Everything

    Keep it Real Wednesday May 18, 2022 You give me everything One of the last times I was at church with Rosemary months before she passed away, “Everything”, by Lauren Daigle played during the service.  I have a memory of my mom holding my hand tightly, squeezing it and sharing space as our eyes locked for a second …

Frankenskort

Keep it Real Wednesday May 11, 2022 Frankenskort     Recently, Wade and I went on our first road trip in a very long time.  We had fun talking, laughing, singing, and just experiencing the open road freedom.  At one point there was a pause in the conversation, which happens after 37 years together, so I reached into the glovebox and pulled …

Nick’s Debut

Keep it Real Wednesday  Nick’s Debut May 4th, 2022 In December 2001, we bought our 4 year old son, Nick, a $29.99 Pignose guitar for Christmas, not realizing the impact it would have on his life. In spring 2002, I was on a quest to find a guitar teacher but I couldn’t find anyone interested in teaching a 5 year …

Sisterly Advise

Keep it Real Wednesday April 27, 2022 Sisterly Advise Last week I had a marathon conversation with my sister Judy. We talked about many things during this not so brief conversation. I shared stories of this beautiful legacy we have honoring and continuing in Mom’s memory. At one point, she said “If you don’t mind me asking, how much do …

There’s something under the bed

Keep it Real Wednesday There’s something under the bed April 20, 2022 So much of the last few years has been dedicated to helping you get to know my Mom, Rosemary.   Let me introduce you to one of my favorite stories about Rosemary’s husband, my father, Raymond Anthony Sorce. My Dad was a kind and generous man whose acts of …

What’s Next?

Keep it Real Wednesday April 13, 2022 What’s next? When I started writing these weekly messages, I made a promise to myself (and you) to keep it REAL.  I want these messages to be uplifting, light, fun and also a window in the caregiving realm. The good, the bad, the ugly.  All the reasons the Blessing Bike was born, to …

Bears and Dogs

Keep it Real Wednesday April 6, 2022 Bears and Dogs Shortly after Rosemary passed away, one of our neighbors asked if she could borrow a solid-colored shirt of Rosemary’s.  She mentioned wanting to do something for me and would bring it back later in another form.  I was touched and curious at the same time and gave her one Rosemary’s …

April Fool’s

Keep it Real Wednesday March 29, 2022 APRIL Fools We all have some sort of vice or addition.  Mine is coffee.  It is how I have started my day for as long as I can remember. Not just one dainty cup but a jug large enough to compete with a 7 Eleven Big Gulp.  After a few minutes of sipping …

Seeing the world through ROSEmary colored glasses…

Keep it Real Wednesday March 23, 2022 Seeing the world through ROSEmary Colored Glasses When someone passes away, words can’t describe how difficult it is to go through their belongings. I was able to donate Rosemary’s bedroom furniture to Agency for New Americans, a nonprofit I know Rosemary would have supported as a first generation American and child of Irish …

Yes, Yes, Yes and YES

Keep it Real Wednesday March 16, 2022 Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes It has been 100 days since Wade’s transplant and what a journey it has been. So much has happened and we have much to be grateful for. Last week Wade had his 100 day check up with the Transplant Physician. As Dr. Williams sat across from Wade, leaning …