Birthday Blessings

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy 1st day of December.

Today is the first day of Advent — our season before Christmas.  They will light a candle at church and we will hear part of the Christmas story. And each Wednesday between now and Christmas, we will have a dinner and short service.  The time of year helps us remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

It is also the day after the birthday of five of my friends — Laura, Karla, Phyllis, Becky, and Donna.  Hope all of you had wonderful birthdays!  I got to see two of these ladies last week during a fun girls night out.  The others I keep in touch with mainly through Facebook and do see around town some.

This is the day that some of my friends have to move out of their homes.  I am going to do my best not to cry today when I think of these changes.  Instead I want to smile and focus on knowing them and being excited for a new chapter in their lives. You can read more about these changes in “An Ode to SRP.”

Today is the first day that I am truly going to work on my weight loss journey again.  I saw a recent photo of myself and didn’t like how I looked at all.  My face has gotten much heavier than I realized — as has all of me.  I know what to do, I just have to do it.

December 1st is the first day of the last month of the year.  It is hard to believe that it has gone as quickly as it has.  It seems like we just started 2013 and now are nearly into 2014.

It is also my birthday.  Normally I don’t write about my own birthday but today I wanted to share my blessings with you and some of my thoughts over this last year.  Here is a picture of me from 2010 with my birthday cake.

It has been quite a year.  There have been losses but also several new people have come into my life.  It is so hard to say goodbye to people who mean so much to you but unfortunately this is a hard and sad part of life.  New friendships are fabulous, as is seeing your son make a new friend who he has a ball with.

We didn’t have a real vacation anywhere this year so Ian’s Christmas break from school will be our time off.  There are a few museums in our town that I hope to visit, we’ll be sure to go to the library, the park if it isn’t too cold, as well as other fun things that we will be doing.  Perhaps a road trip or two but mainly time at home and with friends and family.

Ian started kindergarten this year.  At the beginning, I had a very hard time and missed him like crazy.  But, over the weeks, I have come to like going to the store by myself, being able to run out quickly and do something, read a book without interruption, and go to the bathroom by myself.  The fact he loves school makes this so much easier.

Last night at my birthday party with family and friends, my grandmother was there.  I feel so fortunate at my age to still have a living grandparent.  For most of my life I knew three of them and always felt very fortunate for that fact.  This year is something that was another treasure for me.

Some of my blessings and things I am thankful for:

  • A man who loves me no matter my size or mood.
  • A son who comes to me when he is hurt and asks questions and who wants me to put him to bed each night.
  • Parents who taught me about love and family.
  • My brother and sister and their spouses for showing love and kindness to me.
  • My nieces and nephews for being the fun and amazing kids they are.
  • In-laws who have welcomed me and all my quirks.
  • Friends who I have known for many, many years and still can talk so easily to and have such fun with.
  • A feisty grandmother who enjoys being with her family.
  • Aunts and Uncles and Cousins who are so fun and special and important to who I am.
  • New friends who I am still developing a relationship with.
  • Ian’s teachers who watch over him and teach him so much.
  • Ian’s friends that he is making and having fun with.
  • Our house and neighborhood where we love to be.
  • Our church where we met and got married and continue to enjoy services.
  • Our city’s library where we check out so many great books and go on great adventures.
  • A computer where I can write and keep in touch with others.
  • A journal where I take sermon notes and write down inspirational ideas and quotes.
  • A piano where I am re-learning music and trying to practice more.
  • Our neighborhood where I can walk and Ian can ride his bike.
  • The ability to sing and the fun of singing with family and friends.

I am so thrilled to have made another journey around the sun.  Hope you have a wonderful 1st day of December!

An Ode To SRP

SRP.5They say all good things must come to an end.  Sadly for SRP, that time is now.

For residents of two of the homes on this small street, major changes are coming since they have to move out for renovations to be done.  New tenants will then move in when that is finished.

One house has been full of amazing and handsome guys.  These are some of the best looking men I have ever seen and they are also some of the nicest, funniest, and most loyal to their friends.  This is an amazing fraternity.

