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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy Birthday!!!

So, today is my Grandma's and my Mother-In-Law's b-day.

I just have to say that these women are absolutely amazing.

I look up to them so much.

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My mother-in-law truly is one of my best friends.  We spent the summer together and ran, went to the beach, cooked and read everyday together.  I can tell this woman anything and everything and she always has the best advice for me.

I have never met someone as cheerful and optimistic as Cari.

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I hope to be able to raise my children, love my family, cook, befriend everyone I meet and make others feel comfortable, loved and laugh half as good as she does some day.  (I know my grammar is struggling.)


My grandma has been a huge example to me since I can remember.


I am so blessed to be able to go to Mer's (that is what we call her) whenever I want to lay on her couch, eat cookies and listen to wonderful love stories about her and my grandpa.

She is the most amazing grandma, friend, generous, devoted woman you will ever meet. Oh, and she is the best oatmeal cookie maker this side of the Mississippi.

I am so grateful to have such amazing, strong, women in my life.

What woman do you look up to the most in your life?

-Obviously these two woman.  I could probably write a book about my mother and my sister. I am so lucky.


At January 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Savannah said...

Such a sweet post - Happy birthday to them! I look up to me maternal grandmother and to a former boss who taught me that you can be a lady and be as tough as nails.

At January 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM , Blogger Mallory said...

What sweet pictures!!

I look up to my mother and her sister, my grandmothers and an aunt who passed away from cancer in 2008. They were/are such wonderful women who influenced my life greatly for as long as I can remember.

At January 1, 2011 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Mallory said...

Oh and one of my grandmother's is the best oatmeal (and every other kind of cookie!) makert THIS side of the Mississippi. Clearly our grandmothers should hang out!

At January 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM , Blogger Matt said...

Tell them happy birthday for me :)

At January 1, 2011 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Jen said...

My mommy! Of course ;-)

Happy New Year Dear!!

Oh, and have you entered my perfume giveaway yet?


At January 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

My mom!!

At January 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM , Blogger XLMIC said...

As strange as it may sound, my 8-year old daughter. Her bravery, determination, creativity, joy and limitless capacity to love inspire me every single day. As far as picking a grown up, probably my Aunt Carol who always seems like the BEST mom anyone could ever hope for.

At January 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM , Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said...

What a great day to celebrate! My nana is definitely a wise woman and has given me such courage over the years.
Happy bday to your lucky ladies.

At January 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM , Blogger ~Jessica~ said...

Aside from the obvious 'my mother,' I admire any and all women of athletic ability. Being British, my particular idols are Jessica Ennis and Paula Radcliffe.

And, sorry for being so creepy, but of late the person I idolise the most is, well, you. You inspired me to complete my second marathon yesterday and helped me to find faith in myself when I was at rock bottom: I thought of you and your 28 mile spontaneous run during the toughest moments on the freezing-fog laden course.


At January 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM , Blogger Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

What a beautiful post and tribute to your grandma and MIL!!! You are truly blessed!! Having role models like that makes such an impact in your life.

I am so lucky to call my mom my best friend and love her so very much! Great post and Happy 2011 Janae!!

At January 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww this is sweet :)
I love my momma, and look up to her! Especially her fitness- she's in her 50's and still keeps fit by regularly going to Aerobics and BodyPump classes :) I hope I'm like her when I'm her age!

At January 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to MIL and Grandma!!! I look up to my mother and MIL so much. They are both amazing women of God with so much advice, love, and life behind their belts.

At January 1, 2011 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Keri said...

So sweet :) Happy birthday to them both. I am very close to my mom.
Happy new year!

At January 1, 2011 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

Aww today was my Meme's birthday too, she would have been 96! I still think about her and all the crazy stories and lessons she taught me everyday. Happy birthday to them and Happy New Year to you :)

At January 1, 2011 at 12:31 PM , Blogger DjMitchell said...

This is such a sweet post! We are so lucky to have such an amazing Mer(grandma) :) Love the blog by the way.

At January 1, 2011 at 12:35 PM , Blogger Pam said...

This made me cry. I miss my grandma so much. :(

At January 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

Happy birthday to both of them! I'm so very jealous of the relationship you have with your mother-in-law. It's something I wish I had, but it just doesn't work.

And how cute are both women???

At January 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM , Blogger J said...

Sadly I have no sisters :( But I do have two great aunts and my mom. I am gaining two sisters in law and a MIL and I am so happy because they are amazing and I am so happy to finally be gaining sisters!

At January 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Caroline said...

Happy New Year!

My Grand mother for me, she had 16 kids they all turned out pretty good...that is an amazing legacy..I am her grand kid #72 and I am not the youngest!

At January 1, 2011 at 2:48 PM , Blogger Jogging with Fiction said...

Your relationship with your mother-in-law is enviable. It really is amazing.

The woman I look up to most is my mom. We share a lot of similar qualities, but I think she is a better version of me and would love to become more like her!

Thanks for this post.

At January 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

what a great relationship to have with both people!

At January 1, 2011 at 5:50 PM , Blogger ~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Sounds like a great family you have their!

At January 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Great post! I'm sure they adore you as much as you do them!

At January 1, 2011 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Adrianna said...

pretty post :)
absolutely my mima and mother. mima had 11 kids (!) and is still hanging on strong. she's fought many illnesses and still does today, but her family and strong will keeps her going. love! i can barely even touch on the amazingness that is my mother...the ultimate 'mom'...has sacrificed everything for us, and i can only hope to give back one iota of what she's demonstrated and taught me.

At January 1, 2011 at 9:07 PM , Blogger Pretend this is real said...

Great post! Happy birthday to them AND happy new year!

At January 2, 2011 at 12:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahh happy birthday to her!! i look up to my mommy!

At January 2, 2011 at 8:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so sweet!

At January 3, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Heather said...

I love how close you and your MIL! Treasure that - it's rare, at least among my friends. :) I had an amazing MIL too but she passed away 5 years ago to cancer.

Definitely my sister! She is so amazing - an incredible mom, wife, sister, friend, everything. She is a great example to me of how to love and put others before yourself. She would do anything for you...and not just do it, but do it happily! I am so thankful for her! My Mom is equally as incredible. :)


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