Emilee Speaks: National Parents Day 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

National Parents Day 2014


Yesterday [7/27/14] was National Parent's Day. I thought I'd take a minute to get a little personal && tell you about my parents...

My mother had cancer when she was a child.  It was the 60s/70s and they did a lot of experimental treatment with her.  One of which was removing her reproductive organs && spleen.  She married my father at age 15 because they believed she wouldn't live long enough to be married as an adult.  Well she went into remission and they were married for 24 years & 11 months when she passed away too young at age 39 [from complications due to a sinus infection].  


[myyy grandmother & mom]

[my daddy with his parents]

Since my mother couldn't have children of her own, I was adopted.  My parents were always honest with me about this, and we celebrated the day they brought me home from the hospital every year as "Gotcha Day".  I was my mother's world, and she was mine.  

My parents were/are musicians.  I grew up surrounded by music and was taught early on to appreciate it.  I give my parents full credit for my love of all genres of music.  I used to say that I'd rather go blind than deaf because I can't imagine a life without music [now that I have vision problems, I'm not so sure how I feel about that anymore aha].  I live, eat, sleep, && breathe music.  This I learned from them.

I was raised to love everyone.  I was raised to be tolerant and non judgmental.  I was taught to help others.  I can honestly say I had the best childhood anyone could ever ask for.  I was raised by not only my parents, but by their band mates, my aunts & uncles, my 2 grandmothers, and my grandpa.  I had a village of amazing people and not once did I feel unloved.  Now obvi we didn't all live together, aha!  However, my dad's parents lived next door to us my entire life and at one point my other grandmother lived on the same block as well.  It was AWESOME!

I developed my love of baseball from my momma.  We lived in Kansas and she taught me how to be a true Yankee fan from afar!  Aha!  Every Yankee game I attend, a part of me is sad because she's not with me to experience it.  Then I smile and know that she is happy that I'm having the time of my life with "our" team.


[my mother && my son as a baby]

I love both of my parents more than anything && I am so lucky to have had the ones I have.  I miss my mother every single minute of EVERY SINGLE DAY.  I can only hope that I have grown & continue to grow into half the woman she was.  If any human had super powers it was her.  She juggled so much in her life & did it with a smile.  She was truly Super Woman.  My dad is the strongest & most intellectual person I know.  He can literally do ANYTHING he tries and excels at it.

My daddy taught me that even though I'm a girl, I can do anything.  He taught me how to change a tire on the car.  He taught me how to use power tools, and how to fix things around the house.  He made sure that I knew how to do things on my own, and if I can't, he is always there to help.  He's a wonderful man, and he's mine.  I'm a huge daddy's girl.  I still climb up in his lap when I'm feeling blue.  Which is quite a funny thing to see I'm sure since I'm NOT a small person! Ahah!

I think it's important to always tell the people in the life how much they mean to you, and today I'm shouting it from the rooftops! <333
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**pictures in this post are pictures OF pictures lol, sorry for the bad quality**

38 comments:

  1. (Crap... i think i hit preview and I'm not sure if my comment was submitted... sorry for double the comments if it was!!) Your parents are so cute and sound like they were amazing! I loved reading this post, it's so sweet! I also really like how you celebrated "Gotcha Day!" :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Ahah! No I think you're good =] Thanks! Gotcha Day was always super special around our place. It was 3 days after my birthday so it was like having 2 birthdays. They sure knew how to make me feel special. I'm glad you enjoyed it! <333

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  2. Wow you're parents sound like they're great people!

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  3. It is definitely important to remind people in your life (family and friends) how much they mean to you, It sounds like your mom was a beautiful and strong woman. I too was blessed with amazing parents and an amazing childhood.

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  4. Oh, this is beautiful. Your mother was way too young. Thank you for the reminder:) Life is short. Appreciate your loved ones each and every day no matter what.

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  5. What a beautiful post! I also had an awesome childhood and it's funny when you grow up and go out into the real world. How lucky we are to have had those childhood memories. Some have had it alot worse. This is very sweet!

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  6. I love your post. What a great way to honor the ones who've helped shape who you are today. I had a really great childhood, and I count myself very lucky.

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  7. It is not easy loosing a parent at any age.. It seems like you had a great childhood and are making everyday count..

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  8. It's plain your mom was able to instill a great deal of love in you. I can "hear" it as I read your story.

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    1. Thank you so much! That means so much to me! <333

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  9. Awww how sweet<3 My Dad just passed away, parents are so precious

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  10. It was wonderful to get to know your family better. I love when bloggers make really personal posts.

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    1. Thank you! I try to mix a little bit of everything into my blog. That's why I call it a "true lifestyle" blog. It's not just fashion, makeup, etc. It's everything, it's myyy life! <33 I'm glad you enjoyed!

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  11. I didn't know there was a national parent days. Great pictures too.

    Michelle F.

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  12. I love all the pictures. I did not know their was a national parents day I thought Mothers and Fathers day were the days that celebrated parents.

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  13. I loved hearing about your parents, they sound like amazing people. I love that they celebrated "Gotcha Day!" What a wonderful thing to celebrate, it's more special than your birthday. Your mother sounds like she was definitely super woman. I'm sure you're more than halfway there!

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  14. love to be reading this wonderful story of yours. i have many friends and i know many people who are battling with cancer. though one thing is all of them are strong to face what they have now

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  15. Such a bitter sweet post. I love you are honoring both your parents in this way. I feel you have learned to be a strong woman from your mother. Thanks for such an amazing story.

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    1. I have definitely learned that from her! Thank you! =)

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  16. This brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful tribute to your parents. Your mom seems like an amazing woman.

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    1. She was the best. Thank you! <33

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  17. what an amazing tribute to your mother. So sorry you lost her at such a young age. But glad you had the time you had with her.

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  18. aww beautiful story :) your parents look very happy! and they sound like awesome people, especially for adopting and giving a kid a chance instead of giving up ^^

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  19. Such a sweet way to celebrate your parents! Happy parents day to everyone!

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  20. Aw, I love your shout-out. And hurrah, shout it from the rooftops, that's a great message to shout. ;)

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  21. What a beautiful story! Your mother's life was short, but it was a beautiful and wonderful life. Thanks for sharing your story!

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    1. It was definitely too short, but you're very correct. She had a wonderful life. Thank you! <33

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  22. Beautiful pictures! I wish I had that many pictures of my parents together. I don't even have one. =( Miss my dad!

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    1. Aww it's hard! I miss my mother every single day. Hugs <333

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  23. AMAZING story, family is so important, people loose touch with eachother, you have an amazing family and very nice pictures, was a warming feeling reading

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    1. Thank you! I thought it might be nice to have a little bit more personal post for a change =) Glad you enjoyed it.

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  24. This was such a beautiful post! And, I love the idea of "gotcha" day, how wonderful!

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    1. Thank you! It was a very special day for us && meant the world to my parents <33

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  25. You're really blessed to have such amazing parents! Love the pictures! I didn't know parents had their own day. lol

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  26. Thank you for sharing this very personal thoughts from your post and I can say that you had a nice life with your parents and this tribute is just perfect for them.

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  27. What a beautiful post! I lost my mother this year, so I know just how important it is to cherish your parents while you can! Bless you and your beautiful family :)

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