Celebrate Life!!!! That's right, let's celebrate.
Anita of Sweet Hope Cookies, this is all for you. So many people have come together to show you some much deserved love.........in cookie form. If you don't know Anita (GASP), please, please go to her blog and see what she is all about. She honestly lives to inspire. She is truly one of the most caring and generous cookies I have ever had the privilege to meet. So when I was asked to be part of a collaborative effort to "Celebrate Life" for Anita, I was so overjoyed!
Do you have someone in your life, who is your hero, someone who inspires you, who you are proud of, or even someone you love? When this question was asked to me for this project, I found myself wondering who *my* hero is and who inspires *me*. The fact that this project is right before Easter made it work out perfectly for me.
So if it is alright with you, I would love to share my heroes, the people who inspire me, the people I am proud of and the people I love.
The reasons I chose each of these may seem pretty obvious to some of you. But I would love to introduce you to these people and tell you why I chose them.
Dad & Mom:
Other than the fact that they are my parents. I would also classify them under each of the titles I was given. While I was young they protected and loved me. Even as an adult……..they still protect me and I think still love me. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past December. 50 YEARS!!!!! They have inspired me by teaching me forgiveness. And guess what? They make me proud.
Bob (honey, bobaroo)- My husband:
Bob came into my life after being divorced for 3 years. Ashley was 13 and Brock was 11. I don't think it would be an understatement if I said my kids hated him. They treated him with respect, but there is no doubt in my mind that they grumbled under their breath. Bob showed my kids love, support and encouragement through the years, even though he knew the way they felt. I chose Bob as my Hero. Any man that can come into a woman's life and help raise, love, support and encourage her children, deserves a medal of honor. I am pleased to say that today, my children have grown to look up to Bob. They call him for advice on repairs and he is the Grandpa to our amazing grand kids whom he adores.
Bryan & Ashley - aka - My daughter and son-in-law:
My daughter has shown me what true love is. I never knew the love of a child until I had her. My reason for choosing Bryan and Ashley is because they make me proud. Ashley started college her Senior year in high school and graduated with her Marketing degree after attending college for 3 years. Her senior year of college we spent planning her wedding to Bryan. Bryan graduated from college with his Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry (smarty pants, right?). This makes me proud. But do you want to know what makes me the proudest of all? The fact that they are truly wonderful parents to my Grandchildren. When I say my daughter is my BFF……..she really is.
Brock & Jessica - aka - My son and daughter-in-law:
Brock is the most loving and non judgmental person I have ever met. He inspires me with his zest for life. He lives each day as it comes and never looks back. I am so proud of Brock and Jessie for their courage and determination. They are living their dream. How many people can say that? They visited New York City on their Honeymoon and made it their goal to live there one day. I am so happy to say that they made their goal a reality. Jessie is working full-time and going to school. Brock continues to be the life of the party with his humor and love for everyone.
Jack and Layla - My grandchildren:
I do not even know where to begin with these two. They are the light of my life! They give me the most unconditional love I have ever experienced. When I see them, all my problems go away and my focus is on playing with them. Exhausting? YES!!! But I would not trade it for anything in the world. I could walk in to their home with the most expensive toy ever known to man, and they would have more fun doing "dance parties"with glow sticks and piggy back rides. Memories that will never go away.
We all have them. What would we do without them? My friends have supported and encouraged me through the hardest of times. My very BFF is Rhonda. We have known each other since our kids were little. We know each other inside and out. She is the sister I never had. There is nothing that I can not talk to her about. If I want the truth about something, she is my go to girl.
These are the men and ladies who inspire me through their work and creativity. They lift me up when I don't feel like I'm good enough. They are a community of givers. They have taught me through blogs, tutorials and many questions how to achieve a certain look or design. They truly get me and my obsession.
Now maybe you can understand why it was hard for me to choose just one. Everyone has a hero, someone they love, or that they are proud of, someone who inspires them.
Below is a collage that was created by LilaLoa. Feel free to click on the pictures below. Each picture will take you to that persons story of who they chose as their hero, their inspiration, who they are proud of, or even someone they love.