The other house is full of gals – including three sisters and other friends as well.  These amazing Christian gals are fun and love to learn, be at the beach, and make new friends, as well as sing and play guitar.  This sisterhood has been a pleasure to see.

In addition to these two homes are a few that are full of families – parents and their kids who have decided to make this beach community their home.  That is what my grandparents also did for several years with their family. Despite these changes, these people will stay and continue to raise their families here.  There are also several apartments of friends who will remain.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAOne piece of jewelry that I wear often is a necklace that says SRP LUV.  I made it at the beach bead store the last time I was there.  It celebrates my love for this place and these people.  SRP is full of love and laughter, friendship, hugs, kisses, tears, dances, parties, and marriages and families – all the great and amazing things of life.   These are the things in life that truly matter.

The homes are nothing fancy but you can’t judge a home by the way it looks, just like you can’t judge a book by its cover.  These houses have been made into homes by those who have lived there since 2006.  My grandparents knew the woman who owned them before this current landlord bought the houses.

The walls of one of the homes are covered with art by friends and family, photos of a fun group of people, a refinished wooden floor that was worked on with love and lots of sweat, a new paint job, and a deck perfect for a bonfire and late night chat.  The walls of the other home hold pictures of friends, surfboards, and there are bunkbeads and comfy seats for late-night girl talk.

SRP.2These are magical places. This entire neighborhood on this small beach street is magical and has been very special to me for years.  My family has a beach house that I have enjoyed both as a child and growing up.  And, for the last five years, I have had the pleasure to take my son and see our house and these two homes.

These two homes next to ours are filled with friends who have embraced each other and us as family. It means the world to have been included in this family of friends and neighbors.  The people of SRP truly get the concept of a great neighborhood and that friends can become your family. I have been honored to be one of them.

I wish these friends well in whatever the next chapters in their lives will be.  I hope to stay in touch with them and see them again.  But more importantly, I hope they stay in touch with each other and can still get together.  I hope that even though they may no longer physically be near each other, that they can still plan to see one another.

Over the last year, several of them have already moved away or moved to a nearby house, some have gotten married and had children and others have gone off to school.  The change had already started before the news of having to move out.  Yet now, it is only too real that big changes are coming.

SRP.4A sad and selfish part for me is the date when they have to move out – December 1 – my birthday.  My normally fun day will be full of melancholy.

But, I won’t be dealing with as much as they will —being displaced and finding other digs to live in.  On that day, I will remember them fondly and thank the Lord for bringing all of them into my life.  And celebrate our friendship.

I just wish I’d had the chance for one last laugh or bonfire, story, dance, or hug and kiss.  Alas, that wasn’t to be. I plan to keep in touch and hope to see them again when circumstances allow.  To all of you, if you are ever in the southeast or Tennessee, please let us know.  We’d love to show you our neighborhood.POD_July.30_Friendship

The song Friends Forever by Michael W. Smith certainly applies to this amazing group of students, small business owners, entrepreneurs, photographers, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, actors, colorists, hairdressers, waiters, teachers, musicians, missionaries, and the list goes on.

“Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
I can’t believe the hopes He’s granted
Means a chapter of your life is through

But we’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seem you’ve gone
‘Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAAnd friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
‘Cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends.”

SRP.1There are few places in life that are magical.  SRP is one of those places.  It has meant so much to me over the years – first as a child, teenager, young adult, and now wife and mother.  I have had many great and amazing times with my own family and have watched many changes with them over the years.

Even though we can’t be together as often as I have liked, this neighborhood has been an amazing gathering place.  And, I am so thankful that the first 5 years of my sons’ life we have been able to spend time in the summer on SRP and get to know so many friends who are like family.

Several dear friends, including some with children will remain in the neighborhood and for that I am very thankful.  It won’t be totally different, so that is good.  I just don’t like change and this is a big change.

This is my Brigadoon – a place of magic that I am honored to be a part of for only a short time.  For those who have lived there, may you take that magic with you as you move to another home.  May you make that new place as much a home as SRP has been.

