Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Just saying Thank you isn't enough

It's funny when you have something huge happen in your life whether it is exciting, life changing or down right scary you think you know who is going to be there for you. It's surprising who is there and sometimes even more who isn't.

Our life changing scary event we had last week with Terry showed us this. And I need to say THANK YOU to so many people that I am not sure even where to begin and it's truly not enough.

Our son - Marcus - how proud I am of you. You are the one that realized what happened to Dad the second time and reacted faster than I could and you are the one that put that phone in my hand to call 911 without even being asked to grab it. You are the one that got the kids to put the toys away and organized them so they were out of the way of the chaos that came. You were the one that put Frankie outside so the chaos wouldn't include him. Daddy and I are honoured to be your parents. We love you super duperity do and to the purple squishy planet and back.

Terry's Mom Hazel or as most of my friends know her - HAPPY GRANDMA was at the hospital by the time I arrived. I truly think her being there with me helped me hold it all together. I knew Terry would be ok but I also knew it was something serious though at the time we didn't know exactly what it was.  She made sure I had coffee and a muffin as she knew I hadn't eaten (it was still early) and share a sandwich with me at lunch so I wouldn't be in the bed beside Terry in the ER. I would not trade her in for a millions years or ever! Sorry she is mine!

My brothers - Shane always checked up on me and that afternoon met me in the ER and visited with Terry before going to do his visits with my parents that were in the same hospital. My brother Tom visited in the evening to make sure all was ok after his visit with our parents and took Marcus to visit with his grandparents so I could stay with Terry.  My sister Susan just to talk to her and text her made me feel more at ease. THANKS SIBLINGS LOVE YOU!

My two next door neighbors. Lynn who we've only known a few months and Glenda, they truly showed me how "neighborly" they truly are. Glenda came out in her housecoat and winter boots after her shower - I actually don't think she dried herself off and it was freezing out. Lynn came and walked right through the door told the paramedics she was a nurse and when they said they were ok for help she went right to my dayhome kids and my son and played with them until Terry was gone. She even helped me go through Terry's wallet looking for his health care card that I couldn't seem to find. See in a crisis that card seems to be invisible.  She also took Marcus for the day so I could be at the ER without worrying if he was fed or clothed even and let Frankie out and took him for a walk and made sure he had been fed. And fed us that night so I didn't have to cook.

Heather - you little sneaky girl by saying that your just coming to visit the next day but you came bearing lasagna and rolls and presents for all. You don't know how much that meant to me. You came at the right time too!

Eryn - in cahoots with Heather to make sure I was ok and your husband willing to take Marcus on that Saturday. THANK YOU

Diana - always just there for me as you have been for the past 42 years. Hey world I have the best BFF ever. Everyone should have one like her but you can't have mine.

Jill - THANK YOU for just listening to me talk and vent, and making sure that Marcus was looked after and always checking for updates.

Loretta - for dinner on Friday night and it was one of Marcus' favourites. Not having to cook or even think of dinner meant more than I can ever say.

McLauchlin Family - your wonderful card with gift cards to my favourite coffee shop and Subway for when I didn't have time or energy to cook was so very thoughtful and caring and I can't express my gratitude enough. It's great to reconnect with those friends I grew up with.

The parents of the wonderful kids I look after. How can I thank you enough for being there moments after I called to pick up your children. And the kids themselves that state the moment the ambulance leaves with Terry that they miss him and hope he gets better soon. I couldn't ask for a better group to look after. I am proud that you have chosen me to be the one to nurture, play and enjoy them while you work.

Other family like my cousins and Aunts and Uncles and Terry's cousins sending messages with their love and support. Friends that are in front of you in the Tim Horton's drive thru and when you get your order it's already paid for. And so many friends putting us in their prayers and thoughts.

Guaranteed if any of you ever need us we will be there.

Terry and I are so very blessed to have you all in our lives and we cherish and love each and every one of you.

Monday, February 13, 2012


I am amazed
When I look at you
I see you smiling back at me
It's like all my dreams come true
I am afraid
If I lost you girl
I'd fall through the cracks
And lose my track in this crazy lonely world

Sometimes it's so hard to believe
When the nights can be so long
And gave me the strength
And kept me holding on

You are the love of my life
And I'm so glad you found me
You are the love of my life
Baby put your arms around me
I guess this is how it feels
When you finally find something real
My angel in the night
You are my love
The love of my life

Now here you are
With midnight closing in
You take my hand as our shadows dance
With moonlite on your skin

I look in your eyes
I'm lost inside your kiss
I think if I'd never met you
About all the things i'd missed

sometimes it's so hard to believe
when a love can be so strong
and faith gave me the strength
and kept me holding on

You are the love of my life
And I'm so glad you found me
You are the love of my life
Baby put your arms around me
I guess this is how it feels
When you finally find something real
My angel in the night
You are my love
The love of my life

by Jim Brickman


He's a shy, extremely intelligent, funny, sarcastic, loveable, wonderful, sensitive, quiet, an amazing husband and father.

Last week I thought he was going to leave me forever, but thanks to an amazing group of medical professionals he is on his way to being better than ever.

You always think that nothing like that can happen to you but you know what it can and it does so hold on tight to those you love and cherish them even more. That little fight you had this morning over who left the cap off the toothpaste means nothing but holding your loved ones hand while you go for a stroll does.

And ALWAYS kiss them goodbye and tell them you love them.