Saturday, March 27, 2010

Day 100 (yay)- Celebrations of Life

Wow... 100 days in a row.  All of these blogs are clearly not created equal, with some turning out much better than others (usually a function of how tired I am and how much time I have) , but I'm proud of myself for stringing 100 of them together.  265 to go!

I had decided earlier today to celebrate day 100 by writing about a really special lady in my life, but I don't have the time or energy to give that post what it deserves, so we'll save that for another day.  Instead, I'd like to focus on two celebrations of life I got to take part in today for two other special ladies.

I got to go to a baby shower for my friend Annieka today, and it was lovely.  I've known both Annieka and her husband Mark since we were little, and they hold a special place in my heart.  They are expecting their first little one in June, and I couldn't be more pleased for them.  They are a beautiful couple and wonderful friends, and I am certain that they will be excellent parents.  They have both worked so hard to build a fabulous life together, and it is awesome to get to see them begin to really enjoy it.  I can't wait for Lil P!

We also attended an 80th birthday party today for my dad's aunt Betty Jo.  This lovely lady defines what people mean when they say 80 years young.  She is as funny, beautiful, and entertaining as ever.  Many stories were shared about her crazy life tonight, but I'll leave you with one of my favorites from her son.  He said that Betty Jo would always ask him when he was younger to go over to their garden and pick vegetables to bring home to her.  He did this obediently many times.  One day, he encountered their neighbor in the garden, also picking, and asked him why he was taking their vegetables.  "It's my garden," the neighbor said.  It turns out that garden a few houses down wasn't theirs after all, but that never stopped Betty Jo!  Eighty years into her life, she's still got it.

This was a great end to a meaningful week at home, and I was pleased that I was able to take part in these celebrations.  After all, celebrating life is what I set out to do in the first place (100 days ago!).   

Thank you, celebrations of life, you made my day.

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