My goodness gracious! I just realized that my latest post of my blog was from January! Wow! I really need to catch up….So, here goes….
Feb.- nothing much happened but keeping updated on my niece Caroline’s check ups….still NO cancer! Also I am keeping myself busy as a “stay-at-home” mom/wife and its my most favorite month of the year! Why? Well…it’s Valentine’s Day, my Mom’s birthday, and my birthday of coarse!
Mar.-nothing much happened except going on a field trip with Rebekah and her class to the McWane Center…it was lots of fun but we were so tired by the time we got home later in the evening. The family and I took our Spring Break vacation up to Huntsville to visit with families and Jonathan gets his left ear tube taken out by surgery. The procedure went well as expected and was told not to swim underwater till the hole closes and the patch falls off.
Apr.- I went on a Women’s Beach Retreat with my mom and some of the other ladies from her church…. If we didn’t have to hear a bunch of “making fun of others in front of them” kinda thing I would’ve had a blast. But I’m glad I got to go with my mom and enjoy my morning walks with her on the beach and take pictures of the waves and the birds running along the shore.
When I got back home from the beach, it was time to celebrate my Rebekah turning 9 years old! My firstborn is not so little anymore. She has been acting like a teenager already…I need her to slow down!!
May- Took Jonathan to see his ear doctor and said that he can go swimming underwater! Yay! Just in time for Summer! Both kiddos celebrated as they graduated from 3rd and 1st grade. They started their summer by helping their grandparents move out of their house into their RV which was stationed at the lake near us.
While we were helping my parents get settled into their lot next door to my grandfather’s lake house… we got an unpleasant phone call from my brother saying that Caroline’s cancer came back and that this time she will only have 3 to 6 months left to be with us. It was the most devastated afternoon I have ever had that month. As the end of the month approaches, the Jones/Berard family decided to go Disney World one last time with Caroline while she was relatively happy and looks healthy.
June- Bob, the kids and I went to Gurley/Huntsville for a quick weekend trip to celebrate Grandma Sentell’s Birthday and reunited with Caroline, her parents and the grandparents for lunch at little Rosie’s.
Then it was time to pack for our Disney World trip with the family! Got up way too early the next morning to drive 8 hours…at first, I don’t think it was worth it but I did enjoyed being with my family. During our vacation down there, it was well worth the time to spend with Caroline just for one last time instead of Bob and I go on the Disney Cruise (without the kids with us) so we can celebrate our 10 years of marriage/graduating from collage. Of coarse it rained while we were there but that didn’t stop us from having fun riding the roller coasters, eating meals, meet with Disney Characters and watch fireworks. This vacation will remain in our special memories of Caroline. And we look forward to coming back and remember Caroline as we ride those roller coasters again, watch fireworks, meet and get our pictures made with Disney Characters!
July- The kids had a blast during Vacation Bible School at church, we all celebrated Bob’s birthday, Rebekah and I went with my parents to the annual Jones’ family reunion and then later met with Robert, Randie, Caroline, Jonathan and Bob at the Galleria mall, I spent 5 days with Rebekah and some of her friends from church at Centrikid in Norman Park, GA. Power went out for the most part of the first full day we were there but the staff knows how to keep these kids busy and going! I was impressed and in awe about how smooth they plan it out at the spur of moment like that. While I was there, I got a text or a phone call from my dad saying that we were losing Caroline little too fast than i thought we would…I told the Minister of Children to keep in mind that Rebekah and I could leave early and she understood, but that didn’t happen. Soon after the Centrikid was over with we traveled back home and repacked our bags for another quick trip to Huntsville to visit with Caroline just little bit more before school starts in the next two weeks. Once we started our visit with her, she was in too much pain from the cancer growing inside her face and very sensitive when we look at her so we had to work very hard not to look at her but socialize with her family around her. She likes to hear Rebekah and Jonathan play with her “not favorite” toys while she lays in her mother’s arms, resting.
