Sunday, October 12, 2008


Yesterday we found out that Don's Aunt Shine passed away. This has been some pretty tough news to handle for all of us. Her husband passed away last year in Oct. as well. They had only one daughter and I am sure this is all very hard for her.

It was very hard to tell the kids. Don told Tifanie because she called him and asked how she was doing after taking a fall earlier. **They are not sure if it was a massive heart attack or stroke** We were at a campout dinner with some friends when Don called me so I decided not to tell kids and ruin their evening. I told Em on the way home. (Randy stayed the night there so I told him today.) Emilie is named after her and was quite devestated. It was very hard for me to watch her sob as she questioned why? She did tell me that when I told her she had fallen and they were taking her by ambulance to the hosp that she got a really bad feeling in her bones and she knew something bad was coming!!

Aunt Shine kind of took the place of our grandmothers. She would have been 80 in a few weeks. We will really miss her. She always sent the kids cards for all holidays with 2 sticks of sugarless gum in them. She and I wrote back and forth. She sent me a card and letter just a week ago with a newspaper clipping of my parents. She was always doing that. She was always asking about the adoption and had told us if anyone had enough love for another child it was Don and I. That meant a lot to us! I am sad that our little guy will not get to meet her and have one of those wonderful afghans that she has made for each one of the kids.

We will be heading to Kentucky this week for the funeral. I really wish I could save my children from this kind of loss and pain!

Until later~


Meg DeZutti said...

Oh boy Tina. Big hugs & prayers for you and your family.

Missy said...

I am sorry for your loss! You will be in my prayers!

Brad and Fran Hoagland said...

Oh, I am so very sorry for your loss of this beautiful woman. She sounds like she was incredibly amazing. You all will be in my prayers.