This brings me to my next source of gratitude, my parents. They are so supportive in all that I do and help me so much, I truly couldn't do it without them. My mom and dad (mom mostly) take Tyler to school, swim practice, birthday parties, etc...all the things I wish I could do but can't because of work. I am so blessed to have such wonderful parents and probably don't tell them thank you enough. So mom, dad, if you are reading this a BIG thank you to you!!!
Another person in my life that I must credit is my boyfriend Deke. We have been together since August but I feel like I've known him my whole life. He is such a great example to me and so wonderful to Tyler. The thing that drew me to him the most was his optimistic attitude, he is always smiling and always happy. After hanging out with him a few times I knew that he was a person worth getting to know. I am so grateful to have found someone who loves me unconditionally and treats me the way I deserve to be treated. I love him so much and can't wait to see what the future holds for us.
It's easy to forget how fragile life truly is. We live in such a fast pace world that sometimes we tend to run through everyday life without enjoying the beauty all around us. My co-worker Erin did not know that Tuesday January 20th 2009 was her last day on this earth. She did not know that when she said goodnight to her family that Monday that it would be the last time. Her death was unexpected and tragic but reminds us that we do not know when our time is up. I assume that I will live a long prosperous life, I assume that I will die when I'm old and decrepit, I assume that I will have children and grandchildren and possibly great grandchildren, I assume too much. Nobody knows when its their turn to check out so live each day like its you last. Appreciate family, friends, co-workers, and the beautiful world in which we live in.
We will all miss Erin and her big smile and bright blue eyes. I take comfort in knowing that she is in a better place and out of any pain that she might have been suffering. Although their is grief in her death I must thank her for reminding me to slow down, appreciate loved ones, laugh more, sing often, smell the roses, and just enjoy life. You will be missed Erin!
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever"
"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live"