Aug.- the kids had their meet and greet with their Teacher at their school and started school the following week. Soon after our first full week of school, we got phone calls from my dad saying that we will be losing Caroline soon. As soon as I got the kids home from school that Wednesday afternoon on August 16th, Caroline went skipping and jumping into Jesus’ arms. The kids and I did not take it very well so we skipped our Wednesday evening routine at the church and stayed home to prepare our bags for the Celebration of Caroline’s Life (funeral).
That morning of the Celebration of Caroline’s Life, the Jones/Berard family help tie Caroline’s favorite snack onto to her favorite color balloons and set up multiple pictures of Caroline when she was a newborn to toddler years. As our friends and families started to arrive it was time to start the service, during the we sang songs, some of the family members gave a short speeches and then pastor took his turn to preach, as soon after the service was over the whole congregation took a balloon outside in the front lawn of the church, and all at the same time we let go of the balloon into the sky and say what Caroline would say “WEEEEEEE!!” The service was very well presented and lunch was well served by several ladies of the church.
As we left to go back home, for the kids and I… it was still hard to keep strong but we know she is with Jesus, in no pain and with the ancestors of both side of her family.
Sept.- Nothing much happened but just keep busy, take the kids to and from school, celebrated Caroline’s birthday by releasing a balloon with a sweet message on it to the sky. And I think we will do that as tradition as we celebrate her birthday.
Oct.- Nothing much happened but took Jonathan on a field trip to the pumpkin patch and then the following weekend Fall break started as we so excitingly packed and hooked up the popup camper and drove down to the beach we have never been before for the week, spent the first few peaceful and beautiful days on the beach, rode on the jet skis, found lots of big (I mean HUGE!!) seashells, celebrated Jonathan turning 8 years with seafood and cake by the fire. Then it was time to go back home so we can get back to our normal routine. Then we celebrated the beginning of Fall with a festival at the church.
Nov.- Rebekah and I started the month with a field trip to Fort Toulouse and then the temperature started to drop like fall is really here. Started my Christmas shopping early with my mom visiting us in town while Bob gets his sleep study at a local hospital. Then we had our Christmas tree up and started decorating for Christmas the weekend before we started celebrating our Thanksgiving with both side of the families.
Dec.- While the boys went to Camp butter and egg with the Cub Scout for the weekend, Rebekah and I made Crock-pot Candy for a cookie swap party, it was so much fun! About a week later then the cold weather really started to come in. We were suppose to have a Christmas party with our Sunday School class but the snow snuck upon us so we all reschedule it till next weekend and the Board of Educations ended schools early, so the kids and I wanted to start our weekend to play outside in the snow, make snow angels, had a snowball fight, made funny faces to Bob’s car and made a small snowman!
After spending the weekend with the fun in the snow, I helped with the schools’ Christmas shop and decorate their t-shirt with hand prints like the face of a reindeer. Then I took the kids to see Santa at Bass Pro Shop, had a Christmas party with the adult Sunday school class. As soon the weekend started Rebekah went down with flu and missed her chance to her class Christmas party. I thought she would break down into tears but she didn’t, she was just sad not being able to go…As soon as the schools let out for Christmas break, Jonathan went down with 24hr bug. In meantime of all the sickness from both kiddos, Bob and I cleaned and sanitized as much as we could. Thank goodness both Bob and I had not gotten any of that! (knock on real wood!!). I was glad that we were able to spend our Christmases with our families as scheduled.
In the conclusion of all this… It was rough…..Rough for me and of coarse to my family… Caroline’s multiple trip to the hospital for numerous treatments and battling with cancer to the end of her life but we all know that she is no longer in major pain and she is having fun swinging, jumping in the puddles in heaven with Jesus. I love my niece as I would love my own children, I am proud to be called her Aunt LaLa and will be forever her Aunt LaLa. I will miss hearing her voice calling me, her sweet and gentle hugs terribly.
I know I have accomplished parts of my 2017 resolution, Spend more time with my family and friends, and stay healthy…but I never got on that Disney cruise with my hubby. So for my 2018 resolution, I’m gonna make it simple this time…. find a house to move into, maybe find a part time job, but most importantly stay healthy.