I love my Aunt Julie. She's just ten years older than I am so she's more of a big sister than what you'd think of as a traditional "aunt." Julie is beautiful both inside and out. She listens to me and gives me great advice. She genuinely cares about me, understands me, trusts me, respects me, and I know she loves me. She and her awesome hubby Mike welcome me into their home and always make me feel important, valued, secure, and loved. I don't have a current photo of Julie, but she loves gardens (and is a very talented gardener - you should see her home and garden - so gorgeous!). Just look at the beauty of the flowers in this photo and you will see some of the beauty that is Julie. I thank God for Julie! She's what family should be.
Sometimes life is challenging and people you thought were supposed to love you can break your heart. I know this from personal experience. When or if it happens to you, I hope you have a "Julie" in your life that you can turn to, to boost you up and give you strength when times are tough. And I hope that I can be a "Julie" to those I love, a true friend in every sense of the word. Julie, I love you.
Oh, and PS, our trip to Utah was mostly great. Steph is happy and doing well and it did my heart good to spend time with my girl! And Julie sent me home with several plants from her garden, which I am excited to plant here in CA. Thanks Julie! Spreadin' the love!
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." —Dr. Seuss
"Sometimes I wish I was a little kid again. Skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts." —unknown
"Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it's better to leave them broken than to hurt yourself trying to put them back together," —unknown
"Maybe part of loving is learning to let go." —from The Wonder Years