21 October 2009

MJH ...

It's never easy saying goodbye to a loved one. Justins mom passed away on October 20th 2009 at 9:45pm. Justin and I both were with her when she took her last breath. Marietta had a hard long fight with ovarian cancer until it took over her whole body. She was an incredible strong and passionate woman that opened her arms to anyone. I am truly blessed to have her as my mother in law and she will forever hold a special part of my heart.

This picture was taken the morning of her passing. We were about to leave the house to head to the hospital after letting the dogs in fron outside and Justin pointed out the rainbow. Rainbows will forever be a special part of me, for whenever I see one I will think of her.

We love you Marietta Jane Hanson.

17 October 2009

Happy Sweetest Day ...

Sweetest Day, observed on the 3rd Saturday in the month of October has its origin in Cleveland in 1922, during the Great Depression. At present the holiday is primarily celebrated in the Midwestern U.S. states of Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio. About 60 years ago, Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland man and a candy store employee felt that the city's orphans and shut-ins were often being overlooked and neglected. To instill in them a sense of being cared for, he distributed small gifts and candy to those who had fallen on hard times, with the help of his friends and neighbors, on a Saturday in October. Other Clevelanders soon followed suit, and the celebration came to be known as the "Sweetest Day". On the first Sweetest Day, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for the service they render to the public. Theda Bera, another popular movie star distributed 10,000 boxes of candy to the people in Cleveland hospitals and also offered candy to all those who came to watch her film in a local theater.

Primarily a regional observance, Sweetest Day is gaining popularity and spreading to the other areas of the country. This tradition now seems to largely involve giving small presents, such as cards, candy and flowers, to family, friends, and lovers. It gives us an opportunity to reach out to the not- so-well-off sections of the society and spread happiness in their lives. Sweetest Day does not pertain to any particular religion, but is based on the broader and all-encompassing principle of humanity.

06 October 2009

Monday Night Football ...

It was mighty saddening watching Bret Favre come out of the tunnel in a purple Vikings jersey last night. Its just something someone coming from Wisconsin would never see coming. Even though im a Bret Favre fan I had to stay loyal and cheer on my Green Bay Packers. Justin's grandfather even coached the Packers alongside Vince Lombardi. I had high hopes in the first half, but the second half is when I saw that light slowly fade. Green Bay defently stayed in tune with last season and having the most penaltys out of all the NFL teams. Its sad how undiscipline the team is now, and I point my fingers at Ted Thompson (GM) and Mike McCarthy (HC). Yes its sad, but I was born and raised in Wisconsin so i will never lose hope or stop wearing my green and gold.