My Mexican Boy.

Today is Cinco de Mayo. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at school with Joe – 5th grade. Cinco de Mayo is a day that always reminders me of my Mexican son, Joe.  When Joe and Sadie were small, Cinco de Mayo was a big deal in our house.  I would pull the pinata and the Mexican [...]

34 years ago today.

Today is the 34th anniversary of my journey through toxic shock syndrome. Things could have ended very differently for me. I am very grateful to the friends and doctors who saved my life during that time. This is an except from my book, Receiving Birth, detailing that experience. Receiving BIRTH 23 May 2, 1986 – A [...]

What to do?

I feel like it has been a while since I have written a blog. It is hard to believe that I have been in this house for four weeks. No that’s a lie, I did go to my garage on 6th once, but I was still at my house. Our trip to Florida is now [...]

My Joe.

Nine years ago today my son walked out the front door, smiling and laughing.  I don’t know why, but I turned around from where I was sitting to watch him.  My last words to him, “I love you, Jody.”  That was the last time I saw my boy alive. A part of my heart died [...]

Today I am 60.

Today is my birthday.  I am now 60. Honestly, that is the strangest sounding sentence I have ever written. That seems hard to believe. I am not the type of person to make a fuss about another year and aging, I embrace them.  They are a gift. We are blessed with each year.  Yes, I [...]

My daddy, a Heaven resident for eight years.

Today, it is eight years since I had my last conversation with my dad.  Wow, eight years. My dad was an awesome man.  A wonderful dad.  I think about my dad every day. Now, I think of my parents once again joined together, and my son, Joe with them. Each year, on this day, I post the [...]

Seeing signs from Joe.

I am often asked how I see so many signs from Joe and my parents. Easy, I ask for them. Yesterday, John and I were driving around downtown Fort Pierce. I have the crazy idea that we should buy a little fixer upper near the center of town. The song, Boulevard of Broken Dreams by [...]

Being grateful.

Well, we left Pittsburgh and returned to Hutchinson Island. The weather is cloudy today, but that is fine. John went running. After renting our place for the last two months, it is time to make it “our” place again. James Taylor is singing softly and I am lighting candles and burning my sage. I silently [...]

March and Blackbird.

Well, we are four days into March. For the last nine years March has not been my favorite month. I am changing that around this year. This year, I am finding something special in every day. I will say the dream I had last month, about my mother, has really helped me. Gone five years [...]

Oh, mama.

I had trouble falling asleep last night. That happens to me about once a week. My mind was flipping my to do list over and over while I tried to find a comfortable position. I am feeling lucky about my sleep. From being the girl who was constantly in pain that kept me up and [...]