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“I wish you were here, but you are not. You’re there, and there doesn’t know how lucky it is.”


Today is a special day, it’s the day of my wonderful Auntie Bea’s birthday. We lost her last year, if you recall. Today she’s on my mind a little more than usual.

I know she’s with her family each and every day, but I feel her presence as well. I truly believe she was with us on easter when we went out to have our easter egg hunt and discovered 30k bees swarming in the back yard. She was watching over us as we moved the bees into a swarm box. No one got stung and I believe it’s because she was watching out for us. I know she would have loved Mitchell and he would have seen just exactly why she was such a huge part of my childhood.

Happy Birthday to you, Auntie Bea. I hope you’re up there partying, with your underpants on your head banging pots and pans to celebrate!

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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!