It Seems Like Yesterday


I really had to write this, it’s one of those posts that really just have “to be”. It’s a story that spans 25 years and it seems like yesterday. She was born on New Year‘s Day, that in itself is special wouldn’t you say? This is a story of my niece and of course I am her favorite Aunt, but why you may be asking? Well, because she is Autumn’s beautiful daughter and I was always and will always be her kind of second Mom. Thanks so much for sharing her Twinnie!
I did my best with the loving, the spoiling, the holding onto that little girl hand of hers as I strolled her through some magic times, with your permission of course. You were, are and will always be the best and most fun of Moms Twinnie dearest! I loved the time Twinnie had on her leather cowboy hat in the school pick up line and darling niece who was maybe 6 years old was not pleased. I got called Mom and Autumn was Aunt Gabs until that evil cowboy hat got taken off!
The darling niece had a fine sense of humor from the start and it still remains.  I feel blessed I had a major part of this lovely niece’s life, and those years seemed to roll by way too quickly. The darling niece learning to walk, then running everywhere she went because walking was way too slow! The girl had a zest for life from early on, she was clearly her mother’s daughter!
Then    


The days of schooling, well they seemed to fly and then, onto college…Those 4 years went by in a blink of an eye, too. Anyway, I am along with Autumn having a hard time of it these days. The beautiful niece has moved way too far away, 2, 000 miles away…I am still convinced she will tire of this new location and be back very soon. Her new job will end up boring and dull, she will miss us too much and move right back where she belongs. I just knew  we Twinnies should have kidnapped her and refused to let her go, except that’s not how real life works. I should have bribed darling niece with the shopping trip of her dreams, because I had helped teach her to shop until you dropped. Did I mention along with loving this niece like crazy, that I spoiled her shamefully? I couldn’t help myself, her big brown eyes just had me from the start!  Well, I know that kids have to find their way and live their own lives as they see fit…But who would have known it would be so difficult? Trying not to make this sad, we Twinnies shared a new batch of tears last night.
NOW

Autumn was a single Mom for way over half of darling niece’s life…Sorry to report, Autumn’s ex-husband was really not father material and forever shame on him! Thankfully our parents were a marvelous help, I helped and so did my husband along with other family of course. It’s just hard to believe, here we are 25 years after the miracle of darling niece’s birth and she is really off having a new adventure of it. Well, I am trying to be strong and be there for Autumn and somehow we will get through this! I love my darling niece and want the best and brightest for her..Whatever the future holds for her, may she be blessed! But it still seems like it was only yesterday…

NEW YEAR QUOTES ~by Gabby Angel


I was looking at quotes for the New Year and I found some that were very interesting. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did! :)
1. Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us~~Hal Borland
2. Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right~~Oprah Winfrey
3. What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year~~Vern McLellan
4. We will open the book. It’s pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and it’s first chapter is New Year’s Day~~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
5. New Year’s Day is everyman’s birthday~~Charles Lamb
6. One resolution I have made, and always try to keep is this–To rise above the little things~~James Burroughs
7. An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves~~Bill Vaughn
8. Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account~~Oscar Wilde
9. Write in your heart that everyday is the best day in the year~~Ralph Waldo Emerson
10. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow~~Einstein

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


2011 has come to a close and we are entering a brand New Year. It seems to have gone by so quickly, hasn’t it? Autumn and I would like to wish you all a wonderful 2012…Happy New Year everyone! Sure wish we could hand out those noise makers, confetti, or something. ;)  May you find this year to be the happiest, brightest and best ever. So many good wishes for it be filled with good health, much joy and just everything your heart desires.This blog has been one of the happiest experiences of 2011 for us twinnies…Thank you all for making it so! Whatever way you celebrate, have fun and be safe and we are sending hugs and smiles! ~~Autumn and Gabby~~

A New Year Wish ~ By Autumn Sunshine


A wish for this new year

that all you hold so dear

will shine bright and strong

and you will be right where you belong

my love and I begin with a wish so true

that  those who love, do

keep the love so bright

hold on to the lovely light

that dances all around

the love that can be found

at our home we have that always …

Don’t let go,make this year the best

put your love to the test

don’t rest

until you know you can

Spread the love all across the land

If you love a lot

you will not

fail the test of time

make the New Year shine

and refine

the love

My darling man and I wish you all

Happiness and not one fall …

Time is Marching On… ~By Gabby Angel


We are so close to the New Year, time to say goodbye to 2011. A few short days and we will  be saying hello to 2012…Time really does march on. Whether we are ready for it or not, you can’t slow down, go back or change time. It has me thinking of  one thing as the New Year  is so close to being ushered on in. First, I am pondering the whole subject of  New Year’s resolutions…Why does anyone make them? Does anyone ever keep them?

Some people really do make a resolution, then get sad and discouraged when they don’t or can’t keep it. Well, you know what I am saying, right? Perhaps there really are some people who have the discipline to keep a resolution. You know the usual ones like lose weight, eat heathy, quit a bad habit, etc. Some people set goals, which is a good thing. The problem is some of these may become impossible to keep, for one reason or another.

I personally haven’t made a New Year’s resolution since 1999…What was it you ask? My husband Dave had been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, Multiple Myeloma almost 7 months to day of January 1st. So my resolution (and his, too) was to look forward to the approaching bone marrow transplant, which would buy Dave some more time. That we would make 1999 and the years that followed really count. Dave had finished the chemotherapy, we were both very hopeful and things looked good. So we resolved to make 1999 a new start, and live each and every day the best, the happiest and to really mean something. Not take anything for granted, each other (not that we ever did) or any of our loved ones. We did silly things, fun things, things that would make good memories and I am not kidding…We lived and loved, our way through each passing day. It stayed pretty much that way, well until Dave lost the battle on May 30th of 2003. I won’t go into the details, they aren’t the issue and I don’t want to make this sad. I have written about Dave in other posts, so if you are interested you can read those.

The point that I am making, the 1999 New Year’s resolution was good and we kept rolling with that one. That was the most important  New Year’s resolution of my life and I don’t choose to make another one. Nothing else will ever be that earthshattering or life changing, at least not to me. There is nothing else in the big picture for me that is cause for a New Year’s resolution. That’s me, we all are very different. It just put things into a prospective for me personally. If you choose to make your own New’s Year’s resolution, go for it I say. These are my own thoughts only and my own personal ponderings about New Year’s resolutions.

I am curious though, who really is making a New Year’s resolution? If so, please do feel free to share. Also maybe if you would like, share your own thoughts or ponderings about the whole New Year’s resolution thing. I have asked Autumn, she isn’t making one. As we agreed, all we can say is…We will keep being the happiest and best we can be!