thank you nana…

When I was little I thought my mom had magic hands. I never told her because I didn’t want to ruin the magic. I can remember, if I had a stomachache, I would ask her to “rub my tummy,” and the minute she did, I instantly felt better.

Thirty some years later, the magic still exists. As I came out of my c-section surgery 3 weeks ago, she was there to hold my hand, and once again, I instantly felt better.

Throughout my hospital recovery she never left my side. She was there helping me brush my hair, wash my face or talking me through the pain. When my mom is around I always feel safe and loved.


My mom flew across the country, not just because she wanted to meet her new grandson, but because she is a MOTHER, and being a mother is a job that never ends. Caring for me (and my husband) 3000 miles away from her family and friends is really how she spent the last month of her life. She rarely got to pick up the baby as she was busy walking our dog, cooking us food, running to the grocery store, tending to my pain, cleaning the house, doing the laundry and taking out the trash.

With a healthy baby in my arms and a successful c section recovery… it was time for her to head back to Pittsburgh to take care of her other grand kids, daughters, husband and friends… She left on Saturday morning. Devin took her to airport early in the morning, and when I woke up and saw her bags where out of the bathroom and the living room, I felt an overwhelming sense of emptiness.

Devin and I seem to be finding our stride to the best of our ability without her here, and we are adjusting to not having the extra hands in the house. We have also tried to adjust to not having the extra love, support and kindness she brought into our house, however, we have been less successful at that.  In fact, there are moments of quiet in the apartment, and we both will recognize how much we miss her and needed her.

We both miss her terribly… And I KNOW Cash misses her too.

Mom – Thank you for selflessly giving more than a month of your life to take care of us. I know it wasn’t the glamorous trip to California that I promised. We are forever grateful to you and miss you… and your obsession with Pittsburgh, your need to play board games and “Words With Friends” all the time, your ability to talk through every movie and TV SHOW, your fascination with burping the baby and your need to have food made “your way”… But most of all, we miss your cooking 🙂 and your positive outlook on our progress as parents and your ability to make everyone in the house (even the cat and dog) feel so LOVED! Thank you for teaching us so many valuable lessons! We love and miss you.


My mom is an amazing cook!  She spent a month cooking us dinners and lunches… so I thought it is only fitting to include one of her specialty recipes in this post!

Nana’s Chicken Piccata

2-4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 tbsp grate parmesan cheese

1/3 cup of flour

salt and pepper

4 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp of butter

1/2 cup chicken stock or dry white wine

3 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup of capers

1/4 cup of fresh parsley

put chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound them with meat hammer to 1/4″ thickness

mix flour, salt, petter and parmesan. rinse the chicken in water and then dredge them thoroughly in the flour mixture until coated.

heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet on medium.  add half of the chicken, do not crowd the pan. brown well on each side (at least 3 min. per side). remove the chicken from the pan and then repeat with other chicken breasts. cover with foil to keep warm while you prepare the sauce.

add the chicken stock (or white wine), lemon juice, and capers to pan. use spatula to scrape up the browned bits. reduce the sauce by half, whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. plate the chicken and serve with sauce poured over the chicken. sprinkle with parsley

*** when my mom makes it, she serves it over angel hair… ENJOY

7 Comments on “thank you nana…

  1. What a wonderful, beautifully written tribute to your Mom!! We all know how much she LOVES you. We are grateful to her, as well, for being able to spend these precious weeks with you, Devin and Cash in preparing you for this new adventure of motherhood. Love and hugs to all! God bless, Nana! We look forward to meeting Cash very soon (and trying “Nana’s Chicken Piccata”). Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. So beautiful, Joy! I know your Mom was thrilled to spend this special time with you, Devin, and your precious son. I am so blessed to have her as my friend, and to have all of you in my life. God bless you, and keep you in his special care! Love you, Claudia

  3. I drank in this post. I smiled and cried. Seeing your mom with you and your family touched my heart deeply. She is a beautiful soul and one that greatly impacted my life. So very happy for you to have thus special time with your mom.

  4. It was truly MY pleasure to have shared this blessed event with you and your loving husband, my sweet son-in-law! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute, even walking the dog and taking out the trash! And the times I held Cash in my arms will always be my fondest moments. I am looking forward to seeing you all again back home in December and having Cash meet the rest of his family!!!

    A Grandmother thinks about her
    Grandchildren day and night even
    If they are not with her and will
    Love them in a way they will never understand……

    Any day with a grandchild
    In my arms,
    On my Lap,
    In my home,
    Or on my mind
    Is a very good day.

    May God keep you and bless you til we are all together again!
    Love, Nana

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