We Are Family

All happy families resemble each other ~ Leo Tolst

Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law Paul, and my niece Ariel Janae!!!

Mark sure doesn't have much family left but what he does have affects him in the most positive ways. Paul and Teresa are like the perfect relatives. They never wear out their welcome. They are filled with nothing but prejudice opinions when it comes to our kids, and our parenting skills. Paul has thankfully released me of my role as sports sounding board and I have never, for a moment, regretted the intrusion.

In all areas of their lives, Paul and Teresa have remained faithful, constant, dependable and trustworthy. Their road has not always been without it's hardships, but they have weathered the storm and we have all been the recipients of their infectious personalities, undeserved affection, and constant prayers. In a way, Paul has given Mark the praise, adoration, consideration, and attention that one usually receives from a father.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Carpe diem.

Ariel, what a gift you were that cold Valentine's week-end when you arrived via your birth-mom and landed in what surely was the family that god handpicked just for you. We all would have a gaping Ariel sized hole in hearts if you weren't a part of our lives today. Please don't ever stop being you. You are creative, funny, talented, innovative, and original. Happy birthday, god bless you, and give your crazy 'ole aunt a call once in a while.

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