It is has been over a week since I last posted on my blog. The past week has been very sad at our house. A week ago Monday my Uncle Al passed away after battling cancer. He was such a kind and gentle man. I don't think I ever heard him raise his voice. All children loved him and he had such a way with them. Starting in high school I would go and spend 2 weeks with him and Aunt Ella in St. Louis during the summer. I got to go to Chicago with them the summer before my sophomore year in college and I remember walking around the city with him, Aunt Ella and my cousin John. When I took Raymond to St. Louis with me for the first time he went with us to see the Cards play the Cubs and liked Raymond even though he is a Cubs fan. Uncle Al "made" lightening for me one night after a thunderstorm. He made it with a spark plug. My girls got to meet him and took to him as all kids did. Here are the girls with him during our trip back in the summer of 2007.