Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mom's gettin Married

My mother has been single for over 10 years. Of course she has dated but no keepers. That is until she meet Glen. They have been dating now for about a year and a half. They are blissfully happy and have decided to get married. The date is November 21. I am flying home to MI in the morning and staying for 10 days. I'm very excited to get up north and even more excited for them.

We will have the chance to reconnect to relatives we haven't seen in a long time. I haven't seen two of my mom's brothers for maybe 10 or more years. There is one person that I can't wait to see.

On Christmas of 1985 my mom's brother Bill and his wife Karen awoke to the smell of smoke. Their home was on fire. Karen ran to the neighbors for help while Bill tried to get their daughters, Ruth and Rachael. The girls were just a little older than I was. I was turning four in few days. Smoke had filled the house. Bill and the girls never made it out of the house. Karen lost her family that night. We lost three very special people but we didn't lose Karen. Though, technically, she was no longer our Aunt, we never stopped calling her Aunt Karen. We kept in touch for many years. She found new love and started a new family. She was able to find happiness after the worst tragedy that one can endure. Many years have gone by since we last saw her but on the 21st she will be playing her violin at my mothers wedding. We are all so happy to have her back in our lives.

It's going to be a wonderful weekend!

11 comments:

Gail said...

Aren't people remarkable~ Your aunt sounds like such a person. So glad you kept her in your hearts and life. Weddings are a wonderful way to reconnect with family...Congrats to your mom. gail

joey said...

A most touching post, Michelle. My thoughts will be with you on your journey home to your family ... Michigan awaits you with loving arms :)

donna said...

Michelle, I read your blog a long time ago and then somehow lost track of it and now I found you again on Joey's blog. Won't lose you again.

This was such a special post. I bet I will will hear your Aunt Karen's violin music all the way here in WI. Travel safe and enjoy.

Lori Skoog said...

Congratulations to your Mom...good for her. What a tragic story about Karen and her family. So perfect that she will be playing the violin at the ceremony. Have a great time up North.

And thanks for visiting my Journal, leaving those sweet comments.

Debbie's Garden said...

Your Mom and your Aunt Karen both show that life goes on, and appropriately during the "thanksgiving" season. Have fun.

sweet bay said...

What a tragic and touching story. I am glad to hear that Karen and your mom have been able to have happiness and love in their lives.

Kiki said...

What a wonderfu post..and such a touching story!! I enjoyed that!and "yay" for mom..have fun at the wedding!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

There are both happiness and tragedy in your post. I am glad that your mom and aunt are happy now and wish them the very best. I am also very glad to learn your name Michelle! I love this name. Have a great time in Michigan!

Lisa said...

Well told. A very touching story and a a testament to the power of the human spirit and new beginnings. Congratulations to your mother and best wishes for a wonderful occasion!

fickleinpink said...

love and family---they always go together!

a blissful marriage to your mom!

and happiness for your Aunt Karen, too!
visiting from Passionate Blogs, have a great day! I think I'm "bloggyblocked", can't put my thoughts into words so I'm going to show some bloglove and go comment-crazy instead!

have a great day!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Congratulations to your Mom. Have a great time at the wedding and seeing your special aunt.