My favorite quote (or reminder as I like to think of them)...

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” (Marianne Williamson - A Return to Love)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My Boojie

"When we love, we grow."
My Boojie (my niece) turns 13 years old today! I have no idea how that could be since I'm (still) only 33, but she INSISTS on aging! I don't know what is the matter with kids these days!

I have been blessed with 7 nieces and nephews (well, 2 nieces and 5 nephews) from my sisters. They are my children and it was through them that I learned of unconditional love. My Boojie is the the ultimate protector of the family. She is fiercely competitive, unquestionably funny, and the most protective person of the people she loves that I have ever met. She is a good student, a great athlete that gives her all (and I really mean that!), a pianist, a sister, a grand-daughter, and a perfect best friend to my daughters who love her more than anything in the world.

Tam and I always thought she should be a nurse because she has an empathy and a compassion for people the likes of which I have never experienced from another person before or since. Well, that and because she gets hurt a lot, so it would be good if she could fix herself up! :o) She has a little piece of my heart that just melts every time I think of her. I am thankful for the wonderful young girl she was and I can not wait to see what a spectacular woman she becomes. The world WILL be different because Boojie walked upon it.

On this, her 13th birthday, I took a look back at some of my favorite pictures that I have taken of her (and let's be clear, I could only put 5 on this blog and I take A LOT of pictures!!). It's hard not to see how beautiful she is -- inside and out. Happy Birthday to my CP Soupa, Our Boojie, Miss Carolyn P. Your aunt loves you too, too much!
Please note what her T-Shirt says....

This may be my favorite of ALL time. Taken last year on our family vacation in Crivitz. I still pee my pants laughing when I see this!!


  1. Happy Birthday Boojie!
    May you always dream big.
    Love big.
    And laugh big.

    Celebrating you.

  2. What a wonderful tribute (love letter :). I am utterly entranced by my own niece, so I understand how hard it was to choose only 5 pictures! All 7 are blessed to have you as their aunt!