And where I was lucky enough to have a best friend cousin, Rosanne, who is still a dear friend today.
I had two granddaughters, born 2 weeks apart, named after me - Tessa Mary and Mary Addison
And we've lost four grandbabies before we ever got to know them.
As a child, I dreamed of having lots of kids but I never thought I'd even get married much less have a family. Recently it occurred to me that someone up above must have looked down on me and and decided to give me the thing that would make me happiest - a wonderful family. To borrow and take a twist on a phrase from a Jimmy Buffett song, "some of it's tragic but most of it's magic and I've had a good life all the way.
But it's not just my family that's made my life complete and made me who I am. There have been loved ones and friends throughout my life - some I'm still connected with - who have made me happy and blessed. I have nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends who I'm grateful for everyday. And I often marvel at how fortunate we are to have vehicles like Facebook to help us stay connected with or re-connect with people we never meant to lose track of.
And our family has continued to grow. Here we are at Christmas with only one family member missing.
Well, that's it - my birthday post and my life in a nutshell. Aren't I the lucky one!