Over the weekend we had a very special visitor staying with us.
My aunt Addie!
(the title of this post comes from a time we sang Karaoke and Addie performed Kool and the Gang's celebration. She sang, "Celebrate good times, GO HOME!" It was freaking hilarious.")
She just celebrated her 64th birthday so my mom picked her up on Friday night and she stayed with us through the weekend.
For those of you who remember Addie from when she broke her arm last year, you should be happy to hear that her arm is as good as new! She told me she still goes bowling so life seems to be back to normal for her which is great.
For all the people who sent letters, pictures, and gifts for her I just want to thank you again. It meant so much to her and to me as well. I really appreciate your friendship and love.
Saturday night we had a fundraising dinner at our church with proceeds going to the youth who are taking a trip to New Orleans this summer for a big convention. My mom brought Addie to the event since me and my family were all serving. After dinner I asked everyone there to sing Happy Birthday to her as Jasmine brought a cake my mom got.
Addie started dancing when people were singing to her. It was so cute. So many people wished her happy birthday that I could tell it really made her feel welcomed and loved.
Check out this sweet picture of her blowing out her candles.
Whenever I mention her age people freak out. I always get, “you know, normally people with Downs don’t live as long as that.”
Yeah I know. I get it. Ugh.
This is the equivalent to the Diabetes Police in my book. Why say that? Is that supposed to be optimistic? Glass half full? It just makes me scared.
I like to think about living not dying. The thought of losing anyone is difficult but when I think about that fateful day it kills me. She has taught me so much and means so much to me and my family that I can guarantee a full on melt down when her time does come.
But let’s not go there. She is here. She is healthy. She is awesome!
Happy Birthday Addie!