Friday, December 28, 2007

Many of you are wondering how we are doing. I think the best answer is OK. We are making it through. Each hour can bring a different feeling and a whole range of emotions. We take it day by day, or even minute by minute. We continue to be comforted by the outpouring of tokens of sympathy and appreciate all the cards, meals, baked goods, gifts, flowers and prayers.

Christmas Eve day we spent together. We had a different kind of laid back day. Unfortunately, Ryan was sick before Christmas and Kurtis came down with it Christmas Eve day. We hung out, the kids played and watched some TV as Kurtis wasn't feeling all that great, had naps and laid low.

One other piece of information that some of you may not know is that Tom has a new nanny for the boys. Annette and Tom found Alyssa (hope the spelling is OK) through one of the in-home nurses that came for Annette. The nurse knew they were looking for someone and connected them to Alyssa. The Tuesday before Annette died, she called me and told me that Alyssa had agreed to come and work for them. I could tell that she was so very happy and relieved that they had found somone so quickly, especially since she had phoned me, which she hadn't done for a little while. This was, I believe, one of the final pieces that Annette needed to feel at peace that everything was in place for the boys. Alyssa has many wonderful qualifications, she is able to drive the boys places if needed, she has worked with people with special needs and seems to be a perfect fit. She moved in over the past weekend and is slowly getting to know the family.

Tom and the boys are keeping busy during the time off of school. I think having this time is nice as an adjustment period before jumping back into school and work. I also have enjoyed a slower pace at home to reflect, rest, clean, shop and be with my kids. We continue to covet your prayers.

Wishing you the peace of Christmas,


luvmypeanut said...

I'm so glad that Annette knew of Alyssa as well, it must have been very comforting for her. She sounds wonderful and just what Tom and the boys need.

Thank you so much for updating us. You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I think of Annette and you and the family each and every day.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for keeping us informed
I am happy for Tom and the boys that they were able to get a nanny so soon.
We pray for all of you for strength for the future without Annette in the knowledge that she is now pain free and with her Lord.
God Bless you Tom, Curtis, Ryan, Lisa, Gord and Family.
PS I had not heard the tulip story before ,thanks
M. & Fr. B.

Lorna said...

Thank you for the update. It's good to know Tom and the boys have some in-home help by way of Alyssa. I think of all of you every day. If there is anything I can ever do, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Nicole said...


I will continue to hold you guys in my prayers daily....well probably forever. :)

Thanks for keeping us updated. My heart aches to be closer so that I could help out more. I just love that Ryan!

Melissa said...

Thanks for keeping us posted; I've been thinking of you and Tom and the boys often. My mother passed away 4 years ago Dec. 10th from breast cancer. She was 56, I was 32. I can't imagine being as young as the boys and losing their mom.
Give them a hug for me.

anjie said...

Lisa, Tom & Family,
You have all been in my thoughts often over this Christmas. I'm so glad you found a nanny.


Jeanne and Joshua said...

Still thinking of you all at our house and still praying. Thank you for the update.

Jeanne and Joshua

Mauzy said...

thank you for keeping us posted, and I too think Alyssa was sent to Tom on Annette's behalf for a reason.

love to you all.. Jan

mum2brady said...

So happy that the boys have Alyssa and that Annette was able to meet her and know the boys would be taken care of.

Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers.