It's been a long month! Madeleine returned from her 2 week trip away having had great adventures in Utah and Idaho. She didn't talk much when she returned but as time goes by I find out more and more about her time away....this is how it always goes!! I want to know everything right away and she tells me nothing. Two weeks later it all spills out.
Madeleine returned on a Tuesday and the following Saturday Madeleine was baptized in our church:
It was a beautiful and much anticipated event. A lot of friends were there and it marked the next phase of Madeleine's life. We are blessed...
The Tuesday after her baptism I had the most wonderful conversation with my Mom...and it would prove to be the last. That Friday I received a call from one of my siblings and was told that my Mom was in the hospital and that she wasn't doing very well. By Saturday things were grave and we headed to New York on a red-eye flight. We arrived early morning on Sunday. My mom passed away at about 1:20pm in the afternoon.
That is too long of a story to go into detail here right now. More to come on that. Suffice to say I am still having tons of feelings all over the map. I haven't made it passed my 3rd birthday ....my first birthday with her. This was my step-Mom ..as my real Mom passed away when I was just 2 months old. Here is a picture of my Mom on my 3rd birthday:
She IS resting in peace and as my brother said ...her first and second husband are probably fighting over her in Heaven...she was a beautiful woman...again more on this later.
We came back on a Sunday, and Madeleine started school Monday morning:
3rd grade...here we come. I missed the "Meet the Teacher" night which was unfortunate as I knew nothing about this teacher because she was new. 3rd grade is going to be more challenging for Madeleine and for me. OK, it's 3rd grade..but still they up the ante a bit in 3rd grade...less fun, more work. Blah! I don't know how much I agree with that..but for now we're going with it.
While we were away Snug Bug (our siamese MaMa kitty) had kittens.......
And in a week ...I will finally have weekends off from work again. So ....we move on, we continue on, we soldier on....Madeleine and me.....a lump still in my throat.....a world I don't quite understand....and still we keep on keeping on......