Friday, July 9, 2010


This is Danny.

Danny was born in La Mesa, California. The fourth of our seven children. Yes, he is a middle child. He is the one that has had everything happen to him. I am fortunate to have him because he is the one that lost both kidneys due to working in a furnature finishing business from age 15. His sister donated one of hers and he is doing well. Still...I watch Dan. I worry. I try not to hover and tell him how to live.

On Danny's birthday I remember that when he was born we were alone. Just he and I at the hospital. His father was on a ship on his way overseas. He was a Marine.
When I went home from the hospital, there was just Danny and I and three young children, the oldest just starting kindergarten. Not an easy time. But I had Danny and a photo of his Dad sat on a table nearby. By the time he was a year old..he knew who "Dada" was. When we met the ship at the San Diego Navel Base and they let us up the ramp...Pat took us both in his arms as we stepped onto the ship. And Danny knew his Daddy. He went straight to him smiling.. Danny was just beginning to walk when his Daddy saw him for the first time.

I don't have Pat anymore to share things like this with, but I treasure all seven of my children and I hope I get to see every one of them turn 50. Only three more to go. Only ten more years. I can do it. You just watch me!
On nights like this when I can't sleep and memories creep up on me...I miss Dan's father terribly, but I am so grateful that I have a dear friend and husband in the next room that loves Danny and shows it. Somehow, I think Pat knows we are all alright and that I am happy.

Love and hugs to all...


  1. Hi Mona,

    Happy Friday. Please tell Danny "Happy Birthday" from Prudence & Sister (me too, of course). And your Blog design really is lovely.
    You are a beautiful & strong woman. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you & your family.

    Joyce (the two bears say "us too")

  2. WOW! You are one blessed woman to have 7 children! Happy birthday to your son! And dang, girl! You sure look good for having so many kids!!!

  3. Mona,
    What a sweet, sentimental story. You are a great Mom and I know you children know it!

  4. Mona..that was a very sweet post. I feel the love you have for all of your children in it! Happy Birthday to "Pat" from another "Pat"~Hugs, Patti

  5. OH Mona, Happy Birthday to Pat. Such a blessing and such a sweet and loving post. Hugs, Marty

  6. Heck... you'll probably see them all turn 60! Happy Birthday to your little boy. :-)


  7. Oh Danny boy....happy, happy birthday. I hope he appreciated what a treasure he has in a mother.

    God bless and you have an excellent weekend!!!

  8. Naturally You´ll be there when the last one turns fifty!
    Congratulate him from me, I´m only four years behind :-)
    Have a great day now!

  9. This is just the sweetest post, Mona. Happy Birthday to Danny, I wish him health and happiness. And you, too, my friend!


  10. Hi Mona,

    It's me again...I have been thinking about the mess you had recently and did you know that you can use a back up for your Blog? And, maybe it's time to add the comment approval to your site. That way a hacker can't really do damage. Needless to say, you've been in my thoughts. I am just learning so I had to "seek & find" these things. (o:


  11. Happy Birthday Danny! Hubby turns 50 next week. 1960 was a good year!

  12. Happy Birthday Danny!! You have a wonderful mother who is loving, sweet, kind and full of fun. You are blessed indeed!!

    Susan and Bentley

  13. Happy Birthday, Danny, and many more.

  14. Hi Mona, Congratulation for your son Danny to his Birthday. I can imagine, how you feel for him. What a luck that you got him through this difficult times with the health problems. And what a luck that he has such a sister. To raise seven children is a lot of trouble and a lot of worries but now you and the children are probably a strong family. And in every child lives a part of you and Pat. And in their children and in their.....
    Isn't that wonderful?
    Greetings, Johanna

  15. Mona! Stop making me cry.

    I'm not kidding. I can't handle it.

    Now that all that is off my chest...

    Happy Birthday to your beloved, handsome son. My bro lost a kidney in 11/08 and it was a difficult time for us. I KNOW how protective such a thing can make a mom...I'm still that way with both my kids and Brandon is 28. totally freaks me out that I could be your daughter. :)

    What a privilege it would be if I was.

    Now...I hope I made you cry, too!


    Love you girl~


  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANNY! Hello Mona...what a wonderful post. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like not to have my husband there at the hospital after giving birth. You are a strong woman in many ways Mona...and I'm sure you'll be around for much more than 10 years!! Have a wonderful weekend....Maura :)

  17. What a wonderful post!! You are lucky to have so many children and to see them turn 50!!

  18. Mona, this was such a sweet posting. Your son certainly looks healthy. I know you worry about him. You've posted about him before. You know, to me he favors Dean Martin. How many people tell you or him that??
    Take care, dear friend.
    God is good.
    Ladybug Creek

  19. Hi, Mona. I just left another comment for your most recent post, but I scrolled down and saw: Your dear son DANNY! I remember seeing his picture months ago, and I commented on your post and you were so nice to visit my blog. Well, please tell Danny that I said Happy Birthday! Too bad he's not near me, I'd date him he's so handsome! LOL!
    Best regards,


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