We started "Neil Stone Updates" in January 2009 as a way to let friends and family know how Neil was faring following a car accident. Neil sustained a truamatic brain injury due to severe head trauma. In the days, weeks, and months that followed, the support we received from readers of this blog comforted and lifted us through the trials and difficulties of his healing. In January 2010 we felt it was time to make a change in the blog, and "Stone Soup" was born. Now, along with updates on Neil's progress, we've included family photos and activities. It's time to get on with life! Thanks for being a part of it!
Eric completed his mission to Brazil, Piracicaba for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in June 2016.
Today, I celebrate my mother. Fifty years ago she delivered me into the world almost by herself. She didn't really have a choice in the matter because I decided to be born while the doctor was in the hallway talking to my dad. As the nurse entered the room and saw my early arrival, she screamed for my mother to wait for the doctor. But really, what woman can wait when Baby says the time is now? It was probably the only time in my life when I was early for anything.
I have adored this woman my whole life. Even when I was small and throwing a toddler tantrum, I drew a picture of my mother as the devil, but she was a happy, smiling devil. I couldn't really be mad at her.
We stayed close through all my growing up years. She may remember otherwise, but I recollect very few teenage fights. Yes, I was pouty, but I remember having the feeling that she was always right and looking out for my own good.
New York 2008
In all of my adult life, we only lived in the same state for a few months way back in 1984. We have stayed close through phone calls and cross-country visits. I cherish our conversations about books and literature, raising kids, things we worry about, and moments of pride. I know that if we ever have the opportunity to live in the same vicinity, we would be the closest of friends. How lucky I am to have this woman in my life! Thanks for my birthday, Mom!