Month: April 2015

Life Is Short

This year started off very tough, my dad has been battling cancer and is doing great! But, my Uncle lost his battle, he will be missed so much. My Aunt suddenly passed and my Grandfather passed on Easter Sunday. To much sadness. Life is so short and you never know when it is your time. Take time and be mindful of what is going on in the moment. Spend time with the people you love and share the good times. My dad is going in for bone marrow transplant this week and will be in isolation for about 3 weeks, but we are lucky that his cancer is very managable and it was detected early. I am running for school board and putting time in to help the district I live in and believe in. I am glad that both my parents and family are proud and standing with me. I wouldn’t want to do anything to damage my family. This posts covered a lot in very short, but I wanted to get this out there. So I will leave the day with this picture of me and my dad behind a yard sign for my election. Please keep him in your prayers for a quick recovery. Posted with...

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Take Your Daughters & Sons To Work Day 2015

I really enjoy “Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day“, each year it is a wonderful time to share what you do with your children and others. I am lucky that I work for a company that specializes in employer development and we modify some of our courses to fit children each year. The national theme this year was #MPOWR – empowerment and we have several courses that focus on empowerment as well as books. Nearly 50 children attended the event this year and we had speakers lined up to talk and teach courses and of course lead fun activities. Both of my daughters attended again this year, they are always excited about this event. They like to see where I work and who I work with. Then they also make some friends with other children there that they see during other company events.   This year we had our new CEO, Tacy Byham, kick off the day and she brought such engagement to the children and got them energized. Then our social media specialist talked to the children about social media and took a wonderful giant selfie! We structure the day so that it has a mix of education and fun, there is time for the children to spend with their parents at work also. Below, is the agenda that we had this year. I am honored to...

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Remembering Great Pappy

My 11 year old daugher wrote this and then read it to everyone at the funeral home about her great grandfather, my grandfather.               Posted with...

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Booptity Boop …. Rest In Peace Pap

This has been a tough year. My grandfather passed on Easter morning. Below, is the eulogy that I wrote and delivered Pap, Nanu, Dad, Great Pappy, Uncle Tony, Tony I knew him as Pap, I am one of his 20 grandkids and I remember so many fun times with Pap. He was a friendly and fun man, he made friends everywhere he went and everyone knew him. I was lucky that when I was young I spent a lot of time with him and my grandmother. Then, as I was older, my kids spent time with him at Norberts. I am truly blessed for these opportunities. Those memories will be with me always and I would like to take some time now to share my feelings and memories of Tony Balistrieri, my grandfather.   (( I reached in and pulled out several packets of sugar. My grandfather always took them and saved them)) Well…. these are not notes….. I guess, I picked this up from Pap. I think I picked up a lot of his traits and I am happy to say that. He shared with everyone and was willing to give anyone anything. When I was a child, he was always reaching in his pocket and handing me and my cousins money. He also gave to other people; just to be nice and helpful. He was that type...

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