Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dear John...

Most "dear john" letters denote the demise of a relationship, giving them a negative connotation... but mine are all full of joy (well, these days anyway!). Writing letters to my love, John, is a big part of how i express my adoration of him. Generally they're private and take various sorts... but this is a very special day today, and it requires a different kind of proclamation. Today is John's birthday.
John, you have changed my life. I know that sounds so cliche, but it's incredibly true. Before you, I had no idea how to properly, romantically and permanently love another person... you came into my life and literally forced me to love you!
Your qualities are so appealing and so perfect. You have such a sweet, sweet heart. I can't imagine anyone trying to hurt it. You're incredibly patient and loving, I don't know how you have learned to guide and direct my moods the way you have, but my dad has it right; you handle me with skill and perfection. I've never met anyone half so funny as you, you're always ready with quick wit, quips and one-liners. And you'll always be my protector, watching out for me and making sure i'm not being taken advantage of. Thanks for being so fierce :)
So, schatz, and you truly are my treasure, i love you. I'm grateful to God that he brought us together, he provided us with our perfect match, each other. Happiest birthday wishes to you, I pray you have a wonderful year filled with success and joy... and i wish you many, many more. You're my darling, je t'adore.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010


hello, electronic world.

Today i'd like to introduce you to my favorite little person. Her name is Penelope Michael and she dominates the left-hand corner of my heart, and has since before the first time she sputtered out an 'aunja' in reference to me. Penelope is my 16-month old niece and she is gorgeous. I love everything about her, her coy attitude, her big hugs when she sees that i have her two favorite things (a laptop and cereal...) and mostly her giant smile and her insatiable curiosity.

There is one thing about my little darling that i do dislike, however. At 9 months, Penelope had an episode that landed her in the hospital for several days and produced an unfavorable outcome. She has diabetes. That's an awfully old condition for such young blood, yet she plows through it (at 4 shots of insulin each day!) with a patience like i've never seen in a toddler before. She takes her socks off when she sees that daddy or mommy are getting ready to test her blood... she runs around the house attacking my mom's 130 lb dog, Zeus, with a plastic needle that came in her play medical set. She's a cool little girl. And i love her.

Every day we pray that there will be a cure for Penelope, that a lifetime of diabetes will not be her story and that she'll be free from the daily testing and shots, and the most recent scare- diabetic shock. Even if that day never comes, though, i'm thankful that she survived that first, horrendous attack. I'm grateful that the root problem was discovered and that she's being treated. And i know, that my entire family, especially her adoring parents, are thankful for her wonderful, brightening presence each and every day.

Peanut, this one's for you... auntie auna loves you

Thursday, January 14, 2010

la vie en rose

So, I was asked how one might go about creating a blog. I've never had a blog, I've always been more of a social-networking-site sort of girl... but in my attempt to learn the unknown (for me, anyway), I've decided to create one, and then pass the knowledge along.
I had to choose a headline, and for now "la vie en rose" is just right. Why? Because that's a great way to view life, not in some distorted way, but in an "i'm so blessed i can hardly take it" sort of way. When i put my 'blessing-colored glasses' on, i see everything in a new and better perspective. What are my small troubles compared to the pain and utter devastation of the Haitians, for example? None. I'm a blessed girl. I have a wonderful John who adores me and is my perfect match, i have a loving family that has supported me my entire life, i have diverse and fulfilling friends, a great job and above all else, a personal God who loves and protects me. So much to be grateful for... and so little to grumble about.
So, welcome to my blog! I'd love to share with you as i plan a wedding, move to ireland and then settle in to the next phase of life. Hopefully, you'll share with me, too.... and together we can learn more than we would have learned alone.