Friday, October 31, 2014

'Tis that time of year for my birthday letter to my late mother, Merna.

Happy happy birthday, momma dear!  Lord have mercy do I miss you something fierce lately.  I always miss you but this week has been especially rough.  Oh, how I wish you were here to pick a fun restaurant to go to for dinner and then take the Grant and Ava trick or treating. Anyway, done with the sad stuff...let's get to the celebrating life stuff...

It's been a crazy year since I last wrote to you.  I still talk to the moon often when I want to talk to you though.  That will never stop.
First of all, Auntie P sent us these awesome witches' hats last year for Christmas.  We both keep ours out all year, but we had pictures taken in them this spring and I have to's one of my all time favorite sister pictures of all time.  It's like you're there with us in spirit.  I can see you in each of us daily.

School is going well.  I'm a junior!  When I started a few years back taking 2 classes at a time I never thought I'd see a light at the end of the tunnel, but I'm over half way there.  Can you believe it?!  I say your test prayer before each and every exam.  (Lord, please let what I know be on this test. Amen.)  I think it's helped, but boy howdy has it been a hard road these last two semesters.  Math is my enemy!  I HATE IT.  Not to mention I last took a math class before most of my classmates were even born.  Yep.  That's the god's honest truth!  Next semester I'll be done with the math stuff and on to statistics.  Anything has to be better than calculus so I'm happy about that.

Oh, mom, I have the best friends a gal could ask for.  They're sprinkled all over the country as I've moved around, but they are so damn wonderful.  I keep in touch with all of them and can't imagine my life without them.  Some have had babies, some have gotten married, some have moved around, but we never lose touch.  I got to see Susan and Kerri this summer when I went to Vegas for Sarah's bachelorette party.  Sounds kinda cheesy, but I love those two girls more than life itself.  Even if we haven't seen each other in 2-3 years it's like we've never been apart.  So much fun on that trip!!

I know I could call on any of my great friends and they would be there for me in a heartbeat.  I've even gotten texts from some of them this morning wishing me a happy birthday in your honor.  How sweet are they?!

Guess what.  I found a fella.  He's such a wonderful man, mom.  The only relationship advice you ever gave us girls was to find a man that will cherish you.  He does.  He is kind, generous, ambitious, a hard worker, a total gentleman, and he treats me so well.  It's been a bumpy road to get where we are today, but like most things in life, the hard stuff is always the most worth the struggle.  The most important quality I love about him is that he is sooooo funny.  The two of us laugh so hard about the silliest things.  Sometimes I worry I won't breathe again because I'm laughing so hard. You would love him.  I get teary eyed just thinking about that so I'm going to stop right here on this subject.

Your grand kids are AMAZEBALLS!  They make being an aunt more fun than I could have ever imagined.  
Bethany and Chris get to teach them the important things like manners and math and life skills.  They are such great parents.  But, I get to teach them things like a shark says chomp and to say "peace out, yo" instead of goodbye.  

You made our lives so much fun while we were growing up,  I feel like bringing silliness to their lives is a way of teaching them a little about you at the same time.  I love helping Bethany with their Halloween costumes.  They can't be a boring old pumpkin.  Nope.  They get to be "Shark Week" this year!  Grant is a shark and Ava is a seal with chomp marks taken out of her side and shoulder.  I hope you'd be proud of the aunt I try to be to them.

I adopted a new critter.  I know.  I needed a new critter like I needed another hole in my head.  BUT!  She's tiny and she's cute and she needed rescuing.  Besides.  Look at these ears!  They're huge!
Meet Tilly.  She's a 6 pound, 2 year old, chiweenie.  She's the craziest little thing and I love her snuggles.  She wants nothing more than to play fetch or snuggle under the blanket with you.

Auntie P will be here to visit this month. I can't wait to craft, laugh, craft, cook, shop, eat, craft, eat, and laugh some more with her.  Her visits are always fun.  It's like you're sitting there laughing and crafting along with us.  

I actually wrote this letter to you a couple of days ago, but I did spend this morning thinking a lot about you while I was letting Tilly out. Your bamboo wind chime from San Diego hangs on my patio and makes me smile every time I hear it.  
I know I've made some questionable choices along the way, but I certainly hope you'd be proud of the destination I've landed in at this point in my life.  Instead of looking back I'm looking forward to all of the fun adventures ahead.  For starters...we're going to go to a yummy dinner in your honor tonight and then the trick or treating will commence.  After a few houses Mike and I will head out to a little date night while Bethany and the kids go to a Halloween party.  Sounds like a good way to spend the day, right?!  

I love you so very much!  All the way to the moon and back, back to the moon, back again, and then make one more round trip and you may just get the idea.
I love you, mom!!

PS:  My most popular blog post ever has been my tomato cage ghosts.  The tutorial has been viewed almost 80,000 times and has been pinned on Pinterest over 15,000 times.  If you're one of the few people left who hasn't seen it, go check it out here!  Happy Halloween!  Or Merry Merna Day as we like to say.

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