Archive for December, 2018

An awesome day!

We woke early yesterday. Sadie arrived and we heated the oven. The day before, Sadie and I cooked all day. The soundtrack for “Love the Coopers” was playing on a loop. By 11:30 our house smelled like breakfast and Christmas candles. Before we knew it there were kids everywhere. A dozen to be exact. Here’s [...]

Tischler Christmas

Today is our Tischler Christmas. My sister, brother and their families are coming for brunch. Seventeen adults and 12 kids. I’m excited. I miss the days of all of us getting together with my parents on Lechner Lane. It is hard to believe that 10 of these kids weren’t even born when my dad was [...]

The season.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and/or a Happy Hanukkah. John and I travelled to St. Louis and visited with John’s mama, sister and extended family. It was so nice seeing people that we don’t often get to visit. I hope that you found this season magical and that you are hopeful for [...]

Happy Holidays.

Today, we are heading to grandma’s house in St. Louis. We will be spending the next few days with John’s mama. I’m trying not to think about how today is one of the busiest travel days of the year. With that in mind, we are flying back home on Christmas day. When everyone is sitting [...]

My mama.

I didn’t want to miss posting about my mama, who would have turned 88 the other day. It seems a bit odd to see that in print. My favorite lady was born in the big yellow house at 606 Bower Hill Road. She was one solid lady.  She was breastfeeding babies and working outside the [...]

Thank you so very much!!

WOW! What a wonderful day! Thank you to everyone who donated auction items, donated cash, came for dinner, worked at the dinner, bought tickets and supported us! I am so happy! This morning, my heart is full of Joe JOY! I loved looking around the room and seeing my son’s smiling face everywhere! Before the [...]

A day of joy.

Well, today is the day. I look forward to this day all year. It is the one day a year where I can be Joe’s mama. Where I can walk into a room and see him everywhere. It is a day when the spirit of who Joe was is alive in the laughter and love [...]

No need to worry.

It is Friday morning. For the last few days I have been trying to get over a head cold. I do this to myself every year. Worry. I know better. I know that worry makes you sick. Every time. I worry that no one will come to Joe’s dinner, which is tomorrow. I worry that [...]

A grateful day!

It has been more than a few days since I posted a blog. I have been working non-stop over the last week. Finishing up for the year. Now, I am DONE! Now we are in full spaghetti dinner mode. Last week I had only 18 baskets and auction items. Today, near 60!!!!! I am SO [...]

St. Nicholas Day.

St. Nicholas did not pay us a visit. Today is St. Nicholas day. This was taken St. Nicholas day in 2009. At that point my kids thought I was nuts, but humored me just the same. When I was a child we received apples or oranges and a small toy. It was less about what [...]