Only good memories.

I like this time of year. A friend asked me if it is a hard or sad time of year. No. Yes, it is a memory trigger time of year. This is the time of year that Joe was born. Joe would be 26 tomorrow. I could lean into that fact. Feel terrible. Become sad. [...]

Joe Kimutis Memorial fund donates $1,000 to Helping Hands

It’s that time of year again. Joe’s birthday week. It is during this time of year that I am reminded of many memories of my son. In memory of Joe, this week the Joseph Kimutis Memorial fund has donated $1,000 to the organization Helping Hands. Helping Hands helps the less fortunate of Pittsburgh. We are [...]

A dream about Joe.

I had a dream about Joe last night. It has been a while since I have dreamed of him. His age fluctuated between about 10 to 19. At first he was sitting at a counter. I went up to him and hugged him. He was wearing a white plain t-shirt and jeans. Same thing he [...]


Two-six years ago today John and I got the call from the adoption facilitator telling us that we would be Joe’s parents. We were told that Joe was due to arrive on October 13th, so we had a week to prepare. We had only filed for adoption three weeks earlier on September 14th. Joe was [...]

Do something nice day.

Today is National Do Something Nice day. I don’t know anyone who isn’t going through something. We all have our own worries and concerns. Today, be nice to someone. You may be just what they need. Happy Thursday.

St. Francis of Assisi

Today is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.  I love the following: The Peace Prayer of St. Francis by an anonymous Norman c. 1915 A.D. Peace Prayer Lord make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, Let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is error, truth; [...]

Hope and a plan.

I saw a new doctor yesterday. He was not a conventional doctor, by any means. He analyzed my saliva and urine. He did something called EAV testing and Live Blood Microscopy. I was in his office for more than four hours. He told me things I didn’t know and confirmed things that I did. The [...]

Shooting in Las Vegas.

I woke up this morning and turned on the television. Immediately I heard George Stephanopoulos saying that there was the most deadly shooting in America’s history last night in Las Vegas. A country music festival. It was similar to the concerts that my girl enjoys so much. At least 50 people killed, 200 injured. Those [...]

October 1st.

Today is October 1. The first day of the last quarter of 2017. Before we know it we will be ringing in 2018. I remember when I was a kid, my mother said, “The older you get the faster time passes.” I didn’t pay too much attention to that, but now I feel the same [...]

Archangels, St. Michael and St. Gabriel

Yesterday was the feast day for Archangels Saint Michael and Saint Gabriel. They are two of my favorite saints. In honor of their feast day, I am posting a prayer. Heavenly King, You have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. Saint Michael is our protector; I ask him to come [...]