Sunday, May 13, 2012

5/13/12 - Nieces and Nephews

This post is actually a tribute to mothers, but before I proceed with that, let's welcome our newest, wonderful reader, Carolyn.  She is my longtime friend that bought my Currier & Ives China.  Welcome Carolyn!  Glad you're here!


And it is quite appropriate that we welcome Carolyn today because she is one of the best mothers I know.  She and her husband have done a great job of raising a special young man, Nicholas, and she is an inspiration to anyone that knows her.

I have always said that I would have taken 20 kids but God didn't give me any.  That's just the way it worked out and I'm okay with it, but it took a long time to get the peace I have today.

It helps that I have 34 nephews, nieces and great-nephews & nieces.  Yes, 34.  Not kidding.  LOL.

I know a lot of great moms and wish all mothers the Happiest of Mother's Days today.

In addition to Carolyn, I want to give a special shout-out to my niece Charlene, my cousin Gloria and my friend Leslie.  These are just a few of the really terrific moms I know and I stand in awe of them every single day.

Another special shout out to my sister Sheree.  When she lost her husband to a drunk driver, she was left to raise 6 children on her own.  She and Paul had three children of their own and had been blessed to adopt three other wonderful children.  In addition to those 6, my sister also has 2 other children she took in, and we are blessed to call them family as well.  Brandy is now grown and has lovely twins of her own, and Maigen graduates from high school this month.  Woohoo! :)

Another amazing fact about my sister is that she is a teacher.  How does one raise 8 kids, dote on 8 grandchildren, teach, AND keep their sanity?   I don't know.  You'd have to ask her.  While you're at it, ask her how she manages to stay so pretty and youthful. This picture was taken last June at her daughter's wedding.  The picture that follows is her 5 beautiful daughters (my nieces).

Tiffany, Maigen, Elisabeth, Meghan, Brandy
I had breakfast yesterday morning with her and her youngest daughter (my niece, Meghan), and her oldest granddaughter (my great-niece, Alyssia, Tiffany's baby).  Afterward they came to the apartment for a couple of hours.

Here's a picture of Alyssia sleeping.  She couldn't decide whether to color or change her baby's diaper.  Looks like sand man won the toss.  :)

And here's a picture of Meghan sweeping.  The apartments wouldn't clean my stoop but my niece did.  Sweet thing!

She's a junior and getting ready to take her college-entry exams.  I'm so proud of her and all her siblings.  Sheree, you done did good girlfriend.  I know it hasn't been easy.

So, I'm sending love and gratitude to all mother's today that love and nurture their children.  For those who may be in pain because you don't have children, hang in there.  It gets better.  I promise.  And if all else fails, maybe God will give you 34 nephews and nieces to love!


  1. wow, what a tribute to mothers, and lots of them on this post. beautiful post, and your family is also beautiful, to look at and their actions. you are blessed. and you are a mom to your fur babies and in my book that counts, so Happy Mothers day furbaby mom

  2. Ahhhh, thank you Sandra - this means a lot to me. Just got back from the dog park with them. Then read this, and now my day is complete. Thank you. xxo

  3. wow, you sure have a lot of nieces and nephews. A wonderful mother's day tribute to all the great moms you have in your life :)

    1. @ Ann - I do have a lot of great mom's in my life! Thank you, Ann. I had never thought of it that way. :)

  4. Thanks, sweet Debra! You're such a great Momma to your doggies that you convinced this dog skeptic that dogs are wonderful creatures when they are raised right! Ms. Hope is a great kitty too. You have a wonderful family and you are an inspiring friend.

    1. @ Carolyn - I had to explain to Nonni what skeptic meant. She wrinkled her nose and promises to not lick next time you come to visit. LOL. Love you! :)