Is this thing on?

Between my 47 (yes, you read that right) IEP meetings this month and my home for sale and my teenagers and allergies and a few other things going on, phew, I have been absent from the blogosphere.  But, oh, how I have missed checking in with friends and having this place to write about what matters to me.

Today marks a year since we lost our little granddaughter.  I still feel the weight of that baby in my arms as I held her and whispered that I loved her. She has taught us a lot over these months, even though she was only with us for a few hours.

But even more than little Olive, today I think of my daughter-in-law and how much I love her.  And how much my son loves her. We could have lost her if things had turned a different way.  She is healing.  We all are.  Life is good and families are forever.

We are planning a road trip to Mecca this Summer.  Mecca = The Outer Banks, NC.  Where we go as an extended family to regenerate every couple of years.  There will be sun and sand and crab, and we will be happy there.  I am literally counting down the days until we go and I get a change of venue.  And the count is down to 111 days.

I can smell the water.  I can hear it.  Feel it.


Stacy | March 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I've missed you, friend.

My heart aches for you and your family. Time heals, but doesn't take away. You're all in my thoughts.

I need to email you soon. I'm taking my little boy in to be evaluated soon, I have a feeling we'll be doing our own IEP meetings for him soon.

There is something magical about the water. Even looking at that picture fills me with peace.

Jenny Lynn | March 26, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Awe, Mecca sounds really wonderful right now. I need to go to Mecca. Will have to create my own right here in Utah for now.

Sending some prayers to you all.

Sandie | March 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Karen I want you to know that I have been thinking about you, Perry and Mindy a lot this week. My heart goes out to all of you. I am so impressed with the way your family has bonded together and helped one another out. As far as I am concerned there's nothing better than family.

Becca | March 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

I'm sending you some love from the other side of the mountain. Because I'm on the other side o the mountain and I love you.

Welcome to the Garden of Egan | April 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

It sounds like you are busy.
IEP meetings....a familiar thing of my past.

I look forward to having pictures and posts to read about your Mecca.

Selling your house? Yikes?

Linde | May 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Where do you stay when you go to Mecca? We're thinking of planning a family reunion there.