Archive for October, 2008

Steven’s Obituary

October 31, 2008

Can be found here.

Steven M. Schug Tooth    
(Asbury Park Press)

Steven M. Schug Tooth, 26, of Little Egg Harbor Township, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 27, at home, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Neptune and resided in Brick before moving to Little Egg Harbor Township 22 years ago. He worked as a medical assistant for Whiting Medical Assoc., Whiting. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, Little Egg Harbor Township, where he served as a Youth Minister, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 14165, St. Theresa’s Church.
He is survived by his parents, Glenn and Madelyn Tooth of Little Egg Harbor Township; two sisters, Irene Biles and her husband Marshall of Little Egg Harbor Township, and Staff Sgt. Christine Tooth of Grand Forks, N.D.; his maternal grandmother, Irene Jarrett of Little River, S.C.; and his great-grandmother, Joanna Schug of Burke, Va.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around you and whispered “come to me.” With tearful eyes, we watched you and saw you pass away, and although we love you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.
A Memorial Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, 450 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor Township. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. Theresa’s Church, 125 E. Main St., Suite 3, Tuckerton, NJ 08087. Arrangements are being handled by Wood Funeral Home, Tuckerton.

Where’s MaryEllen?

October 29, 2008

Tonight while putting the children to bed, Joe came into the school room asking where MaryEllen was.  I thought she was in bed.  Joe said she wasn’t.  He then called me into the living room and told me to bring my camera.  It was dark in there and the picture is light due to the flash.


Our Recent Travels

October 29, 2008

In between trips this year, we managed to stay home just a little while.  Kevin and James made their own chess set. 

My Mom came to visit and we all had a lovely time.  Unfortunately, we didn’t take a single picture.  Shame on me!  While she was here, the Bishop of Nashville came to our local parish to install the new pastor.  Bishop Choby actually remembered John’s name!  (I can’t even do that on most days.)  John got to serve Mass with the bishop and declared that he’s have to serve with the Pope next!

On our way to New Jersey we stopped in Virginia.  Who can resist that?  One day we went to the Frontier Culture Museum in Stanton. 

The next day I surprised the boys.  We told the children that if they behaved themselves on the ride (which they really did) we had a surprise on Saturday.  I never thought I could pull it off though.  We were on our way there and the children kept asking questions.  Finally I said, “You really have to be on your best behavior and stay with me.  It might be crowded.”  We drove through Middletown, VA, and the town had flags of the federal and confederate variety hung all through out.  Since we were in the Shenandoah Valley we had the 2ndSouth Carolina String band Civil war music playing.  As we left town John whispered, “Cedar Creek, Mom?”  Then the tents came into view and we saw all the activity at the Cedar Creek battlefield!!!  The boys cheered for joy.  One even said, “I thought it was someplace boring.  When you said it might be crowded, I thought you were taking us to a store.”  I was so excited they were surprised, I even called Joe to tell him.

We arrived just in time to see the Calvary demonstration.  We got to see the 2ndSouth Carolina string band.  We spent a few hours walking through sutler tents and Confederate camps.  Oh what fun!  We met up with Sheridan, whom we met 3 years ago just before moving away, and we even met someone portraying General Taylor, Zacahary Taylor’s son.  He was a wonderful storyteller and we found out, a distant relative as the children are related to Zachary Taylor and so was this man.  I must admit, it was very hard to leave all that. 



But, all good things must come to an end, and we had to get to New Jersey at a reasonable hour.  So, off we went, driving 5 hours.  We wanted to goto the Extraordinary form of the Mass in Middletown, which we did.  We saw some friends that we had not seen for 3 years.  The priest was wonderful and it was a beautiful Mass.

We had a little shopping to do after Mass and then we went to the Tooth Household.  The next day, Monday, we saw Uncle Steve.  It was suppose to be the nicest weather day of the week.  We went out into the bay on his boat. 



  The only time it was really cold was on the way back to the house.  But, we bundled up and the children didn’t seem to mind.  As for me, I was loving every minute of it.  Being back on a boat makes me miss living on the coast just a little bit.


We spent one day in Philadelphia.  We went to the St. John Neumann Center.  I have been here many times. This time I love the changes that were made.  The tabernacle is back in the center of the alter, they turned part of the little museum into an adoration chapel, and St. John got a new mask.  I could have spent hours there.  