SRP.34_Mairy.Patti.Artha.1968God bless you in your new endeavors.  For those who remain, may you continue to enjoy it!! Hope to see you again soon.  SRP LUV always!!! SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA Ocean waves

Love and Birthday Wishes

birthday_KarenHi and Happy Friday!

Today is the birthday of one of my dearest friends — Karen.  Happy Birthday to you dear Karen!!!!

The two of us met at work and have remained friends.  She and her husband Rich are a blessing to me and I am very grateful to know them!

And, before Kirk and I sold our first house, Rich and Karen helped us paint it.  This was a big project and I was pregnant with Ian at the time.  He enjoys hearing the stories about that project.

When Ian was baptized, they were there with us to celebrate.  We have enjoyed many milestones together and laughed and cried about many things through the years.

We don’t see each other as much as we’d like but always have fun when we do get together.  I hope that she and her hubby have a great birthday celebration planned for her!

Karen, may you be blessed and have another fantastic year!  Hope to see you again soon.  I miss you my friend.


POD_Challenge_July_5_LoveToday’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is Love.

The picture that I chose for today is of my grandparents on their honeymoon in 1930.

It clearly is a photo that I didn’t take but is one that I have always loved of the two of them.

They taught me a lot about love, friendship, fun, and the importance of family.  They also helped teach a few generations of the importance of gathering together at a special place.

Grandma and Grandpa loved one another, their children, their grandchildren, friends, and other family members.  They also loved their careers and were both amazing teachers.  And, Grandpa was a brilliant writer.

I like to think that my siblings, cousins, and I inherited a lot of their talents and compassion.

Before my grandpa died, they were married for 66 years.

I am thankful to them for teaching me that love is more than just a word.  It is a way to live and an action to take.

My Gal Friends Rock!

girls 2Yes, I’ll say again, my gal friends or girl friends rock!

They are so very precious to me, yet I don’t get to see most of them very often.

For a while now, we have been splitting our time in two places — one of which includes me with a house full of guys.  It is fun to travel and see another place, but I must admit that after a while, I really miss talking to other women.

Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with these guys — including my hubby and son — but there is nothing like talking over something with a girl friend.  Gals, you know what I mean, right?!

Here I am pictured with (from left) my cousin Pam, my sister Cindy, and my sister-in-law Beckie.  I am at far left.  We had such a fun visit that summer!!

This week and next are the birthdays of two of my girl friends who I have known the longest.  Jennifer I have known since high school and Dawn since our freshman year in college.  I have written about both of them in other blogs, such as

I love that we are still close and can pick up where we left off with one another!  We can look at each other and laugh about some inside secret or read a posting and instantly have a connection or a shared memory.

A few gals who I have known longer than these two are my dear friends Tammy, a friend since elementary school, and my cousin Pam who I have been close to for as long as I remember, and my sister Cindy who I have known since she was born.

Again, I wish I could be with them more but they all understand and lead their own busy lives.  I just love that we can pick up where we have left off when we talk or see one another.

And, a few dear friends that I worked with through the years are also very special — Karen, Gaye, Michele, DiAnn, Linda, Phyllis, Deborah, Brenda, Angela, and a few others as well.  I have fond memories of each of them.  The cool thing is that I am friends with all of them on Facebook so I can keep up with them!

I am fortunate to also be close to two of my sisters-in-law, Beckie and Diane, and getting to better know another three others — Linda Hope, Linda, and Anne.  They have been fabulous additions to my life and I so enjoy time with this as well.

My wonderful cousins also rock (Val, Chris, Sue, Jen, Marit, Sarah, Robbi, Trish, Tanya and Dawn).  And, I am blessed to have friends from high school who I have planned reunions with and friends from college who I keep in touch with.  All of these great women are so important to me.  I won’t name everyone since I am afraid that I will leave someone out and I don’t want to do that.  In fact, I may already have.  I am sorry!

Just last year I met a few amazing women at a writer’s conference.  Among them, I immediately hit it off with Ann and Vicki.  I saw them this spring again and we had a great visit.  They both have self-published books and inspire me.

