Thursday, August 26, 2010

It is very hard for me to write about something so dear to my heart, but I would feel very ungrateful if I didn't thank all of you who left text messages, flowers, dinners, and such sweet comments below regarding my sweet sister-in-law, Bunny. It has been greatly appreciated. I can't believe how much love and support has been shown during this tragic time. It is inspiring and very humbling. It shows what a great person Bunny was, and how many lives she touched.

I often think about the last time I saw Bunny. She called and asked if we wanted to have a picnic at the park with her and her 2 beautiful girls. Of course, we did! Every other time I have gone on a picnic, everyone brings there own food. Not with Bunny. She told me not to worry about food. She showed up with tuna fish sandwiches, chips, fruit, drinks, and dessert. Not to mention a tuna sandwich and a pb&j for me, just in case I was nervous about eating the tuna. (Being pregnant and all.) I think about all the things we talked about that day. I think about all the things we planned to do this summer. (Take kids to splash park, cowabunga bay, and Thanksgiving point.) She was at such a good place in her life and I felt this from her that day. I remember leaving and having such a feeling of love and gratitude for her, as I often feel for all my sis-in-laws.

I will miss Bunny's compliments. She gave the best compliments EVER! When she told you something, you knew she meant it. I remember most of the compliments she gave me, but more importantly, I remember the way I felt when she said them. I can remember more than a few times when I tried to blow them off, and she would grab my shoulders, look me in the eyes, and say "no Erin, listen to me. I wouldn't say this if I didn't mean it". I will miss those kind words from her as they always meant so much to me.

I will miss Bunny's treats. I love living so close to Luke and Bunny as we were often recipients of her "baking days".

I will miss taking trips with Luke & Bunny. We were lucky enough to go on many family vacations with them, but also as couples to San Francisco and Florida. So many special memories from those trips were made. (and plenty of "Erin" moments.) I remember after the Orlando trip, Bunny told me she was glad that I was in the family, because it made her look a lot smarter, and rightly so..... I may have lost my bra, (only to find I had two bras on later) on one trip, and bought a halter top thinking it was a skirt on the other. I will miss us laughing at those (and many other) "Erin" moments .

We will all miss so many things about Bunny, but I truly feel that Bunny has been an instrument in the Lord's hand in bringing many people (myself included) to remembrance. It has really put things into perspective and made me realize the important things in life. She lived such a full life in her 29 years which, no doubt, has inspired many. She was very blessed to have been loved so deeply by her dear husband and girls, and in return, they were adored by her!! (Prayer's are still needed and appreciated on their behalf.)

Boy, am I grateful to know I can see this cute, dear friend again one day!
Bunny, I will be forever grateful for your friendship and wonderful example!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I sure love me a good summer rodeo.

Especially when when these two good lookin cowboy's are my date!

Monday, August 2, 2010

These are the days

I often think about how one day my kids will be all grown up, and I won't be able to snuggle them anytime I want.

It makes me so sad.

I try to take full advantage of it.

Some may say a little too much, as the kids just recently moved out of our bed and on to the floor next to our bed.

And, if one of them is taking a nap, I can't help but cuddle up next to them and think about how these days don't last long.

(This little one loves to play wedding. And I get teary eyed almost every time she does.)

Today me and my bff were at lunch, kids running around driving us crazy.

And some lady stopped us and told us to cherish these times.

Her kids were all grown up and she was saying how she would trade us in a second.

I am grateful for her reminder.

These really are the days, may we all cherish them!!