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empty promises.


I just noticed that I have created a mini-monster. I always end my post with empty promises of posting more often or what I’m going to post next, and then life gets in the way and next thing I know months have passed.

I haven’t really been in a blogging mood since Auntie Bea passed away… but I’m really going to try and change that. Really truly.

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“Good better best. Never let it rest. Until good is better and better is best!”


Kurt, Carrie and I

My last post, was on June 24th 2014. I had started the 100 Happy Days or 100 Days Happy. I believe I made it to day 2. I’m guessing some of you might have wondered what happened. Well, my last post I left you asking for prayers and thoughts for my Auntie Bea because she was in the hospital. The following evening, June 25th 2014 she passed away. She was surrounded by her family and my mom was able to go be with her and her family that evening. I will continue with my 100 Happy Days but I probably won’t start it back up until August just because I’m still trying to sort through my thoughts, emotions and memories. I know though, that Auntie Bea would encourage me to be happy for not just 100 days, but every day.

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She was the kind of woman that saw the silver lining in everything. She was always there for everyone and had an amazing sense of humor. She wasn’t my mother, or a blood relative of any sort, but she still was family to me.

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I still find myself fighting back the tears, and trying to remember happy memories with her, but it still hurts. Knowing I’ll never be able to see her smile, or hear her voice again. Her family had a celebration of her life a couple of weekends ago and we were lucky to be able to spend that day with all of them. It was beautiful. I can’t even begin to express how loved Bea was. So many people showed up to celebrate her life.

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Something everyone agreed on that day, was just how much love and happiness she had to share with everyone. She mad such an amazing impression on everyone’s lives, and we are all very blessed to have had her in our lives. Everyone.

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I’ve been writing this post for a week now, and can’t bring myself to type up everything I want to. So I’m just going to end it before I continue to ramble. One day, I hope to be able to organize my thoughts and be able to share some of my memories with Auntie Bea.

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“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.”


Day 2: 100 days of Happy:

Today, memories of my childhood are making me happy. As a child, my mother nannied for a family of 8. 6 kids two adults, and various pets (dogs, cats, fish…) most of my memories are with their family. Today, I’m filled with hilarious and wonderful memories surrounding their mom, my “Auntie Bea”

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I’m going to share just a few with you today. I found out yesterday that even after an intense battle with tumors, which she won, she is not doing very well and suffered a heart attack. My heart is with her and her family today and every day.

She was always smiling, and loved being with her children. Birthdays in their house were always a big deal, and even if you didn’t want to, she would make you wear underwear on your head. :)

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When we were younger, their youngest, Kurt, and I would bring her slugs out of the garden and she would pay us for each slug we found and killed.

She was always there for us, if I (as I so openly did) cried she was there with a smile ready to make me laugh.

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She isn’t just a wonderful friend and mom, she was also an incredibly talented artist. As a child I remember staring at her work in awe. It just came so naturally to her, and I always remember dreaming of being as talented as she is.

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So, for day 2 of my 100 days of Happy series, I’m happy to have had the Burress family, and more specifically, Auntie Bea!

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100 Days of Happy.


This has been going around Facebook, and I’ve been thinking about doing it for a few months but didn’t want to do it on Facebook… so after thinking about it, I think this might be a great way to get back into the habit of posting more often… so here goes.

#Day1 #100daysofhappy
Today my beautiful and intelligent niece is the topic for my 1st post. She’s here visiting and I am forever grateful to have her in my life. I’m one lucky aunt!

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S’more cupcakes (my own recipe!)


So I took my “Little helper” to the store and we were both hungry (big mistake!) She talked me into buying a box of cake mix… once we got home I looked in my drawer at work to see if I could take a normal box cake and turn it into my own creation… that’s when I created this masterpiece. I’m sure others have made this but I’ve never had one and I didn’t snag this from anyone.

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S’more cupcakes (my own recipe!)


So I took my “Little helper” to the store and we were both hungry (big mistake!) She talked me into buying a box of cake mix… once we got home I looked in my drawer at work to see if I could take a normal box cake and turn it into my own creation… that’s when I created this masterpiece. I’m sure others have made this but I’ve never had one and I didn’t snag this from anyone.

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