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Old 12-19-2016, 12:18 PM   #3473
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Thanks, folks.

They are in shock back there, but there's lots of support so they will get thru it, as we just do.

Doug's daughter is highly capable, and will probably be the in-charge person for everything needing to be done now...she helped tremendously when her Dad died, and is not only much younger but emotionally much stronger than their mother.

It's what strong women do...we handle things.

At the airport, awaiting first leg of trip to Philadelphia...


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Maggie, I am sending prayers and rosary for your young step son as well as your family. God bless and keep him.

For the purpose of avoiding unnecessary stress and unreasonable financial strain...Joe had made arrangements for cremation prior to his death, and I have done the same for Deb and myself, with instructions for a private memorial with family and close friends. No obituary in newspapers or internet avoids burglars from being aware of easy house robbing chances. The death of a loved one is certainly enough to endure.

Your daughter and SIL must be so happy to have found a well appointed and cared for older home. The photos you show are nice. I like the "newer room" and that fireplace will be nice to snuggle next to!

Safe travels back home. Evelyn.
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Old 12-19-2016, 01:08 PM   #3475
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Prayers and positive vibes going out. Safe travels as you return home.
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Old 12-19-2016, 01:29 PM   #3476
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Thanks, folks.

Emma sent me a messag in skype...Grandma have you heard the terrible news Grandpa would be so upset about it

She and Alice are very close, and it will be good for them to see each other next week.

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Maggie, I am so sorry to hear about another loss in the family. My prayers are with you and Dougs family. My condolences to the family. May God bless you all with comfort durring this difficult time.

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Maggie, sending prayers for Doug's son.
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:40 PM   #3480
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:00 AM   #3481
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Got settled in to my room late last evening...not the same Silversmith, honey, it's been remodeled since we were here last...and slept like the dead. I like.

Between the noisy upstairs neighbor, who plays loud music and moves furniture...or something ...at all hours of the night, sirens of the city, and the cat tearing furiously into her scratching pole just a few feet from my slumbering head whenever it suits her, I didn't sleep well in the Big City.

I did have a very nice visit with dear daughter and sweet SIL, got to see their new digs, and share in the excitement of their first home.

Nice now to be in a comfy bed, in a quiet room, in a beloved place from the past.

Going to get out and tromp around today...tho I don't feel joyous, I am here and going to go.

Between the sudden death of Doug's youngest boy, and the terrorist tragedy in Berlin, just too much going on to feel bright and cheerful.

I've debated posting more on what happened to #2 son, but am going to share that he apparently was still breathing when found about 8am Sunday morning, but severely hypothermic and dying in the Emergency Room before his sister was located and could get there.

Found laying beside his car, which had gone off the road and down an embankment, apparently he slipped on the ice and fell getting out. Unknown how long he had been there, and why he didn't get up, but an autopsy will be performed.

They are all reeling in Iowa...my kids and grands knew him, but those on Doug's side knew him, and loved him dearly.

A lot for children to digest, and these kinds of losses shake their safe and secure life foundation...if this can happen to him, it could happen to my mom, dad, brother, sister. Hard for all, but especially for children.

Life...we don't always get to choose what we learn, and when.


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So sorry for this terrible loss. Wishing you and your extended family peace and better days ahead.
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Thank you, Bill.

I'm not much for selfies , but thought I would show off city-me...resplendent in makeup, a scarf accessory, and the earrings Doug gave me for our 15th wedding anniversary.

Post-retirement, we upped our game a bit only for special dinners out, and trips overseas or into Chicago.

I would pull these earrings out for such events, and he loved it.

In memory of us, and our life together, today I set off on another first...near three years out, my first solo holiday sojourn into one of our favorite cities.

I will retrace steps, take myself out for a nice lunch, undoubtedly pick up a few things ...and, it will be okay.


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Maggie,
So sorry to hear about Doug's son. Our prayers and condolences for the entire family. Your continuing pathway through Doug's loss will help them as they go through this difficult time.

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Maggie, my prayers and condolences go out to you and Doug's family -- such a horrific thing to have happened.

I guess we just never really know when we head out the door for any errand, what may occur and our life, as well as those of our loved ones, will forever be changed.

Loved your selfie! Hope you have a great time out in the fave city!

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Thanks, all.

We don't know, which is why being open and honest in sharing your love for others is so important. You may not get another time, another chance.

It is a beautiful day for walking in the city. Air is cold and crisp, and the sun shining.

I am singing along to the Christmas carols, it is poignant, but I am not crying.

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