April 3, 2010

It's What Matters

What matters the most in this world is family (friends included, of course). I was reminded of this last weekend during our visit to VT. We spent the entire weekend together: me, Tone, Jill, Kim, Chuck, Kathleen and the zoo known as Rachael, Webster and Phoebe (RIP Minnie). It was so nice to not worry about dishes, laundry, cleaning, yardwork. We just enjoyed each others' company and spent time playing with Jill. (How is it that a room full of adults could spend hours just watching babies?) Jill was very vocal all weekend with lots of smiles and laughs for all. She also got to eat at the NH State Liquor store on the way home. Her bottle was too cold so she got to nurse on the highway, basically. I covered us up but it was still a scene! So back to figuring out what really matters. A weekend away with family reminded me that FAMILY is what matters. I got home Sunday night feeling refreshed and completely relaxed. I wasn't running around and stressing like a typical Sunday night. I'm actually not stressing about house stuff anymore. It's not what matters.

On topic with family, the Cannings had very sad news this week. Uncle Jay, my Dad's sister's husband, passed away Thursday after suffering a heart attack. Jay was an incredible guy to say the least and he will be greatly missed. We are very sad for this immense loss and are thinking of the Howroyds and Gram Canning. Sometimes life is not fair at all, which brings us back to what matters most. Next week's services will be tough. It's hard to think about losing someone close to you. It's hard to see family members mourn. It's hard to let feelings of losing my Dad resurface. We are getting ready to head down to my Mom's and brother's for the weekend. It will be nice to give them (Jess, Scott's wife, included) big hugs and to talk about Jay and my Dad. I'm also looking forward to introducing Jill to grass in this warm weather and spending another weekend of being with her and putting the laundry on hold!


  1. So sorry for your loss; your family is in our prayers. I completely agree with your post. I'll take my house messy any day in order to spend time with my family. Enjoy Jill's firt Easter.

  2. Thank you, Jen. He was such a great guy, truly. Hope you had a nice Easter too! I hope we can get together sometime soon!!