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Goodbye, Girl-Girl

I know it has been an eternity since I’ve posted, and I promise that I will be catching up very soon.  But I just wanted to share a little update about our family.  Yesterday we lost our pup, Freddie.  She was diagnosed with cancer back in October, and we have tried to make her as comfortable as possible for the past two months.  She has eaten like a queen, as Daddy has been cooking her rice and chicken for every meal, and the kids have been so loving and attentive to her.  But this week proved to be a yucky one for her, and we knew it was time to say goodbye.  I got these pics of the kids with her Thursday afternoon:

Trent & Freddie:



 Graham & Freddie:

hlo_6898bw Both kids went to the vet with me yesterday to say goodbye.  Trent stayed with me by Freddie’s side while she went to sleep.  He was so brave and sweet.  I’d like to say a sincere and heart-felt thank you to our vet and friend, Christine Leigh of Arnold Veterinary  Hospital, who was so kind as to come in on her day off, and for being so sensitive to our girl’s needs and keeping her (and us) as comfortable and stress-free as possible. 

Our kids have never known a home without her in it, so you can imagine how empty our home feels this morning.  No wagging tail banging on the floor as we walk down the stairs, or anxious eyes looking up the stairs into the kitchen waiting for her gourmet breakfast to be served.

Yesterday was Freddie’s 13th birthday, and we are so blessed to have had 13 years full of fun memories to look back on.

Our Labor Day

We took another last-minute trip to Six Flags yesterday, but this time we took my brother and his wife along.  It turned out that half the park was closed (only 3 things in the water park were open, and many of our favorite rides had to be closed due to lack of staff…poor planning on managements part, I suppose) but we had a good time, regardless.  Here are Brad & Rusty on the Batwing…once you sit in the seat, it flips you backward so you are laying on your back, and once the ride starts, it flips you upsidedown so its like you’re flying (I wasn’t going near this thing):

















Trent & Graham (who I caught getting whiplash here) doing bumper cars with Uncle Brad:








Daddy & Graham self-portrait:











Trent & I self-portrait:










Happy Labor Day!  Look out…Christmas will be here before we know it!  🙂


Postcard from the Beach

I totally forgot to post some photos from our trip to the beach, so here are a few.  I haven’t gotten the photos off my point & shoot yet, so I’ll post some of those later. 









I think I started screaming at them about 10 seconds after this was taken…very professional…

“Just look at ME!”

“Stop playing around!”

“I don’t know HOW I do this for a living…”

If only my kids cooperated as well as all of my clients…this is why I have other people take our photos. 

The ocean water was really cold (and I mean COLD), and it seemed even colder once the sun was going down.  Now THAT will make you giggle…

















Trent and I (hardly had to bend down to get this one…he is so tall)…









And me & the G-Bomb:









We had such a nice time together…I think my blood pressure goes down a little just looking at these…


Big Learning in 6th Grade

Here is what Trent learned in school today…from the principal:

How do you get a giraffe into a refrigerator?

Open the door, put him in, close the door.

How do you get an elephant in the refrigerator?

Open the door, take out the giraffe, put the elephant in, close the door.

All of the Lion King’s animals are at a group meeting.  Who is missing?

The elephant.  He’s still in the fridge.

You want to cross an alligator-infested river…how do you get across?

Just walk…the gators are at the meeting.

Private school dollars hard at work.  🙂 

First Day of School

Well, after a crazy week of shooping for supplies, uniforms, food for lunches, filling out all the forms, picnics, orientations, physicals…wow…the boys are on the bus on their way to their first day of school at Annapolis Area Christian School.  I can’t believe it!  Trent is a 6th grader (middle school??!) and Graham is a third grader.  They were more than happy to oblige me for a photo before we left the house (not):


















I had forgotten to buy belts for thier uniforms, so we ran to Kohl’s last night at 8pm, and when I came back, Graham’s was too small.  So hopefully he won’t get kicked out on the first day for being out of uniform. 

I feel old.


We’re headed down’e oweshun, hon! 

I will be out of the office (aka my family room) until Monday the 17th.  I’ll be returning calls & emails then, and any orders placed this week won’t be filled until next.  Hang in there with me while we soak up a little more summer before school starts again. 

I’ll miss you terribly… 🙂

Weird Al at Pier 6

Friday night was the highly anticipated Weird Al concert (well, highly anticipated in our house) at Pier 6 Pavilion in Baltimore.  We took the kids to see him last summer at the Warner Theatre in DC (refresh your memory of that night here), so it was nice that he was a little closer this year.  The show was pretty much the same, but I have a better camera  now, so I have better pics.  Here are the boys and I waiting patiently for the show to start:










Here is a shot from the song “Bob”, whose lyrics are all palindromes (words that are the same backwards and forwards).  Rats live on no evil star, for instance:










This was at the end of “You’re Pitiful”…this outfit made Graham laugh out loud:
















This is one of my favorite songs “He’s Gump”.  Al is pretty limber:










“Smells Like Nirvana”











Always a favorite – “The Saga Begins”:










And a blast from the past…”I’m Fat”:















This show runs like a well-oiled machine.  So many things to sync…costume changes, video clips…it is impressive.  And it is two hours long…not many bands play that long without all the frills.  Again…very impressive. 


