Happy Birthday Elaina 4.6.21

From the sweetest little girl to one of the kindest, most humble young women around.

You are so very special, Lanie. Not one to call attention to yourself so I’ll take my G’Ma Rights & point out a few outstanding things about you:

You have maintained a 4.0 GPA since middle school I believe and we’re on your school’s honor roll status even into high school. You were able to keep this GPA up amongst a very harrowing gymnastics schedule of daily practice as well as many home and away meets in which you have a slew of medals for your performances. I loved watching you do your floor routines!

You are just a very nice girl who loves her family & friends. Your inner light shines brightly and you help keep the hope alive that this ok’d world still has so much good in it.

Here’s hoping you have an amazing year in school this year, a Sophomore, and that you can “keep up the good work” and accomplish the goals you want to do.

You are so loved and we just want to wish you a very happy birthday today! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Love you very much! ❤️💕❤️

Author: Mary Catherine

• Published writer that used to contribute a monthly article on any given subject to my local newspaper. I am no longer doing this and miss it. • Owned my own custom paint store, "Wild Woods". I called it "wall art" that consisted of murals, glazing, faux painting and also painting vinyl garage doors to look like wood or metal; usually copper. • Have had an interesting past 14 years living off the grid in a remote area in Southern Utah near the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in a progressive community that held many informative events with guest speakers, including a number of published authors, and hands-on exercises in various self-sufficient living. No longer living there. • I have another blog about grandparenting. This is a subject near and dear to my heart nowadays. *As part of "the sandwich generation", I was caught between helping my adults kids (usually with their kids) as well as caring for an elderly parent, my mother, who was suffering from dementia. I want to do some writing on the aspect of full time care givers to people with Alzheimer's as well. I feel I have learned a lot about this. ~ What a Juggling Act! Somewhere with all those balls up in the air, my own dreams had been put on hold for too long and now, after losing my mother just recently, and my grandkids in school, I hope to rekindle them. My husband and I are super busy doing major remodeling jobs on a house we purchased two years ago as well as extensive yard work. The house and yard projects, which include the restoration of an old cottage built in the 1800's that sits on the far, back corner of our three-fourths acre lot we own are keeping us both really busy. Amidst the ongoing projects, I try to squeeze in a moment here and there to work on my blogs. Creativity has always been an essential part of who I am and when I stop doing things like this, I feel like a robot mechanically moving around, just getting the necessities done. Art, Music, Writing, Gardening, Home Interior Decorating, Water Activities like swimming and kayaking are the things I crave and try to find time to do. We have to "make it a good day"!

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