The Year of Change Continues

Back at the first of the year, Rob predicted that .

Well, sure enough, 2010 has been eventful!  If you’ve been following our blog, you know our family has been through some doozies this year.  First was a new car, a new house, then a new job and even our blog platform changed.  Those were all good, although stressful, changes.

But I suppose you can’t expect all changes to be good ones though…  My brother Bob (a.k.a. James, Jim, Rio) passed away suddenly, unexpectedly in June.  Here’s a picture that was taken just days before he passed away:

Bob - June 2010

Bob - 1955-2010

Bob lived in Seattle and had taken our Mom to live up there with him back in January ’09. At that time, she was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and we felt she was nearing the point where she could no longer live alone. After my brother’s death, I had to quickly get to Seattle and relocate my mother home. Unfortunately, her Alzheimer’s has progressed rapidly and she no longer recognizes me or knows where she is.

It’s been a tough couple of months getting things finalized with my brother and getting Mom settled into a nursing home here. It’s tough seeing her this way but the one good thing about the Alzheimer’s is that it has spared her knowing about, and going through the pain of, losing another son.

Hopefully, whatever changes the second half of this year brings will all be positive ones!


  1. Dede, I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. Losing family is so hard. I’ll be praying for you as yu go through the aftermath of these changes and for your mother as well. Take care. Rachel

  2. I read this yesterday since you mentioned you had posted it. Having not seen Bob in years and years, I’m glad you posted the picture. It really took me aback so I just now showed it to Karen and she agrees with me. Even though there was no blood between them, Bob favored Dad a wholllle lot. Same hair line, same complexion, same ears. He might have been an uncle by marriage only, but it’s amazing how many similarities there are. Thanks for posting the pic and again, I’m sorry you lost him. Hoping for only positive changes for you going forward this year.

  3. Thanks Kellie. I can see the resemblances with your Dad too. I hadn’t thought about it before but it’s definitely there. One of my friends keeps telling me that Bob and I have the same hands. I don’t see it because his hands were so big but she says there is something about them.

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