Thursday, October 25, 2007

Some sad news

Joel's Grandpa died tonight. We've been expecting it for a while, and he would have been 93 next month, so it's not entirely tragic. Just sad. He was a wonderful man and we will all miss him. My little Chloe is just so sensitive and cried herself to sleep tonight because she already misses him so much, and is trying to wrap her little brain around death.

The other bit of sad news is that my grandma lost her home in Ramona, California to the fires. She wasn't able to get anything out and only has the clothes on her back and her car. Watching this news and seeing all that has happened there is truly heart wrenching, but it's made me think about how to be more prepared.

I read a little thing that our insurance company sent us in the mail about what to take from your home in case you're in danger of losing it to something like a fire, and thought I'd share it here:

P is for Preparedness

Prescriptions (pills and eyeglasses)
Papers (phone numbers, legal documents, birth certificates, etc.)
Pictures (and any other items that cannot be replaced like journals, etc.)
Plastic (credit cards)
PC (personal computer: download the information or take the computer with you if you have the time and space)

Otherwise, the Neves family is just tired. We've made Fiddler on the Roof a family affair and have been at late dress rehearsals for the past couple of nights. Joel directing the pit orchestra, Bria and her cousins on stage, my sister-in-law working with the actors, me working with the singers, and the younger kids (Chloe, Sophia) just playing in the auditorium till they're tired enough to sleep. Well, until Sophie is, since she's the only one that will actually go to sleep.

I will be happy when it's all over and done with.

(Forgive the disjointed post...almost midnight, these are my thoughts.)

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Lara - my thoughts and prayers are with your family right now. Especially your sweet Grandma.

    Thanks for the list of items to have ready in an emergency. I think that is a really good reminder for all of us.

  2. Lara,
    I'm sorry about your sad news.
    Praying for you and your family.
    God bless.

  3. Good post, lots of sad things happening lately. Really brings home how hard the church is pushing on preparedness. :)

  4. I'm sorry, Lara. My grandpa was 94 when he died in May and it still hit me like a ton of bricks. And about your grandma -- wow. It sure puts things into perspective, doesn't it?

    Good luck with Fiddler!

  5. Oh honey.. my thoughts and prayers are for you... and your loved ones... I'm sorry for loss of your hubby's grandfather :( and sorry for the loss of your grandmothers things....

    GREAT list.. thank you for sharing!!! I really need to prepare more than what I have been... I've been in the "it will never be me mode".... WRONG!!!

  6. Very sorry for your loss, and thinking of you during this time of pain.

  7. Lara! I'm sorry to hear about Joel's's always hard to lose a loved one no matter what age! And I can't believe about your grandma! You are definitely in our prayers! Love ya!

  8. Sweetie, I am sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose a loved one-even if you were expecting it. My thoughts and prayers to you and yours!

    I agree -- we always think it won't happen to us but your poor grandma in CA - wow. She has her life and that is important - I am sad that she has to go through something like this at her age. More love and prayers to her and you.

  9. I can't even watch the news any more, there is always something that stresses me out! I don't even know the people and it stresses me out. I am sorry for your grandma, glad she is okay.

    I have been thinking a lot about preparedness. We actually do pretty good around here. The part I need to work a little harder on though is the spiritual side. . . Having a down time right now and need to work on it.

    Wish I was there to see the performance, I know it will be great!