Friday, July 23, 2010

Joshua's Journeys #40- You Make Me Happy!

This post that Phil came across is one that I think speaks clearly to our life with Josh and many other moms that look at our blog (ok, all the CHARGE mommies out there!). Please feel free to read as much or as little as you would like. It made me smile, cry, nod, and sigh as I related to a lot of what this mom was talking about but through everything knowing I wouldn't trade it for anything and that I am happy with the life the Lord has given me.
Click here to read this wonderfully written post.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I'm so proud

Joey loves Galaga. Watching him play is so fun!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oops, I did it again...I slacked on my blogging! We've got a lot of pictures to update here. First off, Jillian's 6 month birthday was June 30. Auntie Christy and I celebrate the half birthdays, and I am so glad that we do since that was the only time Josh had us sing "Happy Birthday" to him. When we do our half birthday celebrations, we make a half-cake. For Jillian Auntie Christy made a half cookie cake, and Jillian was trying to dig right in! Go figure! Later in the evening Jillian proved her big girl status sitting with the boys while they ate their popcorn. She put her arms around them and enjoyed a little Mickey Mouse.

Northlake Days was another fun night, but mostly for Joey. We visited Auntie Steph and Uncle Don's house before heading over to the carnival. Joey loved riding the cars, and was very serious and determined. He liked the blue car the best, and didn't want to get out or go into any other cars. He picked his car out watching the ride before, and when it was his turn to go in he picked his car out and didn't get out until we ran out of tickets! I was proud he picked the Blue Bug (just like Mommy's first car!) and when I tried putting him on the Dumbo ride with me he wasn't as excited and just looked over at the cars.
Earlier that week we visited Nathan, Uncle Mark, and Auntie Miya. Joey plays with Nathan's picture all the time and says his name, but started out a little shy when we got there. He loved all of Nathan's toys, and has been talking about Uncle Mark a lot! The other night at dinner out of nowhere Joey said he wanted to see Uncle Mark. Auntie Miya made a great lunch with lots of food, thank you!

Here are some of the pictures from Joey's birthday party. We didn't take pictures of it, but we had 4 blue balloons, and 1 white at the party to remember Josh. And earlier in the day Joey and Jillian signed a balloon that we had at Assumption for Josh. Joey had a blast with his Mickey bouncy and playing with everyone. It was a hot day, but it didn't stop him at all! Happy Birthday Joey!

The day after Joey's birthday was Abbey's birthday party. Abbey had an Elmo themed party...Joey's next favorite! It was a lot of fun. Abbey got some adorable girly gifts and you could tell Daddy can't wait until Jillian is old enough to get some of the baby dolls, tiaras, and dress up clothes! He couldn't hold himself back from putting Abbey's tiara on Jillian and taking a picture. Of course Ben was being a goof and put it on too!
The 4th of July was on a Sunday, and Grandma had mass said for Joshua at her church (also the church that Mommy and Daddy got married at, and said by Father Tony, the priest who baptized Josh). It was a beautiful mass with a very poignant first reading regarding an infant and his mother, and later a song was sung that was also at Joshua's funeral mass. Afterwards we went to Grandma's house for a little while before heading out to our yearly party of another aunt and uncle (sorry no pictures, and we forgot our suits!) from when we were kids playing softball. Before we left for the party Jillian and Emma were playing together on the mat and Auntie Christy had her arms full of kids.

Here are some random pictures of the kids playing outside, at the pool, and then last night at the Riverwalk with Auntie Pam. Joey had a blast eating al fresco, having gelato, going for a walk on the Riverwalk, feeding the ducks, playing at the park, and then Auntie Pam wetting his feet in the fountain! Joey keeps talking about the ducks and the fountain, and Jillian had a good lip smack with her first taste of ice cream/gelato!

And finally, the dog days of summer...poor Java has been beat with the parties, fireworks, and kids crawling over her.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Joshua's Journeys #39- Josh's Mom

Yesterday I was at the park district getting ready to teach a spin class when one of my "regulars" and I were talking about our weekends. She had asked how my weekend was and I told her it was Joey's birthday on Saturday and then Sunday we were very busy with a lot going on. I explained that we went to a mass in Elmhurst where my mom had the intentions of the mass said for Joshua, and then we had a 4th of July party, and a friend's birthday party. I began to explain that I have twin boys, and one passed last March. Before finishing that, she stopped me and said, "Sandy, I just found out last weekend that you are Joshua Kurby's mom. I never realized your last name to put the two together." She then said her condolences and some very kind words, but what stuck with me the most was that she knew Joshua Kurby, and then realized I'm his mom. Josh continues to be present in many people's lives, and introduces himself to others that may not know him. I know there are a lot of people at the park district that participated in the Charge for CHARGE run last year, and many that are getting ready this year. I am thankful for all of them, and can't help but smile when I see someone walking the halls or taking one of my classes donning their race t-shirt. But today, I was taken aback a bit to hear someone say "You are Joshua Kurby's mom."

I just had to share that since it truly made my week! I will update pictures soon, since I know many want to see pictures from the boys' birthday.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Boys!

Joshua, our oldest child and a great teacher, we continue to thank you for showing us the important things in life, making us realize we are stronger than we know, and can love in so many capacities. We miss you always, and on your birthday we are reminded again of the day our lives were completely flipped upside down, and you started us on a rollercoaster journey that I wouldn't ever want to miss. We love you Joshua!

Joey, we can't believe you are 2 today! You are such a joy and bring so much laughter in our lives. We are constantly amazed with all you do. We see glimpses of your brother in you all the time, and know that a big part of you is in heaven. We look forward to each new thing you learn and do, and are enjoying watching you grow. We love your run, your laugh, your skinny little limbs, the way you take care of your little sister...we love everything about you!

Twins have a special connection that can never be broken, even with life and death. There are many times when we've noticed Joey acting oddly, or picking up a habit of Josh's around times like these, occasions that are reminders to him that he has a twin brother. While Joey may have been very young when Josh passed on, there is no doubt in our minds that Joey knows Joshua and still feels a part of him in daily life. The twin bond is a very strong bond. Happy 2nd Birthday to our twin boys!