31 Aug 2015 – Love Can Conquer All!

We celebrated my Mom’s birthday on 29 Aug 2015.  It was one of the most emotional, precious and memorable experiences I have ever had in my entire life!  Our family is truly blessed!  We all met in Tampa, FL 27-30 Aug 2015, stayed at a hotel in Ybor, the historic district of Tampa, and celebrated my Mom’s birthday on Saturday night.

Our plans for the weekend were to enjoy our family, reconnect, reminisce and celebrate Alice’s birthday.  We had five generations represented in person, and with our stories, we had up to eight generations!  It was truly amazing!  We had a nice turnout, from our newest member that is 11 weeks old (Andrea Jenea or AJ) to our oldest member, Inell who is 82 years old!  We used to have family reunions every other year, but with all the competing priorities in our lives, we stopped having them years ago.  In the past, when we got together, we were the kids in my generation, and now most of us are the grandparents!

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13 Aug 2015 – My Sister – My Hero!

My sister Andrea is special to me because even though she is six years younger than I am, I have learned so much from her!  She is wise, beautiful, and kind-hearted with unlimited potential and determination.  I have so many fond memories of her, but this post will focus on just one.

Andrea lives in Florida.  She is the mother of four beautiful children, all of which have college degrees!  That’s impressive in itself.  In addition, the children are all close in age so Andrea had four children in college at the same time!  Can you imagine that?  Andrea didn’t do it on her own, she has a loving husband who is an exceptional father!  Prayer is at the foundation of everything they do!

Andrea was a surgical technician for about 18 years.  She was in high demand from so many surgeons she worked with, but her true passion was to become a registered nurse.

The video below captures the graduation speech by none other than my Sister!  Join me in congratulating Andrea!

 

Andrea is working full-time as a registered nurse in Florida!

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