Friday, September 30, 2011

Melody Joy

Today is a day to celebrate! Today I am grateful for yet another year in the life of one of the best friends I have known. She is well loved by many, and deservedly so, but I would like to take a moment to mention a few of my favorite things about Melody Cutbirth.
She is courageous. I know of few people so willing to be vocal about their beliefs, and particularly about their beliefs about how we should treat each other. But boy howdy, you will learn to watch yourself around her! And I say Good!
She has a beauty that is so innate that she can't see it. It shines through in the way she cares for others, but mostly this gift flows through her dance and her writing.
She is also willing to try new and scary things in an effort to achieve bigger and better things for her life. I know how hard that is, and what a struggle it can be in the day to day living to just try and keep your nose above the waves, but she does it. Not only that, but she does it with grace, beauty and humanity.
I say watch out world: you ain't seen nothin' yet!!
Happy Birthday Melody!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


My mom had many sayings. When I was a child I remember hearing, "If you have to ask, the answer is probably no." "It's no fun to pick on someone who doesn't react." "Just because so-and-so does it doesn't mean you can." and various other advisory type things. Most good moms use these phrases daily, and thank Heaven they do!
But I also remember hearing a lot of "I love you bunches and gobs and mountains full." "Nothing you ever do or say will change the fact that I love you now and I always will." "God's love is perfect, but I'll try to match it." "I love you, period." My mom is full of love for her daughters, and we will never doubt it or forget it! Happy Birthday Mom!! I'm so glad YOU are my mom (and I didn't get saddled with someone else!).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

This Day

I will never forget where I was on this morning Eight years ago. 
I had decided to go to my favorite place to watch the sunrise. 
I knew that day was special.
I knew that I was going to be an aunt again, and this time it would be a girl!!
I also knew I had to work.
So early in the morning I was up before the sun.
I went to my place and sat and as the sun rose I quietly sang my favorite lullabies and put the finishing touches on Serenity Anne Crousore's baby afghan.
9/11 is such a sad day for so many,
for me it is a beautiful day which I choose to spend in celebration.
Even when I can't be there physically, 
I always celebrate this day.
I always celebrate this girls life.
I love being her aunt.
Someday we will live closer and I hope we will be good friends.

Happy Birthday Serenity!!!