Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Hiatus

Summer Blog Hiatus

I will be in NY for a month visiting my family and my home state. I won't be updating my blog while I'm away but when I get back from my vacation, I will start blogging again.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer!! =)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Greatest Blessing

Today, I'm going to talk about the role I hold most dear to my heart, being an aunt. 

I'm so extremely blessed to have 8 amazing nieces and nephews. Being an aunt is my greatest joy and one of the many blessings I have in my life that I hold dear.

As of this February, I have been an aunt for a decade. In those ten wonderful years I have become an extremely proud aunt to 5 nephews and 3 nieces. I have also become a Godmother to my oldest niece. Being an aunt is definitely the best gift and blessing I've ever been given.

Being an aunt and a Godmother is the most wonderful gift. Most of my nieces and nephews don't live close to me. This means that I don't get to see them (and the rest of my family members) nearly as much as I would like to. Not seeing them as often as I would like depresses me so much but it also makes the times I do see them and get to spend quality time with them, that much more memorable. Spending quality time with my nieces and nephews (and my family in general) is my favorite thing to do.

I'm thankful for technology because even when I'm not with my nieces and nephews in person, I can Facetime with them as well as call them on the phone and Skype with them.

I love sending my nieces and nephews birthday, Valentine's Day, Halloween, & Christmas cards in the mail along with some fun stickers. I love shopping for presents for my nieces and nephews birthdays as well as Christmas.

Every time I have to say goodbye to my nieces and nephews when my visit is over, it tears me up inside. I have spent a portion of every flight crying my eyes out because of how badly my heart aches when I don't see them for months and months at a time. The hardest thing in my life is only seeing my nieces, nephews, and the majority of my family members a few times a year. As my nieces and nephews have grown from babies to toddlers to school age children, I have missed and continue to miss out on huge portions of their lives. There are so many wonderful moments I didn't get to witness, birthdays and holidays I didn't get to celebrate, family occasions I wasn't present for, school programs/activities and sporting events I didn't get to attend. 

As much as living far away from my family breaks my heart into pieces every day, I'm thankful for my blessings because I know there are people who have it much worse. Keeping this in mind though, it still doesn't make it any easier to live so far away.

A few years after becoming an aunt, I heard this song and I instantly knew that was the song I wanted to dedicate from myself to my nieces & nephews. Below are a few of the lyrics:

Amazing by Janelle

You're so amazing you shine like the stars
You're so amazing the beauty you are
You came blazing right into my heart
You're so amazing you are

I hope your tears are few and fast
I hope your dreams come true at last
I hope you find love that goes on and on and on and on and on
I hope you wish on every star
I hope you never fall too far
I hope this world can see how wonderful you are

One day, I hope to share this song with each of my nieces & nephews.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Five Things Survey

Five Things Survey

Five Things I Have A Passion For
-My family
-Being an aunt
-NY Mets baseball
-NY Yankees baseball

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Five Things I'd Like To Do Before I Die
-Spend as much time as possible with my family
-Publish a novel
-Work as a children's librarian or Kindergarten aid
-See a baseball game in every Major League Baseball Stadium
-Attend CMA Festival in Nashville, Tennessee

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Five Books and/or Magazines I've Read Lately
-The Husband's Secret -Liane Moriarty
-Follow That Car: A Cabbie's Guide to Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding A Public Restroom -Jimmy Failla
-Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers & All Women Who Love Kids -Melanie Notkin
-I Don't Know How She Does It -Allison Pearson (I re-read this book)
-Many magazines (US Weekly, People, In Touch, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly)

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Five Favorite Movies
-Life As I Know It
-Safe Haven
-Scream 1-4
-The Family Stone
-The Romantics

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Five Places I'd Love To Travel
-Everywhere in the Caribbean

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