Monday, November 30, 2009

R.I.P. Tony, R.I.P. Dennis, This Holiday Over - Another to Come

Greetings, This has been a very traumatic Thanksgiving Holiday. One that we all will not soon forget. For starters my cousin DeAnna was found unresponsive during the night on Wed. night. She is a severe diabetic. Her husband could not get her mouth open. She registered zero blood sugar at the E.R. Long story short she spent some time in ICU and is now home with her family and doing well. This just a few weeks after heart surgery.

My cousin Sara's husband was found shot on Thursday morning. Both Tony and Sara are Illinois Highway Patrol Officers. We still don't know the whole story but are being told it was a self inflicted wound. Sara is young, early twenty's. Their marriage was young, maybe 3years. They have a baby boy. They need a lot of prayer.

Thursday evening my youngest daughter called to tell us her best friend since 1st grade father died. She called him dad too. Dennis had been ill for some time but this was not expected. His family needs your prayers too.

As always we all try to go on with our daily lives in the face of death. It is harder for some, Tony's wife, Dennis's wife and children. But we all try. Sara is with her sister. Dennis's family is coming together. My youngest even called my oldest just to talk. This year of trials and illnesses has brought them closer together. For this I am thankful.

Then to top all of this off of the 14 people that were at my house 9 were sick with the flu by Sat. At first we thought it was food poisoning but could not narrow it down. Then we found out one of my nieces had the H1N1 vaccine at school on Wed. The CDC informed my sister anyone receiving the vaccine is contagious for 48 hours after. Hmm! Why then administer it the day before a holiday? Luckily we all got the seasonal flu as it only lasted 24 to 48 hours. I hear everyone is all better now. Thank God!

I found a heart shaped potato. I wish I had photographed it before peeling. But still it shows it was heart shaped.

Showing the love on Thanksgiving Day is my daughter, brother and nephew. Silly bunch...

Our town does a Christmas Parade every year the day after Thanksgiving. This year we participated with a Cub Scout Pack instead of just on-looking. It was a good distraction and a lot of fun.

Yukon Cornelius and The Bumble were there too.

I've posted more pictures of the Parade Floats on my Associated Content site. You can see them if you go here.

I apologize if I seemed to ramble in this post. I just had things to get out and I know you all would understand.

On a happy note today is my husbands birthday. Wish Chuckie a Happy birthday for me will ya!

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be yourself,



lori vliegen said...

hi tess! i'm sorry to hear that your thanksgiving came with so much distressing news.....and then having half of your house trying to get over the flu! but, somewhere in the middle of chaos, a little heart-shaped potato puts everything into perspective.....i'm so glad that you were surrounded by lots of love, tess! hugs, :))

Anne said...

Hi, Tess! My goodness! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope you and yours have a blessed holiday season! :-)