A lot has happened since I have last blogged and hopefully with time I will get a chance to document it all. But at the moment, my mind is on Marie and the changes that has happened in the last month. Don’t worry, all the changes have been good, but they have been changes all the same. On the second week of May, my first-born celebrated her 8th grade graduation. I know that 8th grade graduation is not a real huge life changing thing for most people, but for our family it is. Graduating from 8th grade means that Marie will be leaving the small, Catholic-based, safe haven that she has known for 10 years and continuing her education at a much bigger, public school setting. However, that is a topic for another blog. The only reason I mention it here is because that event was the beginning of the many changes in Marie’s life…and mine.
My mother-in-law was able to fly out for the 8th grade graduation and when she flew back home, she was not alone. Marie was given a special 8th grade graduation gift, thanks to her grandparents. She was given the chance to spend a month of her summer with her grandmother on the East Coast. This was partly thanks to Frank’s father, who passed away in October 2016. Months before my father-in-law passed way, we had visited the East Coast and Marie had expressed her hope to spend some time with them during the summer. It would give her a chance to spend time with her grandparents plus an uncle, aunt and two cousins, whom she does not see often. So my father-in-law made sure that our daughter got to have that wish come true, even if he had to watch it from Heaven. So my 15-year-old took off on a new adventure, many, many miles away. The fact that she has never slept away from home for more than one night, with the exception of the week she was in the hospital, is HUGE! Which is what leads me to this new series in my life called ‘Staying Connected’.