Happy 16th Birthday Kaelin!

Kaelin serving as ring bearer for my wedding.
Kaelin serving as ring bearer for my wedding.

Today an angel above is celebrating his 16th birthday and we mortals are holding our hearts and holding back the tears.

Four years ago the worlds of so many were shattered when God called you home and left us all asking Why? That collective why is still on the tips of our tongues, but we all know you are in a better place.

Kaelin we miss you everyday and that will never change. Thank you for the memories you have left us to hold onto, please continue to be the guardian angel looking out for and offering strength to those left behind.

Playing in the Snow!

Today I have been channeling my mother as Cleveland, that is the city proper, received the first snowstorm of the winter. My mother loved the first snow and being a part of the glorious beauty that God has given us in the form of snowflakes. Now I don’t dislike snow, but not since my childhood
have I really reveled in just being a part of it. I like to watch it from the window and I love to see the fresh snow on the trees, but to just hang out in it – Not!
Today was different, I re
ally think she was egging me on so out I went to take photos and just enjoy the beauty of it. The weather reminded me of a snowstorm we had in I think in 1999 or so. The city
was basically shut down and when I looked out of my house there was a couple of feet of snow in the driveway and on the streets. At the time I lived down the street from my parents and at the height of the storm who comes traipsing down the street but my Mom. She’s wearing her fur coat and trying to get me to come and walk with her. I was not game. Now, she really wasn’t a dog person, but that day she asked me to give her my dog – CoCo so she could take her for a walk. That was one of the funniest things I had seen and today it was a wonderful memory! I now only wish I had gone out to play with her.
One advantage I had today was that I did not have to drive in it! So I’m writing this post at 6:15 p.m. and although I don’t have to drive in the gridlock that is Cleveland right now, I am becoming impatient. I have been waiting for my husband for over an hour, but there is n
o need to be angry because he has been trying to get from E. 21st St. to E. 13th street for over an hour. What a mess! This storm really caught the City of Cleveland by surprise. Hopefully I will arrive home before 8 p.m. and upload the photos that support this post. So it’s now 10:32 p.m. and I have only been home
about an hour!
I just received a message from my brother in Virginia telling me to come down for a visit. I think I will soon, but as I said I’m not one of those Clevelanders crying about the weather. The snow
will get old sooner than later, but I love living in an area with four distinct seasons and hey the cost of living is good!
Below are some of the photos I captured.

Remembering Michael Jackson

For more than a week we have all been captivated by the videos, the pundits and everyone speculating about the death of our beloved Michael Jackson, but not until today did it really hit home.

I watched from the sidelines, not trying to pay close attention because somewhere along the way I had fallen out of love with that gorgeous chocolate brown teenager I grew up with. I still liked his music, but it wasn’t like the thrill I had to go to Cleveland’s Public Auditorium and see Michael and his brothers perform for the massive crowd of giggling and screaming teenage girls.

We had all written our wedding vows, and they undoubtedly joined us in holy matrimony with Michael, Marlon, Tito, Jackie. What joy they all brought us, but the greatest joy came from Michael. He had the infectious smile and those beautiful eyes that assured you that he was looking at you and only you.

Today, see the photos of that young Michael I am forced to stay focused and admit, this is truly the end of the mortal being, but I know that his spirit and his music will live on.

God Bless you Michael, thank you for the memories and may you finally rest in peace!

Photo originally appeared on http://www.huffingtonpost.com