Sunday, November 30, 2008


Thanksgiving has come and gone with no usual phone call from Jim. While he was generally not home for Thanksgiving, we would have talked to him and known his plans for the day. As is always the case, Jim was not far from our minds while we had the usual Thanksgiving day feast that this year included one of Jim's favorites, rice krispie treats. I made sure to have an extra as he would have done. I don't think that I can pass a rice krispie treat without thinking of Jim. In fact I remember that it seems just like yesterday that my daughter and I were making a batch to send to him in Florida. I included lots of pictures of her making them for him, pictures that we found in his stuff at his apartment. I remember him calling after getting them in the mail and telling me that they didn't even make it 24 hours before he had eaten them all!

This year we spent the day being thankful for what we have now, while remembering what we did have while Jim was with us. We are very thankful for the many friends and family that have supported us through the past 7.5 months, I know that I couldn't have done it without so much support. As Christmas and Jim's birthday approach we are facing more tough moments, however I am sure that Jim will be there with us guiding us through and making sure that we find ways to make new memories while honoring the old.

In a couple of weeks my mom and I will be going to a candle lighting ceremony to honor children of all ages who have gone to soon. Jim's name will be read and a ornament will be place on a tree for him. No doubt this will be a tough night, however I am looking forward to having one more way to honor Jim's memory.

We love and miss you Jim!



  1. I was just remembering the garden stones. Where can I get the kits or do they come in kits? I have an idea and hope I can make it work. Please let me know. I think of Jim DAILY and look at him and Julie's pictures I have framed. He as well as all of you are in my thoughts! Love you!
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  2. I plan on making a Stone when we come up in July. I have so many memories of Jim from growing up and the summers we spent in Michigan. I will always regret that Jim and I lost touch in our later years. One of my best memories is when my Dad took Jim and I to Mackinaw Island for the weekend. We rde bikes around the island and just hung out, it was a lot of fun.

    -Jim's Cousin Joe