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Messages - Maureen, Traci's Mom

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Child Loss / Re: song
« on: December 17, 2007, 09:13:45 PM »
Hi Sandy,

I haven't posted very much here lately, but I wanted to share the lyrics with everyone.  I am glad you mentioned that song, because even though I am a huge Barry fan, I hadn't thought of that song in years.  I feel it is a song that we can all look forward to saying...when, I don't know.

I lost my Traci (18) in a car accident on March 7, 2005, I still haven't made it through the rain....

I Made It Through The Rain
Barry Manilow

We dreamers have our ways
Of facing rainy days
And somehow we survive

We keep the feelings warm
Protect them from the storm
Until our time arrives

Then one day the sun appears
And we come shining through those lonely years

I made it through the rain
I kept my world protected
I made it throught the rain
I kept my point of view
I made it through the rain
And found myself respected
By the others who
Got rained on too
And made it through

When friends are hard to find
And life seems so unkind
Sometimes you feel so afraid

Just aim beyond the clouds
And rise above the crowds
And start your own parade

'Cause when I chased my fears away
That's when I knew that I could finally say

I made it through the rain
I kept my world protected
I made it throught the rain
I kept my point of view
I made it through the rain
And found myself respected
By the others who
Got rained on too
And made it through

Child Loss / Re: Alek's 21st Birthday
« on: December 01, 2007, 08:22:38 PM »
Hi Marianne,

I just wanted to say Happy 21st Heavenly Birthday to Alek.  Traci's 21st birthday was in August, and it just isn't fair that they aren't here on this special day.

Many hugs,

Maureen - Traci's Mom

Child Loss / Re: Happy Heavenly Birthday Chris!
« on: December 01, 2007, 08:20:51 PM »
Happy Heavenly 21st Birthday to you Chris!

Karen, thinking of you and your brother and Amy today, on what would've been Chris's special birthday.

I am realizing how many of our kids are around the same


Maureen - Traci's Mom

Child Loss / Re: A song for all of us
« on: October 21, 2007, 07:16:54 PM »
Hi Brenda,

I have always liked this song, thanks for putting the lyrics down so I could read them all.

Hugs, Maureen - Traci's Mom

Child Loss / Re: A special gift
« on: September 18, 2007, 05:41:34 PM »

I watched Cory's video, and I was so touched by it.  Thank you for sharing it here with us.


Maureen - Traci's Mom

Child Loss / Re: Your child's cell phone
« on: September 10, 2007, 08:54:00 PM »
Hi Wadesmom,

When my daughter Traci was in her accident, she had her phone with her.  But, when they handed us back her belongings the phone wasn't there.  All I could think of was that someone took the phone from the accident scene, and used it.  We turned off the phone for that purpose only.  I never did get her phone back, and when I checked the bill the next month, there was one call placed the following day of her accident to another state.  It made me so upset that someone would steal a phone from the accident scene.  I am sure the battery died, or there would have been more calls.

Maureen, Traci's Mom

Child Loss / Re: Happy 21st Birthday Traci
« on: August 26, 2007, 08:33:17 PM »
Thanks for all the Birthday messages for Traci.  We did a balloon release and then everyone went their seperate ways, so I went to DQ and got 2 sundaes and ate them for me and one for Traci.  I felt kind of sick after that one!  lol

Hugs to all of you,

Love, Maureen

Child Loss / Happy 21st Birthday Traci
« on: August 24, 2007, 10:22:56 PM »
Today is Traci's 21st Birthday.  I hate that she is not here to celebrate this milestone in her life.

This afternoon I will be releasing some balloons for her, and I hope they climb as high as they can and reach her in heaven.

We should be celebrating by going out singing karokee.  It's Raining Men was the song we always sang and that's what we would've sang.

I miss you Traci...Happy Heavenly Birthday, Love Mom

Child Loss / Re: I can’t believe…Today marks 18 months since…
« on: August 23, 2007, 10:35:13 PM »
Hi John & Bernice,

I am sorry you are feeling so down.  I know how much you miss Danielle Marie.

Saturday is Traci's birthday, and of course I am having a hard time with that.

Sending lots of hugs,

Maureen, Traci's Mom

Child Loss / Re: We Met In Vegas!
« on: July 24, 2007, 03:03:41 PM »
Oh...I wanted to meet up with you guys...I only live in Phoenix...and I would've went!!!  DARN!  Maybe next time.

Hugs, Maureen - Traci's Mom

Child Loss / Re: Introduce ourselves
« on: July 17, 2007, 07:56:03 PM »

My name is Maureen, and I lost my beautiful daughter on March 7, 2005.  Traci was driving her car and had her friend Kevin in the passenger seat.  She was making a left hand turn on a yellow light, when a semi truck also went through the yellow light (driving over the speed limit to make the yellow light).  His truck hit Traci's car and pushed it across the intersection into a light pole.  She died at the scene, but her passenger made it.  He was a mess and had to put his body back together and do a lot of therapy to walk again.  He is doing great today.

Traci was 18 years old and just starting college.  She wanted to be an elementary school teacher.  She just loved little kids, and they all loved her too.  Traci loved to dance and performed on stage for her high school.  Her smile just lit up the stage and you could tell that she was having the best time up there.  Before high school, she was in a performing baton group for 6 years.  This is where she learned to love performing and she was so good!  I never grew tired of her shows!  In her senior year of high school, she finally tried out for one of the musicals, which was Fiddler on the Roof.  She got one of the lead dancers.  She absolutley loved being in that play, and I loved going to see her in it.  One of my precious gifts I have is a tape of the play, so I can see it over and over again.

I live in Phoenix, AZ with my 18 year old son Eric.  It was so very weird to me to see my son turn 18, when that is the age my daughter will always be.

I also have 4 cats, and I am just trying to stay cool in this Phoenix summer we are having (114 today!)

Thanks for letting me tell you about my daughter.  I feel like I haven't done it in a long time.  This board helped me through so many hard times, and I appreciate all of you.

Hugs, Maureen

Child Loss / Re: 'MAKANA LIVES" thinking of you Judy
« on: July 17, 2007, 07:35:11 PM »

Thinking of you and Dougie and sending heavenly birthday messages to him.

Many hugs,

Maureen, Traci's Mom

Child Loss / Re: Been too depressed to be on-line - I apologize
« on: June 18, 2007, 06:42:21 PM »
Hi Paula,

I'm sorry it has been rough for you lately.  I know I would've been quite upset if they didn't mention my child on the year they were supposed to graduate. 

I also have a son who gave up in January and was supposed to graduate in May.  It turns out he decided to not go to school at all in Feb and half of March.  I didn't find out until it was too late.  He failed all his classes.  He isn't a bad kid, and I know losing his sister put him through hell.  I am proud to say he took the 2 classes he needed to get his diploma through an online high school and will receive his diploma.  My son will be turning 18 on Wednesday, and I think I am freaking out about it, because that is how old Traci was when she died.

I hardly post any more either...but I still read the posts from everyone.  I wish we could give you the biggest hugs!  Hugs help me sometimes when I am down.

(((Hugs)))  Maureen, Traci's Mom

Child Loss / Re: Chris' Scholarship
« on: June 10, 2007, 03:49:33 PM »

What wonderful words these kids wrote about Chris, it made me cry to read it, but it was a nice cry.  I am glad he is remembered and honored like that.

Hugs, Maureen - Traci's Mom

« on: May 30, 2007, 03:38:27 PM »
Sending you big hugs to you John, Bernice and Jonathan.  I know this sucks, but know that we all care.

Hugs, Maureen, Traci's Mom

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