There is nothing like spending time at having tea, shopping, going to a movie, dessert, or a restaurant with my girl friends!  Talking and laughing or commiserating and crying are what we can do together.  Each of these moments is truly special.

When thinking about girl friends, I thought of television shows and movies which highlight female friendship.  My two favorites are Golden Girls and Designing Women.  Both of these had four amazing women who were strong, funny, and tightly knit.   And, they cracked me up.

A few more recent favorites are Hot In Cleveland and Sex In the City.  Again four close-knit women — isn’t that interesting?  These shows also make me laugh and I enjoy watching the dynamic of these friends.

Some other shows and movies that I thought of are:

  • Girlfriends
  • Rizzoli and Isles
  • Army Wives
  • Cagney and Lacey
  • Friends
  • The Facts of Life
  • Gilmore Girls
  • I Love Lucy
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Rhoda
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Thelma and Louise

What can you think of?  Are there other shows that I didn’t include?  Please let me and our readers know!!!

What do you like to do with your girl friends?  I also would love to hear from you on this.

May your life be blessed and rich with friendship and dear friends!

I wonder what fun and new things I will be able to do with my girl friends?  Can’t wait to discover!   I also wonder how soon I will see them.  Very soon I hope!

The Gift of Friendship

5minutefriday5 Minute Friday Word for April 25 is Friend

Today’s topic for 5 Minute Friday is Friend.  Here the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

Friends are a gift from God!  We chose our friends and make an effort to spend time with them, so they are extra special.

I have been blessed in my life to have several lifelong friends.  A few of these gals I have known for 30 years.  That is amazing!  It doesn’t seem possible.

There is a great song that I remember singing …

  • Friends are friends forever if the Lord’s the Lord of Them
  • And a friend will not say never cause the welcome will not end
  • Though it’s hard to let you go, in the Father’s hands we know
  • That a lifetime’s not too long to live as friends.

That to me sums up real friendship!!

I also love that my friends and I can go for years not seeing each other but when we do, it’s like no time has passed.  We pick up right where we left off.

A friend loveth at all times!  This is a great piece of scripture.

Whether a friend from childhood, from my work life, from meeting while pregnant, attending a writing seminar, or hanging out at the beach, I have been blessed to meet and know many awesome people.  I thank the Lord for each and every one of them!  I hope that you too have such friends.

There is so much more to say, but it’s time to say STOP!!

One last thing to add about friends.  This is a rhyme I remember from my childhood and still applies, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.”

May you be blessed with a friend-filled life!!

Read more thoughts on “friend” at Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday link-up today.

Family and Friends

flowerMy weekend hasn’t gone the way I expected to.  Do you ever have a weekend like that?

First I was supposed to go to my cousin’s renewal of vows.  She invited us months ago and we were all set to go.  But then for a variety of reasons, we weren’t able to make it.

I am sad that I wasn’t there to see them and their family.  It has been a few years and I miss all of them.  It was supposed to be a weekend of fun and family and we had to miss it.  Bummer!!!

We will try again in a few months for a visit.  Hopefully then the timing and plans will work in our favor.

Then tonight is my niece’s confirmation.  We weren’t able to go to that either, although we did want to.  I am thrilled for her and her family.  This is a very special time for her.

She is growing up into a lovely young woman.  It is great to be a part of her life and see her when we can.  Unfortunately, that isn’t as often as I’d like.  I hope to see my niece and her family very soon as well!!

Several road trips for me, that’s for sure!!!

Instead today, I had lunch with two friends who are in town for a writer’s seminar.  It was great to see them and catch up from last year.  The three of us met at last year’s seminar and instantly clicked.  Since I was supposed to have other plans, I wasn’t able to attend the seminar.

Have you ever met people who you clicked with?  I remember that happening when I was in school, but it has been a while since I have been a grown woman.  It happened in MOPS and then last year at the seminar and with some friends from my high school reunion committee, and a few other times in life.  But it is rare and wonderful.

These author friends and I have stayed in touch for a year.  Seeing them in person was fantastic!  We had so much to talk about at lunch.  It was so much fun!!

