Wednesday, April 29, 2009


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Monday, April 27, 2009

A dream come true...

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I wasn't born with sisters. I'm not sure I would have appreciated them so much if I had been. My brother, Brad, brought Jennifer into my life when I was 12 years old. Vanessa is the wife of my husband's brother, Jeff, and lives in New Jersey. They are my sisters now.
They had never met until this weekend. They started cooking up this plan for my 30th birthday weeks ago. Thirty is big to each of us. Jenn jumped out of an airplane. Vanessa had a party in NYC complete with a tiara. All I wanted was to go to the symphony. (and a tattoo!)
Long story short, I knew I was going to the symphony in Dallas with Jenn because Vanessa gave me tickets for my birthday. What I didn't know, was that she also purchased a ticket for herself. She was waiting for us in the lobby of Hotel ZaZa reading Breaking Dawn. The rest is history.
I took lots of pictures with my Rebel and they are all on my Flickr site. Vanessa has the majority of the pictures on her camera. (ELPHs are easier to lug around) I can't wait to see them.
How I will ever repay these two girls, I will never know. I am still kind of absorbing the enormity of their combined generosity. It is overwhelming.

Friday, April 24, 2009


grateful, originally uploaded by benzismama.

for the love I've been given. for being forgiven. for always having food to eat and a place to lay my head. for every single little gift.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I read this somewhere today:

“When you look closely people are so strange & so complicated that they're actually beautiful.”

I like it. I haven't met too many people who aren't beautiful in their own way. And who isn't strange & complicated?

Monday, April 13, 2009

my sister

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Better days ahead.....