One of My Favorite Memories

One of My Favorite Memories
My daughter,Amy...My husband,Craig & Me in Boston

I "HEART" YOU!!!!!!!

I "HEART" YOU!!!!!!!
"Don't Waste Time hating those who hate you! Instead Spend Time loving Those Who Love You!

Please Be Gentle

Please Be Gentle
I Have RSD/CRPS..Please Be Gentle..

OH The Magic And The Memories

OH The Magic And The Memories
I Love My Family So Much!

My Forever Love

My Forever Love
My Prince Finally Came!!!!

OMG!

OMG!
Oh My Goodness!!! Look At That!

We Are All Together

We Are All Together
Now...Life Is Good Again!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Meeting My Granddaughter For The 1st Time





I was at the mall on February 24, 2014; having lunch and our annual shopping date for each of our birthdays with my BFF, Margaret.  It was about 3:00 pm and I heard someone with a familiar voice call out my name as in "MOM!! Mom!!!"... I turned and to my surprise,  I saw my estranged oldest daughter and my 16 month old granddaughter, Olivia.
  I was so ecstatic to see my daughter AND my 16 month old granddaughter, Olivia! She looked beautiful as always and my granddaughter was a beauty as well!  She was or is a spitting image of her mommy at that same age! I was very happy for the hugs and the chance meeting for my birthday. I am  the one person on earth that loves my daughters "1st"... They are my 1sts and my "one and onlys"...!!
  Regardless, I got to meet and hold my 1st and only grandchild ! It was lovely and I hope someday I'll get to tell her again and show her how much I love her. But here are the pictures I have to share right now  


Sunday, February 16, 2014

THE Wedding Day....Dreams Do Come True

Hello Luvs,


Well, we had a change of plans and my youngest daughter and her fiance' decided after Christmas, to surprise us with a huge change of wedding day plans! They wanted to get married January 11, 2014; instead of  July 11, 2014!  We were sort of in shock (but happy) and there was a great reason for the switch; it is "Love"...and we love our kids and we rolled with it!  They didn't want to wait and they didn't want to waste thousands of dollars owed to all of the wedding expenses! It was a beautiful Venue where they were first going to do it, but things turned out even more beautiful anyways! 
 We all helped them and I helped them with some of the smaller details.  We got things done  little by little as quickly as we could.  They just didn't want to wait any longer to be together. They were tired of not living together and wanted to be together. They just did not want waste so much money for just a few hours of celebration. They preferred to save money for a home for themselves and the family they hope to build one day.
   I got busy with my daughter, trying to find a dress, shoes and a venue. They had just both moved out pretty far from "home" and to separate apartments. Because they both had relocated to pretty far cities from where they were  originally ...they didn't really have time to belong to any church for prerequisite time period. There was not a  long enough time to plan a wedding and all of the pre-wedding classess that young pre-marrieds usually go through.     We had the hardest time, although they had a friend of her fiance's, who's a minister, say that he'd love to do the officiating...so that was exciting, fun and lucky! 
We finally found a venue at the "Hellenic Cultural Center" as well. They helped provide a great DJ at a super price and they took care of the bigger details.  My husband and I went and met the florist with my BFF, because she wanted to pay for the flowers, as her gift to the couple. That was so nice of her!  So we 3, spent a couple of hours with the florist and texting back and forth to my daughter to show her photo's of arrangements etc.  She or they were pretty busy and werent really thinking of flowers at that point. I could tell that they just trusted our judgement (luckily) and wanted to move on to the more important or bigger things to get done? I'm just guessing....
   I ended up giving her a bridal shower because her Maid of Honor was going to be on Christmas vacation in Florida until the night prior to the shower!   It was awesome!! I do have pain issues and a nerve disease called "RSD/CRPSII" and it was a little bit difficult to do, but I enjoyed being able to do it for them, very much. I wanted to do and was happy to do it. The fact that my friends pitched in and brought some food and everyone helped me clean up afterwards, was really great! 
  I have some great and wonderful kids and friends. It went well and I think everyone had a great time. I even gave each guest (about 20), a pair of earrings that I had made. Remember, I make jewelry when I'm able?  I do... and I have a jewelry website as well and try to sell it for proceeds to go to finding a cure, doing research etc for "RSD/CRPS", a painful nerve disease.  Well, the shower went well and was awesome. The wedding was so beautiful. I think it was the most fun night I've ever had....probably in forever! it was kind of humorous that just a few nights before the big day, Craig and I were on the floor counting out colors of "M And M's" and putting them by color into the little pretty "favor bags" for the guests. Next, we tied on the little tags that I found and had made online, that said "Grant and Amy 1-11-14". It was pretty neat to find something so special, within such time constraints!  
  The day of the wedding, we even went to check the newlyweds into their hotel (that was part of their gift from us). I had bought some little champagne glasses and painted very carefully "Bride" and "Groom" on them. We placed them in the room, along with a tub full of ice or I guess it was actually the sink..LOL...But we put sparkling grape juice into the ice so it would be cold for them later on in the night. We also left a huge box of Whitman's chocolates, just for some romantic ambiance! We tried hard to make this the best wedding that we could and show them how much we love them. Lastly, I had arranged for some little girl "Scottish Highland dancers" to come and do a "traditional sword dance and tribute to the bride and groom".  My daughters old Highland dance teacher brought 3 of her younger, but very polished dancers and they did a sword dance, a highland fling and then the "tribute". The "tribute" was that each of the 3 girls presented the bride and groom with a "gift". First there was the Heather bouquet for the bride (I had to find and order it at a special florist!). Next, the groom was given a piece of the "Stewart tartan" to  Welcome him to the family! Lastly, they were given a lantern, and it is so that they will always have light on their path in life! The dancers were so elegant and beautifully talented! It was the one if the highlights of the wedding, even the bride said so! Whew....I was so glad to hear that! Well..SHE was actually the BEAUTIFUL SHINING STAR.. and the highlight of the wedding...but the dancers  were wonderful!!