Books2Both of them have published books.  I can’t wait to read them!  I now have copies of the books and I am thrilled.  I will be reading them and letting you know what I think.  Should be fun!  And, hope to join them as an author of a book!

After lunch, Kirk, Ian, and I took a walk around our neighborhood and then did some yard work.  It was a lovely day and gave us a little taste of the spring weather that will be here soon — at least I hope so.  And it was without the pollen!!

Tomorrow will be church and some time to relax, at least I hope so.  I also want to get in touch with a few of my friends and family who I didn’t get to see this weekend.

My friends and my family are so very dear to me.  I am fortunate to know such a variety of great people who have enriched my life.  May I never take them for granted.

I wonder if this week will be more what I expect than this weekend was.  I sure hope so, since the unexpected can sometimes be stressful.  But, we tried to make the best of it!

March Birthday Madness

birthday cakeTis the time of year for March Madness.

For a basketball fan, this is the best time of year.  Are you a fan?  Are you loving all things hoops? Like come from behind wins and the occasional upset?

We are almost to the Sweet Sixteen (top 16 college teams) and then on to the top 8, the Final Four, and finally a winner.

For my family, it’s March Birthday Madness.  Well, not so much madness, but I wanted to tie it into the events of the month.  It is certainly March Birthday Celebration, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Between my husband’s side of the family and my side of the family, we have 8 people who celebrate birthdays in March.  It is always a busy and occasionally very pricey month, but also a fun one!

On Kirk’s side, we celebrate his mother’s birthday, his sister Anne, his brother’s wife Diane, and his oldest brother Pete.  On my side of the family, we celebrate my brother’s wife Beckie, my cousin Dennis, Dennis’s son Justin, and my sister’s daughter Gussie.

I am naming them this way so you know the connection to the two of us.  Unfortunately, we can’t always be with all of them to celebrate but we do always remember them fondly.

This month, Gussie is 13 years old and Justin is 12 years old.  I remember when both of them were babies and now she is a teen and he is one year from being a teenager.  Where did the time go?

These 8 people are very important in our lives as are the rest of the family.  We love them all and are excited to celebrate them!

I also have several friends who celebrate birthdays this month.  Happy Birthday to them as well.

To all of you my friends and family, I want to sing,

  • Happy Birthday to You
  • Happy Birthday to You
  • Happy Birthday Dear Loved One 
  • Happy Birthday to You!

You are all loved, thought of, and celebrated!  Have another great trip around the sun!!

I wonder if I will get to celebrate with all of my people?  I doubt it, but sure wish I could!

Home, Sweet, Home

home.snowYesterday, a friend of mine had a topic that she blogged about — home.  I was inspired to write about my home — or should I say homes.

“Home is where the heart is” is an expression that I have heard a lot about over the years.  What is it that makes a house a home?  Is it just living there or is it who you live with and spend your time with?

I have had the privilege to enjoy several wonderful homes — where I spent most of my childhood and then moved home to for a while after college.  Thanks to my parents for letting me do that.  I also had my dorm rooms in college, two apartments on my own, and then a condo and two homes with my husband.  Now, I think we’re settled in our home for a long time.

The house pictured above in the snow is the home that I grew up in.  Unfortunately it is no longer there but instead was torn down.

In fact the entire street was turned into a greenbelt because of sinkholes.  Thankfully we had no damage to our house, but a large sinkhole formed in our backyard.  Most of the rest of the homes had major damage.

This was a great house to live in and it saddens me to think it’s gone.  I only have my memories and photos to enjoy.  And, I have a brick from our wall on the driveway.  That is a treasure!

Rainbow_at_717srpAnd, let’s not forget my beloved beach house and my grandparents’ inland house — both in California.  Even though I didn’t live in either of these places, they were both magic to me and extremely special.  I have vivid memories of many fun times with family and friends.

The turquoise house in the picture with the rainbow is the beach house that I am talking about.  I have written a lot about this place.  Mainly because it’s so magical there.

This home is tiny, on a very busy street, and not what you’d think of as being a magical place.  But throughout my childhood and now with my child, it has been.

