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Monday, February 08, 2010

Mundane Day a.k.a Monday

Mason Canyon from Thoughts in Progress has given me an award. Thank you so much. If you like books, if you like reading, if you like writing, if you like pretty then you must visit her blog. Her blog is VERY pretty. I am to mention her and then answer the following questions. I will pass on the award at a later date. Remember- my awards night...gown and black tie?

Questions:
Your Hair? - Curly
Your Favorite Food? - Chocolate
Your Hobby? - Many
Your Fear? - Spiders
Something You Aren't? -Successful
Where Did You Grow Up? - Missouri/Illinois
Your Life? - Good
Your Mood? - Monday
Your Favorite Color? - All


Why would anyone think killing parts of his or her family would be ok?

We have recently seen tragedy in Southern MO. Sometimes it is difficult to wrap your brain around such things.

A couple of weeks ago in a city to the east of me, a man allegedly tried to set up an employee to look like he had killed the man's wife. Don't know what went wrong with plan- if there was one. But the wife was brutally murdered and their 10-year-old son (I think that's his age) too by the husband and father. Only a younger son (still asleep) survived, if indeed you would want to call finding your mother murdered...surviving. The man was found in a nearby quarry. Apparently, he somehow shot himself while driving over the edge and into the water. Wow!

A couple of days ago - south, a man called the police and said two men with ski masks had broken into his home beat him up and then kidnapped their 8 month old baby boy. He had been unconscious then woke and called the police. Is anyone else ever suspicious of the ski mask thing? Why do people use this in their fake attacks. If they do, I get suspicious. Law enforcement searched everywhere for the little baby. Finally, the man told the police where the baby was located...and he was dead.

I don't understand.



My Mom
I had the best one hour phone call with my mom last week. You all know how I feel about her. If I have been a good mom, she is my source of inspiration. We don't live too far from each other and see each regularly, so I don't know why I talk so fast and hard when we talk on the phone.

During the conversation, she told me two things about my grandparents that I didn't know, that made me cry after we hung up ...not a delicate little cry but a blubbering- oh so ugly- cry.

First of all, I knew that my grandparents were way over the top in love with me when we lived with them for my first six months. This is not new information. What is new is that after we moved to Joliet, my grandparents grieved over me. One day, after returning to the house from milking, my grandpa said, "Sadie, we've lost our baby." They cried. They cried with broken hearts. (sigh) Also, I didn't know that my grandfather died two weeks after we moved. My grandma told me one time that grandpa died of a broken heart. I am pretty sure his heart disease was a huge factor, too.

Quote of the Week: "Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it." Author Unknown

Scripture of the Week: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)


Do you have a favorite quote or scripture?

19 comments:

  1. That's such a bittersweet story, Teresa!

    I do try to get stories from my mother (and used to from my grandmother, before she passed away)--family history usually just lives in people's minds.

    Nice quotes to start out my Monday!

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  2. Hi Teresa .. two sad stories - too tragic - to take someone else's life. So wonderful that you can share with your mother - that's great and I'm sure you do the same with the children. Lovely picture of proud mother!

    Love is all .. those are the three best words .. Hilary

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  3. Elizabeth, It is so important to pass on (I believe) family stories to future generations. We need to take the time to write down or tell our stories.

    Hilary, As I mentioned, I don't understand...I mean your own child? And your three word quote is so meaningful.

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  4. Great stories, though sad.

    Congratulations on your award!

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  5. Very sad stories. Makes you wonder what was so terrible that murder seemed to be the only answer. The family information is always good to know, even when it's sad too. It's a part of your history.

    I love the quote and the scripture for this week. Both are very inspiring.

    Congrats on your awards. Enjoyed the list. Chocolate is a good food. :)

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  6. Hi Teresa .. thank you - as you say your own child .. too awful to contemplate - we have the same here. Just glad I'm not part of something so sad.

    Interesting what you say on my blog about your mother being a postmistress .. strands of connections all around us.

    Good three words aren't they - as you say .. thanks for popping over - Hilary

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  7. My favorite scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:18 - For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

    Some days I curse my brain. I hate the fact that I am adept at reading people. It makes me not want to be around them and their speak (words) one thing, say (body language) another lives. Oh, to be ignorant and be blissful!

    Some day I will be a recluse!

    ann

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  8. Sometimes it is impossible to wrap my mind around how people can be so ugly to each other.

    I think it's especially hard when a person comes from a loving home, like the one in which you must have been raised. What a beautiful story about your grandparents. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Mason, We don't know their stories, the ones who did it. And it's not for me to judge. On the family deal, the man and woman died so we probably will never know what was in his mind.

    Hilary, Isn't it wonderful how in some way we connect with each other?

    Ann, Flat out--- it's hard to be around people sometimes...most of the time.:)

    Kat, I'm pretty naive I think. I seriously assumed everyone had good parents and in turn are good parents. Not true, I am told. Yes, I live in a cave. :)

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  10. Your story about your grandparents brought tears to my eyes.

    My daughter and son-in-law just moved to Colorado, they took my granddaughter with them! The nerve! I miss them all. My husband is so sad about it. It breaks my heart. But he doesn't have heart disease, thank God. You and I both wrote downer blogs today ;-)

    Here's my quote for the day: Keep on keeping on.

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  11. Great story , Teresa.So sad, but beautifully written.
    Loved the quote and the old photo.

    Betty xx

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  12. TWS, Welcome. My pleasure. Scripture keeps me trucking.

    Elizabeth, Yay on your husband not having heart disease! :) Grandkids totally grab the heart. That's the problem.

    Betty, Thanks. I love my old photos. Seriously I am getting old.

    Lakeviewer, I hope I didn't make you cry. One blubbering person is enough. :)

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  13. I feel hopeful, despite the awful news. I don't understand men who kill the mothers of their children, who kill their children, who abuse them.
    Your quote and sweet grandparent story and verse are all filled with love and hope.

    (bad news - my verifcation word is spiderro!)

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  14. Thanks Mary, I feel hopeful. There's always hope I think except...for your word verification...spiderro! You know how I feel about spiderroes? Ugh.

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  15. Lovely :)

    And thanks for visiting my blog :))

    Fav quote... I have heaps. This one is a fav right now.. "There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you." Zora Neale Hurston.

    Scripture? The one I like is "I know the thoughts and plans I have for you says the Lord..." YOu know the one? I cannot think where it is from. :)

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  16. If only they had walked away and rethought their decisions before taking action...How sad. No wonder you are such a caring and thoughtful person. It is inherited. Your grandfather was strong in love. God bless him and the rest of your family. I do not believe our souls die, and his is hanging around some where loving you.

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