Monday, June 22, 2009

Can you hold on until Tuesday, please? A special story about Corbyn's birthday!!


This is one of the most recent pictures I was able to 'swipe' from my sweet DIL's collection. One of the neatest things about this particular photo is that Brande used to have a very large collection of frogs, so this picture has two 'favorites' of hers, a very handsome little boy on a BIG frog/toad :

This next picture is of Corbyn at five and a half...think he was getting ready to go to school...isn't he too handsome?

One of the cutest dynamic duos you will ever find...Corbyn with his sister Myla (smyla) cutely peeking around him:

Here's still a younger picture of one happy little boy playing with a toy that is his (and my) favorite

This is the youngest picture I have of Corbyn uploaded to my PC. He was just laughing and having a great time with his cousin (and my other sweet grandson), Jonathan:

The VERY special story of Corbyn

Absolutely ALL of my five grandchildren are dearly loved and cherished by me for each one's special personality (and also just because they are so gracious as to be breathing and alive).

Something very unique occurred with Corbyn, though, something that seemed to be in God's Hands.

By the time Brande became pregnant with Corbyn, Mario and I had already been blessed (through our daughter, Ria) with two little treasured grandchildren, Jonathan and Olivia.

My wonderful Mario had many medical complications at this time, one being from a cyst on his leg that was removed, got infected and he had to be hospitalized with a wound vac machine.

Brande had gone for an ultrasound, came for a hospital visit, along with our son and we not only found out that she was having a little boy but she also brought a picture, which Mario immediately had me put up on his little nearby hospital cork board.

Even though they had chosen an unusual first name for Corbyn, both Brande and my son Mario E., wanted to honor his dad, Mario, by giving Corbyn his middle name of Antonio (Anthony) and Mario was indeed thrilled by this! He felt a special bond with this little one.

Corbyn's due to arrive date was late June, but Mario never got to see little Corbyn on this Earth as he left for Heaven on June 6, 2003 and Corbyn arrived on June 22, 2003. I always said they got to know each other in a special way for those 16 days, one coming from Heaven and one going to Heaven!

Losing Mario felt as if my heart had been ripped out from my chest, (along with every other organ in my body), yet, while waiting by myself outside the labor rooms, far down the hall, I saw a man who looked so very much like my Mario that I squinted to look better and started walking down there, but he was gone inside of an elevator before I got there. It felt like God was saying that Mario was there with me waiting for this little bundle.

Corbyn's birth and presence as well as Brande's thoughtfulness on many occasions that were difficult for me, helped me so much to cope with my incredible loss. I saw Corbyn as God's gift or 'salve' to help heal my wounded soul. It's kind of like being able to have a part of Mario in an exceptional (Heavenly) way, through Corbyn.

And now for the story of the Great Giveaway (hopefully, no one has been holding their breath):

Honestly I think I can find something wonderful in the garage for a giveaway, but I guess I should admit that I can't believe it, but Goodwill DID reject the tool drawers (with stuff in them) and Christmas decorations that Michael took to them on Saturday. Now there's no shame like the shame of being rejected by Goodwill!! As you study this lovely picture on the left, isn't it hard to imagine it being rejected by Goodwill...what WERE the rejecters thinking?? Admittedly, Michael's stuff had a few dents and a bit of rust, but it was much lovelier than this....Eileen, can you think of a re purposing for these things? Should we have saved the stuff they refused and have sent it on to you? (Eileen @ Umma's World is the queen of re purposing and I kiss her tarnished ring for it!)

And, IF anyone wants some dead termites, I think we can cover that too! (If you are bewildered here just check my post from a few days ago.) Remember they DO put dead butterflies under glass and display YOU can be the first to show off some dead termites...won't your friends and family be surprised (or is horrified a better word here?)??

Bet everyone is getting excited about THIS giveaway! Check in tomorrow for the rules and regulations...yes, we have to have rules and regulations because it is obvious that everyone will be clamoring for these gifts!!

Some cute jokes in honor of Corbyn's sixth birthday:

"Q: What do you give 900-pound gorilla for his birthday?

A: I don't know, but you'd better hope he likes it!

When I was a child my family was so poor that the only thing I got on my birthday was a year older.

It's my wife's birthday tomorrow. Last week I asked her what she wanted as a present. "Oh, I don't know", she said. "Just give me something with diamonds". That's why I'm giving her a pack of playing cards.

If there are 23 people in a room, there's a 50% chance that two of them will share a birthday (it's been proven mathematically).

What did George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Christopher Columbus all have in common? They were all born on holidays.

Why couldn't prehistoric man send birthday cards?

The stamps kept falling off the rocks!

Where do you find a birthday present for a cat?

In a cat-alogue!

Why did the boy put candles on the toilet?

He wanted to have a birthday potty!

Why did the boy feel warm on his birthday?

Because people kept toasting him!

What does a clam do on his birthday?

