1st Birthday (Weekend) without Archie

God has given me a sunny day for my birthday and I am grateful. Today is Archie and my favorite day, Sunday, but there was no sneaking out to make coffee. I am my own Clisthby. There was only enough for one last pot of coffee of Archie and my favorite flavor, but during his chemo he never drank coffee because it did not taste, "right." After he went home I knew exactly what to do with it...save...

Empowered!

This weekend was my birthday. One of the many "firsts" I have to get through, they say. I don't know...last year was pretty sucky. I'm not going into great detail, it just involved duties encompassing time and the person having the birthday walking then siting at the bus stop because no one picked them up. Let's just say, not a good day. Promises were made that it would never happen on my...

16 yrs

Feeling really down this week. The end of sixteen years of planning a celebration with Archie...and I had to do it alone. Tonight I just wanted to come home, fall into bed and forget the world. I thought I'd check the blog and found this draft I started last week. I found it encouraging (sorta forgot I started it). I began it after a tour--I love giving tours at work and talking about how awesome...

Mother’s Day/Taylor’s Reception, I’ve heard it both ways

Mother's Day/Taylor's Reception, I've heard it both ways. Archie picked the date, the place and the time. We had purchased the majority of the basics last year as a family. Out of the generosity from Archie's colleague, Kristin, we were able to buy the extra touches to make the reception feel personalized. The church was kind enough to make some exceptions and we were blessed to have her party at...

His Purpose will Stand

Graduation Day!!! Doors open at 8:00 am, but tickets are required. One more tricky tid-bit: when the chairs are full, the doors will close, even if you have a ticket--yikes! We were up and out the door by 6:35ish and made excellent time. We were early enough to have the opportunity to park near the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, were commencement was to take place. We arrived by 7:10 am and...

Until we meet again… .

SHE'S DONE!!!! WHAAAA HOOOO!!!! The weekend did not go quite as planned, but seriously, does it ever? Thursday night I fell into bed at 3 am--or do you call that Friday? Then up again at 6:00 am, lots to do, little time, with me, myself, and I--team effort, don't cha know. Friday: Everything was packed for the grad party in individual tubs and labeled. I hauled everything to the garage and...

The Novi Agenda

Today started a convention for Scrapbookers and Crafters in general, located in Novi, MI. This is a very large show and Arch would have been all over going because he loved Heartfelt and creating. It would have been so much fun going together, checking out the competition, and even shooting ideas back and forth for our own card making. He was the most creative man I knew, and definitely the best...

Another Tool

Flashbacks. I did not know that was the description the world has placed on the thing I struggle with the most. Now I know. This is going to be short and sweet today. Taylor and I have an agenda. Technically, this was an Archie and my event, but Taylor is excited about standing in the gap. I'll explain later... . Last night at Grief Share they focused on Flashbacks. When they first said the word,...

Do you stink?

My driveway is a mess, how is yours? We have HUGE pot holes and Archie and I were going to use some of our tax return to fill them in, then have a layer of stone put down to keep everything in place. Then the unexpected happens and I second guess everything. What the heck do I do now? Is it REALLY that important? Should I do it myself? I am one that tends to embrace my limitations (to a point). I...

Outing on Day 2

The next morning, Day 2 of our outing, did I mention Dunkin' Donuts was across the street? We were again grateful for the DD gift cards that were given to Archie when he was in the hospital. We used the last of his DD cards for breakfast. Then we were off to figure out the "L". The subway adventure: It was pouring ran. We had an umbrella, but the wind kept turning it inside out and it was COOOLD!...