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Mom in her early 20's

Mom, this blog entry is dedicated to you in honor of your 79th birthday.  As a mother, I now understand the sacrifice, the unconditional love, the selflessness and the patience you gave of yourself for your children.  The past couple of years, you have encountered some hardships that a child never wants to see their parents go through.  Yet, you are a survivor and every day you show me how much a mother’s love and strength can carry her through even through the hardest of times.  You are my inspiration to continue to live my life to the fullest and to never give up in any circumstances.  Your constant love and affection has given me the strength to be my best.

Thank you

To be a mother is not an easy task,

Yet you do it proudly everyday no matter what is asked

You have turned your baby into a beautiful young lady.

You were there for me since the very beginning and saved me countless tears

The pushy and wise advice you gave will carry me through the years.

With my every mistake or wrongful deed,

You were always there to understand.

You put no limits on my dreams or anything else I wish to do.

You never forget to say you care or that you love me too.

The smile and tears upon your face when I achieve provides me with more value

In my heart then you’d ever believe.

There is no other person that will shape my heart the way you’ve done,

Your job finished perfectly for your precious daughters and son.

We have had a rocky road through triumph and catastrophe, hard time and despair,

But not a single moment of time of not having a wonderful mother there.

You have always put in your last with love and my whole life is not enough time for me to repay you.

We always put our disagreements to the side and manage to make it through.

I know that my teen years have driven you crazy but you have guided me with assurance along the way.

You have given me comfort and certainty with every breath I take within the day.

Your little girl is growing up but your baby girl will always remain deep inside me.

There are not enough words that can thank you for everything you have helped me emotionally and physically.

I have my whole future ahead of me and you are the women that has leaded me and guided me towards the proper path.

How can one simple day prove that much thanks and love to someone who has pushed this far and still is working her way?

No other person deserves a more wonderful birthday.

– Devon

May your birthday be filled with joy and celebration!

Happy Birthday Mom!  You are forever loved!

Your loving daughter, Gayle


Do you see any resemblance?

Baby Gayle

Baby Erin

Baby Erin

If any one knows my daughter, she is always keeping herself busy in one way or another.  There never seems to be any real length of idle time for her.  She always finds something to do to keep her mind and body active.

This summer, she worked out and conditioned for volleyball in hopes that when the team try outs came along in late August that she would make the team.  Unfortunately, this year, Erin did not make the team.  Although she was disappointed, this did not deter her from trying other things.  I told her that I was very proud of her even though she did not make the team.  Her persistence, determination, bravado and a “can do” attitude are traits that will carry her far into the future.

So, last night, Erin comes to me and says that she is going to join the Key Club at her school.  I was very estactic as being in the Key Club is a highly rated club and does a lot for the community.  One of the activities that they will be doing (and have done for several years) is to sleep outside over night in card board boxes (I believe on the school premises) to emulate what it is like to be homeless and then report their experiences.  I also believe they have to do at least 100 hours of community related service activities in order to letter in the club.

It will be a very interesting year as she participates in the club and watch her grow into an even a more well rounded individual.

Good luck Erin!  I know you will do great and in the process have a great time!!  I am so very proud of you!

Erin and Erica

Erin and Erica

Happy Belated Birthday Erin!  It’s hard to believe that you are 15 years old!!

There are so many words that I want to express to you but don’t know where to begin.  I found a very touching poem that says it all.  Hope you like it sweetie!

An Angel Left Her Wings

©  Tina M. Marascia

I have this little angel. For me she left her wings.
She has no idea how much happiness she truly brings.
She brightens up my days with her smiles and her laughs.
She helps me to remember all the blessings that I have.

Her face, it is so perfect, she’s sweet and soft and pure.
Sometimes she can be willful and sometimes she is demure.
She tries her very hardest to please and do what’s right.
She gives the greatest hugs from morning until night.

Every person that has known her sees this light within her soul
I know that in this whole great world, she has a special role.
She’s helpful and considerate to everyone she knows
This light in her shines brighter as my angel grows.

When she sees someone is sad, it opens up her heart.
She wants to do all that she can; she wants to do her part.
She’ll squeeze away the sorrow and make me forget about my pain.
She shows me where the sun is when we’re hiding from the rain.

I know that God must love me, He showed me with His Grace
I knew just how completely when I saw my angel’s face.
And in that very moment when she came into my world,
I knew that she was so much more than just my baby girl.

She would be my sunshine, with a sweetness that won’t end.
And when she grows up one day she would be my closest friend.
She would be the reason I would always try my best.
For my little angel baby girl would be my greatest test.

When God entrusts to you an angel, who has left her wings for you.
Encircle her with love with everything you do.
Let her know God made her, and that He trusts you with her care.
Be sure to make time for special moments with her to share.

And when at night she finally says her prayers and goes to sleep
I Thank Him for my angel, and ask for him to always keep
A watchful eye and hand to protect her from this world.
Protect my little angel; protect my baby girl.

Baby Erin

Erin (now) and her friend Erica

Erin (now) and her friend Erica


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