My Heroes

Trying to get back into the swing of things after such a sorrowful week last week.  I have been wanting to write about what I witnessed as our friends had to bury their six month old son, but the words have been hard to find.  I saw hundreds of people pour through the funeral home, and Holy Nativity’s sanctuary was filled with family and friends surrounding Scott & Amy with love and sympathy during the funeral service Saturday.  The whole thing was so unimaginable, or surreal, maybe.  But the most amazing thing I saw was at the end of the service.  Scott and Amy had written a message that Scott so bravely shared, and then the final song was played.  They chose “Blessed be Your Name”.  It is a beautiful, triumphant song that has been a Sunday morning favorite for quite a while, but I will never sing it the same again.  They sang this song hands held together and held high as if to say, ‘no matter what, YOU are our God’.  It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. 

Blessed Be Your Name
by Matt Redman
– – –
Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your nameBlessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name




After the service and interment, Scott and Amy hosted a lunch catered by Chef Paulino (if you are ever in Catonsville, please stop by and grab a bite.  He was so generous…I think he gave us food for 600 instead of 300.  Big shout out to him…).  Anyway, there was a ton of food left over, and Scott and Amy suggested we take the leftovers to the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins where they often stayed while Jeremy was in the hospital.  What a great idea!  Then there was still too much food, so they suggested we feed the staff at the PICU as well.  So we rounded up drivers, and were getting ready to load the food, when Scott & Amy decided to take it themselves.  You heard me.  After all that.  I don’t know if these two have any idea what kind of witness they are, but wow…

Scott, Amy…you are truly me heroes.  I love you both. 


Celebrating Jeremy

Here is a copy of the post made by Scott & Amy last night on the Caring Bridge site:

It is with great sadness that we write to let you know that our son, Jeremy, passed away on Sunday afternoon. We take comfort in knowing that he will remain in his forever home with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Saying goodbye to him was by far the hardest thing that we have ever had to do. Telling our other three children of his passing, was the second hardest thing that we have ever had to do. Coping with daily life has not been easy at all. In fact, it feels so strange to get up and not go to the hospital or to call and check in on him. I panicked today at one point while watching our children play because I kept counting them and only getting to three and I had to stop and remember what has happened. Those are the moments when it is the most painful, to relive that understanding that Jeremy is no longer with our family and he never will be. He is not taking a nap or at a Grandparents home, he is gone from this world forever. I’m sorry for rambling. . . my heart is pouring out with pain that is just without words to describe. Please know that despite our great pain and despair, we have accepted God’s will for Jeremy. We just now have to learn how to live here on earth without him.

We have made the following arrangements to celebrate Jeremy’s life.

Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home 1630 Edmondson Avenue Catonsville, Maryland 21228 410-744-8600— Viewings will be taking place on Thursday, June 12th from 7-9 p.m. and also on Friday, June 13th from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, June 14th at 10 am at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church 1200 Linden Avenue Arbutus , Maryland 21227

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that donations be made in Memory of Jeremy Morse to the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center PICU. The address is :

600 North Wolfe Street


Baltimore, Maryland 21287

Attn: Claire Beers

We ask for this so that we can honor Jeremy’s life and he can live on through helping other children and their families at the Johns Hopkins PICU. Thank You.

Scott and Amy Morse and Family


Saying Goodbye to Jeremy

This is the most difficult post I’ve ever written.  And undoubtedly a shock to some whose last update about Jeremy was here on my blog, which was very sunny. 

Jeremy had a clot in his VAD earlier this week, but it disappeared and they were hoping that his body absorbed it.  But the clot had gone to his brain and caused a stroke early yesterday morning.  This led to bleeding, and the infamous Dr. Ben Carson stepped in to do emergency surgery to stop this bleeding.  Once the surgery was over, the blood thinner that Jeremy is on to keep the flow moving in the VAD had to be reduced so the bleeding in his brain could stop.  That ended up causing clots in the VAD, and thus a downward spiral began.  The bleeding in his brain is intense and he has suffered major brain damage.  The doctors told Scott and Amy that he would never be well enough to be on the transplant list, nor would he be able to achieve any kind of quality of life.  They have exhausted all avenues of help for Jeremy.  Care will be withdrawn later today.  I spoke with Amy this morning after reading the journal entry, and I can’t even describe the pain I heard.  The grief, the questions, the pain, the exhaustion…I just can’t wrap my mind around what she and Scott are going through. 

Please keep the Morse family in your prayers as they face this horrific day, and a future without Jeremy.  As you pray for comfort, don’t forget about all of the miracles that God has given them over the past 70 days, and what a gift that time with him really was. 


Jeremy passed away at 3:07pm this afternoon.  I was able to go to the hospital and be with Scott and Amy for a few minutes.  I can’t imagine the pain they felt tonight leaving that hospital without thier son.  Please pray for God’s peace and comfort to fall on them in a big way.

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