooooo much, but we WILL see you again soon.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Danny sharing in the moment of the presentation and thank goodness my sweet Mickey had the presence of mind to get these 2 pictures of the event!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Way back, last year some time, Kathy told me they were planning an extended trip to GA in 2011 and wondered if we were any where near to their route. I IMMEDIATELY googled map quest and found out we were about 60 miles, or 1 hour, off their path. That was too close not to come in my opinion!!!!
This trip was to commence in May of this year and plans were made for them to stop by and spend a couple of days with us on their way to Georgia. I put off to the last minute to call them with the sad information that hospice had been called in with Suzette. If it had been just Danny and Kathy, adults, I would have had them come then. It would have been such a strength for Mickey and I and I would have loved for Suzette to get to meet them because she had heard me talk so much about them. But since Bethany and Daniel are just children, and did not know us, we felt it would be hard on them to be thrust into such a situation.
So, instead they said they would come on their return trip. That happy, long anticipated day finally arrived on Saturday, July 2nd (which happened to have been my mother's BD!) at about 8:30 p.m. I had shared with Danny and Kathy that it really turned out better for me because anticipating their coming had given me a "forward" look, instead of looking back so much at our sorrow.
Daniel loading up, Bethany switching the bugs she collected to their traveling pouch, Danny loading up.
Bethany and Kathy leaving the USS Oklahoma Submarine - our RV they had stayed in and that Aric, Daniel & Bethany had named it while playing together in it on Sunday.