|Happy 90th Birthday Noni!|
This weekend I flew my kids (the girls first ever flight) to California for my grandma/Noni’s 90th birthday bash celebration. I’m so incredibly fortunate to have a role model like her in my life, and someone who’s loved me unconditionally since first memory.
My Noni has traveled the globe, set foot on all but one continent. Raised six children. Graduated college. Served in World War 2. Has beaten cancer on several occasions. Has par-sailed at the age of 87 in Mexico. Survived her husbands sudden death 15 years ago, has lost a child, is the last remaining member of her immediate family, still lives alone, still drives herself, and is planning a trip to Vietnam in the spring! She has given support, love, motivation, leadership, spark and sizzle to everyone around her; selflessly for 90 years. I am soooooo lucky to have her as my example for what a women can do/become/achieve.
Let nothing stand in your way.
This is for you Noni~
and even be best friends. Thank you for that lesson, perhaps the most critical of all for me as a mother of three, to learn by observation. Thank you for showing me that life is beautiful regardless of our circumstances. For teaching me that I can always opt to change mine, and that being accountable for my decisions is the first step in making that change. Thank you for being my guru when I’ve needed one the most. Thank you for teaching me through love, and loving me through it all.
|I get my dark hair and blue eyes from Noni as well as most of my facial features, and probably my spunk, determination and “It’s 5:00 somewhere” attitude!!|
|Love this picture of a young Charlotte (Noni), I look so much like her it’s crazy|