Friday, March 28, 2008

Sweet Aunt Maude

Well tonight I am in Harlan, Kentucky with my family to attend my great aunt's funeral. She is the sister of my grandmother who will be 96 next month. Yes, my grandmother who I call Nanny will be 96! Her sister (Aunt Maude) died yesterday after a long battle with lung cancer. She lived a long full life and is now in heaven seeing the life that we await. Tomorrow is the funeral here in Harlan where she will be laid to rest.

Tonight while at the local Wal-mart -- mom forgot to pack underwear -- she's gonna kill me for this one, I asked her, "do you think this time next week I will know my Izabella?" and of course in all of her positiveness, she said "I know you will." But you know, I am thinking about it and how one picture of a child who is 6,859 miles away can have such a life altering impact on two families. Not only my family but the family of the little girl (I'm assuming) that will be our daughter. I'm sure they will always wonder who her family will be and where in the world she will be. If she is safe and loved and cared for. I can't imagine the pain and longing that family must have and excitement and joy that we are anticipating and will feel. Who ever you are out there, I personally can make one promise to you, she is going to have so much joy in her life. She will be so loved and cared for and we are going to give her the best life that we possibly can. If only there was a way to let them know that. It is so hard for me to believe that there are people out there that harm children or neglect their children. It upsets me so much to see or hear something like that. I cannot imagine!!

I just know that this time next week my whole life will possibly be different because of a sweet little face that we cannot wait to see.


Anonymous said...

It was so nice to see you guys! I wish it could have been for a better reason. Aunt Maude was such a sweetheart. I have fond memories of her and our times in Gatlinburg at the Vowell reunions.  I am so happy for you guys! I know Izabella will be so adorable, and loved beyond words.  I hope we will be able to keep in touch.  Next time Brenda comes to Harlan, make sure she packs her "drawers". LOL -Mandy (

Mike and Rhonda said...

So sorry to hear about your great aunt. It is so sad to loose members of our family.

Hope, I am so excited about your referral next month. I cannot wait to see your, I cannot imagine how you feel. Your emotions, your concentration at work or home, the anxiety!!!

Thinking of you kiddo and make sure you post that picture as soon as you can.