Friday, January 27, 2012


(Not an actual picture of us, just one that I found that speaks volumes to me)

My sister, Jennifer Shira, passed away January 9, 2012, in a car accident. I've tried over and over again to write a blog post about her for the last two weeks, but I just get overwhelmed with the grief of losing her that I can't finish. There's a lot I want to say, but I don't think I can do it just yet.

In the meantime, I just want to say that I love my sister so much. She has been exactly what I needed in this life. I depended on her a lot in so many different ways and she was always there for me. There was a very special bond that we shared that is very hard to explain. When we were together, we were in our own little world. We always dreamed of being neighbors and talked about it often. We'll be neighbors in Heaven and it will be the happiest reunion when I see her again.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Quarter Of A Century

Dec. 1, I turned 25. It feels weird saying that. I feel like my twenties have flown by! I don't like it. The older and older I get, the faster and faster time flies... scary!

So, I like holidays.. A LOT. I love an excuse to celebrate. I think it must put a lot of pressure on James to make my Birthday's nice. Sometimes I think it's hard to be married to me. Anyway, James did a great job making my Birthday really nice.

He started with Birthday Eve, something he made up, bringing me home some flowers and letting me open one of my gifts.

It was a sweet surprise.

Then he stayed up till two, making me a peanut butter chocolate cheese cake from scratch. It was YummY!

James woke up and made me breakfast. He surprised me and came home early from work. We went shopping, opened my other gift, ordered pizza, and watched Biggest Loser on Netflix... while we ate my Birthday cheesecake. Pretty perfect, really.

I always tell James that the day after your Birthday is always so sad because everyone stops treating you so nice. He must listen to me because he made me breakfast in bed the next morning too, saying I deserve to be treated like every day is my Birthday. Very sweet. He really made my Birthday really special.

"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many." -Unknown

Saw that quote and it made me feel ashamed for my attitude towards getting older. I think it's a good reminder to enjoy the present and where you are in life.