Sunday, May 16, 2010


Well if you are an avid follower of this blog you already know that I have been dating someone since September of last year. She has become and integral part of my life as well as my children's lives. We have a great deal of things in common with one another, but at the same time have differences that make us laugh and smile.

Last Friday Heather attended an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. She ran into the person that runs everything for this area. Her name is Laurie and as she was talking to Laurie she explained that she knew me. Laurie exclaimed "You're Her! " as she has been one of those avid followers! Realizing that I have not posted an official picture of Heather yet I thought after Laurie's meeting with her that I should do so.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce everyone to her and have posted a beautiful portrait of her from last summer. Many of you have had the chance to meet her already and we continue to see friends out and about that have not yet met her.

Life is a very tough journey, filled with many highs and many lows throughout. I have seen the lows face-to-face and never thought that I would ever see a high again. Depression is a horrible thing to deal with. Finding Heather has taken me out of the bottomless pit that I was in and put me at the top of the mountain! Life is good once again. Thank you for everyone's well wishes and continued love and support of me, my family, and now Heather.

Bringing you up to speed...

Well for the past 5 weeks or so I've spent a great deal of time dealing with lots of.... stuff! First, Alex was finishing up her final lacrosse season. Heather and I went to see her play on Saturday May 1st up in Williamsport. It was a hot day and we made the trip up and back. It was the last home game her her career so we really wanted to be there. They won that game and made it into the MAC conference playoffs for the 4th year in a row! A tough feet in that conference.

Alex had to attend a meeting at the Redskins on Monday the 3rd so she drove home on Sunday. On Tuesday I took her to her playoff game at Widener University in Philly. They won and then had to play Elizabethtown on Thurday. She went back with the team bus for the rest of the week.

Heather and I again drove up to watch the E-town game and they unfortunately lost. We stayed for the big tailgate. That was Alex's last career lacrosse game. Hard to believe that after almost 10 years of lacrosse it was finally over. It sort of hurts some but it was a wonderful thing to be a part of! 12 seniors have been a part of her career and a part of my life as well for the past 4 years and they will be sorely missed. These are the girls that stood by our family when we were in need. The entire team came to be with us in Sept. 2007 when Chris passed. A memory of support and caring that will never be forgotten. Thanks girls!!!

Alex's Graduation Day

Well after 4 years and many, many trips up to Williamsport, PA Alex finally graduated last Sunday. Of course it was only fitting that she would graduate on Mother's Day.

The boys and I went up late on Saturday to spend the night there. They went out to a movie and I went to a local establishment with Alex and thousands of other students! We had fun and it was a nice chance to see all her friends before graduation.

The weather was cold but they held the event outside on the quad anyhow. I was glad they did. It was a very nice ceremony. They open the gates at the top of the quad one time a year for commencement and all the grads walk through and down the stairs. The stairs are marked with memorial bricks and of course Alex walked right over the brick that the Lacrosse Team purchased in honor of her mother a couple of years ago. Alex's grandparents and aunt attended as well and we had a nice brunch in the cafeteria beforehand. We then went out to see the brick before the start of graduation and well it was not too easy for me. It was a very emotional day to begin with and that made it even harder.

I cried like a baby when I dropped Alex off for her first day of college 4 years. It hit me hard. This time the tears were more of joy and excitement for her and her new found future! She is home now and has secured a job working for her favorite football team, the redskins. The commute is hard but she is working hard and making the best. She'll continue to look for opportunities should they present themselves, but for now she's a working woman.

Congrats Allie!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A month without a post

This is a record and I am sorry to all my loyal blog followers. I've been very busy with the kids and my personal life. I promise to update real soon.