At 6:04 am on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 my Mita passed away. We'll celebrate her life this weekend with services and I'm sure LOTS of family time. I plan to write a tribute to her soon, but for now I'll just share photos and a little information. Je t'aime Mita!
The first photo is Mother's Day 1996. It was my first Mother's Day with my 2 month old Colton, my mom's first Mother's Day as a grandma, and Mita's first Mother's Day at a Great-Grandma (which she wanted to be BEFORE she died!) Last week my cousin Candice delivered her daughter, Skylar Reese. Skylar is Mita's 40th Great-Grandchild!!!!!!!
I'm not sure when this 4 generation picture was taken. She loves her grandchildren, but LOVE-LOVES her great-grandchildren!!!!
Here's Mita and Papa with their first two grandchildren, Jacquelen and ME! I know it can be deceiving but Jacquelen and I are NOT that close together in age! She was born in the 60's and I was born in the 70's - a full decade apart!!!!!
This is a more recent photo.....probably the last couple of years. Mita with 8 of her 17 grandchildren. Scott, Me, Jason, Kari, Becky, Emily, Jacquelen and Rachael.
Would you like to know the order of all 17 grandchildren? Here goes....I've had it memorized for years: Jacquelen, Nicole, Jason, Jean-Jacques, the rest of you and Scott. You have to be in the top 4 or the baby to be recognized in birth order! I can really name all of the cousins.....and even tell you birthdays! ("the rest of you" are Candice, Morgan, Benjamin, Matthew, Kari, Marcus, Christin, Rebecca, Emily, Andrew, Rachael, Juliet - LOVE YOU!!!!)
I love this photo of Mita....well, I love the dress! She picked it out to wear to Andrew and Michelle's wedding. It was also the first photo I ever posted on my blog. This was taken during the two years that she lived with me and my family. Oh the stories I could tell! And I will, this weekend with my cousins. I plan on crying, laughing, hugging, goofing around and eating with my cousins throughout the weekend. More stories to come!
Juliette Veronique Amelie Peney Cardon