I plan to continue writing this blog weekly and join the weekly group if that is possible. I think that Ruth and Stacey have done an amazing feat in getting so many people blogging and commenting on other blogs...and doing this everyday for a whole month...and not a short month like February...but a month with 31 days in it.
So, it is Easter Day...a day of renewal...of new beginnings...and yet this is the last day of the Challenge....but I intend to make it the beginning of scheduling a blog a week. I had begun this blog to tell family stories....and encouraged family members to write their stories as well. Last spring, our family began a long and sad journey when my sister's husband, Geoff, was diagnosed with cancer, spending two long periods in the hospital...30 days the first time...and over 70 days the last time...and died in November.
My sister amazed me at her determination to be by his side at all times...to be his advocate as well as his wife. I have always admired my sister's strength, intelligence, humor, sensitivity...but mostly her love of family...and after spending those months together with her I know how fortunte I am to be her sister.
I did not write any posts for the blog from April until March 1st. Feeling were too raw. But writing that first post kicked me back into action. My
mourning continued, but knowing Geoff's sense of humor, I know he would have appreciated some of the Maxine stories as he would encourage Maxine to tell her stories. So each day my writing became less of a task and more of an adventure.
I thank those who have read this blog and I hope you continue to do so. I will post it on Facebook for those of you not in the Slice of Life. It has meant a lot to read your comments and to realize that some of you actually looked forward to another story. There are still many Maxine and Rae stories to tell...and of course, a sprinkling of others. Seems a lot enjoyed the story Water Fall with Rae and me trying to move a waterbed.
Of course, I thank my mother, Maxine, who remains with us in spirit and who was my inspiration to begin this blog...to tell her stories...like how she and my father met...that will take a number of posts though.
|Maxine(Nana) with Nathan and Maggie|
I want to also thank Rae...for being a good sport and letting me tell stories about her. Those of you who know her know what a super person she is...and wait until you hear the story of wall papering her bathroom.... But that will be later post.
And, yes, I thank my husband Ray. Ray has watched me stress...has been the tech support for me, solving all my computer problems...encouraged me to take the challenge...searched for pictures I could not find....helped me title the posts and proof read the posts before I clicked on 'publish' and...well, many more ways to support this endeavor.
|Ray and Rae on Pirate Ship in Clearwater Beach|
I love doing this....love the opportunity...love those who read my posts....and those who comment which lets me know there are people out there reading. Have I said 'love' too many times? I can't help it...it is just how I feel right now...so I think I will listen to LOVE by the Beatles!