Will at play

Monday, March 12, 2018

Stuck again trying

I have been trying to live up to my commitment to write positively about Will's life. Today, I hit a wall and am stuck again. Grateful for the Alison, Dick family, the animals and my life. Trying a new tactic, I will be over it soon🤞 One step in front of the other, keep moving on👣. He was just like any other kid, happy, full life, engaged, what happened? The more that I write about Will, the more that I get to know him.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Reflections Carmel Highlands March 4-8 2018

I am finally unstuck and writing Will's story focusing on all the positives in his life and our lives. For many years, my mind has been cluttered with all that has happened. It can be so sad and overwhelming losing him and negative with anger that the police did such a horrible job investigating his death. To prepare the binder containing Will's memory artifacts, I had to sift through many painful reminders and other artifacts through this journey living without Will in our lives on Earth. Although, reread the notes from my meeting with Mark Hernandez, the Medium, and was really glad I found that file. I shared it with Alison and we both connected very closely about its content. Was he murdered? Now, almost 9 years later no matter what caused his death, it will not bring him back to life. Richard inspired my to do a memory book of his life. That did it for me, it cleared the cobwebs, finally. And what a place to reflect and write about Will - Carmel Highlands, with a beautiful ocean view. No matter where I write it will be great because it is about memories with Will.
The first story is about his love for our annual trips to Kauai, next his love for his cat, Nora and his love of nature. My goal is to write 300 words every day and attend writer's group meetings to get feedback until the book is published. I am renewed that I am finally able to move on in such a positive way.

Friday, March 2, 2018

February 2018 rolling into March

March 1- February has come and gone. Thankful to have spent several days with my Mom at her house in San Jose. Alison and Austin had had birthdays in February. Lily, their new Plott Hound is now part of their family. She is a really sweet dog. She and Jefferson , their cat will make a good team 😻We hope. March has much in store for us; a trip to Carmel while stopping to visit Christine, Mom and Sheila on the way. Teaching Facebook. Visit from Rob. St Patrick's dinner show to see the Irish group Molly's Revenge. End of month through Easter visiting Alison in Senoia, GA.

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 2018

First, reflections back to the end of 2017. Dick met Rob in New Orleans for Jerry's AGU award as a Fellow. They drove to Alison and Austin's in Senoia. I was already there. We had a wonderful time, meeting Austin's parents. Alison & Austin's house in Senoia is darling and perfect for them and visitors. We had a BBQ and an early Christmas with Alison and Austin and Rob. We drove from Senoia to Raleigh, NC and flew home from there.
On Christmas Day, we had breakfast with Christine, Alex and Victoria and Lily at Christine's house in Palo Alto. We had a very nice visit, it was so great to see them. Christine did a fantastic job making and serving brekkie. Her house was trimmed beautifully. Next we went to San Jose to Janet's Mom's house for presents and dinner. House trimmed beautifully, too! Great to catch up with dear family and friends. At the end of the year, we had a tea with friends Sloane & David and Judy & John at our house. Dick did a fantastic job with tea sandwiches including egg salad, cucumber and salmon! Went with Millie to Dick's dental appointment on January 4, then visited with Mom in San Jose. Met her caregivers, Akata and Ana.
Alison is happy and thriving. She is doing well at work. Trips planned for this year include Carmel, England and Hawaii as well as visits with family. As always, missing and loving Will.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Kauai 2017

Wonderful Kauai. Thoughts of Memories with Will and Alison running and playing in the water, on the beach, in the pools and hot tubs. Relaxing, our lives and times. This is our 20 year here, over 8 years with Will not with us. Missing him so much.
Enjoying our trip with family, Alison, Michelle, Dylan, Kyle and Ryleigh, Wilann and Bill. Kyle, Wilann and Bill left yesterday. Kyle has finals. Tomorrow nght, Monday, the 27th Alison, Michelle, Dylan and Ryleigh leave to go back to work in Senoia and back to school in Houston. All have had a great time. Ham for Thanksgiving worked very well. Cake for November (Janet) and December (Michelle and Bill) birthdays and Michelle's pumpkin chiffon pie, so tasty. We had so much fun, Kyle's sketches for his family tree assignment were fantastic. Today is our 29th anniversary, we check out of Kalapaki and move to the Hyatt at Poipu. Great times, Will I wish you were still here with us enjoying the island of Kauai. I feel your spirit here every day with love, Aloha p.s. a year of firsts, many new walks, talks, sharing and caring!

Monday, November 13, 2017

September - October - November 2017

So much has happened this fall. My mom had major surgery in September and is recovering. I have spent almost every week for several days with her. First at the hospital, then at rehab then at her assisted living apartment. Also during this time, wildfires devastated California. In Napa, Sonoma, Mendicino, Santa Clara counties and many others. Brother Bob and family had several close calls and are safe. Dispatcher niece, Megs did an outstanding job in Santa Rosa working several very long and stressful shifts. Nephew, Jeff married Monique in Gilroy in October. It was a fantastic wedding. All the Dixon cousins were there and had a blast. Mom could not make. She had a surprise visit in rehab. The groom and his men. Feeling very blessed being with the family. Bob, sister Sheila and I took turns to stay with Mom. Recovery will take a while. Another major highlight, on October 23, daughter, Alison started working as a Research Analyst at a global construction company called Kiewit. Her office is in Peachtree City, Georgia. She loves it, is making a great contribution and is thriving. She and Austin are renting a darling 3 bedroom house on 1 acre in Senoia, Georgia. Her cat, Jefferson, flew home on November 10. Her commute to work is about 15-20 minutes. I am so proud of Alison. Dick and I arrived in Kauai yesterday and begin our 18 day holiday. We will be joined during the trip by Alison, Michelle, Dylan, Kyle and Ryleigh later in the week. Bill and Wilann are also coming to join us for our 20th island Thanksgiving celebration. Again feeling thankful and blessed. It is 6:13 am on Monday, November 13, 2017. More to come later. It is so quiet and peaceful here.