We went to the Franklin Institute Science Museum after that and had lots of fun, including a little accident in the parking garage involving my van’s running board and a yellow pile-on and leaving my purse in the bathroom!  We went out to eat after that.  We were with Aunt Mary Lou all day and Aunt Ann came to meet us at the restaurant.

We also got to visit some other friends one day.  I was born 6 weeks before Vicki.  Once she came along we lived next door to eachother for many years.  Here is a picture of us and our 9 children.

The only picture that was taken with Steven was one taken by his sister.  He was holding Veronica.  Hopefully she’ll e-mail that to me soon.  We also spent time in Aunt Sue’s classroom looking at all her books, playing with the toys, and the children surprised me with a book they made for me all about themselves.

This Just Needs to be Shared!

October 28, 2008

Here is a post from the Starry Sky Ranch blog.  Very well written!

Rest in Peace, Steven

October 27, 2008

Steven’s Mom called this morning around 7 am eastern time to tell me that he had just gone to Heaven.  We will certainly miss him.  Last week we were able to see him everyday, except for one, from Sunday to Friday.  We feel blessed and privileged to have spent that time with him.  Here is the post that I did for his 25th birthday.  Below are some pictures from our trip in May of 2007.


Please pray for his family.  Thank you.

What You Have Been Waiting For….

October 8, 2008

The big squash!!!

I’m only sorry we didn’t photograph the pretty green side.  This is a Long of Naples winter squash, weighing in at 20 pounds.    This was taken before our retreat/vacation and I was looking forward to cooking it up later.   But, things happened and the squash (all 4 of them, this was the biggest) didn’t get put in a barn stall.  When we came home, something had feasted on them.  So, we’ll have to try again next year.    Here is a picture of the last of the harvest from our garden this summer (besides the daikon radish that I pick as needed.)    There is plenty of kale, cucumbers, acorn squash and lots of beets!    If Joe can get a place plowed in the next few days, I’ll be planting more kale, radishes (including watermelon radishes), beets, and sugar snap peas.  The weather has turned colder, but it still gets up into the 80s on sunny days.  By the way, we are getting rain here.  We desperately need it! 

All that produce was picked two days before we left on our vacation.  We were very busy packing up the trailer, doing laundry, and trying to get the place ready to be left for 2 weeks.  We went to Ohio for our annual retreat.  Here are just a few shots from Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine in North Jackson, Ohio…

The alter boys and priests before Mass one day

The alter boys and priests before Mass one day Our good friends Dan & Tina holding VeronicaOur good friends Dan & Tina holding Veronica

Joe with Br. Paschal

Joe with Br. Paschal Allaire holding Veronica Allaire holding Veronica

Fr. Tom Fogarty

Fr. Tom Fogarty


James & MaryEllen on the top of the tower
James & MaryEllen on the top of the tower

 After spending 3 wonderful days at the shrine with so many friends, old and new, we went to the Society of St. Paul Monastery.  The children look forward to the golf cart every year.  They also really like talking to the priests and brothers there.  This year the gold cart was broken, but Joe went on Saturday and helped Brs. Paschal and James to fix it.  It lasted for a little while…


Well, the rest of the vacation is in our memories because we didn’t take any more pictures.  We went onto Virginia, stayed with our friends and saw many more.  We also went and visited Uncle Jeff.  We had a wonderful time.

Here is one more picture from vacation.  Veronica in her “Boppy”…

As a side note, one day last week we had a homemade red velvet cake.  After dinner it was left on the counter for a little while.  From the other room I heard the sound of a glass on the counter.  I went in the kitchen to see this…

Charlotte is caught!
Charlotte is caught!

She was not crying when I walked in.  When went out to get the camera she started to cry.

Now, the part of the post you have really been waiting for….

The Midwife was here today and Veronica is well over 9 pounds.  (I cannot remember how many ounces.  MaryEllen thinks it is 7 ounces.)  She has also grown 3 inches.  Here are some pictures we took today…since so many people have been pestering me for new ones.  Veronica is 8 weeks old today.

Last, but not least, the beginning of Veronica’s sleep pictures…