Friday, June 12, 2009

Happy Birthday!

My StepGrandma, Leyla, Turned 80 today! So just a quick post in her honor!

I never knew my mom's mom. She passed away when i was just 8, and she suffered from alzheimers for years before that. Leyla Married Gramps well before i was even born, so she was, in all said and terms, my grandma! (though funny i always just called her leyla - we all do! lol).

I have been so thankful to have moved here 8 years ago to be close to all my mom's family - aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents! It was like getting to know them all over again.

I have been so blessed in so many ways to get to live here, and be around them for these past few years. Something i will never forget and always cherish! In a way, i brought us all together again. My mom got to reconnect with her dad, my uncle ended up moving back here as well. It was like the whole family came together again. So many memories, stories, moments.

It saddens me to think this will be the last birthday party we are all together. So many changes are coming apon us. Changes i dont think i can even fathom at this moment. But they are bound to happen. But, for the moment, for this last week, i am going to relish in the joy that is my family. I am going to cherish these last precious days we will all be one together. We are going to celebrate Leyla's birthday like we celebrate all birthdays - in style!

So here's to you, Leyla! It's your special day! And, no one can take that from you!

I will have to put up a post bday picture later in her princess tiara that i bought her - did i mention it lights up? lol


Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

This looks like a fun time! I know what you mean about being able to visit family often. I miss that with my being in Japan.

kim* said...

happy bday mom!

La Alicia said...

looks like a fun time was had by all! Happy Birthday, Leyla!

SleightGirl said...

It looks like the party was a fun one...and never say never...we don't know what the future holds for us.

Audrey said...

Grandparents are great!! My grandfather passed away about 4 years ago, my grandma is 93 now and celebrates her birthday on Jan 1!!
Which reminds me - I need to go visit her this week.

Softpencil said...

Congratulations to Leyla! she looks so good :)

Almost Precious said...

Adore the photo where Leyla is captured enjoying a hearty laugh, it is said that laughter keeps us young...maybe so. ;)