Friday, April 07, 2006


Matthew's big brother Casey is moving to Chicago today. After his going away dinner party, Casey came over to say goodbye to his little brother. Matthew is really going to miss Casey. We have family in Aurora, Illinois who Casey will be staying with until his apartment in Chicago is ready.

5 comments:

Denise said...

It is an understatement in reference to Terri's skills as a mom. She is so incredibly patient and loving, always anticipating needs, all the while laughing and bringing joy and warmth and security to the home. I lived with them for awhile, and she was right on top of all that needed to be for her son. No doubt God knew when Casey was born that he needed to have a really strong mommy and gave Terri to Casey. When I saw Casey many years later it was as a grown young man, and I was so very impressed with his poise and personality. These are things one is born with, but it takes good parenting for it all to come thru effectively and naturally. I know this will embaress Terri, but girlfriend, you ARE an awesome mother and extraordinary woman!! I thank God for the times we shared and look forward to more!!

God Bless you Casey on your new adventure, never forget how loved you are!!! No doubt in my mind you will be successful and fulfilled!
I love you my darlin!!

Grandma W said...

This is a wonderful picture of two brothers who have both traveled a rough road during their young lives. Those of you who live in Reno & Las Vegas and worked with Terri can surely identify that all the love, support and care that came from his mother,Terri. There was no way to shield Casey from the pains of being rejected at birth by his dad; but his mother cared for him with 200% love and helped him overcome those personal hurts. Casey's dad never did realize what a treasure he had living right there in the home. He never physically hurt him,that I know of, but his dad just never wanted any children and he shut Casey out completely. Terri took Casey out of that unhealthy enviroment and continued to raise Casey to be a loving, kind, intelligent and hardworking young man. He used to call me when he was upset when his mommy would put him in "time-out". He use to say over the telephone, "grandma do you know what "your daughter" did to me". Casey is a very sincere young man with a great sense of humor. Casey chose to turn personal hurts and rejections into the opposite direction and became the fine young man that we love. Mommy has to be so proud of her son and the way she has sacraficed and gave of herself for both her boys 23 years apart.

Casey, If I was your Dad,I would cry "every night" on my pillow because I could not take "an ounce" of credit for your fine work ethics, personal ethics, good manners and upbringing that made you the 23 year old man that you are today. Maybe your dad should try to emmulate his son? I think taking your mother out to breakfast the day you left will always be a "high" point in her life. Your mother was your very best friend and always will be!

I know Matthew certainly loves Casey, as we all do. I know, too, Matthew will use both Casey and his daddy as role models while preparing for his adult journey into the world.

I will cherish the day that I see you two sitting side by side when Matther is 23 years old and heading off into life's journey unafraid and with enthusiam as you are. Your mother will be in tear then as well. It's just natural.

Your Godfathers, LeRoy, Uncle Mitch, Michael and Uncle Keith are awfully proud of you and will always be there for the bumps in the road that life seems to have waiting along the way. You know the rest of your family (females)will be there for you and always in the shadows. We will be just a "keystroke" or "call" away.

Go in Peace, and God be with you every step, my wonderful grandson. Watch for God's Presence along the way in your "everyday" life. Do not be too proud to ask for His help when you need it.You can be miles from a church; but He will be there always. If you look for Him, you will certainly find Him. You will learn that God wants a personal relationship with you now. You will find this, Casey, because God has blessed you with multiple talents that only the rest of us see; but yet to be recognize by you. You have a "wealth" of knowledge, understanding and kindness to offer ,that is so lacking, in today's world. I am so proud of you! I love you, grandm w
p.s. I would love to be in a nice retirement home with "lots of movies" (private joke")

Grandma Sue said...

Good luck on your move to Chicago. I know you will be missed very much, but this is something you should experience in your young life when you are able to travel and see new places. I hope everything works out for the best and that you will be able to visit Matthew often. He will definitely miss his big brother.

Susan King

Anonymous said...

WOW GUYS...
THAT WAS SO NICE OF YOU GUYS TO SAY ALL THAT! I CERTAINLY DON'T DESERVE ALL THAT PRAISE...
I JUST DID THE BEST I COULD ... AND I SURE MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES TOO.... I ALSO HAD LOTS OF HELP FROM MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS BACK IN THOSE "SINGLE PARENTING" DAYS....

BUT THANK YOU!
I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF CASEY...
THE ONLY THING I COULD EVER REALLY COMPLAIN ABOUT WAS HIM NOT PICKING UP DOG POO....OR TAKING OUT TRASH... HE NEVER EVER GOT INTO ANY TROUBLE, EVER ... NO DRINKING/DRUGS...NO WILD PARTIES AT THE HOUSE IF I WAS GONE.... HE
ALWAYS HAD GOOD GRADES... AND WENT TO COLLEGE... AND HE'S SO SWEET & CUTE!
WHAT MORE CAN A MOM ASK FOR? ...
APPARENTLY I LIKED IT SO MUCH... I DECIDED TO DO A SECOND ROUND OF KIDS 22 YEARS LATER!! OH VEY!!

Denise said...

you do it so well terri, and this time you have mike as well, that makes all the difference having a grown man ready for the challenges that can come along!