Now I have to tell you about some amazing people in my life. As you might remember, my oldest daughter is a senior at Richland High School this year and will graduate in May 2011. She has the most awesome friends. Sometimes, like right now, I think of them and just start to cry. They are happy tears. There are a few of her friends that make my day great with just a word or a visit. First of all, there is Hayley. Hayley is an excellent soccer player and is on the drum line in the band. She gets up at the crack of dawn and is up late often working on school work. She and her mother have been clients of mine for a while. I have been blessed to get to know Hayley on a more personal level. I have often called her my third daughter. She and Landri have hung out together since middle school. However, they have the busiest schedules that have kept them from spending the same amount of time together that they did in the past. They are still good friends, and Hayley follows my blog. She just seems to always lift me up whenever she can. Sometimes when I am on Facebook, she will chat with me...even asking me questions about homework and such. She makes me feel special and she is such an awesome young lady. This week she sent me a text asking me to review a college essay for her. I said I would and she sent it to me through Facebook. I began tearing up the minute I started to read it. It was about the person who had made the biggest impact on her life. It was about me and my battle with triple negative breast cancer. Wow! I cannot express how honored I felt. At the end of the essay, she said that I was her "hero". How can this be?...That battling this awful disease has gained the attention of a teenager? As a society, in general, we think of teenagers as self-centered, crazy, irresponsible, shallow individuals caught up in their own little world of friends and fun....existing far from the reality of the real world that is about to hit them. I am here to tell you, there are some very mature, wonderful kids out there. These kids work hard and put God at the forefront of their lives...and it shows. They are kind and considerate and have a great future ahead of them. Hayley is one of these people, a beautiful, smart young lady. She will excel at anything she chooses to do, and I would be proud to call her my own anytime.
Another one of Landri's friends is Brooklyn. She is a tall beautiful, athletic blonde that will impress you on the basketball court, but at the same time, you could imagine seeing her on the cover of a beauty magazine. She is kind and sweet and she is a person with high morals and values. She is a light for Christ and I am glad she is part of Landri's life. She is often spending time with Landri after basketball practice and I have been blessed to get to know her as well. She also reads this blog. She has walked in the Race for the Cure with Landri this year, and was at the salon garage sale ready to help out in any way. She always seems to give my spirits a lift. Sometimes she will leave me comments on my blog. Once again, I am proud of the girls and friends Landri has in her life.
Of course Landri and Presley are the greatest daughters I could ever have. I am so proud of them both. Landri is an amazing athlete, a natural born leader, and is strong in her faith. She has been my cheerleader this year, keeping me up and fighting. Presley is a beautiful kind-hearted angel. She is always thinking of others. Since I have had cancer, she has been especially attentive to me. She asked me questions all the time like "How was your day mommy?"..."can I do anything for you?" Sometimes despite how I try to hide them from her, she sees my tears. She comes up to me and puts her arms around me and holds me. She says "it's o.k. mommy...I am sorry you are hurting"..."I love you, you are the best mommy in the whole world"...I am truly blessed.
I believe we all have guardian angels. I also believe in the hardest times of our lives, God sends us angels "with skin on them". Landri, Presley, Hayley, Brooklyn, and so many others, are my angels with skin on them. I love to read your comments so don't hesitate to leave them by clicking "comment" on the bottom of this posting. Until next time my friends....