Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Nana!

Today is Nana's birthday!

Happy Birthday, Nana!

"Nana" married my dad 21 years ago this summer and she took on more than she realized when she signed up for this. Post-divorce families are no piece of cake. (This is a big deal, because her own family has its own share of drama.) Because we were older when she married my dad, she didn't try to be "mom"...instead, she made a unique place for herself in our family. She keeps my dad happy and keeps our family connected. She softens his gruffness and mellows his crankiness and keeps their household running smoothly. She manages my dad and he's happier for it. She makes sure birthday cards make it into the mail and makes sure my dad knows how old we all are. She tries to help without taking over. (She even helped me pick out my wedding dress 20 years ago--it really was gorgeous.) I'm sure she doesn't realize how much we appreciate all she does, but the truth is, she's helped us through the rough spots.

So, please help me wish "Nana" a happy birthday! Leave her a comment and I'll be sure she sees it.


Andrea said...

Happy Birthday NANA!!! I am the mom of a blended family, too. GOD will have an extra special spot in Heaven for you. I, too am blessed beyond measure, but I also know the challenges and heartache that comes with the position you are in. GOD bless you for being faithful to the task.
Blessings and prayers, andrea

♥RocĂ­o♥ said...

♫ Happy Birthday to you! ♫
♫ Happy Birthday to you! ♫
♫ Happy Birthday BEAUTIFUL NANA! ♫
♫ Happy Birthday to you! ♫
♫ AND MANY MORE.....! ♫
MUCHO AMOR from Rocio☺

DarcyLee said...

How blessed you are to have such a terrific step-mother. Happy birthday, Nana!

loveaphid said...

Happy Birthday, Nana. Who knows maybe someday we'll get to meet. Thanks for all you have done for Erin's Dad and family. Lots of love.