Again, I think it’s because of who I have been there with and where it is. Looking to the left from the front porch, you can see the ocean, and to the right is the bay.

My grandparents made an amazing purchase when they found this amazing place.  It hasn’t changed that much since they have passed away –other than some renovations.  I think they’d be pleased to see how much we still enjoy it and the fantastic neighborhood and neighbors.

Another expression I have heard about home is “home is where you hang your hat.”  I have a few hats which are in my current home, which I also love.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe outside is green with white trim in a great neighborhood.  It has a white picket fence around a small side yard — something I never expected to have.  We know our neighbors and they know us which is rare in today’s times.

The inside walls are a bright and cheery yet subdued yellow, again with white trim.  The positioning of the house takes advantage of natural light which flows in all of the windows.  It is truly home sweet home. Pictured are the three of us in the front of the house after a snow storm.  This was taken three years ago.

I have several favorite spots in my house — the couch in my family room where I read with Ian, rest, and watch TV and movies; the kitchen where we all cook and have a fun time together; and the den which includes a Lazyboy recliner and our exercise equipment.  This room is even better for reading — if I can stay awake.

My home feels like a sanctuary and is a great place to be.  I hope that you too have a home that is somewhere you want to be!

Here are few quotes about home:

  • “You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.”  ~ Maya Angelou
  • “Home is not where you live but where they understand you.”  ~ Christian Morgenstern
  • “Peace – that was the other name for home.”  ~ Kathleen Norris
  • “Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.”  ~ John Ed Pearce
  • “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”  ~ Jane Austen
  • “It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.”  ~ Author Unknown

Merry Christmas to You!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI wanted to wish my friends, family, blogs followers and readers a very Merry Christmas!  Hope you have a very blessed holiday!

A few Sundays ago, our Pastor told a story in his sermon that is what I think the holiday is all about.  An autistic boy had a part in the Christmas play.

He played the inn keeper and was supposed to tell Joseph and Mary that there was no room for them in the inn.

Instead this boy said, “I know what I am supposed to say, but Mary and Joe, there is room.  Why don’t you take my room?”

Isn’t that the sweetest? This boy knew that Christmas and Christ are about love and helping others!  May we all live that kind of life!!

This Christmas Eve and Christmas, I look forward to time with family and dear friends, good food, baking cookies, going to church tonight with my family, cookies and hot chocolate after the service, watching Ian open his gifts and stocking on Christmas morning, and the love of the Christ Child!

Here are a few quotes about Christmas:

  • “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”– Burton Hillis
  • “From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other.” — Emily Matthews
  • “The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.” — WC Jones
  • “For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.”– W. J. Tucker
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.”– Marjorie Holmes
  • “Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united.” –Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”– Laura Ingalls Wilder

May you have a blessed and wonderful Christmas!  Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!!

People I Am Thankful For

This week I have been doing a lot of thinking and praying, as I am sure you have too!

I have been thinking a lot about all of the precious people in my life.  I am thankful for:

  • You my followers and readers!  I appreciate those of you who I know and who have been supportive to me.  I also appreciate all of you who I’ve never met and have decided to follow me, like my blogs, and share your comments.
  • A husband who loves me and truly “gets me”
  • A son who has discovered the computer and enjoys playing on it for hours
  • A son who is learning to read and already loves books
  • Parents who taught me what love is and how to share it with others
  • A sister who has been a wonderful friend and confident for as long as I can remember
  • My sister’s great hubby and children.  They are always fun to be with!!
  • A brother who I love with all my heart
  • My brother’s wife who truly is another sister and their great kids.  They are also a lot of fun to spend time with
  • Aunts and uncles who have cared for me and taught me so much
  • Cousins who have been close friends
  • Grandparents who cherished each other and their families and a grandmother who will soon be 92 years old (she is a real spitfire!)
  • Friends who love me and whom I love – several who I’ve known for years and others who I have just recently met
  • (I wanted to add this one which I forgot) — In-laws who have enriched my life. I have a second set of siblings and parents and nieces and nephews who each have special gifts.
  • A Savior who loves me and guides me in my spiritual journey

I hope that you too have many important people in you life!!