He shellabrates!

"Doctor, I get heartburn every time I eat birthday cake.

"Next time, take off the candles."

~~~Thank you dear Lord for the marvelous blessings of precious children and grandchildren.


  1. Oh Marcy when you told of seeing that man that looked like Mario,well I feel the same way you did! I think it was God's hand there to soothe you!
    Today is baby Jack's birthday too! one year old today! I wonder if I will always call him baby Jack? I don't even know why I started!
    I loved your special post today Marcy. Hope your internet woes have left.

  2. Good Morning Marcy. First of all, a very Happy Birthday to Corbyn! Secondly, thank you for sharing such a sweet story of God's love for us. Hope you have a lovely day.

  3. This is a beautiful story, Marcy, and absolutely Mario got to see Corbyn and I'm sure they got to be very good friends before Corbyn made his big debut here.
    I'll tell you the story sometime of Jayden and Ray's Dad (Ray's Dad passed before Jayden was born). I do believe they meet up in passing.

    Loved the Birthday jokes!

    And loved the picture of the 'junk' that Goodwill did not feel goodwill towards! You know I'm going to copy that picture and hang it somewhere in my home, so it's already been repurposed as art!

    Happy Birthday, Corbyn!

  4. Marcy...your post was so sad but uplifting at the same time...Life does go on through our children and grandchildren...My youngest son posesses so many of my dad's mannerisms and actions, Dad passed away when my son was only 8...
    Hope Corbyn has a wonderful birthday! He is a handcome young man.

  5. Why is it so easy to overlook spelling mistakes or even make them in the first place(handsome)...BTW...Corbyn's birthdate is wrong(2009)...I know...silly mistake for you too Marcy -lol-:)

  6. Marcy...It was a blessing to my heart to read your post today. Thank you for opening your heart to ours and especially to mine. You are a strong and loving woman.
    It is wonderful to know that life begins here...This is only the beginning. It is eternal. We spend a little time here loving and caring for each other, and oh the joy we will share as we continue the love after we've left here and gone to a place He has prepared for us. God never leaves or forsakes us; he's left the Comforter here for us. What greater love is this. Thank you to God for giving you a glimpse of the fact that Mario knew. Enjoy all the loving on your grandchildren that you can.

  7. Good Morning Marcy,
    Your post today touched my heart deeply, thankyou so much for sharing. Corbyn is certainly a gift from God, and a blessing. This is a wonderful story of God's grace and love and care in our times of sorrow. (((HUGS)))my special friend.

  8. Maybe the Goodwill rejects could be welded or soldered to a piece of sheet metal, frmed and hung?

    I got a tingle down my spine when I read of the man at the hospital. I wouldn't be surprised to find that, when he's older, Corbyn can 'remember' his Grandpa Mario.

  9. Happy Birthday to Corbyn...what an adorable little sweetheart!! You don't spoil him do you? Your story was very sweet and sad too!
    This was quite a special touching!!
    I'm thankful to you for sharing it with us all..Love, Jerelene

  10. What cuties those grands of yours are! I would have to hug and kiss them all the time!
    My first born grandson had a birthday June 2Oth, he turned 21..where did the years go!?
    Thank you for sharing such a private and wonderful story, it touched my heart deeply.
    Believe it or not, I've been turned down by Goodwill too!

  11. I am certain Mario and Corbyn do know each other....

    Thank you for stopping by my blog TWO WEEKS AGO - I just saw you had visited. I apologize for not stopping by sooner. Thanks too for the tip on puppy biting - we are certainly trying everything but mostly I think time will be the key... Thanks again.

  12. Hi Marcy

    This comment thing has got me puzzled. Do you mean comments that people are making on my blog or comments that I am making on other peoples blogs and yours? I have never attempted to email you thru your gmail account. Very strange. I looked at all of my settings in blogger and nothing looks unusual.

    Wonder if any one else is having the same bother?

    Cheers - Joolz

  13. Oh Marcy, I loved this post. I too believe that Mario was in the hospital that night, after my husband died I had a similar experience...I knew it was him coming back to tell me he was okay and that he was with me. I don't have to prove it, I just know it. I found it very comforting....Happy Birthday beautiful Corbyn.....:-) Hugs

  14. Hi Marcy, thank you for all your kind words the last few days. I am feeling like a normal woman again! I loved your little Corbyn story and tribute. You are so blessed to have your wonderful husband today who totally loves you! What wonderful memories you have and can share of your lst marriage. I have to tell need to blow up the picture of the rusty nuts and bolts and put it in a wonderful frame, and do some photo shop to the picture with "It's the nuts and bolts in life that matters" or something to that liking. What a wonderful picture! Isn't it true, nuts and bolts keep us together at times! I love that simple picture! IT IS ART! just look at it! I mean, all rusty and they look like they are not good for anything, but at one time they were! They held something together! hugs....lindalu


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