Happy Birthday to Richmond!

3.Truex.2015Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Richmond, Happy Birthday to you!!!!!  Happy Birthday to my dear brother Richmond.  Hope you are  having a great day!  Here is a photo from the summer of us with our sister Cindy.

Yesterday we celebrated Christmas with him and his family and also celebrated his birthday.  It was a fun day and we had a great time.  Richmond and I are good friends and I think the world of him.  He is one of my favorite people.

He is smart, great at his job, loves his family, has several hobbies, and loves to sing and act.  He is also a loving husband, great father, and someone who I love to be with.  I am fortunate to have him as a friend as well as my younger brother.

There never seems to be enough time for us to get together.  When we can, it is very special and lots of fun. I am so thankful for my brother.  He is such fun and such an important part of my life.

I am thankful for:

  • Sharing inside jokes with him
  • Listening to his laugh
  • His impressions and quotes that crack me up
  • Fun times throughout the years
  • Memories at Mission Beach
  • Watching favorite shows and movies with him
  • His lovely wife who is a real sister
  • His amazing kids
  • Despite how we acted as kids, we are now real and good friends
  • His sense of style
  • His passion for the band U2
  • His lifelong friendships
  • His love of family and friends

SRP.33.Patti_Richmond.1990A few quotes about brothers:

  • A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams. ~ Author Unknown
  • A friend is a brother who was once a bother. ~ Author Unknown
  • I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at. ~ Maya Angelou
  • Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply. ~ Jane Austen
  • Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing, and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them our whole lives long. ~ Susan Scarf Merrell
  • The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that food came out his nose. ~ Garrison Keillor

Richmond, may you have a blessed birthday and a year full of blessings.  Love you so very much.  Hope to see you again very soon!!

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Happy (Late) Siblings Day / Three of A Kind

3 kidsHi and Happy Friday!  I am a day late with Siblings Day, but still wanted to write about my brother and sister.  I found out this morning that it was Siblings Day on April 10.  Where have I been?

And, Today’s photo challenge is Three of A Kind.  I’d have to say that the three of us are that.  We are alike in a lot of ways, yet different too!  So, these photos speak for that as well.  Here is a photo taken in the fall of last year and the one below is from 2006.

I love my sister Cindy and my brother Richmond.  We are all close and I feel very fortunate for that.  We may not have gotten along all the time as kids but now as adults with our own families, our relationships have changed for the better.  What a blessing!

We regularly get together and that is great.  Most times when we are with our parents, Mom wants to take a picture of the three of us.  So we probably have hundreds.  And, each and every one is a great memory of our time together.

To celebrate this day, I received very nice notes and pictures from my bro and sis. My sister said she is blessed to have a brother and sister who have shared summers at the beach, afternoons playing in the woods, grandpa’s stories, mom’s camp fire fun, and dad’s driving lessons.  My brother shared a funny picture of the three of us sneaking cookies at Mom and Dad’s house and mentioned, after all these years, we still steal cookies.

DSC06098Aren’t they awesome?  I sure think so.  To both of them, I say thank you for these kind words and love!  We have shared so many wonderful memories, have laughed a lot, have been in each other’s weddings, have been there when our children were born, and have shared some tough times losing our grandparents.

I couldn’t ask for a better sister and brother.  I only wish I could see them more than I do.  I also love each of their spouses!  They are my siblings as well and I am happy that they are part of us and our family.

I am blessed to have a brother and sister who have shared a cross-country trip in our small hatchback, camping at state parks and making s’mores, family singalongs, stories by Grandpa, playing pounce, long summers at the beach, playing in our back yard and neighborhood, often walking to school, sharing holidays and birthdays, the Highland Games, Easter sunrise services outside at the marina, and many more special times.

I love my sister and brother!  Happy late Siblings Day to the two of you!

Happy Birthday Dear Richmond!

SRP.33.Patti_Richmond.1990Today, December 28, is my brother’s Birthday! Happy Birthday to you dear Richmond. This picture was taken in 1990 at the beach and is one of my favorites.  It cracks me up how similar our hairdos are.

I am 5 years older than my bro and we are very close.  It wasn’t always that way – at least not when we were growing up.  But, we overcame that and put aside our sibling rivalry junk. Now we are adults who love to spend time together and have our families get together.

It is a blessing to have shared all that we did with our sister Cindy and be able to come out the other side as friends who enjoy being together.  The three of us are pictured below.  And, I must admit it is amazing that we are now in our 40s.  Where did the time go?  How did I fly by so quickly?

It did and we have made a point to keep in regular contact since we no longer live in the same towns.  We get together when we can and our kids enjoy being together too.

Richmond has a great job, a wonderful family, is a lot of fun, and makes me laugh.  He is a fan of U2, dress clothes, and loves to quote movies.  I just wish we could spend more time together.

Tonight is his birthday party and I unfortunately won’t be able to be there, but will be in spirit.  With my son having been sick this week, Kirk and I decided to rest and stay closer to home.  I am, however, looking forward to photos and hearing about the evening.

Richmond, I hope that you have a wonderful birthday and can have fun and do what you like!   May you have a blessed birthday and another amazing trip around the sun!  I love you bro!!!

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Happy Anniversary

I’d like to propose a toast to my brother and his wife and my sister and her husband.

Happy Anniversary to my siblings and their spouses this week!

My brother, Richmond, and his wife Beckie, celebrated their 18th anniversary yesterday!  My sister, Cindy, and her husband, Cody, celebrate their 19th anniversary today!

They are both close to 20 years of marriage.  That is very impressive and something to be celebrated!  Thus, the toast which I wish I could share with them in person!!

I remember being in both weddings and what fun they were.  In Cindy’s wedding, I was honored to be the maid of honor!  What fun it was to see her walk down the aisle in her gorgeous cream wedding gown that a friend of ours made and all of the wedding party dressed in cream and green outfits.  It was great to have Cody join our family.

And, then a year later, Richmond and Beckie wed.  I was a bridesmaid and we wore beautiful purple gowns.  This was one of my favorite bridesmaid’s dresses (no nightmare outfit there!!).  It was fun to have another sister in our family and to see my brother so happy!!

I am the oldest of the three of us, yet I was the one who married last in our family (5 years after Cindy).  All of us found and married our true loves at the right times in our lives.  And, for that I am thankful.

Both of these couples have shown me what marriage and real commitment are all about!  They have shown love and caring for one another, they have fun together, and are great to be around.  True love is an amazing thing to see!

I think all of us learned about the commitment of marriage from our parents who celebrated 47 years this summer, our grandparents who were married 66 years before my grandfather died, and our great-grandparents who were married for 70+ years.  We come from a long line of long marriages!!  Cool, isn’t it?

And, they have taught me about parenthood and how to discipline a child with love.  I am so proud of Cindy and Cody and Richmond and Beckie and their wonderful children.  And, I remember when they all were born.  Each one is so different yet so very special.

My family is such a blessing to me and I am so fortunate to be close to them!  I love you Cindy, Cody, Gussie, and Aiden; and Richmond, Beckie, Isaac and Rachel!

Some quotes about Anniversaries — some sentimental and some funny:

  • “Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.”  ~H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques, 1916
  • “Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.”  ~Gene Perret
  • “A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.  The order varies for any given year.”  ~Paul Sweeney
  • “The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly.”  ~Peter De Vries
  • “Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “Spouse:  someone who’ll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn’t have had if you’d stayed single.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”  ~Rita Rudner