There really is so much to share!
Tomorrow starts a whole new journey. We have a 7:30 am appointment at the Dana Farber Cancer Hospital where we’re going to make some decisions about upcoming treatment. Please, please, please say some prayers for us!!
Naturally, I’m concerned about my eligibility to the brain cancer society so I’ve got to keep working hard on my gratitude list.
Gratitude begins at home — so let’s begin with the wonderful Vitale family I was born to.
To my sister Julie Vitale Lancaster — I didn’t “forget” your birthday yesterday, time simply got away. I know you turned (-)(-) and I’m wishing you another (-)(-) happy years to come. You’re the best! 😉
For those who don’t know, I’m the youngest of eight — a ‘change of life’ baby, if you will, as my Mom, Sarah Vitale, was forty eight when she delivered me. I have four beautiful and gracious sisters — and each one could give Sophia Loren a run for her money. They’re all so stylish, so graceful, so captivating whenever they enter a room.
I’ve also had three brothers who were smart, hard working and incredibly funny. Well, actually, Jimmy is funny enough to be three brothers all by himself.
Let me shower some gratitude on my nephew Todd Lancaster — Thank you, Todd, for asking me to be Max’s godmother. All of Todd’s children are exceptional athletes, and I can promise you that my godson will be tackling quarterbacks in the NFL one day; but that’s not the most wonderful thing about him. Max’s face is the face of joy. When you meet Max, his eyes sparkle so much that he makes you feel as if you’re the most awesome person in the world (at least until he meets the next person). I am truly delighted to be close to a young man with that sort of enthusiasm for life.
Now, let me make it perfectly clear that ALL my nieces and nephews are precious to me — the ones I’ve mentioned in the blog, and the one’s who’ve complained to me that they haven’t been mentioned.
So far, I’ve had a total of twenty nieces and nephews, thirty-three grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and thirty great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews.
This will help you put it all into perspective: when Liqa was little, we were teaching her the state capitals around the same time as we taught her the names of all her cousins — she said it was easier to memorize all the capitals!
Let’s move on to discuss the gratitude I feel for my colleagues at work. Mostly I’m grateful for their sense of humor. By that, I mean that I appreciate people who’ll howl with delight when I tell my daily ‘Captain Catholic story’, updating everyone on my husband’s latest adventure. It’s also nice to work with a bunch of people who can garner enthusiasm for National Kale Day. I am in such a wonderful group!
Can you believe it? We’ve reached my bedtime long before we’ve reached the end of my gratitude list; but let me add YOU to that list, the people who’ve reached out to me in the past few weeks with more love than I could ever have imagined. Such an abundance of support, kindness and prayer. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Off to dreamworld,