   It was so awesome watching her come down the aisle and she looked like a beautiful princess...I don't usually write so much in this blog because I leave it up to the pictures to tell the story! But thought I'd just explain a little background info, due to the change in timing of this wedding...enjoy the pictures!! Thank you for coming!....love, Suz






















   

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Almost Retired Empty Nesters



                                       
My husband and I don't have any kids at home now.  I cried the day my youngest left...in fact, I cried the day my oldest left too.  I thought I would be feeling unimaginable and inconsolable loneliness when I became an "empty  nester". Not lonely in the sense of being "alone" because I love my husband and he's my soul-mate.  But "lonely" in the sense of not having any children, even adult children to care for anymore.  I thought I was not going to be "needed" any longer.  My feelings came true somewhat because I'm really not so needed anymore. I know kids grow up and move away and form their own lives and families. But from what I've seen of life from people that I've known, books that I've read and other situations; it seems that adult and even married adult children always or almost always want and need and love their parents still as they get older and older.  My oldest hasn't needed me in 9 yrs or more and my youngest has only spent a total of about only of 9.5 hours with me/us since her wedding on Jan 11, 2014! She lives an hour and half away and I guess adult children are just busy, especially when they're first married and starting out with a new and important career? I hope that gets better with time?
 .  My oldest daughter is due for her second child at the end of  August, 2014.  My youngest and her new husband are right now, at this very moment, moving into their "dream home".  But I am happy to report that I am having a great time and enjoying myself doing everything and anything that I can do within the limitations of my painful disease called "RSD/CRPS".  I cannot sit, stand or walk long.  But that doesn't stop me because I have a great husband who's loving, kind and giving.  He just gets the wheelchair out and he starts pushing me when I'm unable to walk any longer.  Of course he's not retired yet, but he is a school teacher so he's home quite early and quite often.  In the Summer months we are "vacationers" even if we're at home.  In the Winter months we hunker down and mostly watch movies and TV, but we truly enjoy each others company.  I've been through quite a lot this year and 2014 has actually been the worst year except for 2005 and 2002!  I was in a horrible car accident in 2002 and had to undergo 12 surgeries and 3 yrs of MTBI "brain injury" rehab, along with PT and OT etc.   It was horrible and I was "lucky"to live through getting a pacemaker because I kept on fainting for months after the MVA and that day when I fainted, my HR was only 23 and my BP was only 70/40. My heart was in arrhythmia's all night off and on and my heart stopped several times!  It was just too many things for one person to deal with.  Then the chronic pain from just the RSD/CRPS alone is considered to be the worst form of chronic pain known to mankind.   I got a pretty bad form of a disease called "RSD/CRPS" and I have it "full body/ Then in 2005, I won't even go into the details, but I ended up with "broken heart syndrome" and then a stroke after the heart attack.  So although I've been through so many rough times, I still am happy that I have a close relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. I'm happy that I have such a great, kind and loving husband too.  I pray that the rest of 2014 will be better and if not, then I really hope and pray for a better 2015!  Here are a few photo's from not just this Summer...we've done a few little fun things... but also some photos since my youngest daughter got married Jan 11, 2014....and then some special times with our dear friends too..



       













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