February 12, 2014

Mahmah is 90!

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December 12, 2013 was the day we celebrated my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday in Toronto. Pauline, Greg and Donald flew in from Australia. Patrick and Lisa were there from Indiana, cousins came from Philadelphia and we were there from Ottawa. It was a wonderful evening where we could celebrate a wonderful person. My mother-in-law is the kindest, sweetest and wisest person I know. I am blessed to call her mom. It was certainly a fun evening and we all look forward to many more birthdays to come. Happy Birthday, mom – we all love you. You are a beautiful example of a loving and caring person.

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Jason joined me, Eddie and Chewie for a road trip to Massachusetts where we celebrated American Thanksgiving. There was a TON of food and lots of family time. The scenery on our drive was beautiful – picture perfect for late November.

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November 13, 2013

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The month of October was beautiful. Our weather was lovely and our Thanksgiving was lovely. The kids were here for the weekend and we enjoyed some great family time and lots and lots of food. It was sad to see it end. Here is a photo of our modern family.

Jason made it back to Ottawa again a few weekends later so we could do some cross-border shopping in Ogdensburg. He and Eddie were playing with the new features on Eddie’s phone and he made this short video of Chewie chasing the laser. The noise you hear is her collar and tags rattling in slow motion. She is so funny!

October 9, 2013

Our September

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I went with Eddie to TO in September and was able to meet up with so many friends. Sadly, we didn’t take pics at our dinners with Jim & Elisabeth and Bruce & Francette. We met each couple on a different night but at the SAME restaurant! Glad the Mandarin is a buffet so we didn’t have the same food. Thanks to Sandra for getting a few of the girls together for a quick visit at the mall. We could have visited for hours. Such fun!

Man – it was great to be with old friends and with the family. Made me wish we still lived there . . .

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August 1, 2013


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On June 22 Eddie and I went for a week to Cozumel. It’s a favorite place for us to vacation. This time we went a bit later than our usual vacation time. Eddie enjoyed four days of scuba diving while I lounged and swam in the pool along with the iguanas and other guests. We stayed at the Occidental Grand Resort. Our only complaint would be the sand flies that left their mark on our bodies for weeks after our return home. The resort is a bit farther from the downtown core. We were hoping to spend more time hanging with the locals but we only managed to go once.

If you love scuba diving or snorkeling this is the place to be. Here is a small video mostly of fish and water activities that Eddie put together. The slide show is more of the resort and sights. I hope you enjoy them both.

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July 24, 2013

Birthday Wishes to Jason!

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June 20, 2013

Seeing God Differently

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This is the title of Eddie’s book. It has taken him years to complete and here he is holding our proof copy. It was the first time we actually saw his words in book form – very exciting for us!

This was the poster we made advertising his book signing at Salem Storehouse, here in Ottawa.

Thank you to our friends who came to the store to support us. Thanks also to Doug and Linda Sprunt for being so gracious to us and hosting the book signing. Eddie – I’m SO proud of you!

If you would like to know more about Eddie’s book visit: www.seeinggoddifferently.com

June 14, 2013

The Force

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Last weekend Jason & Eugene came for a visit. We went to the Star Wars Exhibit together and had a great time looking at all the costumes and exhibits. There were four cameras clicking away so here are some of the photos we took. I know it’s a long slide show but if you are a Star Wars fan you won’t mind!

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June 11, 2013

Liona Boyd and Happy Birthday Irene!

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May 11 Eddie and I went to a concert by Liona Boyd. She was accompanied by Michael Savona. It was a lovely and peaceful concert in a beautiful setting of Ottawa’s historic Christ Church Cathedral.

Early the next morning we drove to TO to celebrate Mother’s Day with the family and also Irene’s 33rd Birthday! We had lunch with Jason, Eugene, Irene, Al, Mahmah, Irene and Peter. Afterwards the six of us went to Pacific Mall (where else?) and walked around with our bubble tea. We spent a few hours visiting at our hotel and then went to Mr. Greek for dinner. Such nice family time!

April 23, 2013

April 2013

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It was a very intense week. Our mom is dealing with some age-related issues and our goal was to alleviate the fear and anxiety that come with these issues. I’m not sure we succeeded but we sure did our best. Mom continues to live on her own and to do her best at being independent. I hope and pray she can continue with the lifestyle she loves for many years to come.

Meanwhile, in between numerous appointments, George, Eddie and I managed to squeeze in a bit of visiting with other family and friends. Leaving mom was difficult. This is her – our – new reality and we need to learn to embrace it and “do the best we can”.