Thursday, March 27, 2014


I read Stephanie's post yesterday- There are no coincidences and it got me thinking about a couple of  things that have happened with Emily and I wanted to get them down on the blog so I don't forget, although I'm sure I will never forget these stories.

When Emily was younger, I'd say about a year old, Steve and I were out for the day.  Jeanne (my mother in law) was watching Emily and they were the only ones home.  They were sitting on the floor playing and Jeanne said to her, "hand that to Grandma".  Emily proceeded to turn around in the opposite direction and hold the toy up in the air with a big smile on her face. Jeanne told us the story when we got home and I immediately got goose bumps. 

And about a month ago Emily started saying 'Mimi' a lot.  No one in our family goes by Mimi and I didn't know what she was talking about.  I asked her one night, "what is Mimi sweetie?" she gave me a questioning look and went over to the shelf where I keep family picture books and pointed at them.  I asked her if she wanted to look at the family book and she said yes.  She flipped through the pages naming her aunts, uncles & cousins.  Then she got to the pages with pictures of her grandparents and she named them, "Grampa Mark, Gramma Gina, Grandpa, Grandma", and then....she turned the page and pointed at my mom and said "Mimi!" My heart jumped.  I asked Steve to come in the room and I pointed at my mom's picture and asked Emily "who is that?" and sure enough she said Mimi again.  Steve just looked at me, eyes wide. I asked her where Mimi was and she pointed up and said, "her house is up there".  I just said ok sweetie and left it at that.

She hasn't said much about Mimi lately, but we all know she is here watching over us.

My mom had a disease called Multiple Systems Atrophy.  Right now the American Brain Foundation is having a Neuro Film Festival. The Neuro Film Festival aims to raise awareness about the need for more funding for research into the prevention, treatment, and cure of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, autism, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, & multiple systems atrophy (MSA). Many people submitted videos telling their stories or the stories of their loved ones.  

If you have time, please click HERE to sign up and vote for the video called 'My Hero an MSA Angel'.  Although it's not my mom's story, watching it brought back a lot of memories of the time that she was sick.  MSA is a truly horrible disease and any awareness that can be brought to it would be very beneficial.


  1. Wow, I have tears in my eyes over this with E. That is so cool that maybe she is getting to experience your mom! Kids are so much more intuitive than us,
    And I will be sure to vote!

  2. This is so incredibly awesome to read. The only explanation for the stories that you have shared is simple. Your beloved Mom is with you & your family. Emily sees her and knows she's there.

  3. Wow, tears!! This is just... wow, pretty darn special. I have heard a few stories like this, all involving children who are able to see or feel something we aren't. It makes me sad that maybe we force ourselves to lose that as we become adults.. or we just do lose it. Whatever it is, I am glad Emily has found her own way of connecting with her Mimi. Beautiful.

  4. I'm so glad you wrote this! What a beautiful memory for you, and such a lovely way for your mom to live on with your kids. They will love her and know her through you and you're memories, and maybe in ways we can not explain. What a gift and a mystery life can be!

  5. Oh my God, I'm sobbing reading this. Wow. I love little signs like this that our moms are still with us, and more importantly, our kids. I say this often, but if only they could have met - that bond would have been so special, but it's comforting to know they have their own bond forming now. :)

  6. Wow - this gave me chills. Seriously. Your mom is there keeping an eye on your two beautiful kids. No doubt. :)

  7. I love hearing these stories about your kids and your mom. I get chills every time. I know it has to be so hard on you to not have her around but how comforting to know she is watching over your kiddos! I am just now reading this so I didn't get to vote for the video but I am going to watch it for sure.

    PS. love seeing the picture of you and your mom. love.


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