Wednesday, April 08, 2009


So You Got Me Thinking . . .


A little more about the things I miss about Joey. And these were some of my thoughts today . . .


* I miss his scent. Do your kids have a scent? I sometimes sneak in his room and smell his pjs in the hopes that I will still smell him there. It just smells like clean laundry but every once in a while I will catch what seems like a whiff of him.


* I loved the noises he made. He loved soldiers and Star Wars and Legos and there was always something getting killed or dying in his room. Now Jimmy plays in there and I still get to hear those noises. Love that!! What sounds do you love hearing your kids make?


* I miss his half-hearted, I might be too big for this, but I will want one hugs. Makes me want to go in a squish him all over again. Do you kiss and hug your kids every night?


* All that hair. With all that chemo and radiation, he never lost his hair. One triumph amid the yuckiness. I remember thinking he needed a haircut during those final months. Always in mom mode I suppose. I loved the coarse yet silky texture and thickness of it. Go cut off a bit of your child's hair and keep it somewhere safe. I promise you won't regret it. :)


Thank you for letting me share a little of Joey with my friends in cyber space. It helps keep him here.

13 comments:

  1. What beautiful memories:)

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  2. Anonymous10:57 PM

    Thank you for helping me to appreciate my children more. I know that Joey was a special boy, and he has a loving family. I can tell all of this through your beautiful, loving pages I have seen in the magazines the last few years. Thank you for sharing your memories with us!

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  3. I have said this many times and I'm sure I'll say it again.. You're amazing! You are such a wonderful person. I loved reading about your sweet Joey. He sounds amazing too.

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  4. Thank YOU for sharing Joey with us, Jen. You and your son touched my heart in a profound way. My big boy us 18, and I stll love to ruffle his hair at bedtime (yeah, I still do tuck-ins :)

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  5. a year has passed and i still think of you and Joey. i keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I have children of my own and have learned to appreciate them more from reading your blog. i am so glad you have expressed your feelings to the blog world.. thank you so much..

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  6. I love that you notice the "smell". I always sniff my children. They each have their own scent and I hate that it changes as they get older. And I love to hug and cuddle--although Logan is getting older and he really just wants to wrestle! Its a rough hug! :) Thanks for sharing some more sweet things about Joey. I sure do enjoy reading about him.

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  7. Such precious memories and thanks for the tip on the hair I will use that one for sure.

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  8. Thank you for sharing more about your wonderful son. I love reading about him. What a beautiful person he was and I know he was so very, very loved by his family.

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  9. Beautiful Memories Jennifer - Thank you for sharing them with us. I have followed your story all this time and have been touched by it! You are amazing...

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  10. Thank you for sharing your treasured memories of Joey with all of us. Things that we might take for granted, or not take a few minutes to truly enjoy are the things that you miss most. By sharing them with us, we can stop and appreciate them in our own children a little bit more.

    Thank you for that gift.

    Lizzy

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  11. jen,

    i have been a big fan of you work for the past few years. i saw layouts with your sweet son, and was drawn to your strength. tonight i found your blog and got lost reading it. you have endured so very much. thank you for your honesty, and for your words. i feel like i know you after reading your entire blog! who does this? i just got wrapped up in it. my heart broke. i just had to leave you a comment, and let you know that i will keep you in my prayers. your hubby and 2 sweeties are so very lucky to have you! you are doing a good job!

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  12. loved reading your memories of joey - so great for you to write them down - and in detail too. Hugs!

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  13. Hi Jen, I don't know that I've ever commented before, but I have read your blog forever and always keep you & your family in my prayers. I am enjoying these posts full of memories of your precious Joey -- and know he obviously was a very special young boy and your heart must be hurting, especially this month. Thank you for sharing him with us. I can see where Joey got his specialness from, as you are quite an inspiration, both as an artist and a mom.

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